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Special Education

Homework Help


Ways In Which You Can Help Your Child Prevent Procrastination

Even when kids have regular homework time sometimes they procrastinate, as many of us do, on large projects. Figuring out why can help solve the problem. Here are some reasons students drag their feet when it comes to big assignments:

Fear of Failure. Some kids are so afraid of failing that they don't try at all. Make sure you're not putting too much pressure on your child. Treat his mistakes as learning experiences.

Frustration. If your child doesn't understand an assignment, he won't be able to complete it. Encourage your child to seek out extra assistance at school when needed.

Dependency. When children procrastinate, sometimes parents do projects for them. This actually encourages procrastination. Let your child face the consequences of her actions, even if it means getting a bad grade.

Disorganization. At the beginning of a large project, many kids don't know how to start. Help your child make a plan for finishing her assignment.

Forgetfulness. Teach your child to use reminders, such as daily to-do lists. Encourage him to post notes to himself in visible places.

Stress. Severe procrastination can be a sign that your child is experiencing a great deal of stress with their work. Seeking out the assistance of your child's teacher or guidance counselor may help.

Lack of Motivation. Here are some ways to give your child extra incentives to work hard:

  • Expect Success - Let Them Know That You Have Confidence In Them
  • Give Compliments - Notice Your Child's Achievements, No Matter How Small
  • Think Ahead - Remind Him/Her How Nice It Will Feel To Have The Project Completed.
  • Discuss Role Models - How They Strive Toward Their Goals.
  • Provide Rewards - As A Last Resort; Give Your Child Small Rewards For Making Progress. Remember However, That Kids Should Be Responsible Because It Feels Good To Do The Right Thing.


Tackling Large Assignments

As your child gets older, he/she is more likely to have large and complicated assignments. For many students, there is nothing more intimidating than a large assignment. Whether it's a science project, a term paper, or studying for a test, students may think, "How will I ever get it done?"

Sometimes projects seem so overwhelming that students put them off or don't do them at all. But large assignments usually aren't as hard as they first look. The key is to break them down into logical parts that can be tackled one-by-one.

This process makes big assignments more interesting and less stressful. It also builds creativity, organization, responsibility and self-confidence. These traits are important both in and out of school.

Here are some tips for helping your child to manage a large project:

  •  Have your child take clear, specific notes about assignments. For example, should the paper have a title page? What about footnotes? When is it due? If your child has any questions he should ask them as soon as possible.
  • Divide the project into small parts. Make a planning sheet that describes how and when each step will be taken. Then write tasks on a calendar, along with the assignments due date.
  • Check the calendar every day. Make "to do" lists and check items off when they're done. This will give your child a sense of organization and accomplishment.
  • Evaluate how things went. When the assignment is finished, congratulate your child. Ask if there is anything that she would do differently next time. What would she repeat?

Adapted From: "The Parent Institute" Homework & Study Skills Series

Parent Resource Library

There are numerous resource materials available to parents that may prove to be helpful to you in supporting your child's academic success and school experience. This collection includes books, brochures, pamphlets and even a video series. Please contact the Office Of Special Programs at (518) 373-6100, ext. 31180 to find out more.

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