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If your child is overwhelmed with homework assignments, deadlines and tests, help him by creating a very powerful, yet simple routine: a daily planner!
Surprised? Yes, a daily planner can be a powerful tool. It can teach your child scheduling and prioritization skills. It can lighten her burden.
Here are some pointers.
Have her sit down with it every morning, to review how her time will be spent that day, and which tasks she needs to accomplish. Make sure the planner accompanies your child to school, and that he writes down all test dates, due dates, assignments, and so on in it.
When your child gets home from school, sit down with him and his updated planner. Together, review the homework assignments for the evening. Don't tell him what to do. Let the planner guide him. Ask him questions. You might ask, “What should you work on right now?”
Help her prioritize. Find out what works for her. Some students like to get the hard stuff out of the way, while other students prefer breezing through the easy stuff, while helping themselves to some confidence boosters on their way to solving harder problems.
Talk about the difference between urgent tasks (e.g., next day deadline) and tasks that are important but not urgent (learning a fundamental concept). This will help him gain experience setting homework priorities and gaining more control over his academic abilities.
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