We set aside time for snacks, frivolous foolishness, and homework immediately after school. The length of time is determined by the amount of assigned homework and how much studying or project preparation needs to be done. Generally, about three hours is allotted for all of the above. Prior to me establishing a time limit he would pick lint from under his fingernails, make paper ninja stars, sharpen a pencil down to a nub, and all other types of shenanigans before he'd write a word or number on a sheet of paper. It made for dreadful nights.
Least Favorite Subject First
The kid has always dreaded reading. He avoided any ELA homework like the Kardashians avoid anonymity. Starting with his least favorite subject just seemed to work. He's eager to get it out of the way and it makes his remaining work a breeze. If he has homework that he's really excited about and it's not time consuming, I usually allow him to work on that assignment first. That usually motivates him to complete the remaining work, regardless of what it is.
I would suggest trying both ways with your child to see what works. Kids have different motivating factors and structural preference. Find out what works best for your child and roll with it.
I am having a hard time trying to explain the art of note taking, so this one's a work in progress. I get this blank stare when I try to explain what he should write when reviewing class material. I think my process was a bit antiquated so I actually had to do some research in order to properly articulate what needs to be done. Here's what I came up with.
- Write down key words to help remember rules, facts, and ideas the teacher discussed during class.
- If you missed something or the teacher is going too fast, ask him/her to repeat themselves and regurgitate the same information to ensure understanding.
- Keep your notes organized and legible. Rewrite them if need be.
All things that should go without saying must be continually repeated when you're dealing with the male species, and this little staple of life is no different. Procrastination makes the easiest task ridiculously hard. I'll continue to ride the kid on this one and accept that it goes with the territory. If you can make your life a bit easier, then do so.
I hope our guidelines helped a bit. Leave a comment about what techniques your kids use to make studying easier.