Developing good Homework and Study Habits for your children


Sunday, November 27th, 2016

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework starting at a young age. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study. 
  • Schedule ample time for homework; build this time into choices about participation in after school activities. 
  • Establish a household rule that the TV and other electronic distractions stay off during homework time. Limit TV/iPad time to one to two hours per day. 
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child's homework for her. 
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue and neck fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically.
  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, speak with your child's teacher for recommendations on how you or a tutor can help your child at home or at school. 
  • Some children need help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems. 
  • Work with your child and their teacher to develop an appropriate way to keep track of their assignments – such as an assignment notebook. 
  • Establish a good sleep routine. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents (13-18 year of age) is in the range of 8-10 hours per night

By Dr. Jessy Mouhayar

Specialist Pediatrics and Neonatology