Helping your child with homework is an opportunity to improve your child’s chances of doing well in school and life.

1. Show that you think education and homework are important

  • Do you set a regular time every day for homework?
  • Does your child have the papers, books, pencils and other things needed to do assignments?
  • Does your child have a well-lit, fairly quiet place to study?
  • Do you set a good example by showing your child that the skills he is learning are an important part of the things he will do as an adult?
  • Do you stay in touch with your child’s teacher?

2. Monitor assignments

  • Do you know what your child’s homework assignments are? How long they should take? How the teacher wants you to be involved in them?
  • Do you see that your child starts and completes assignments?
  • Do you read the teacher’s comments on assignments that are returned?
  • Is TV viewing or video game playing cutting into your child’s homework time?

3. Provide guidance

  • Do you help your child to get organized? Does your child need a schedule or assignment book? A book bag or backpack and a folder for papers?
  • Do you encourage your child to develop good study habits (for example, scheduling enough time for big assignments and making up practice tests)?
  • Do you talk with your child about homework assignments? Does he or she understand them?

4. Talk with teachers to resolve problems

  • Do you meet with the teacher early in the year before any problems arise?
  • If a problem comes up, do you meet with the teacher?
  • Do you cooperate with the teacher to work out a plan and a schedule to solve homework problems?
  • Do you follow up with the teacher and with your child to make sure the plan is working?

Information provided by the U.S. Department of Education