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Tips may help students get back in practice of doing homework

Madison Mathews • Sep 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Getting back into the world of homework and studying after relaxing during a non-stressful summer break can often be tough for students.

A recent article published by the University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences offered five tips for students and parents as the new school year moves forward:

Find their rhythm.

Discourage multitasking.

Take active breaks.

Model good behavior.

Build up success.

Johnson City Schools Director of Secondary and Student Services Dr. Janie Snyder said those tips are certainly a good place to start when trying to get back into the swing of things.

“Homework is a practice. It isn’t just learning new material at home. It really is a practice of what students have been working on at school,” she said.

One of the ways teachers in city schools help parents stay on top on what their children are learning in the classroom is by sending home time sheets that are signed by parents, signaling that there is a line of communication between parents and teachers.

“It becomes our responsibility to look at that homework and make sure they get feedback on homework,” Snyder said.

If a student is doing homework at home, Snyder said it’s smart to have a designated place where that homework is done.

With today’s fast-paced culture, having both a designated time and place for homework is one way to keep a student on track.

“Today as busy as everyone is, there are times when students are going to be doing their homework in the car when they’re traveling to different practices or after-school activities,” Snyder said.

Another important aspect of doing homework or studying for a test is having an adult nearby that can help engage the student while they are learning.

“Ask what was hard about this, what was easy to do with this particular piece of homework that you had to do or what you would have done differently last week if you were supposed to do something like this. Just some questions to engage the student in a little bit more in-depth than what’s on the paper,” Snyder said.

To help with the transition from the summer to the new school year, many schools offered summer reading programs and summer school that focused on everything from credit recovery to math camp.

For many students, Snyder said there really wasn’t a whole lot of down time during the summer.

“We’ve kept programs going through June for many students. There have been a lot of opportunities for students to remain engaged in some type of activity,” she said.

City schools also offer a handful of ways to help with homework throughout the year, including tutoring programs and other after-school programs.

“Our purpose is really to provide them with the skills that they need to be successful in school, so we’re going to meet them any place we can to do that,” Snyder said.

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