High school homework is supposed to strike fear in a child, right? Parents aren’t supposed to break out in a cold sweat when they hear that their child needs help with their homework. They are in high school now, they can do it themselves.
So. Very. Not. True. They may need help more than ever so they can prepare for college.
High school homework has become as much responsibility for the parent as well. Why? Because there are many tools and supplies a student needs to get started in school. It is not like the days when I was in school where they gave us a pad of paper and a pencil, and I was good to go. Not these days. School work starts in the summer, and only gets more intense. Students are expected to have certain work completed before they step a foot in the door.
So here are some great tips for high school homework help:
- Read a copy of the class syllabus. The syllabus contains all the information you and your child need to know about what is required of them. It outlines test schedules, knowledge bases, and what kind of behavior is expected of your student. Your child has no excuse for not knowing what is going on because all the points are clearly stated.
- Know what materials your child needs as soon as possible. When you know ahead of time what is needed you can prepare. This is especially important in math classes when a specialized calculator is needed. For instance, my son needed a graphing calculator. After we got over the initial shock of the price, we were glad we got it early enough that our son could learn how to use it.
- Take advantage of online grading systems. If kids come home with the “I don’t have homework spiel”, you can easily verify the truth in that statement. Online grading systems also allow you to monitor grades, and intervene early in a marking period. It also saves the parents a heart attack when a student comes home with a D or F, and they knew nothing about it.
- Research additional materials. Bookstores and the internet have millions of additional materials. My son is currently taking Geometry, and the additional study guides like Geometry DeMYSTiFieD really help him, and us, understand it more.
- Ask if you can help your child. Sometimes simply asking if your student needs help saves a lot of headaches. High school homework help doesn’t need to be an exercise in frustration for you or your child.
- Don’t be afraid to email your child’s teacher with questions or concerns. My son’s teachers love that we are so involved, and that we value their input. With sophomore scheduling starting(wait one moment here, did I just talk about surviving the first 3 months of freshman year ? ), this communication if more important. We want him to be challenged, but not overwhelmed. And when my son was struggling with a few things, they were a great resource for us helping him get over the humps. And they also help disprove the “no homework” baloney.
High school homework can seem like an impossible task for Mom and Dad. Many times, parent feel like they don’t know enough to help their child. Patience is the key, and listening to your child is the first thing you should do. Make it a casual conversation, and you can find out pretty quickly where they need help. Communication can make the year a pleasant experience for your child, and for you too!