Homework for Success
Allen Sanders
RISD Community Relations Director

The difference between success and failure at school, in many cases, involves one important step for students—do your homework. There are various reasons for students to make failing grades, but one major reason for poor performance is not completing their homework.

I know from personal experience that there are students who, for what ever reason, avoid doing their homework which results in much lower grades or even failure of a subject. This week I have some important tips to help parents with this problem and improve student performance.

Talk to your children about their homework. It’s important that your kids understand why it’s important to do their homework and the positive impact it has on grades. Homework helps them practice what they’ve learned as well as prepare them for upcoming classes. Plus, by doing their homework they develop the discipline and skills they need to be successful throughout their school years.

Talk to the teachers. Different teachers might expect different things from parents, so be sure to talk to them to figure out your role. For example, some teachers prefer parents review their kids’ homework; others prefer parents make sure kids do their homework. Teachers can also tell you how much time your child should spend doing homework and what to do if the homework is too easy or too difficult.

Select a fixed time to do homework. The best time to do homework is the one that works best for your child and you. It can be before or after playing, watching television or dinnertime. What’s important is that homework time is consistent. Avoid leaving it for the end of the day, when your child is tired and sleepy. Pick a quiet area and eliminate distractions. To help your children focus on homework, pick a place in the house where there’s plenty of light and no distractions. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be the kitchen table or a desk. Make sure the TV is off and put away electronic devices, unless they’re essential to doing homework.

Get them the resources they need. You don’t have to be an expert in all subjects to help your kids with homework. However, you need to make sure they have the tools they need to succeed. If you need expert help, you can always take them to the library or help them with their search online. You can also visit to find information on homework topics. The Department of Education also has several resources to help your child with homework in different areas, including math, reading and writing.

Visit You can find many helpful websites by visiting our school district website, and clicking on the “Students” tab. There you can link to iTutoring, Libraries, My Big Campus, Research Tools, Sapling Learning, STEMScopes, StudySync and Think Through Math. All of these websites can help students by providing the tools and information they need to be successful when completing their homework or working on projects.

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