ERIC Number: ED346397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Homework Helpers: A Guide for Parents Offering Assistance.
Kuepper, Joan Eklund
This guide provides methods for parents to assist their children in homework. The first of the guide's 10 chapters discusses motivation. Looking at sources of motivation, reviewing study skill shaping strategies, learning about rewards, and accomplishment are addressed. The second chapter discusses communication. Considering message forms, choosing message senders, and sending the messages are emphasized. The third chapter, on commitment, describes formal and informal contracts or agreements that adults and children can sign as well as a variety of charts to record student progress or to tally scores on meeting agreed-upon goals. The fourth chapter presents information about study skills. Listening skills, reading strategies, notetaking, and using reference sources are discussed. The fifth chapter explores test taking competence and confidence. Preparing before the test, memory strategies, comprehension during the test, learning by review after the test, and test anxiety are discussed. The sixth chapter addresses homework quality. Proofreading, following directions, dealing with incorrect or inadequate work, and pace overload are discussed. The seventh chapter, on everyday assignments discusses visualizing goals and progress, specifying behavior by goal, time, or task, and looking at long-range planning. Topics of the eighth chapter, which address incomplete work, include scheduling priorities and principles, dealing with distractions and interruptions, asking for help, double checking for needed materials and checking for completion. The ninth chapter focuses on recording assignments and deadlines, dealing with delays, storing homework to be finished or graded, handing in work properly, and loaning and sharing work. The final chapter addresses writing or calling the school staff and giving and receiving accurate information. Supplementing the text are 79 figures showing sample study contracts and progress charts, task checkoff forms, time logs, study plans, homework recording forms, and other useful tools. (LLL)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Homework, Listening Skills, Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Secondary School Students, Study Skills, Test Wiseness, Time Management
Educational Media Corporation, P.O. Box 21311, Minneapolis, MN 55421 ($11.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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