How to make homework easier? A guide for parents

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Home Schooling has suddenly transformed post the pandemic hit world. It is no longer the exception to the rule, but the rule itself. However, given that kids are still enrolled in school, but classrooms are now at every kids home, getting homework done has turned into a bit of an issue.

While parents are busy on their calls and working on their laptops and household activities that just cannot stop; studying itself can be harrowing with everything going on at home. Doing homework can seem even more daunting than before. Parents must understand that the work a child was expected to do either at home or at their tutors in many cases, now everything has moved to one single base. A child could feel compelled to go out and play or be extremely vulnerable to pick up their phones or other gadgets to catch up on their games which are way more accessible to them now. Given a short attention span a child normally has, these distractions are as it is an add on to their existing study schedules. A child is used to doing only and only their homework and self-study at home, the learning is all at schools or at their tuition centres. Now homework feels like a burden considering the child is already taking his/ her class online from home.

In situations like this, it is vital for every parent, to add in that extra effort to ensure that no matter where the child studies from, their education isn’t one that is compromised. Here are 5 solid time tested easy-to-implement strategies to use with kids when that inevitable homework resistance crops up. These tips and tricks ensure your child gets their homework done and you can claim to be Super Mom or Super Dad.

Here are the 5 Solid Tips for Tackling your Homework

Set the mood

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Home isn’t a formal classroom. Let’s live with that, but one can definitely try and make the best of it. It might not be possible for every parent to designate a separate room to their child for their studies, but the environment can be set for the same. A quiet zone, furthest away from all the noise of the kitchen and everyone else’s work. It could really be just a tiny spot also.

Ensure your kid has access to water and from time to time, a snack and a little care helps. You must designate a no distraction time with no phones, TV, tablet or any other gadget likely to distract your kid.

Try the 5-minute rule

five minute rule

As per this rule, you pick an assignment and stick to it for atleast 5 minutes, you are likely to get fixated on the work and complete it. Putting homework off only means piling up work which then seems like a monumental assignment to complete. Make sure this is a regular affair and not a weekly or monthly one.

Timetable

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Children learn fast and adapt to multiple classes and different learnings all at once. This is mostly because of the system of timetables. Marked out time zones with limited learning. It isn’t endless, its focussed and there is always a surety that there is a break coming soon, something else to look forward to, something exciting, so anything and everything seems achievable. Apply the same magical rule at home, even for homework and you can be rest assured that the homework will get done, on time and the learning will continue and there is promised play time and fun time at the end of it.

Encourage asking for help

teaching kids to ask for help

Your child needs your help. Even when they don’t, knowing that help is just around the corner, is very helpful and calming. Telling your child to ask you for help is putting your child in a place where they know that they can ask without the fear of being rejected or scorned at. However, ensure that your child isn’t misusing this offering.

Set an example yourself, by asking their teachers for help. Stay updated with your child’s progress and also their requirements from the most trust worthy source possible, while also showing your child that asking for help is fine and should be practiced when the need so arises, but preferably sparingly.

Make learning fun

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Any child, at the end of the day, is just that, a child. Children need learning, but children also need their fun and games. Gamify their learning to leverage the best of both and make learning an activity that your child looks forward to. Not always like tests, but tasks, each task worth something, some kind of gratification, a coupon, a praise, getting credit for the work, aspiring to do more, not just homework. When adults like games so much so that they make careers out of it, imagine what a game means for a child. Add in that element of gaming to your child’s homework and be rest assured that no homework is pending, the grades are solid and your child has definitely learnt in a way that will stick with them in the long run, not just for the tests.

While all this is brilliant, the most important thing is to remember to praise your child and encourage them to put their best foot forward and learn to enjoy learning. Don’t pressurise your child to always keep doing more and making the extra effort, its important to lay back sometimes. Learning to be self-driven early on, needs the right encouragement. Ice cream treats for a job well done, extra play time for homework completed before time, every small thing counts and go the long way.

Lastly, it’s important to remember, every child is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. But each one of them require attention and nurturing. While some parents find it easy to sit and actually take on the responsibility of teaching their children, it isn’t possible for many. However, being there for your child will often be the support that they need.