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Homework Help – Tips from Our Tutors

One of the most common requests we receive is for our tutors to help with homework.  It can be anything from learning to read and write, helping with math homework or solving high school biology or chemistry problems.

We have reached our to our team of elementary and high school tutors to get their advice on succeeding with homework.

Here are some of our favourite strategies:

1) Set up a homework friendly area that limits distractions unless it is used as a homework tool.  Examples include cell phones and TVs

2) Stay in touch with your child’s teacher(s): Attend school events such as curriculum night and parent teacher interviews to meet your child’s teacher and know what is expected of them.

3) Make a daily schedule:  Have a regular study time that works well for your child.  Each child works differently and some children prefer to work right after school and others after dinner.  Ensure students take a break after a long day at school to decompress.

4) Prioritize: We find students can have very jam packed schedules with extracurricular activities.  It is important to ensure homework takes priority and students are not exhausted by the time they work on their academic exercises.  We would recommend using a family calendar, so you can work together to track everyone’s obligations and ensure no evening or weekend is too jam packed.

5) Ask for help: We recommend that students start their homework independently and then ask for help when needed.  Homework help can come from tutors, family members, homework clubs and teachers.

6) Try your best:  As students work through their homework, they should not get discouraged with questions they do not understand.  Highlight any areas they do not understand to show they need help.  It is better to attempt a math or science answer versus leaving it blank.

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10 Tips for a Successful School Routine

With Back to School in full swing, families are now re-adjusting to daily routines. The start of the academic year can be overwhelming for both students and parents after the entire summer off.

Our team of tutors has rounded up these 10 tips to help your family thrive throughout the year!

  1.  Set up a monthly calendar: Every month carve out time to sit down as a family to plan out schedules. Mark down all extracurricular activities and special events in a monthly calendar, and remember to schedule in homework time too.
  2. Encourage the use of an agenda: Help your child develop good organizational habits by using a traditional agenda or digital tool to record homework assignments and important dates (i.e. projects, tests, exams).
  3. Monitor homework frustrations: It’s normal for students to feel some frustration over their homework. Check in with them early in the evening to avoid late-night surprises. If your child regularly struggles with assignments, encourage them to talk about it with the classroom teacher.
  4. Schedule time to relax: Kids need time for a break before starting homework after a long day of learning. Make sure to incorporate regular downtime and snacks into daily schedules.
  5. Have an electronics policy: Consider setting up a docking station in a central area in your home. Ask your kids to keep all electronics out of sight during homework time to avoid distractions and to leave them docked at bedtime so they can have a proper rest.
  6. Organize a homework area: A dedicated area with good lighting is helpful to store homework and for students to ultimately sit down to tackle work. Keep it stocked with papers, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and any other supplies needed.
  7. Create a place for school notes: The academic year is loaded with notes, reminders, and forms to fill out. Select a space to house them all. One idea is beside the electronic docking station.
  8. Manage the keepsakes: Soon your children’s work will be coming home for you to keep. Planning how you will keep track of these mementos will help you stay organized and reduce clutter. Decide if you will use a file folder, take photos or scan the work for a digital keepsake.
  9. Prepare gear before bedtime: Build knapsack organization into your child’s routine before bedtime. Ask them to fill their bag with an agenda, notes, homework and any other gear needed for the next day. Leave it by the front door unzipped, so it’s ready for the lunch bag to be added in before you all walk out the door.
  10. Ask for help: Draw on the expertise of others to help your child reach their academic goals when needed. This can be in the form of peer tutors, friends, homework clubs, family members, teachers and professional tutors.

We wish your family a successful school year. Which one of these tips will you put into action first?

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How To Encourage Kids Who Are Reluctant To Do Homework

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School’s back and your children have months of learning ahead of them, some of which will happen at home. Homework is an opportunity for children to practice the new skills they are learning at school and consolidate this knowledge. Students in the early years may bring home books to read. As children move into the higher grades, their homework becomes more involved with reports and projects.

Regardless of the type of homework, your child is bringing home, at times they can be quite reluctant to complete it, and the whole family may become frustrated. Take a deep breath-we have seven tips from our team of OCT-certified tutors to help end the homework battles:

Create a calendar: Sit down with your whole family and plan a weekly and monthly schedule that includes their extra curricular activities, free time, homework time and family time. Also, note any upcoming tests or exams to avoid studying at last minute.

Participate in the homework routine: Even if your child doesn’t need help with their homework, sitting down near or beside them can help your child to feel supported or at least not like everyone else is having fun while they work. Use this time as an opportunity to see what they are learning in class and their understanding of the material.

Set time limits: A visual timer can work well to help motivate students who are reluctant or feeling frustrated about their homework. They can see how much time they have to spend on the work rather than feel like it might go on forever.

Use the agenda: Another way to modify the time spent on homework is to try breaking it up into smaller sessions of time over the week. Sit down with your child and schedule out sessions in their agenda to get their homework done. Not only will a plan help alleviate some frustrations, but this will also assist them to develop organization skills, too.

Connect with the teacher: If you notice your child is struggling with their homework regularly, it may be time to touch base with their teacher. Set up a meeting to tell them what is happening at home. Your child’s teacher may have some strategies to help or may be able to modify some of the homework for your child.

Talk with your child: Sometimes children may be able to explain why they are avoiding their homework or why it leaves them feeling frustrated. Talk with your child to see if they can articulate their feelings. Perhaps they are tired and homework time could start earlier in the evening? Or maybe they feel like they don’t have enough free time during the week and you can address the family calendar together to see what can change.

Consider getting help: Homework help can happen in many different ways. You might engage the support of a family member or neighbour. Sometimes schools offer homework clubs, and in the older grades, many teachers have specific times during the week they are available to provide extra help to their students.

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5 Tips To Make Homework Time Less Stressful

Homework time can present anxiety for learners. You’re not alone if you’re looking for ways to help your kids stay focused and on task, feel motivated to start and complete their coursework, as well as find a balance between extracurricular activities, assignments, and family commitments. A well-planned and executed after-school and evening routine can be the answer.

We polled our team of seasoned tutors at Teachers on Call for the inside scoop on how to tackle this topic. Following are 5 expert tips from our tutors that can help you and your kids leave the stress behind and create a smooth homework routine.

1. Decompress and relax.

After a long day at school, kids need time for a break and snack before tackling homework.

2. Prioritize and use family calendars.

Elementary and high-school students can have jam-packed schedules filled with extracurricular activities and commitments. Homework needs to be made a priority with students encouraged to complete all academic exercises while they are fresh and not exhausted. A family calendar can help make homework less stressful with the organization by tracking all obligations and ensuring playdates aren’t on nights when students have heavy workloads.

3. Put away the distractions.

All electronics should be put away and out of sight unless used as a homework tool. TV, cell phones, and computers create many temptations for kids.

4. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Students should not get discouraged or catch up with questions they don’t understand. A trick is to highlight or mark an asterisk next to the unknown to signify that help is needed, and the concept needs revisiting. Encourage kids to try their best and attempt a solution versus leaving a blank answer.

5. Ask for help.

The recommendation is that students start schoolwork independently, then draw on the expertise of others when needed. Help can be in the form of peer tutors, friends, homework clubs, family members, professional tutors and teachers.

Students will get a boost to their self-esteem and confidence when they feel good about the work they hand in.

Want more tips for a stress-free homework routine? Visit at Help! We’ve Got Kids for five more tips. 

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Homework Help: 5 Tips For Parents

With the school year now in full swing, students are beginning to learn new skills and concepts in Math, English, Science and French.  In order to reinforce and solidify the new information learned, teachers often assign homework to supplement students’ learning.

Below are 5 great tips for parents to help your child with their homework throughout the school year:

1)      Schedule a Consistent Time

  • Set a consistent schedule that allows a balance of homework, activities and free time
  • Establish a time that works best for your child whether it is directly after school or closer to dinner time
  • Encourage your son or daughter to take breaks if there is a larger amount of work than usual


2)      Set up a Homework Friendly Area

  • Organize a clean, well lit space to work keeping in mind that each student works differently
  • Keep any school supplies they use close by
  • Try to avoid distractions (cell phone, TV) to allow them to focus on their work


3)      Support Your Child to work Independently

  • Find the right balance of supporting your child with their work. Doing the work for them won’t allow your child to develop new skills and learn from their mistakes
  • Provide coaching and direction to ensure they understand and learn the concepts


4)      Encourage Organization Skills

  • Use the school agenda where they can write down their homework assignments and add important dates (ie. projects, tests, exams).
  • Review your child’s agenda and compare it to the homework they have completed


5)      Communicate with the Teacher

  • Discuss any homework concerns or challenges they are facing.  If they are having consistent difficulties and unable to do the work on their own, we would recommend contacting the teacher to discuss further.

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