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03/22/2016

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How to cope with chronic homework problems

When your child consistently fails to complete homework assignments, you need to step in. Children should be able to complete assignments independently. If they seem to require more help from you than you think is reasonable, it’s time to schedule an appointment with their teacher. 

You will want to explain your concerns to the teacher and find out if your child is able to complete similar assignments in class. You may need to set up a plan with the teacher to get your child back on track with homework, possibly modifying the amount of homework until your child catches up to grade level.

A plan for improvement 

While your children's specific plan for improvement must accommodate their unique circumstances, there are several key principles to follow in setting up that plan. 

*Your children's homework is their responsibility. Your child needs take responsibility for their homework. They should be using their diaries and writing down what the assignments are, when they are due. You can help your child determine how much time is needed to complete each assignment and set out a schedule with them.

*Establish clear expectations. It’s important that you child knows what you and the teacher’s expectations are. Make sure they are clear and that your child understands them. Often a meeting involving you, your child, and the teacher is the best setting to establish expectations.

*Establish clear consequences. Determine what will happen if your child fails to meet the expectations you and the teacher have established, and let your child know what consequences to expect. Identify several activities or privileges your children enjoy every day. When they meet the established expectations, they continue to enjoy their activities or privileges. When they don't, some or all may be suspended. When you must suspend privileges, do so matter-of-factly, without anger or emotion. Be consistent.

*Stay connected with your child's teacher. A simple note in your child’s school diary is an easy and effective way to know whether your child is meeting established expectations. Your child's teacher can send a short note each day telling you whether your child has completed and turned in assignments. 

It's never too late to start 

The earlier in your child's school years that you can implement effective homework practices, the more likely you are to shape homework as a positive learning experience. But it's never too late to start. Even if your child has reached the grumbling and complaining stage, you can still turn things around. Sit down with your child at a time and in a place where there are no distractions, and explain what you plan to do and what you expect to accomplish. Involve children in your plans and incorporate their preferences for getting homework done as much as possible into your approach. 

In reality, your child doesn't like fighting about homework any more than you do. Though you may hear complaints and even encounter resistance at first, stick to your plan. Remember, stay calm and keep it positive. In the end, both you and your child will appreciate having homework as just another routine in the day.

Many children have a hard time in school and getting their homework completed. At The Tutoring Center in Dubai we don´t just want children to learn, we want them to enjoy learning. Our staff are trained to help achieve this purpose, they are constantly working to make sure the tutoring sessions as pleasant and as interesting as possible, so that learning becomes a fun adventure and not a difficult battle. Learn more about our services, and how we can help your child achieve success, give us a call at (+971) 04 558 6211 for a free consultation today.

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