*Homework is SO important! It's 25% of a student's report card grade. Doing homework can drastically improve your report card grade, but the opposite can also occur. Not doing homework can cause a student to fail for the marking period. Here are some homework and study tips for students and parents when it comes to homework.
Ms. Serino's Homework Tips for Middle Schoolers
1. Find a quiet place free from distractions where you can do your homework.
2. Use a planner or a homework pad to stay organized.
3. Complete your homework right after school. This way it is done and you can enjoy the rest of your night.
4. Before you start your homework, get yourself a glass of water, a snack, use the restroom, and get all of your supplies ready. This way you are set up for success and ready to go!
5. If you are unsure about a question, answer it to the best of your ability. Ms. Serino cannot give you credit when there is no answer. However, if you try your best and put effort into your answer, even if it's wrong, Ms. Serino will give you credit for trying.
6. Put your phone away and turn your music off until you are done with your homework. Having your phone and music on while doing your homework will only distract you. Shutting your phone and music off will allow you to finish faster.
7. Don't wait until the last minute to complete a project or study for a test. Instead, study a little each night for a week leading into the test day or complete a little of your project each day until it is due.
8. Make study cards for each test to help you.
9. If you are unsure of an assignment, talk it over with a friend. Sometimes another student can explain a topic to you in a way that you can understand.
10. If you are struggling, talk to your teachers and visit them on Wednesdays. We are here to help you!
Homework Tips for Parents/Guardians/Caregivers
1. Communicate your belief that homework is an important part of learning. When you show that you're serious about homework, your child will take it seriously.
2. Make an agreement with your child about when and where they should be doing homework.
3. Work with your child to establish a homework schedule and do your part to honor it.
4. Provide a place where your child can work, whether it be in their bedroom, at the kitchen table, or in the living room at the coffee table. It should be someplace where they are comfortable and free from distractions.
5. Remember that your child's homework is his/her/their responsibility, not yours. You are more than welcome to help your child, but please do not do their work for them.
6. What if your child forgets his/her/their homework? Or what if the teacher doesn't give any homework on a day? Your child should use this time to work on something else that is school related, like studying for an upcoming test, working on a project, or reading a book.