A mum helping her son with his homework - they are giving each other a high five

Helping Your Children With Homework

Education is important, it teaches us about the world and helps us develop as individuals. We can find our place in the world and work towards a focused career, to earn our living and become a contributing member of society. Education leads to educated individuals who can offer more to their community, whether through social support or other means. With education comes homework and by modern day standards, homework seems to have increased since parents were in school. On average, secondary school children between ages 11 to 13 are expected to complete between 30 to 90 minutes a day. This increases to 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on the amount of GCSE coursework to complete. With this amount of workload, it can often be difficult to motivate children into sitting down and completing their homework without fuss.

Why is Homework Important

While homework may seem like a chore, it offers a vast number of benefits to children including teaching them independent learning and promoting time-keeping skills. Additionally, homework is a good tool for developing good study habits, which they can take through to higher learning and can improve retention of the subject matter.

Motivating Children

While not every method will work with every child, there are ways to help motivate and support your child as they tackle their homework tasks. Simple procedures such as making a distraction-free environment and allowing kids to choose where they complete their homework can go a long way.

Making Time

It can be difficult when there is so much going on in life to properly sit down with your child as they go through their homework. It’s important to try and carve out a small slice of the day that you can make yourself available to offer support.

When your child completes their homework will be related to their character and personal needs. If your child has the motivation to sit down and complete homework after getting in from school, it can promote a sense of accomplishment. While others may need that all-important activity break before settling down and getting on with their work.

Consider creating a homework schedule with your child, allowing them a small amount of control can go a long way in encouraging motivation.

Reaching Out

While core school subjects haven’t changed much over the years, the learning methods and procedures can be vastly different to what you remember. Particularly in math subjects. Building a support network of friends and family who have the knowledge to help in certain subjects can be hugely valuable. It teaches your child the benefit of reaching out to others for support and can help build trust.

If you and your child get stuck and are not able to understand the subject at hand, make sure to communicate with the teacher. They may be able to offer further time on the subject to help your child better understand the subject matter. This also prevents misinformation and confusion should you try to muddle through the topic and teaches your child the importance of clarifying information.

Chart It Out

Using charts and graphs to track homework tasks and offer rewards can be a fantastic motivator for your child (even adults can still benefit from this method!). Keeping track of the homework completed each night and where the necessary break down larger projects into smaller, manageable chunks. Using a sticker chart is great fun and turns a standard method of time-keeping into a more fun exercise that will help promote organisational skills in your child.

Hire a Tutor

When your child is having trouble understanding a subject, they might start to fall behind which can lead to a loss of confidence. If your child continues to struggle with a certain subject or you can’t offer them enough time or have the resources available to help, it might be wise to look at a tutor.

Educate Yourself

Education doesn’t stop once you leave school, we are constantly learning new skills and abilities, from a new job to new hobbies. If you have the time and wanted to offer better support for your child(ren) there are a host of resources available on teaching.

Working in a school or within the classroom is an excellent opportunity for better educating yourself on the learning methods in today’s schools. While you don’t require a degree, the experience of working with children will always be advantageous and it can be beneficial for the teacher, allowing them more one-on-one time with their pupils. You could talk to your child’s school or there are plenty of resources online for teaching assistant jobs available in Cambridgeshire from Teach in Cambs.

These are just a few options for better supporting your child in their education however it’s important to remember that all children are different. What works for someone may not work for others so it’s important to work together to find the appropriate motivator for your child. Education is necessary, it benefits us all, but there’s no reason it can’t also be fun.


*This is a collaborative post*

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