Oxford Learning shares top 10 back
Back to school time is just around the corner. Hey, just sayin The Oxford Learning folks sent me some interesting survey stats about students and homework anxiety. For example, did you know that one quarter of Canadian parents actually do their children homework/projects? Naughty, naughty! What are we teaching our kids when we do that?
To kick start the school year and hopefully help you make the grade here a media release from Oxford Learning, featuring the learning centre top 10 homework tips:
Returning back to school and adjusting to the workload of a new gra Skechers Boots de can be a bit of a nasty shock for students especially if they have not maintained school year habits over the summer break. A national survey conducted by Lger for Oxford Learning, Canada’s leading provider of supplemental education, reveals that 44% of Canadian students experience homework anxiety and more than of Canadian parents (33%) rarely or never sit down with their child/children during homework time.
“Routine is critical to homework success, and the results of this survey suggest that parents may not be playing a pivotal role in providing structure and guidance,” says Dr. Nick Whitehead, president of Oxford Learning. “At each grade level, homework increases in importance. When students don’t have a strong homework routine in place, they may have difficulties adjusting to the demands of the school year.”
While the survey reveals that 67% of parents regularly sit with their child while he/she does homework, a surprising one quarter of Canadian parents actually do their children’s school project/homework. The experts at Oxford Learning recommend that parents help their children make the back to school adjustment period easier by helping them develop strong homework habits before school starts.
“It’s very important that parents are available to help their children with homework, but not actively doing the work for them,” says Whitehead. “To prepare students for the year ahead, parents need to help develop long term goals and a homework routine from day one. It’s also important for parents to continually touch base with their children, asking them specific in depth questions such as ‘How are you doing with fractions?’ Parents should not be solving problems for their children but rather be engaged and provide tools to help their children manage their workload.”
When it comes to back to school prep, developing a homework routine early on and finding solutions to problems before they start is critical and can help establish the foundation for a successful school year.
1. Take strong class notes. The first step in making homework easier actually begins in class with good note taking. Students have to be actively paying attention in class and engaged in the subject.
2. Use an agenda. An agenda is a very important tool that helps students stay organized. But, it can be used for more than just copying down daily homework assignments: it can help students prioritize their workflow, organize their time, keep track of questions to ask the teacher, and much, much more.
3. Establish a homework habitat. Different study locations can actually help students experience better recall, but having one place where students can dump their book bags and keep their school supplies helps them get organized, eliminates time wasting activities such as searching for that calculator or pencil sharpener, and goes a long way to helping establish a groovy homework routine.
4. Remove distractions. Soci Skechers Boots al networks, gaming, TVs, and cell phones are the biggest student distractions. Studies show that students can spend up to seven hours per day online. Create a screen time sched Skechers Boots ule and make homework the priority. If students work better with a little background noise, then put the radio on at a low volume.
5. It’s homework time. Students need to work on homework at approximately the same time every day to develop a habit into their daily schedule. By being consistent about when they crack open the books, students will find themselves getting into the homework groove regularly and effortlessly.
6. Offer guidance and praise. Parents should be available to offer support and guidance when needed but not actively do the work for their children. Praise children’s efforts (rather than their intelligence) and recognize their hard work and commitment to delivering their best.
7. Know what works for you. There’s a lot of different advice about how to proceed with homework. Start with the h Skechers Boots ardest subject? Start with the easiest subject? But there is only one piece of advice that students really need: do whatever works for you. The important thing is that they develop a routine that helps them easily get into the homework groove.
8. Stayinformed. The school year can move pretty fast and sometimes there isn’t time to catch up with the curriculum. Keep an open line of communication with the teacher(s) and ask about upcoming projects and assignments to stay ahead.
9. Watch frustration levels. Monitor attitudes about school and homework. If children can’t solve a question or problem, take a break and move on to the next question.
10. Set a time frame. There is a 10 minute rule of thumb for how long homework should take: 10 minutes for grade one, then add 10 minutes for every grade that follows. Following the formula, a child in grade six should have one hour of homework (60 minutes); a student in grade 12 should have two hours (120 minutes).