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Home learning refers to tasks given to pupils by their teachers to be completed outside of usual lessons. Common homework activities may be reading or preparing for work to be done in class, or practising and completing tasks or activities already taught or started in lessons, but it may include more extended activities to develop inquiry skills or more directed and focused work such as revision for exams.
Pupils are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows them that what they do is important.
Tips for parents / carers:
1. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to work. Unless the homework assignment involves using a computer, power down electronics and remove other unnecessary distractions.
2. Be a motivator. Home learning provides a great opportunity for you to tell your child how important school is. Be positive. The attitude you express will be the attitude your child acquires.
3. Be a role model. When your child is working, don’t sit and watch TV. If your child is reading, try reading too. If your child is doing mathematics, work on your budget. Help your child see that the skills they are practicing are related to things you do as an adult.
4. Be a monitor. Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration. If your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. If frustration sets in, suggest a short break.
5. Be a mentor. Find out if the teach wants you to play a role in the home learning. If home learning is meant to be done alone, stay away. Home learning is a great way for kids to develop independent, life-long learning skills.
Tips for pupils:
1. Pick a good time to work. Try to do your work at the same time everyday--right after school, just before dinner, or right after dinner. Try not to leave it until just before you have to go to bed.
2. Find a place that makes studying easy. Collect up all the books and materials you’ll need (and your snack) before you begin to work. Do your home learning in the same place every day.
3. Spend more time on harder work than easy work. If you know what’s easy and what's hard, do the hard work first. Take a short break if you are having trouble keeping your mind on an assignment.
4. If home learning gets too hard, ask for help.
5. Remember to make time for long-term projects. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.
Pupils are encouraged to be independent in class by trying ‘three before me’ whenever they get stuck. This means firstly trying their brain, secondly their book and then their buddy before asking the boss (their teacher). Getting into the habit of independent learning is important for building resilience and self-motivation - essential qualities for success!
1. Be persistent: If a task is challenging, don’t give up. Keep at it until you understand what you need to do.
2. Active reading: You will need to be an active reader, paying close attention to the words you are reading and their meaning.
3. Skim read: Speed read or skim material before reading it in detail and then summarising the text in your notes.
4. Go solo: Practice working on your own for long periods of time without seeking the help of an adult.
5. Different sources: When doing research, try to draw from a variety of different sources.
6. Seek help where necessary: Asking for support and advice is an important part of independent learning. Unlike school, you are unlikely to be spoon-fed all the information you need in work or at university. If you need help, ask for it!
7. Discussions: If you want to expand an argument but are stuck for ideas, get a debate going with friends or peers. This could help you think about an element you hadn’t considered before.
8. Set goals: A good way to keep your motivation up is to think what you want to get out of your work and remind yourself next time you’re flagging.
9. Effective time management: Break each project down into the relevant tasks, work out how long you will need to spend on each part, then allocate time in your diary in order or priority.