Healthy Homework Habits – Guide for Parents

September 16, 2015

Healthy Homework Habits – A Guide for Parents


healthy homework habits - parents guide

1. Share and converse

Most children like to share information. If you sit down with your child and take the opportunity to ask them about their homework, you might be surprised by what you hear. 

You will get a sense of what subjects they like and what they are having difficulty with. You will hear any frustrations that they have and get a better sense of the subjects they are gravitating towards.


2. Keep an eye on the clock

Parents often ask about the amount of time that students should spend doing homework. Here is a rough guide to the timings for each year:


Year 7

45-90 minutes

Year 8

45-90 minutes

Year 9

60-120 minutes

Year 10

90-140 minutes

Year 11

90-150 minutes


3. Support their learning

Homework does not always need to be deskwork. Aside from ensuring your child completes their assignments and daily schedule of homework, incorporate some extracurricular learning into your leisure time and embed it naturally into your lives. 

If your son or daughter shows a particular interest in, for example, science, take them to a museum or show them some interesting science news online or in the newspaper to encourage their learning.

4. Create the right space

Children need to be relaxed and comfortable in order to learn well; it’s a good idea to establish a space early on where they can sit and do their homework in comfort. 

Whether their learning space is a desk in their bedroom or the kitchen table, ensure that they have a good, comfortable chair to sit in and enough light and space for their books and computer.


5. Monitor their mobiles

Homework time should be a mobile phone free time. Encourage your child to keep their mobile devices away from the area they are doing their homework in to prevent their phone from being a distraction. 


6. Encourage questions

Many modern families are time-poor and over-scheduled.  If your child asks questions, try to answer them. If you don’t have time at a particular moment, refer back to them and encourage their journey of learning and discovery.


7. Use positive reinforcement

At secondary level, students are more likely to do most of their homework unsupervised but that doesn’t mean that you need to be completely hands-off. Take a look at their completed homework and look for the positives in it.  Talk to them about it and give them positive reinforcement where appropriate.


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