When students return to school from summer vacation – especially those advancing from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school – millions of them and their parents complain loudly about “homework headaches.” Most of these complaints center on helping students focus and get organized – preventing any midnight mayhem. Tried, but true – the action steps below really work.
Write down the things you need to do, and the deadlines. Keep a daily, weekly and monthly calendar of assignments. Check off items as they’re completed.
Break down big jobs into smaller tasks that are more manageable, to lessen the chances of feeling overwhelmed. Accomplish one task before moving on to the next.
Make sure you have all the materials you will need before you begin the task. Keep a homework kit with the things you use most often to complete your assignments: paper, pencils, pens, markers, calculator, etc.
Arrange time and work space to keep interruptions at a minimum, and take breaks when you need them.
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