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Homework Apprehension

In this day and age, children frequently begin to experience school and especially homework anxiety as progressing and achieving has become such an important part of one’s future. This can happen at any age but is found especially in their preteen years.
Schoolwork is becoming more advanced and assignments are being given that require more time and thought. They are encouraged to think about what they know and to draw on the topics. This challenges them in a good manner, although many think that a job is not as easy as homework has been in the past.

The best way to deal with this is to provide the student with a structured homework schedule and study skills that will make homework much easier and simpler to manage, rather than the “dreaded nighttime routine.”

Skills at homework.

Time and organization management – Set a definite time devoted to homework assignments after school or after dinner. Allowing the right amount of time for homework is important, as you don’t want your child to stay up at 11:00 PM with only half of their assignments done.

Homework environment – Choose a quiet room and a tech-free zone, unless a computer is needed to do assignments. Turn off all smartphones to avoid buzzing or ringing while focusing on homework. Switch off the television so it’s all about learning, not “juggling,” or doing two things at once.

Prioritize – Decide which tasks are more important than the next day’s assignments. They are the first to enter. Time is essential, so make sure that the focus is on the most important thing.

Testing – Testing requires gradual study, not last-minute cramming. Impress your child with the fact that it is much better to slowly understand and comprehend than trying to remember items that you merely memorize at the last minute. If not clear on certain aspects of the issue, encourage them to discuss their subjects and ask questions of their teachers and parents. Some helpful ways to practice and help absorb knowledge are flashcards and quizzes.

Nutrition – The foods one consumes often play a strong role in how information is processed and absorbed. Eating a meal high in protein, healthy carbohydrates and fats can help maintain a balanced level of blood sugar, making it much easier to research and do homework. This naturally also enhances the brain’s serotonin which elevates morale and produces a less reactive individual. Good nutrition is greater strength and a better sense of well-being. A person who is calm will always perform better. Thinking often suffers from an empty stomach. To remain in the learning area, the brain requires proper nutrition. Before doing homework, a protein snack (real food) can improve one’s ability to focus and retain information.

Exercise – Always provide outdoor time for exercise before or after the assignment of homework. This burns off excess energy, soothes one’s mind and relaxes sitting down and concentrating. This stimulates endorphins and the ability to concentrate on research. Ambient exercise is recommended because ambient light raises the level of serotonin in the brain. Even indoor lighting is brighter and more efficient than cloudy days.

Homework Frustration – If your child has trouble with any subject and has attended all classes, talking to the teacher is imperative. Figure out where the challenge lies and what your child can do to improve comprehension. Is there extra credit they can make or does this teacher offer sessions or tutoring in the subject “in school” or after class “extra-help.” In your class, there are student tutors offering help at affordable rates or tutors outside specializing within specific subjects. Not hesitate to get extra help because in a short time this could put your child on the right track. They often get the understanding they need from a few sessions.

Note, homework is not punishment – So make it an enjoyable experience. Explain to your child that homework is about interesting and exciting things to learn about. At first, not all topics can feel this way, but if you talk about them in a passionate way, it may awaken their interest in the topic. When properly done, anything can be made more interesting. The objective is to make learning fun.

Homework aid – There will, of course, be moments when your child asks for help with homework and that’s great. Only mind your child’s homework, not you. It’s about getting them to think about what they’ve learned in school and using their own minds to apply the answers. Ask the questions with them and always say, “What do you think?” Instead of providing the answers, let them tell you. That way, without doing the job, you’ll be supportive and they’ll feel confident they’ve done it themselves.

Let your kids know most of all that training and knowledge make them more interesting people. It helps them to talk to friends and family about many subjects. This paves the way for a future that involves themes and ideas in which they might want to know more in order to pursue their goals of life.

Everything is about perspective. The goal is to make homework less drudge. Learning the homework is intended to make them see it from all angles and viewpoints. So much depends on how you handle the issue of homework as a parent as well. Never treat homework as punishment, “Go do your homework, NOW!” but as a chance to make good use of one’s learning. This, and your tone is key to inspiring your child to be less anxious about approaching homework.

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