Homework tips

10 useful homework tips and strategies

  1. Encourage your child to develop a daily routine after school, setting aside time for homework to be undertaken.
  2. Sit and jointly plan time for homework tasks in advance so they are not managed at the last minute by your child.
  3. Talk to your child about their homework, reading through work completed at home, discussing the quality of their work and what they have learnt.
  4. Provide a place at home where homework can be completed without distractions such as the television or mobile devices.
  5. Offer praise and encouragement to your child with issues linked to homework. Remain positive and be supportive. Remember, it is their homework but you are there to support and guide where this is needed.
  6. Encourage your child to proof-read their work and make the necessary amendments to improve the quality and presentation of their work
  7. Encourage your child to utilise their ICT skills through the use of the Internet for research, as well as through books at home or at the public library.
  8. Encourage your child to make use of the school library, offering access to computers, school network and reference books. (Lunchtime and after school: 3.05 pm to 4.00 pm daily).
  9. With longer-term projects, discuss a work schedule with your child to break the main project into more manageable ‘bite-sized’ parts. These can then be managed weekly, avoiding a mad rush to complete a task set many weeks previously.
  10. Openly share any concerns that you have with your child relating to homework by making contact with their form tutor.