- Organization: Check the system your son or daughter is using, such as a filing organizer or colored folder system. Clean it out every quarter. Keep all papers until the semester is complete and final grades are posted. Use a planner, notepad, or calendar for keeping a list of assignments.
- Expect homework: Always ask what homework your student has (Don't ask IF they have homework or not because the answer will usually be "no".)
- Homework time: Develop and maintain a structured routine. It sometimes takes organization on the parent's part to make this happen. Ex. supper time, doctor appointments, HOMEWORK, piano lessons, shopping, ballgames/practice, etc.
- Homework environment: Provide an accessible computer and printer, dictionaries, paper, books, and supplies. Restrict cell phone use during this time. Study more difficult subjects first. Students can take short breaks (Ex. 10 min.) between subjects (for snacks, cell phone, etc.) as a reward. Parents must monitor this homework time/environment. It is important to minimize distractions and eliminate temptations for the student stop work. In other words, if other people in the house are playing or conversing, the student will resent study time because they are restricted from joining in the fun. Keep these distractions and temptations out of hearing or eyesight. A radio on low can be helpful; however, television is an absolute no, no! Stay up late with your student if the study time is late.
- Teach your student to "steal" time for study (Ex. grab 10 min.). This is a good skill for college life.
- Big project ideas: Parents, know when those are coming and post of refrigerator. The biggest problem with procrastination is just getting started. Students tend to put off what seems overwhelming or confusing. Start early; sometimes starting on the weekend works best because you can break down the information and define a game plan for completing the task.
- Be available when your student is working on a big project.
- Teach priorities: Determine what is important or immediate. What can wait?
- Complaining is not in the vocabulary of an achiever. Blaming the teacher is not in the vocabulary of the achiever. Being an achiever is a mindset; one chooses to achieve! Parents, teach perseverance and homework discipline. The results will be positively positive!