The school day comes to a close every afternoon, leaving many students with studying to be done at home. Students and parents can work together in order to get the most out of homework.
"The biggest thing for a parent to do is to provide a good atmosphere for studying," Storm Lake High School counselor Diana Koch said. "Parents need to give their students space and time to do their homework."
The best place to do homework is in an organized study spot. It can be as large as a room or as small as a desk, or one end of the kitchen table, as long as it meets the student's needs.
Students and parents should work together to find a place that is well lit, quiet, comfortable, neat, stocked with school items and attractive. Every student is different, so it's important to find what works best for each student.
Parents should encourage their child to study in the same place every day because a child becomes conditioned to studying in one spot and soon they can automatically concentrate there. To do their best in school, kids need to study every day. If they don't have assignments, they can review or do extra reading.
Most parents want to know when a child should study. Experts say any time is okay, as long as it's not late at night. The ideal time is when the child is most alert. This might be after school, after dinner or early in the morning.
The hardest subjects should be studied first because they demand the most energy and motivation. If a child is intimidated by homework, starting with the easy parts may help.
Read the rest of this article in the 12/26 Pilot Tribune.