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10 Homework Tips for The School Year

Aug. 27, 2014

Kevin Pasqua, owner and executive director of LearningRx in Brookfield, has homework and study tips for parents that can help ease the transition between a relaxed summer and a school year of expectations.

1.Do the hardest work first. Have your child tackle the most difficult work first when their brains are primed. Once it’s behind them, they’ll feel relieved and can breeze through the easier homework.

2.Give them tools to stay organized. Help your child or teen choose a color system for binders or find apps that help students stay organized by sending text alerts.

3.Talk to their teachers. Make sure you understand what the teacher is looking for and discuss how you can work as a team to help your child succeed.

4.Do weekend homework on Friday. It’s best to do weekend homework Friday afternoon or evening when the material is still fresh. Waiting until Sunday night can cause added frustration as your child struggles to recall the information.

5.Designate a regular homework time. Some kids need to come home from school and unwind. Others do best if they complete homework right after school. Either way, stick to a regular study time and give them a healthy snack to keep their energy up.

6.Make homework technology-free. Unless they need to type a paper or do research on the internet, require all phones, tablets and computer to be off.

7.Get them brain training. Unlike tutoring, personal brain training strengthens the cognitive skills that make up the foundation of all learning. These include brain skills like memory, auditory processing, attention, processing speed, logic & reasoning, and visual processing.

8.Ensure they get plenty of quality sleep. Sleep helps recharge and “reboot” the brain. Too few winks and memory, attention and processing speed all suffer.

9.Learn to recognize signs of frustration. There are lots of reasons why kids procrastinate or take an excessive amount of time to do simple homework. Find out if the work is boring, too hard or too confusing and address those issues immediately.

10.Acknowledge progress. Point out when they’re moving through multiplication problems faster or reading with fewer mistakes.

LearningRx specializes in treating the cause – not the symptoms – of learning struggles. The programs’ game-like exercises and 1:1 trainer-to-student ratios provide guaranteed dramatic improvement in as little as 12 to 24 weeks. With more than 80 centers across the country, LearningRx brain training can help anyone – from 5 to 85 – increase the speed, power or function of their brain.

For more information about LearningRx Brookfield, call 262-395-2250 or visit learningrx.com/milwaukee-brookfield.

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