Homework can complement your child’s learning at school and is also great for helping them to spend a little extra time on areas that don’t come as naturally. While it’s important, it’s equally beneficial to help foster an early love of learning, and when working at home is impacting that, it can be a challenge. When studying becomes a chore, it can filter into how they feel about school. While it’s sometimes difficult to strike that balance, it’s not impossible and some small changes to your child’s studying routine can make a big difference. We’ve pulled together some of our homework help top tips so you can create a positive learning environment at home.
Break it down into manageable chunks
Where possible, split the work into smaller sections rather than having one long homework session. If your child is older and needs to do homework more regularly, schedule some breaks in between instead. Breaks help keep your mind focused and make studying feel less daunting, particularly if your child is struggling.
Create a routine
Establishing a set time and place to do homework helps your child form habits. It also means fewer disagreements over when to do it as it’s already been agreed. Try to stick to a specific day for studying for primary school children or at certain times of the evening for secondary school students.
Make sure they’re not hungry
Whether it’s after dinner or giving them a snack straight after school, make sure they’ve eaten something before beginning, and that they keep a drink with them too. Hunger can make it difficult to concentrate, so it’s likely to be a bigger battle to get homework finished.
Setting goals or rewards can help encourage younger children to complete homework.
Keep feedback positive
If you need to correct work or point your child in the right direction, keep it as positive as possible. Negative or overly critical reactions from parents can be discouraging.
How we can help
If your child is struggling to keep up with their school work, the Extra Tuition Centre offers tuition in Centres across Kent and South East London. We have high quality, experienced tutors who can provide support and guidance, by establishing areas your child needs to work on and helping them to progress. Inspiring confidence in learning is key to successful tuition, which can help with studying at home, too.