The Tutoring Center, Troy MI


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Chronic Homework Problems in Troy Michigan
When your child consistently fails to complete homework assignments, you need to step in. Can your child usually complete assignments with extra assistance and encouragement? On most evenings, children should be able to complete assignments independently. If they seem to require more help from you than you think is reasonable, it’s time to schedule an appointment with their teacher.

Explain your concerns to the teacher. Ask if your child is able to complete similar assignments in class. Keep in mind that if your child attends The Tutoring Center in Troy, Michigan because of weak academic skills, you should anticipate that homework will continue to be a problem until your child catches up.  Even if your child is behind grade level, you may need to set up a plan with the teacher to get your child back on track with homework, possibly modifying the amount of homework until your child catches up to grade level.

A plan for improvement

While your children’s specific plan for improvement must accommodate their unique circumstances, there are several key principles to follow in setting up that plan.

  • Your children’s homework is their responsibility. Your child needs to know what the assignments are, when they are due, and how much time to plan to complete them. That said, especially as they transition from elementary to middle school or middle to high school, children often have difficulty organizing their work and staying on top of their homework assignments. If that is the case and you are having difficulty getting them back on track, we can help! Stop in and talk to Sumaiya — she can log into your child’s online school account and take a look at whether your child is turning in all school assignments. If this is an issue, Sumaiya can talk to your child and set up regular times to review their progress in getting assignments turned in. We often see a child get so far behind in assignments that they just don’t know how to get caught up. Once we step in and help them get caught up, the child has a much easier time staying on track.
  • Establish clear expectations. What do you and the teacher expect your child to do? Make these expectations clear, and make sure your child understands that you and the teacher are working together to define them. Often a meeting involving you, your child, and the teacher is the best setting to establish expectations. And don’t forget that we are always available to meet with the teacher to help in this process.
  • Decide on clear consequences. Determine what will happen if your child fails to meet the expectations you and the teacher have established, and let your child know what consequences to expect. Identify several activities or privileges your children enjoy every day. When they meet the established expectations, they continue to enjoy their activities or privileges. When they don’t, some or all may be suspended. When you must suspend privileges, do so matter-of-factly, without anger or emotion. Be consistent.
  • Stay connected with your child’s teacher. A simple “note home” system is an easy and effective way to know whether your child is meeting established expectations. Your child’s teacher just sends home a short note each day telling you whether your child has completed and turned in assignments. The Tutoring Center also can supply your child with a Weekly Performance Form to take to his/her teacher each week. They are located in our Reception Room.
  • Don’t forget about the additional resources available at The Tutoring Center in Troy, Michigan. Make sure that your child attends our monthly Study Skills Seminar. The seminars cover important topics that will help you child excel in school. Past topics have included organization skills, note taking skills, memorization skills, reading comprehension skills, and test taking skills. Our seminar on January 21 is on communication strategies. A

It’s never too late to start

The earlier in your child’s school year that you can implement effective homework practices, the more likely you are to shape homework as a positive learning experience. But it’s never too late to start. Even if your child has reached the grumbling and complaining stage, you can still turn things around. Sit down with your child at a time and in a place where there are no distractions, and explain what you plan to do and what you expect to accomplish. Involve children in your plans as much as possible.

Does your child have a favorite place or time to study? When practical, incorporate those preferences into your approach. In reality, your child doesn’t like fighting about homework any more than you do. Though you may hear complaints and even encounter resistance at first, stick to your plan. Remember, stay calm and keep it positive. In the end, both you and your child will appreciate having homework as just another routine in the day.

Don't forget that at The Tutoring Center, Troy, MI, we are here to help you and your child! Call us at 248-509-7177 if you need more tips to help with chronic homework problems.


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