Homework Tips and Tricks

Tips for Students:
  • Write all assignments in your agenda to help you stay organized.
  • Establish a specific time each evening to complete homework and set a timer in order to finish in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Organize your assignments by dividing them into smaller segments.  Set deadlines and give yourself a reward for each deadline met.
  • Place completed homework assignments in your backpack so you don't accidentally leave them at home.  
Tips for Teachers:
  • Document all completed and missing assignments to have on file and share with parents/guardians if necessary.
  • Be clear about your expectations and the consequences for not completing homework.   
  • Provide the student with clear, written directions for completing assignments at home.
  • Partner the student with a peer who can model the act of completing homework and returning it to school.
  • Reinforce other students for completing homework assignments and returning them to school. 
 
Tips for Parents/Guardians:
  • Review your child’s homework responsibilities after school so he/she knows what to expect for the evening. 
  • Build in time for your child to reboot themselves after school—eat a snack, take a break, play a game, spend time on a device, etc.
  • Be consistent.  Establish a routine for homework by setting the same time and place each night for work to be completed. 
  • Encourage your child to write all homework assignments in his/her agenda at school, or to use some other type of planner to help stay organized.
  • Make positive comments about school and the importance of completing homework.  
 
References:

McCarney, Stephen B. (2006). Pre-referral intervention manual. Columbia: Hawthorne Educational Services, Inc.