The Guidance Counselor at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School provides short-term individual and small group guidance lessons that address academic and personal success. The Counselor provides classroom guidance lessons that include respect, bullying, conflict resolution/problem solving, study skills/test taking skills, and character education. Communication between the Guidance Counselor and parents is vital. If you have a concern about your child, please call or email.
The days are getting warmer, the daylight is lasting longer, and the pollen is floating in the air. Springtime is a wonderful time of year for your family to enjoy time outdoors, but don’t start skipping through the meadow just yet. We want students to focus and finish the academic year with the same effort as they began.
Here are some tips to help parents help students with academic work. These are probably reminders for you, but I want to make sure the students put forth their best effort. Parents helping students. Students struggling to finish homework. These are not new concepts. The list in this article came from a 1998 article, Helping Your Students with Homework.
[*] Set a regular time for homework - one that works for your family. Students need routines and structure.
[*] Pick a fairly quiet study area with lots of light and supplies close by. Create a space in the child’s bedroom or at the kitchen table. Make this space a regular spot. Students do well sitting in school each day, try to recreate that space at home.
[*] Remove distractions. Turn off the TV, put the phone in another room, and only use the electronic device for homework. Do not focus on texting or other types of social media.
[*] Provide supplies and resources such as pencils, pens, erasers, writing paper, an assignment book, and a dictionary.
[*] Provide aids to good organization, such as an assignment calendar, book bag, and folders. Help your student learn how to be organized. Provide folders and a storage box to keep old papers.
[*] Encourage your child to use his/her resources at school. Does your child know how to ask a teacher for help? Help them role play a conversation asking the adult for help.
[*] Look over the homework, but do not do the homework for them. After reviewing the homework, let your child know if there are any incorrect. Let your child find the mistake and change it. Do not do the work for them. This is not helping the student. He/she is not learning the material if you do it for them.
[*] Review teacher comments on homework that has been returned and discuss with your child. Sign your name on the work brought home if the teacher is asking for your signature. Show that you respect the teacher and want your child to learn by following rules.
Here are some questions you can ask your student to help him/her think through their homework and upcoming assignments.
[*] What do you have for homework today?
[*] Is the assignment clear?
[*] When is it due?
[*] Do you need special resources (e.g., a trip to the library or access to a computer)?
[*] Do you need special supplies (e.g., graph paper or posterboard)?
[*] Have you started today's assignment? Finished it?
[*] Is it a long-term assignment (e.g., a term paper or science project)?
[*] For a major project, have you created a timeline to keep up with the work?
[*] Would a practice test be useful?