- Provide a quiet, well-lit space, away from distractions and with all the right study materials--paper, pens, pencils, books, a dictionary and a desk, if possible. (At the kitchen table with some oversight is okay, too.)
- Try to find a separate space for each of your children, or schedule quiet times for homework in designated spaces. (If that's not possible, there's still the kitchen table.)
- Create a regular schedule, allowing for adequate study and free time.
- Limit TV time and do not allow it during homework. (Some studies have found that music can be helpful.)
- When possible, be available to answer questions. Try doing a problem or two together, then watch as your child tries the next one.
- Avoid simply giving an answer. Instead, ask questions that let your child see the problem in smaller, sequential steps.
- Be sure your child is using his/her planner. This can make a big difference in organizing your child.
- Share any concerns with your child's teachers about the amount or type of homework assigned. Be sure to let them know if your child is having difficulty or is unable to do most of it by themself.
(These homework hints have been adapted from "Ten Ways to Help Your Child Tackle His Homework," by Peggy Gisler, Ed.S and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.)