Five Effective Homework Strategies For Middle School Students

There can be no argument that the key to academic success, in any grade level, is effective studying and habitual completion of homework. Yes, completing school assignments at home has to become a habit at an early grade level if your child is to reap the benefits of it over the years.

The middle school slump

Ask any group of middle school teachers and they’ll tell you that a child not turning in assignments is the main reason that student grades drop when average or above-average students hit middle school. Homework tends to either be completely ignored, or left to languish in the bottom of a book bag. It may be finished but remains on the desk at home for months. These habits of behavior add up to low marks in the gradebook, and culminate in a lower student grade.

The Tweens can take its toll

The way to combat this seemingly universal trait of the tween years of middle school is the development of effective strategies for completion of middle school assignments. Here are five of the best strategies you can utilize to help your tween succeed in middle school.

  1. Get your child organized. Middle school students are notorious for their lack of organization. With their blossoming social calendars and increasing extracurricular activities, it is easy for something considered as boring as homework to fall through the cracks. A planner can be a child’s lifeline to academic success. Writing down assignments and due dates can keep your child on track.
  2. Insist on clear expectations. By middle school, and on into high school, teachers should be supplying your child with a clear set of expectations for successful completion of their courses. These are usually dispersed to students at the first of the year, as letters home that need to be signed and returned, semester outlines or course syllabus. If you child doesn’t receive any of these items, you may need to step in to find out why.
  3. Make a homework area. Set aside a designated space in the home for school work to take place. Keep all the necessary study supplies handy: paper, pencils or pens, calculators, computers or tablets, textbooks, course workbooks. Make it well-lit and NO TV or GAME CONSOLES.
  4. Don’t wait until the last minute. Most assignments will have a designated “due date” that gives the child several days to several weeks to complete an assignment. Help them get started immediately to avoid a panicked rush at the last minute.
  5. Review their completed assignments. Let you child know that you’ll be checking his/her completed work, and then make sure you actually do check it. You should see your child’s grade increase accordingly.