How to help your student focus on homework
By now, school has probably started for most of your students. And It's a mixture of how soon going back to school some are going back as. You know as if nothing has really happened and they're going back to full days summer doing hybrid days based on their last name. some are. Partially online some days and in the school other days and some students are fully online but. No matter. How your student is going back to school. one thing that I wanted to talk about and I like to do this these kinds of talks in this series at the beginning of a school year kind of our back to school series today I, just really WanNa talk about helping your teen focus on their homework and when I share three tips because according to the act research students who spend less than six hours per week at home during homework are nearly twice as likely to be low achievers. Than students who are considered high achievers so I JUST WANNA share to some practical ways to help your students succeed and you know again, it's going to be a little bit more challenging but they either just general ideas and this is really important because what students often don't realize is that when they're applying for college in the fall of their senior year, schools are looking back grades in their ninth tenth and Eleventh Grade Year. So those first three years of critical you know. So you really need to think of it as sort of you know the Kind of the on ramp where they should either maintain their grades or improve their grades and having a plan in place to do that will make all the difference. So tip number one really say clear goals and expectations What are the expectations? For each class. you know and began to discuss those with your student in terms of you know what needs to be done when taking a look at over a big projects getting those on your calendar. And having a discussion around what's a typical amount of homework each night I would say sit down and really talk about it and carve out a schedule to make sure that your student is doing their homework and maintaining a a study schedule specially if again, if they're in their junior year and they had their psat coming up in October. You know that's another element that they're adding on top of their regular homework. Number two I would say set up a proper study area. So to really help your student, achieve their goals, they're going to need a place to study. It may be a kitchen table dining room table. but you know, well, let area quiet area. place where there are few distractions or the fewer the better I know can be a little bit difficult especially if some parents are home. But you know having a dedicated space with the supplies that they need to avoid any last-minute trips to the store or Any kind of delays is really helpful. So knowing you know what that study area is going to be what you need, and then having a few things for projects because even in the virtual environment, there are students who will still be required to do project. So get those poster boards, markers, glue sticks, scissors, tape. You know all those things that you're going to need to do those projects and to present them virtually. and. Then the third thing to really help your student focus on homework and doing well would be for you to step in when needed. So. Don't be afraid to step in if they're struggling especially, if they're online I mean it can be very difficult, very challenging and so making making it a point to check in regularly to see how they're doing and maybe scheduling additional time outside of the classroom environment where you may not have needed to do it for particular one of your students but if you need to step been. Definitely step in and what I find some of the ways were students routinely need. The extra support is with time management and study skills. It's really know how to manage their time in this this kind of either virtual space or hybrid, and then study skills just general study skills and these kinds of skills were carry them not just through high school, but into college and beyond. So again, you know if if your students help. Consider getting a tutor or some type of support to help them so that they don't fall behind again I can't stress enough but you know really doing well in the ninth Anthony Eleventh Grade will set them up well for their senior year as applying. For Colleges.