Train your kids how to study at home. Start with thirty-minutes of uninterrupted study time and lengthen the hours eventually. You’re not just teaching them to study per se, but you’re basically helping them develop focus and concentration. Here are some tips to help you make the home a more conducive place to do their homework and review for their tests.
Reserve a portion of the house for a study area. It can be your study, or the breakfast nook, or even the dining room – as long as you have a desk or table, a comfortable chair, and some writing implements.
Do not let them go up in their bedroom as it’s most likely that the last thing they’ll do is study. Perhaps, later on when the practice has been ingrained in them then you can let them do the studying at their own time and at their own place. In the meantime, just make sure that wherever the study area is, it should be isolated and free of distractions.
During the appointed study time, turn the television and the radio off. You may even disconnect the phone if you want. Ask for their portable gadgets (i.e. iPods, cell phones, hand-held consoles, etc.), as they will only be returned after study hour.
Put the computer in a more communal space, preferably near the study area. Not only can you monitor their use, but they won’t have to move from their study area to do research or type reports.
Be on hand. We don’t want to sound political but Barack Obama says an important point in his campaign – something to the lines of – No matter how good our teachers get, it’s important for parents parent. Stay in or near the area with a silent project of your own – writing correspondences, reading a book or newspaper, etc. Give them space but be close enough so that if they need your help, you can easily go to them and assist.