*1.* Help your children develop a system for writing down assignments. This may include a large calendar in your child's room or perhaps one in a central location so you can also be aware of assignment deadlines and test dates. *2.* Remember it's your children's homework, not yours. Offer to edit or check work that has been completed, but allow your kids to make mistakes. It's the only way teachers can gauge if they understand the material. It's also how children learn responsibility for the quality of their work. *3.* Encourage your children to identify study buddies. If they have other students they can call to work with on assignments, get clarification, and find out about makeup work, you won't find yourself frantically skimming your daughter's calculus textbook nearly as often. *4.* Teach your child that studying is more than just doing homework assignments. There is a difference between studying and doing homework assignments. Encourage your child to do things like take notes as he's reading a chapter, study tables and charts, and make his own flashcards to review dates, spelling words, formulas, etc. *5.* Watch for signs of frustration. Your child is not likely to learn anything if she is angry or upset over an assignment that is too long or too difficult. At such times, you may have to stop the homework for the night and try again in the morning. If frustration persists, request a conference with your child's teacher.
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