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4 Homework Habits of Successful Students
Homework is a word that many kids learn to dread, but this is simply because they’ve had unpleasant experiences. Although homework might not ever be your child’s favorite thing to do, you can help encourage certain habits that will make homework easier to accomplish. Here are a few homework habits every child (including yours) should have.
Procrastination is the bane of all homework assignments. Putting off different homework assignments can cause stress, less-than-stellar work, and poor grades. In order to make homework time more successful, teach your child to never procrastinate. A homework assignment needs to be started as soon as possible and should be done well in advance of any deadlines. This gives your child the time needed to research a topic, complete any questions at a reasonable pace, and to feel calm and relaxed as due dates near.
TAKE STUDY BREAKS
You won’t see your child complaining about this homework habit. As your child gets older, you will notice that homework time gets longer and longer. This is due to more difficult and complex assignments, as well as a heavier workload. Trying to pull an all-nighter or simply trying to get a large amount of homework done in one sitting is not conducive to learning. Encourage your child to take study breaks after a smaller task or assignment as been completed. The study break could be something as simple as standing up and walking around the room or stretching different body parts.
Your child’s priorities should always include homework, but it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. When your child has multiple homework assignments that need to be completed, either for different teachers or for a single teacher, prioritizing can help eliminate stress and anxiety. Teach your child how to look at different assignments and prioritize according to due date and effort needed to complete the task. By prioritizing, your child will complete the most pressing tasks first and then will be able to take a little more time on the rest of the assignments.
GO OVER WORK
So many kids race through homework, and as soon as they pencil in the last answer on a worksheet, they’re done. Although there is nothing wrong with trying to get homework done in a timely manner, rushing will only get your child in trouble. Mistakes are bound to happen, no matter what pace your child works through homework. Because mistakes are invariable, teach your child to go back through the assignment and check answers. This can help catch simple mistakes, such as when your child accidentally adds instead of subtracts a number.
Teaching your child these valuable homework habits can help your child be more successful in everything. Your child will continue to use these homework habits, even after graduating from high school or college.