Parents, it’s that time… Back to School 2020
Now is the time to break out of their same-old homework habits. Here are some back to school resolutions to stick to with your children for the New Year:
Your don't need one study space:
A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is key, but sometimes you need variety. Coffee shops, libraries, parks, or even just moving to the kitchen table will give your child a change of scenery which can prompt your brain to retain information better.
Track more than Homework in their school planner:
Keeping a calendar helps them plan ahead, but they’ve got more going on than just homework assignments! Make sure you’re marking all their extracurricular, work, and social commitments, too. (Tests, band practice, away games, half-days and holidays are just a few examples of reminders for their planner.)
Get into a routine:
When will you make the time to do your homework every day? Find the time of day that works best for you (this can change day-to-day, depending on your schedule!), and make a plan to hit the books.
Create a distraction-free zone:
Set a rule to turn off their cell phones so that they can concentrate on the homework tasks at hand.
Some tips to tell your kids:
Use class time wisely:
Is your teacher finished lecturing, but you still have 10 minutes of class left? Get a jump on your chemistry homework while it’s still fresh in your mind. Or use the time to ask your teacher about concepts that were fuzzy the first time
Look over your notes each night to make sure you've got it.
Fill in details, edit the parts that don’t make sense, and star or highlight the bits of information that you know are most important. Interacting with your notes will help you remember them.
Study a little every day:
Cramming all that history or life science might work in the short-term, but when comes time to study for midterms, you’ll be back at square 1. You might remember the facts long enough to ace the quiz, but reviewing the terms work later will help you store them for the long haul. Our brains are a powerful tool when used correctly. Short term memory only helps us now, ensure you study in small bits every night well in advance for all that information to really stick in your memory
Make a friend in every class:
Find a few people you can contact from each of your classes if you have a homework question or had to miss class (and do the same for them!). Then when it comes time to study for exams, you'll already have a study group.