Homework Tips
Many students try to avoid it.  Homework, however, can improve grades and make children better students.  It also helps children learn to be responsible and gives them a sense of control and accomplishment.

Teachers give homework for three reasons:

1.  To help students understand and review the work that has been covered in class.

2.  To see whether students understand the lesson.

3.  To help students learn how to find and use more information on a subject.

Homework is also the link between school and home that shows what children are studying. 
Make homework a daily activity and help your child develop good homework habits.  If possible, set up a quiet comfortable study area with good lighting and the school supplies that your child might need.  Allow your child to study in the way he or she learns best.
Research shows that children and teens who spend four or more hours each day watching television don't work as hard in school and don't read as well as other children.  Some students can work with a radio or stereo on, while others must work in silence.  Television can be a big problem.  Many teachers ask that the television be turned off while children are doing homework.
One of the most important things you can do to help your child is to show that you think homework is important.  Many children today do their homework while their parents are at work.  When you are at home, ask to see your child's homework and discuss it with him or her.  Ask questions and be supportive.
Younger students often need extra homework help.  First, make sure the child understands the directions.  Do a few problems together, then watch your child do a few.  When your child is finished, check the work.  Praise right answers, and show how to correct mistakes.  Avoid doing your child's homework for him or her.  Teachers need to see where your child is having trouble.
You don't have to be an expert to help with homework.  There are many places to go for help.  Today's students may have subjects that you never had or that you didn't like when you were in school.  You can still help your child by praising his or her progress, getting help from the public library or homework hotline, and talking with the teacher.

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