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To help your child succeed in school, start by establishing good homework and study habits at home. Here are some ideas from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions and promotes study.
  • Schedule ample time for homework, and eliminate TV and other electronic distractions during homework time. 
  • Supervise computer and internet use.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework. 
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. 
  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject and you are not able to help, consider a tutor. Talk it over with your child’s teacher first. 
  • Some children need help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers and parental supervision can help.
  • If your child is having difficulty completing homework, discuss this with your child’s teacher. 
  • Establish a good sleep routine.

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