As parents, you play an important role when your child is completing homework, especially when they’re undertaking bigger projects that are going to require a lot of time and dedication. Even though it can be tempting to do the work for them, it’s important to coach your child and provide advice and guidance. This will be much more helpful in the long run and ensure they do their best. Here’s a few ways you can do this without overstepping the mark.
Start by asking questions. Ask which area of the subject interests them the most? What do they want the end result to look like? This will help your child understand the assignment and narrow down the area they want to concentrate on. Once they have chosen a focus, asking questions that encourage creativity and individuality is key, especially if they want the project to be unique. What’s your favourite thing about this time period? What is the key point you are making? Who is your favourite character? Is there a fact that really stands out? Encourage your child to write down their answers as this is how they will start their project. It also means they have something to refer back to later down the line if they need inspiration.
Time management is going to be key for your child if they’re undertaking a big homework project. We recommend using the calendar to map out some realistic goals with them depending on the time they have. If there’s 6 weeks to complete a project, create some mini deadlines and set specific targets that need to be completed by the end of each week. For example, by the end of week one, all research for the assignment should be completed. This will also make sure the work is handed in on time and make a big task seem more manageable rather than overwhelming. For more information on our recognised X-Skills’ academic game and how the tutors with Tutor Doctor teach students valuable skills such as time management and organisation, click here.
Encouraging your child to narrow their focus really is some of the most helpful guidance you can give them. It’s easy for children to get carried away with big projects and try to do it all, when there just isn’t the time. Suggest they focus on one area and do plenty of research, figuring out the important elements that need to be included. If a project is too complex it can often end in disaster as they will either end up running out of time or rushing to finish.
One task at a time
Get your child to work on one task at a time. This will mean they’re giving their full attention to that part of the project, meaning it’s completed to the best of their ability. It’s often thought that multitasking is beneficial, however, if your kids are trying to assemble their project, write their presentation, and research at the same time, it’s going to be stressful and not their best work. As long as time is mapped out properly it will be easy for them to concentrate on one part of their assignment at once.
Designated work space
Setting up your child with a designated work space will be a great help, especially if they’re undertaking a big task spread across a few weeks. It means your kids can leave out all their books or the work that’s in progress, which eliminates them having to gather their materials every time they need to get back to work. Having an area like this can also increase concentration levels and become an enjoyable place to sit whilst completing their project.