Here’s what research suggests:
Provide a place in your home where it’s easy for your child to study and do homework. It should be quiet, well-lighted and free from distractions.
Set a regular time for homework. Family routines, which include homework time, are related to higher performance in school.
Don’t allow your child to rush to finish homework so she can go outside or play on the computer.
Show interest in your child’s assignments. Ask questions. Let your child know you are available if she has questions. Give suggestions when needed.
Avoid giving rewards for good grades. External rewards can decrease a child’s motivation. Instead, focus on the value of learning for its own sake—not just to please you.
Don’t punish your child for poor performance in school. Fear of being punished can cause her to lose interest in learning.
Show that you appreciate your child’s efforts. When she brings home a test, tell her that her hard work shows.
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