Monday, August 29, 2011

Homework Guidelines

Dear Friends,
     Homework allows a learner the opportunity to manipulate information which was presented during regular class time. Between seeing and working with the information in class and at home, the brain will more likely move the information to long-term memory. Some homework helpers...
  • Set up a study space - have all needed materials at a table or desk; this will eliminate the need to interrupt your studying
  • Don't study in bed or on the couch - your brain connects these places to sleep and relaxation and it does not promote focus on studying
  • Eliminate distractions (turn off the phone, radio and TV)
  • Establish a routine - your brain loves structure
  • Take breaks - try to work 15 - 30 minutes (depending on the age of the child) and then have a 5 - 10 minute break
  • Set up a large calendar by your work space - this will allow you to break down long assignments and to schedule studying for quizzes and tests
  • Lastly, set short and long term goals for yourself..when you reach a goal give yourself a reward!
Kimberly Borin and Kim Turse
Learning Specialists