Are you trying to get involved in your child’s homework? Homework is a fundamental part of a student's academic journey, but let's be honest, it often comes with a fair share of stress and anxiety (for both you, and your child!).
Whether your child is in primary school or high school, we have put together our 5 top tips on how to make this time a lot less stressful for parents and students!
Homework time for parents can often feel overwhelming. But it doesn't have to.
With the right strategies and a positive mindset, you can make homework time less stressful and more productive. Throughout our work at A² Tutors, we’ve learned that when supporting your child with their school work, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every student is very different in their abilities, challenges, and preferences in learning experiences. What can be a smooth-sailing homework session for one students can feel like the world is crashing down for another.
Here’s what our qualified teachers and experienced tutors have learned about turning homework time from painful to pleasant.
Create a Dedicated Homework Space
Just think about it... if you changed your work space multiple times a week, it would reduce your level of productivity as your brain tries to adapt to your new 'go-zone' each day. So, one of the keys to reducing homework stress is setting up a dedicated workspace. Find a quiet, well-lit area in your home where your child can work without distractions. Make sure they have all the necessary supplies within arm's reach, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, and a device if needed. Having a designated space helps signal to your child's brain that it's time to focus, making it easier to get into the homework mindset!
Establish a Homework Routine
Consistency is crucial when it comes to completing homework as seamless as possible. Have a chat with your child to understand what their preference would be in terms of the time they need to complete their homework. This helps them feel involved and in control with the new decision! Some students find it helpful to start their homework right after school, while others prefer to take a short break before diving in. A routine also encourages consistency, teaches planning and organisational skills, and makes both you and your child responsible to follow the routine. Your main job: Make sure they stick to it!
Make learning FUN!
While homework does not need to be a time filled with stress and anxiety, there will always be some pain points. When your child is not feeling up for the challenge, make it fun for them (and you!) These days, children connect well with the digital world. Look into the apps and online videos that will give your child to have a more interactive and engaging experience. Join them when they are experiencing these ruts, as something as simple as having Mum or Dad next to them can be the most positive influence.
Understand your child's biggest challenges
Recognising genuine or perceived learning obstacles in your child is essential, and it's crucial to confront them proactively. Be open, honest, and far from judgemental when speaking with your child about the subjects and topics that they find challenging at school. Even better, start by sharing what your challenges are. You may be surprised as to how quickly that wall get broken down and allows your child to open up. Engage in a constructive dialogue with your child to understand their areas of struggle, and use this insight to shape your teaching approach at home.
Ask for help
It's perfectly normal to encounter negative feelings around homework time. Instead of letting frustration build up, seek help when needed. No one is expecting you to be a poetry expert! If you are not sure how you can help your child in a particular subject, there are many other options for you. Finding an experienced support will give your child the opportunity to improve in their confidence and academics (and saves you from some headaches). Remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and it can greatly reduce the stress associated with difficult assignments.