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If you have children in education, then you are probably very keen to make sure that they are getting the best grades possible. A big part of that is always going to be homework, and most parents find that they might need to help their children with homework from time to time, just to ensure that it is a little easier to get it done. Of course, that doesn’t mean doing it for them or making it too easy for them – but there are ways you can help them to do their homework while still encouraging them to learn. Let’s take a look.

Obtain Extra Resources

Sometimes your children will find it a lot easier and more enjoyable to get their homework done if they have access to some extra resources which are designed to specifically help with just that. There are many such resources out there, but they do vary a lot, and you will need to make sure that you are making the right choices here as ever. A good example of the kind of free resource to use is free printable worksheets, which you can use to make homework easier but also more enjoyable for the both of you.

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Set A Schedule & Help Them Stick To It

Having a schedule helps with anything like this, so that too is something that you might want to think about in order to ensure that your children are more likely to actually do their homework. Arrange with them when they are going to do their homework each night, for how long. You’ll be amazed at the power of just having this kind of schedule in place – it really can make a world of difference to how much they get done, and they’ll naturally be ready to do it as the time comes each day. If they need some encouragement to start with, however, then be sure to help them stick to it.

Monitor Their Work

It’s not a bad idea for you to have a look every now and then to see what their work looks like and to see how it’s going in general for them. Monitoring their work is hugely important, as it means that they will know you are going to be checking, and that will inspire them to work harder on the whole. You’ll also find that it helps in keeping your own peace of mind, and in feeling much more involved in their education, both of which are very important for you and for the family as a whole.

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Allow Them To Solve Problems

When we say ‘helping your child with homework’, we don’t mean doing the work for them. As a rule, what you should do is to help them to solve problems themselves – as it is in the solving of problems that they actually do the necessary learning. So allow them to figure it out for themselves, and you’ll be amazed at how much their education improves on the whole. This is what homework should be all about.

By Erica Buteau

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