1. 7 TOP TIPS FOR HOMEWORK

    The toughest part of being a student is very often homework. But since homework is the most important part of your education it kind of matters to get the hang of it.
    Here’s some very down to earth help.

    0- 1. WHY? What's all the fuss is about?
    * Did you know a class lesson is just an introduction to the topic? The real work is doing homework.
    * Doing homework trains the brain to learn by doing, not just looking on. Action is more powerful than looking on. It can often seem like you've got it until you have to write answers. But maybe you know that already.
    * Homework trains you to get things done by a certain time (deadlines) which applies to jobs, paying bills, and looking after a baby. Not knowing how to get things done on time means a pretty miserable life as powerful people keep kicking you around.
    * Homework shows the teacher where you didn’t get it, and you should then get a help explanation so now you can understand. It also sometimes shows up that almost the whole class had a certain problem, so the teacher knows to go over that part again.

    0- 2. YUCK Did you know that homework is scary to many students? Lots of people act rude, or can't answer questions about it, or just do things in a weird way that causes trouble.
    This all boils down to the homework world being scary. It can be a lonely struggle and avoiding it sooner or later gets you caught out.
    You might have these ideas.
    # Homework is incredibly hard and boring to do. Well it can be in places but go at it the right way and it's either not so bad or can actually be cool (faint!)
    # I'll only get bad grades so what's the point?Again, use the steps in this guide and you'll make it into a sunny world with good grades and lots of smiles coming your way.
    # There are so many other things to do, like .... Sure, but that sinking feeling when the adults talk homework is a nasty price tag. So is looking like a dwerp - and you look increasingly boring as time goes by because your brain isn't getting enough exercise. Homework even makes gamers sharper!
    Try asking the parent/s if you could make a fresh start, with them being cool and kind about it. Use the tips below to make it work this time.

    0- 3. REWARD There’s nothing wrong with getting rewards for getting homework done. Adults reward themselves after all. They say ‘ When I get this done I’ll read that nice book/ have a cuppa or a biscuit.’
    If you're feeling brave why not suggest some rewards to the parent/s to help you cope. Rewards don’t need to be big, or cost money. Though are you a person who really gets into money? If so making pocket money depend on homework being done (gulp!) can be very successful. But visits to favourite places, favourite TV, time to play adored games, can all work well as rewards.
    Explain to the parent/s that rewards need to be immediate as young brains live in the now. Wonderful things next month and even next week don't cut it. We want rewards today or tomorrow!
    Does your parent smile and tell you they are proud? If not maybe their parents didn't do it. They could need some help to get it how important this is to young people. (They could read the parent guide to homework on here.)
    You deserve to get smiles and approval for other things even if homework is currently a struggle.

    0- 4. PUNISH? This is the other side of the reward coin. Parents are entitled to punish in order to help. This is obviously unpleasant for both of you. Tough love.
    If you keep sliding around not getting work done your future is pretty dire. So try not to hate parents who punish. It's a way of helping.
    You could even set penalties for yourself. No trying out a new game until work is done. That's a kind of mixed reward and punisment but it works.

    0- 5. CHECK! Don’t wait for half term or end of term when the work piles up. You might get away with not doing it because they know it's now just too much. But you can't do that permanently. Becoming a dwerp, being in trouble all the time is just being a boring person.
    Kep checking what to do this week. INSIST the parent/s help you. It's their job no matter how tired or busy they are. You should not have to manage this by yourself.
    In First College you have the advantage of being able to check your homework list whenever you wish just by going to your child’s personal report page.
    Check it Wednesday latest and again Friday so work doesn’t slide into the weekend.
    (Weekend working is not good work. It’s too long since the lesson so things have been forgotten, and work is rushed and sloppy to get it all done.)
    Never, never ask ‘Have you done your homework?’ as the reply will often be designed to please, rather than reporting precisely. Check for yourself.

    0- 6. SET TIME Most young persons cannot organise time. That is an adult skill. Get the family to agree a Homework Time on every weekday.
    If it can be the same time every day that helps remember for the whole family. If not, make a timetable, print it, and put it by the fridge and by phones, as well as by their computer.
    Make sure the whole family respects Homework Time like you're royalty! Don’t let them trash it by arranging other activities in it. Announce you're doing Homework as an important event and it'll win their respect.

    0- 7. WEEKENDS Teach parents and family that before taking a trip, or going out, or any special weekend activities, check homework is done. If not, a good student doesn't join in that event.
    If you don’t do this you are treating homework like it doesn’t really matter. You are also setting it up to do it in a mad rush on Sunday night so it is stressed, quick, and sloppy. It will get bad grades and damage their your confidence. It will lead into putting it off next week because doing it creates stress and only gets bad grades.
    Or worst of all you don't get the work done at all, and we're back in those tired old homework wars.
    Homework can be pleasant and successful. All good students get this kind of help from parents. Some parents do get very busy and tired and it's really miserable for the student to struggle alone as a result..
    Help your parent/s understand how urgently you need their help to plan your Homework Time each day, to nag you, remind you, and reward you, and even punish you.

    IMPORTANT
    A new homework effort will most likely do lots better for a week or two.
    Then it will most likely fall apart.
    New effort is tiring. What divides success people from boring flop people is taking that deep breath and trying again.
    When the next collapse happens - try again. Again! Again!!!!!
    All the really successful people have long stories behind them of floppy bits and trying again. No one just floats into success. It's all about trying again.
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