All kids with attention challenges do well when they have a set routine for homework and study time. Involve your child in establishing the routine so she takes “ownership” of the process. Consider this routine as a starting point and make adjustments that fit your child and your family.
- Drop your backpack in your study area
- Take a 30 minute break (have a healthy snack, unwind from the day)
- Update your calendar to record any upcoming deadlines, tests, quizzes, projects.
- Put all graded papers in a file box organized into sections: tests, quizzes, projects
- It may be helpful to study in the order of the day: if Math is the first class of the day at school, then Math should be studied first, and so on. For some students, it may be more helpful to “jump start” homework time by starting with strong subjects.
- Make sure all completed homework includes your name and any other information your teacher requires.
- Once a piece of homework is complete, put it in your notebook where you can find it.
In some cases, setting up a routine can be difficult, but it can be well worth the effort.
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