Coping With Homework Overload: Useful Strategies From An Expert

School is stressful. In today’s educational world of high-stakes testing, competitive scholarship programs and worry over college admissions, student stress is a prevalent thing. One of the consistent focal points of that stress is homework assignments.

If your child is experiencing homework overload and feeling stressed out because of it, here’s some tips to help get him or her back on track:

Get organized

  • Organize activities into a schedule, in chronological order. Include all activities, such as soccer practice, piano lessons, study time, etc.
  • For assignments that need days or weeks to complete, schedule the time that will be spent on this assignment.
  • This will avoid the stress of last-minute cramming or final hour rushing to complete a project.
  • Set up a designated work space for your child. Separate the work into subjects, providing a folder or tray for each subject. Organize supplies into baskets. Throw away materials no longer needed after a project is complete.
  • Decide on rules for study time and post them as a reminder to all. Televisions, game units and cell phones should be turned off. The Internet should be used for research or tutorial programs only.

Set priorities

  • If swimming lessons, soccer practice, cheerleading practice and youth choir are eating up all of your child’s time, then it is time to determine exactly what the priorities are in your child’s life.
  • Look at due dates on your child’s assignments. Those that aren’t due for a week, or for several weeks, don’t have to be done immediately. Make a list of assignments in order of priority and cross them off the list as they are completed.
  • Set realistic goals. This should apply to in-school activities as well as out of school activities.

Don’t neglect good health

  • Sleep is a necessary factor in any plan for wellness. Children usually need at least 10 hours of sleep each night, including teenagers.
  • Blow off steam with exercise. Regular exercise can help reduce stress while it maintains a healthy body.
  • Most teens will gravitate toward a high-calorie, high-fat diet but this doesn’t help stress levels. Eating a balanced diet can help your child face the day with a clear mind and properly functioning body.
  • Don’t forget recreational time. All work and no play, as they say. Your child needs time to play, to relax, to just space out and hang out, and have some fun down-time.
  • Model the behavior you’re advocating. Show your child what it means to exercise regularly, make healthy food selections and get to bed at a decent hour. If you show your children good habits, they are more likely to develop them for themselves.

Study regularly.

Do not try and rush through your work in one day. Instead make a specific time as your “homework time” and make it the same time each day.

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