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Focus on Staying Focused

When it comes to schoolwork, “Learning how to focus and get something done is about more than just good grades it’s the foundation for success in life.” While many students have heard it before, these tips based on the TeensHealth.org article, Staying Focused on Schoolwork, serve as good reminders about how focusing not only helps [...]

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Read with a Purpose

Many psychologists think that the best way to remember what you read is to follow the PQ4R method. PQ4R is a mnemonic device for: Preview, Question, and four R’s: Read, Reflect, Recite, Review. If you are reading a chapter in your biology book, for example, you should start by skimming the whole chapter for an [...]

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Making Homework Work for You, Part II (ages 6 – 9)

Involved parents make a big, positive difference in children’s education. If you want to make homework work for your family, here are some ideas from MVParents.com of what you can do, organized by age. For parents with children ages 6 – 9 Establish a consistent homework routine at a time that works for your family; [...]

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Homework for Parents. Really! A Follow Up

In response to the story about the teacher assigning homework to parents, the New York Times invited Sara Bennett, coauthor of The Case Against Homework, to write an op-ed. Her essay wasn’t printed, but is available online. While all parents want their children to develop — socially, emotionally, and intellectually — school-imposed assignments on parents [...]

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Making Homework Work for You, Part I (ages birth – 5)

Involved parents make a big, positive difference in children’s education. If you want to make homework work for your family, here are some ideas from MVParents.com of what you can do, organized by age. For parents with children ages birth to 5 At this age, the best things you can do to support your children’s [...]

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Homework for Parents. Really!

Sounds crazy, but parents of students in Damion Frye’s ninth-grade Montclair, NJ, English class have homework too. The New York Times writes about assignments that range from commentary on a Franz Kafka story to Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” to a speech by Robert F. Kennedy. And if the dog eats your homework, it could [...]

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Math Emergency

There are a lot of ways to get homework help: teachers, parents, tutors. Police? A child calls 911… for help with math.

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Math Homework: How You Can Help

If your child comes to you with help on math you can help… even if you’re not confident about your own math abilities. Figure This! has a terrific list of questions you can use to guide your student. Here are some of them: What is the problem you’re working on? What do the directions say? [...]

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Study Skills … Learning to Learn

Students are expected to do a lot of homework and to spend hours each week studying but many don’t know how. Middle school is a pivotal time for students to learn study skills. An article in HowToDoThings.com gives the following tips. Create an appropriate study environment. Many students have a difficult time keeping up with [...]

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Doctor’s Orders… Develop Good Habits

Help your child develop good homework and study habits and you’ll be helping them succeed in every subject. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some back to school tips including these: Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the [...]

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