Very few students are able to achieve academic success without being able to manage deadlines and plan out their use of time. It is never too early to start; again, involve your child in each stage of the process to give them ownership and to allow them to work out what methods they prefer. A tech-savvy child may enjoy using a calendar app to keep track of school projects and homework deadlines; an artistic child may prefer to make a decorative wall planner.
Space & equipment:
- Your child needs a dedicated space where they are able to focus on their work, whether this is a quiet corner of the lounge, a desk space in their bedroom or at the kitchen table before or after the evening meal. Ideally, you will be around to check that your child maintains focus and to provide guidance if needed (without doing the work for them!)
- Your child should have everything they need to be able to study, and nothing extraneous to distract them. If your child uses a computer, give access to it only when it is needed for the homework task.
- Set up a system to keep materials organized; differently coloured folders make a useful filing system for different subjects; pots of coloured pens, pencils, rulers etc. are good to have to hand.
- Your role as a parent is to support the child in providing materials and then keeping your hands off, other than reminding your child to make use of their system and to tidy it up after each use!