5 Productive Ways for Parents to Help with School Work
The global Average time that parents spend to help their kids with homework is around 6.7 hours per week.
But is helping with homework really the key?
You can help your kids to learn more, study effectively and engage with materials in other ways…
Try to focus on these methods of helping your kids succeed at school.
1.Quality over quantity.
The hours you spend helping your kids are not a reflection of how much you’re helping them. In fact, some of the world’s best performers in education standards have the lowest levels of parental help…
So don’t work on increasing the hours you put in…
Work on getting the most out of them!
And you can do that by helping through…
2. Assistance over answers.
We suggested why parents shouldn’t be helping kids with their homework. If you help your kids to find answers to questions or to complete their tasks…You’re stopping them from improving their own problem solving and research skills.
And as Professors said – teachers are assigning students to work that they know and expect they can complete on their own. If you do part or all of the work for them, you’re sending the message that you don’t think they’re up for the challenge. This can lower their confidence in their abilities and decrease their motivational levels, because they know they can rely on you to help them get the work done.
Instead of giving answers, ask questions.
Guide them in the right direction, but don’t show them the way.
They’ll learn more, and feel a greater sense of accomplishment if they figure things out for themselves.
Speaking of which, remember to focus on…
3. Learning over results.
Remember, and remind your kids, of the real reason they go to school. It’s not to get good grades, or to top the class, or to win awards – it’s to learn.
Help your kids to value the privilege of learning.
Encourage them to pursue their passions, whether they’re naturally good at them or not…
Talk to them about subjects they may not be naturally interested in, and make them relevant, so they know that they are valuable and worth learning…
And take the pressure off the end game, and put value back into the process…
So that they can enjoy and relish in the process of learning — and excel at it!
4. Balance over excess.
Out of school time shouldn’t be dominated by homework and study. Kids need time to unwind, to play, to relax and to engage in activities that interest them outside of their school curriculum. For young children, playtime is an incredibly important part of learning.
And for older kids, a balanced lifestyle – including socializing, personal leisure time and physical activity – is key to good mental health. Plus, if children can compartmentalize their homework, getting it done efficiently, and then moving on to other tasks…
They’ll be much less likely to want to avoid it and won’t feel bogged down by it.
Making study a consistent part of a routine is a great way to develop healthy homework habits.
After a break, snack and some fresh air after school, but before dinner, allows kids to enjoy family time after the fact, and unwind and switch off before bed.
5. Long-term engagement over last-minute cramming.
The key to effective learning is not minded maps, memorizing and note-taking…
It’s engagement with the materials.
So help your children to be interested in the topics they’re learning.
Find ways to make them relevant or exciting.
Ask them questions about what they’re learning, and help them to think critically about the task at hand.
For young kids, for example, find ways to use maths and science in everyday situations.
For older kids, discuss current events and relate them to their studies.
If students can look past the words on the page (or computer) and see how the information relates to their daily lives…
They’ll be much more able to interpret and retain what they learn.
However, parents DO play a huge role in their children’s learning…
And with a little focus and a lot of talking, you can help your kids with school without even trying.