Homework Tips

As a parent, your job is to teach your kids the organizing skills that will allow them to succeed as adults. That includes study skills — setting up a conducive environment for learning, providing the proper supplies, and helping your kids learn how to focus fully on the task at hand.

Being An Involved Parent

Checkmark-Iconstay in touch with teachers so you know what is going on at school

Xmark-Iconread the teacher’s comments on graded assignments

Checkmark-Iconmake sure your child understands homework assignments

Xmark-Iconmeet with the teacher early in the year before problems arise

Checkmark-Iconcooperate with the teacher to work out a plan to solve any problems

Xmark-Iconfollow up with teacher to make sure child is improving in weak areas

Creating The Proper Environment

Checkmark-Icongive your child the proper supplies to complete all assignments

Xmark-Iconunderstand and respect your child’s style of learning

Checkmark-Icongive your child a calendar or assignment book

Xmark-Icongive your child a book bag and folders to organize school supplies

Checkmark-Iconcolor code each class — blue for math, green for science, etc.

Xmark-Iconkeep schoolwork in order with two-pocket pronged folders

Checkmark-Iconleft side for “assignments to complete”

Xmark-Iconright side for “homework to turn in”

Checkmark-Iconmiddle prongs for schedules, supply lists, and reference

Setting Up A Study Center

Xmark-Iconset aside a large work area where your child can spread out

Checkmark-Iconmake sure there is adequate lighting and a comfortable seat

Xmark-Iconlocate your center away from noise and distractions

Checkmark-Iconset up a box for supplies and stacking trays for extra paper

Xmark-Iconinclude a dictionary, thesaurus, and other convenient reference

Checkmark-Icondry erase or bulletin board for notes, reminders, and planning

Teaching Time Management

Xmark-Iconset a timer to help your child stay on track

Checkmark-Iconset aside scheduled time each day for homework

Xmark-Iconknow what your child’s homework assignments are

Checkmark-Iconknow how long each assignment should take

Xmark-Iconhow to schedule and prioritize to get assignments done in time

Checkmark-Iconplay, TV, and friends only come after homework is completed

Xmark-Iconlimit the number of extra-curricular activities at one time

Checkmark-Iconsee that your child starts and completes his/her assignments

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.

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