Lay down homework rules

Certain key practices will make life easier for everyone in the family when it comes to study time and study organisation.

Certain key practices will make life easier for everyone in the family when it comes to study time and study organisation.

But, some of them might require an adjustment for other members of the family. For lots of helpful Internet tools for research and mastering subjects, visit our Homework Help Centre.

Turn off the TV set. Make a house rule, depending on the location of the set, that when it is study time, it is "no TV" time. A television set that is on will draw youngsters like bees to honey.

What about the radio? Should it be on or off? Contrary to what many specialists say, some youngsters do seem to function all right with the radio turned on to a favourite music station.

Certain rules should be set about the family phone during study hours. The more people in the household, the more restrictions on long and unnecessary phone calls are needed.

A timer, placed next to the phone, can help to control the length of calls so that the telephone will be available if it becomes necessary to call a schoolmate to confirm an assignment or to discuss particularly difficult homework.

Designate specific areas for homework and studying. Possibilities include the child's room or the kitchen or dining room table. -Child Development Info

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