Here’s a list from Adam Waxler of some homework strategies that parents can use with their children:
1. Set up a consistent place for school work to be done. Homework
should be done in the same place every night – not on the couch
one night, at the dinner table the next, and the bedroom the
2. Organize your work spot to maximize efficiency. Have a
box with everything your child might need to complete any given
homework assignment…pencils, erasers, glue, scissors, markers,
paper etc. This will greatly reduce homework procrastination.
3. Help your child establish a consistent schedule for
completing assignments. Depending on the child’s after school
schedule, it may not be possible to do the homework at the same
time every night. Therefore, it may be wise to sit down Sunday
night each week and create the homework schedule for the
4. Do not sit with your child and do the homework together. The
purpose of the homework is for your child to practice what he or
she has learned in class. If your child cannot do the homework
by herself then you need to contact the teacher.
5. After your child completes the homework, discuss it…What
did he or she learn from the homework? What steps were easy?
6. Your child should spend roughly 10 minutes per grade level on
home assignments. For example, a 2nd grader should spend 20 minutes on
school work while an 8th grader should spend 80 minutes. Again, if
your child continues to consistently spend more time than this on
homework make sure to contact your child’s teacher.
If you would like a more detailed examination of homework problems and corrective strategies go here.