Learn More: How to always get your homework done
Educational expert Sabine Hutcheson, of Learn More, takes parents and older children through some of the most common questions about education and schooling. Here she answers a question from a 14 year old girl.
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I keep getting into trouble for not doing my homework. What can I do to stop it?
The obvious answer to the question is, do your homework and you won’t get into trouble, but perhaps the question you should be asking is “how do I stop not doing my homework?”
Teachers may sanction students for not doing their homework but this is not to punish them. A lot of the time the problem come from lack of organization skills rather than lack of comprehension of the homework tasks. Students can become quickly overwhelmed at secondary school by the increasing workload and to add to the problem, this is when they start rejecting their parents’ help.
How to stop NOT doing your homework in 3 steps
- Swallow your pride and ask for help, if only to do a timetable of homework which you need to stick to no matter what.
- Create a checklist for each day of the week, something you check religiously shortly after coming home in the evening. The checklist should tell you to look at your homework diary or online system, and which subjects you have the next day so you can pack your bag with the necessary books and check in there if there is anything to be done.
- Create a routine. Routines are an absolute savior when workload increases beyond control.