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Top homework tips

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After a long day at school it can sometimes it can be difficult to keep the kids motivated to do homework. So what can you do to keep them interested? Here are our top homework tips.

Get involved

If you’ve also had a long day at work, sitting down to help with homework can be a bit of a chore, especially when there are a million other things needing done around the house. However, by showing an interest you’re sending the message that homework is important and something that you value. That doesn’t mean you need to hunch over the desk and do it for them though. Allow kids to learn by themselves and make their own mistakes but be on hand to answer questions, help with tricky problems or just offer encouragement.


Letting your child breeze through primary school with minimal effort then expecting them to pull it out of the bag when they hit secondary school won’t work. Set high expectations from a young age and your child will be more likely to focus and put the effort in. Of course, not all kids will get straight As all the way through school but letting them know that the effort they put in is more important than the grade they get, will show exactly what your expectations of them are.

Minimise distractions

Whether it’s the television on in the corner, siblings running around or social media accounts just waiting to be checked, it’s best to keep any distractions to a minimum. If you have the space set up a quiet area for homework and explain that they will get finished quicker if they settle down and concentrate.

Top homework tips

Find the right time

Some kids do best if they sit down to their homework straight after school while others benefit from a break and work better after dinner. Find a time that suits the family and try to schedule homework for the same time each day.

Plan ahead

High school pupils in particular may have quite a hefty study load. Help them create a plan to break the work up into manageable chunks and ensure the right assignments are handed in at the right times. Don’t forget to factor breaks into a study timetable. A 15-minute break for every hour of study is ideal.

Offer encouragement

Taking an interest in school – friends and their day in general, as well as homework assignments – shows kids that you care how well they are doing in school. As well as finding out what homework they have to do, ask children about the assignments, what’s involved in them and what they think they should be learning from them. If they do a great job or achieve a good grade then offer praise and be sure to mention it to other people while your child is in earshot.


If you are experiencing continuing problems with homework it might be worth organising a time to chat with the teacher. There may be an underlying problem that could be easily sorted out.







About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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