Homework can get more intense as your teens begin their secondary education. Inevitably, grades begin to matter more. Take into account the fact that your teens are also facing other big challenges and changes. Adjusting to the emotional and physical effects of puberty is one of them. And homework, is yet another factor that adds to the stress.
Too much homework may cause students to stress. Homework stress is a serious issue that should never be taken lightly. Studies show that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress and many health problems related to stress. Another study suggests that homework is the biggest cause of teen stress.
Parents can play an active role in helping them handle these challenges. The following are some tips for helping your teen in managing school and homework in ways that keep them feeling supported.
a) Establish A Routine
Establish a routine and make sure your teen is aware of it. Set an hour or two each day just for schoolwork. Make it clear that you teens aren’t allowed to watch TV or play with video games until the homework is complete and checked.
b) A Conducive Environment
Make sure your teen has a dedicated room for such purposes. You may convert any rooms in the house into such a room that anyone can go in to read or study. The room must also be free from all sorts of digital distractions such as TVs, video games, and mobile devices.
c) Be There To Offer Support
Be there to offer guidance; and be prepared to do these three things; a) answer questions, b) help reinterpret assignment instructions, and c) review the completed homework. Don’t give them the right answers; show them how did you get one instead. Begin by teaching them the problem-solving skills that they need to get through and offering encouragement as they do.
d) Plan Ahead
Go over their workload and see if you need to shuffle the daily schedule so that your teen has more time and s/he is able to finish his/her homework on time. Talk to their teachers as they might have some perspective on which subject or class is going to require more or less work.
e) Be In Touch With School
Maintain contact with their teachers to stay informed. Meet and talk to them to see if your child is struggling with any of their subjects. Teachers can often offer some perspective on tutoring options and guidance on homework. Talking to the teachers is also one of the ways you can remain in the loop about upcoming tests, quizzes, homework and important projects.