Getting Into the Back-to-School Homework Routine

Experts say to look for signs your child may be struggling

After the summer break, it can be hard getting kids into a homework routine, but starting off the school year on the right foot will help put them on a path to success.

Neil Chyten, founder of Chyten Educational Services, says where you study is a good place to start.

"We feel it's best for students to have a conducive place that's specific to studying," Chyten said. "In particular, we recommend a desk that is well-stocked with everything that a student needs to be successful."

Once you've got the right work environment, focus on how your child is learning.

"The most important thing a student can have is good study habits," Chyten told necn. "For example, know how to read a textbook efficiently and effectively. Know how to read a novel and know the difference between the two. Know how to take good notes in class because it's so important."

Chyten next suggests putting it in writing. He says parents and students should sign a contract.

"There should be an understanding that, this is your job. My job is to give you the tools you need to be successful, and your job is to take advantage of those things that I give you to be successful," said Chyten.

If your child is struggling, be proactive. Look for signs they may be struggling.

"At the first sign of trouble, you should call and try to get some help," Chyten said. "A good tutor, even just a few hours, can really make a big difference in a kid's life by reevaluating or re-positioning themselves or pointing them in the right direction."

Chyten also says it's important to determine if there are certain times of the day you study better. For example, getting up in the morning to complete a math assignment may be more productive than staying up late.

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