So-and-so's terrible, no-good, awful, horrifying worksheet for Chemistry that is due the next day.
These five tips for completing your homework on time, however, should help you get that homework finished on time.
Let ’Em Vent: Best for Everyone When your routine is upended — and your kid hasn’t even started his homework — ease frustration by letting him complain. You can help your child by talking to her about what she remembers from class and steering her to the textbook.
Listen, empathize (“Wow, that is a lot of work”), and state his feelings back to him (“You sound upset”). If she’s still lost, just have her write a note to the teacher explaining that she doesn’t understand.
At that point, she can take a short break or keep going — and many kids continue.
“Racing against a timer gives kids an external sense of urgency if they don’t have an internal one,” she notes (besides, it’s fun! But it’s not an excuse for sloppy work, so tell her to go over it before she puts it back in her folder. Plan, Plan, Plan: Best for 3rd- to 5th-Graders Many teachers will break down big projects into a series of deadlines so that children learn to budget time.
If you don’t hear back from the teacher in a few days, or your child is still clueless on the next assignment, follow up with an e-mail.
Most teachers will be understanding if a student does this once in a while, says Grace, but if your child frequently fails to finish her assignments, there will probably be a consequence. Change the Scene: Best for Daydreamers Something as simple as a special place to work can boost a child’s motivation and, in turn, his confidence.
If you work, that means homework duties will fall to the after-school caregiver.
This way, the bulk of it can get done before your kiddo’s too pooped — and you can just review and wrap things up once you get home. Create a Call List: Best for Forgetters From kindergarten on, kids need a list of three or four classmates they can call on when they forget an assignment, says Ann Dolin, M.