Be a Sideline Schoolwork Coach
Remember when you quizzed your child for weekly math tests? How about those nights you helped your child study facts? Well, now that your student is older, your role in schoolwork is different—but no less important. Instead of being an active participant, try being a sideline coach.
To support success with schoolwork:
- Encourage your teen to work independently. But stay nearby for questions, review, or organizational help.
- Make it clear that school is your teen's full-time job. It comes before daily chores, an outside job or other activities. Help your teen plan time accordingly.
- Encourage your student to ask teachers about work that is unclear or confusing.
- Don’t hesitate to contact teachers yourself if you have questions about things like expectations, curricula and grading systems.
- Ask your teen specific questions about assignments. “Do you have homework today?” is too general and may bring a one-word answer. Questions like, “What reading do you have for history tonight?” will help your student focus on the work ahead.
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