Parents’ involvement in their children’s homework can make a big difference in their performance in school. This involvement not only offers practical assistance but also communicates the importance of education. 

The struggle to get motivated 

These days more and more children view homework as a chore rather than something they enjoy. This makes it much more difficult for parents to motivate children to sit down and even begin the task of homework. Simply put, when homework feels like a chore, a child is likely to avoid it rather than embracing the task at hand. 

A simple way to combat this is offering an incentive for your child as a form of encouragement for completing homework. Incentives like 10 minutes of Ipad time or Mcdonalds’ for dinner can act as a form of external motivation for your child at the beginning stages of getting them to gain a love for homework and learning. Once a habit starts to form, building a love of learning and the want to improve as internal motivators will make homework seem less like a chore for them and more of a means to academic success.

Remove distractions

When homework is the last thing a child wants to do, they tend to get easily distracted by anything they may deem more interesting to look at. An easy way to keep them on task is to remove all surrounding distractions and set up a productive work space. This means keeping electronics out of sight, keeping the room quiet with no loud sounds or music and if there are other people in the room not doing productive work as well, it would be best to have them leave the room. 

 

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Break down the work into parts

A 12 year old can only focus for about 25 – 40 minutes at a time before needing to refocus. Breaking up the work into parts and allowing your child to take a 10 minutes break in between will make the work seem less overwhelming and a lot more manageable. Some physical activity like having them stretch their legs, or a quick snack can refresh the mind and make the overall homework time more enjoyable. Not only will breaking down the work into small parts allow for better focus, whenever your child completes one section it can instil a sense of accomplishment.

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Set a good example. 

After you’ve set up your work space, sitting beside your child and engaging in your own work can help to set a good example for them. That way you can not only monitor their progress but be a source of motivation for them.

Make it fun

Every child engages with the learning process in different ways. Remember to take that into account even when they are doing their homework. When coming across a particularly difficult concept, using flashcards or mindmaps may work better for the visual learner. If your child has more of a creative mind, encourage creativity by incorporating arts and crafts into the learning process or allowing your child to illustrate concepts through drawing or painting. 

It is always important to account for every child’s learning needs. If your child continues to struggle with homework, maybe extra help is required. Our tutors at Happy Tutors can help with that!  From Primary School to Junior College, students can expect to be taught by subject specialist tutors who are patient and passionate in aiding their students tackle school examinations. Find a centre closest to you: https://happytutors.edu.sg/