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Are you a parent of a middle or high school student who struggles to get homework organized, done and turned in to the teacher?
Let’s face it, no one wants to do homework, but in most middle and high schools homework “counts” toward a final grade. In many cases, it counts A LOT, and figuring out how to get homework assignments written down correctly, bringing materials home, doing the work, and getting it back to the teacher on time are important skills to learn.
Why is managing homework an important skill?
If your child wants to go to college and succeed he will need to know how to organize is work outside of the classroom. Even if she doesn’t go to college, many jobs require us to plan for long term projects, organize materials and manage time. Homework does not end after high school and organizational skills are LIFE skills.
Why is organizing homework so hard and confusing for some kids?
Your child WANTS to be organized and be successful in school. He is just as frustrated as you are! (Probably more so, he just doesn’t show it). But sometimes brains are wired differently, and the organizing wire is confused and overwhelmed by these homework demands.
She’s not lazy or careless.
And the solution is not as simple as telling her to “get organized.”
If she could, she would.
Children with difficulty staying organized often have weak executive functioning and need to be directly taught systems and routines to manage organizational demands.
They don’t learn it by watching others or by someone telling them to “focus,” “try harder,” or “a smart kid like you should be able to do this.”
They ARE smart!
They just are not able to organize! Someone needs to teach the organization parts of homework success.
But isn’t it hard to teach homework skills at home?
Often the assignments don’t get written down, or half the materials are missing. Your child does not want your help, but you know his grades are dropping with every missed assignment.
Maybe you register her for a study skills course, or a tutor comes to your home once a week. But do the skills “stick,” or do they just work when she is in class or with the tutor and as soon as those teachers are no longer there, the chaos resumes?
The truth is your child needs to learn these skills independently in “real time,” on a daily basis, while he is doing his homework.
As the parent, you need to be part of your child’s support team, but not the “homework police,” who nags at your student day-after-day. Truthfully, that pattern can be destructive to your relationship and you need to be a safe person for your tween or teen to talk to about stuff beyond homework, trust me.
So as a concerned parent, what can you do to help your child manage homework?
As a means to help your child become more independent and get you out of the “nag cycle,” I developed a program I call:
The Homework Survival Bootcamp
featuring Dr. Susan’s Homework Survival System
Here’s how it works:
First, we start with my Homework Survival System, a simple organizational program taught by me, in my office that teaches a step-by-step system to get homework assignments written down, materials home, homework done and passed in.
The Homework Survival System includes:
1. A simple, straightforward folder/notebook system that keeps all papers neatly organized by subject.
2. Strategies to effectively utilize agenda/assignment books, as well as calendar and reminder apps to keep track of assignments.
3. How to develop a comfortable, effective homework routine at home.
4. Detailed structure to plan for, do the work, and complete long term projects on time.
5. Straightforward, consistent backpack organization.
6. A simple system to keep the school locker organized and efficient for use between classes/before/after school.
This is the system that got me through middle school, high school, college, and 8 years of graduate school, even though I have a learning disability and am not the most organized gal around. It WORKS, it’s SIMPLE, and even kids with attentional and learning differences can use it daily with success.
I will show your child:
- a homework mindset that removes negative thinking and shifts focus to getting things done, rather than procrastinating
- what materials he needs to stay organized
- how to set up his agenda book so it is a useful tool
- how to leverage technology/apps to be more organized and on task
- when and where to do homework
- how to keep backpacks uncluttered and paperwork organized
- several systems to figure out what is for homework, even if she forgets to write it down
- the process to develop a “master plan” to manage long term assignments, term papers, mid-terms and finals
Homework Survival System Taught in my office. Daily reminders will keep your child on track….
I will teach the Homework Survival System to you and your child in my office. We video those lessons, edit them and give them to you to download. You and your child will have access to all the detailed steps of the system to review at home at your convenience. Think of it as the Kahn Academy of homework survival!
Then I will support your child DAILY in her quest to learn my Homework Survival System.
Yep, Every Day I will contact your student to keep him on track, getting homework organized, done and turned in. I will be in touch with your child DAILY for 13 whole weeks!
How do I do this?
I connect with kids on their turf: via text, streaming video and audio.
(But don’t worry, you will get copies of EVERYTHING I send to your child sent directly to you so you know exactly what is going on).
Here are samples of the texts and content your child will receive:
Not to be too dramatic, but I know of no other homework support program of this intensity anywhere. Your child can take one class or see the tutor once a week, but daily reminders and an entire system on video that he can reference again and again? That is unique and taps into exactly what your child needs:
- A clear system
- Daily support
- And no parent nagging
The best part of this for you as a parent is it gets you out of the “nag cycle,” of constantly reminding, worrying, and yes, nagging to help your child figure out his homework.
Now I do the nagging for you!!
So, let’s recap
In this program you and your child will each start with a specially designed 2 hour Homework Survival Bootcamp lesson in my office. Parents attend one session and kids attend another. (I do this because parents have lots of questions and kids have work to do in the program that isn’t required for parents).
Then for 13 weeks you and your child will receive almost DAILY text messages from me to keep him on track and working with the system.
I do the reminding, you do the supporting and your child learns an important life skill!
Now, I have only one caveat before we discuss any more details of the program.
Before you consider investing one cent in any homework support program for your child, s/he MUST agree to work with the program. Otherwise, it is a waste of your money and time.
DO NOT invest in this if your student says he won’t do the work or doesn’t care about homework.
However, if your child is interested and willing to try something that he can do on his own that will improve his school performance and stop your nagging, sign right up!
Here are the details of the entire program starting in August and September 2016:
First the tech-y stuff:
To participate in this program you and your child must have an email address to which I can send all of this information.
They MUST have access to a computer or mobile device that can support video streaming. (If your computers allow them watch YouTube, they will be fine.)
Daily support will be sent by SMS text messaging. To get the full benefit of this program you child should be able to receive daily texts from us.
When Does Homework Survival Bootcamp Start?
Our first sessions for the 2016-17 school year:
Monday, September 12, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
After you register, you will receive an email with a list of materials required to bring to your Bootcamp sessions.
Homework Survival Bootcamp meets in the Child Development Partners office at 73 Princeton St. #305, Chelmsford, MA.
The same content will be presented in both sessions. Parents and students will have varying assignments during the workshop.
The videos of Homework Survival Bootcamp will be sent to you approximately one week after your classes.
When your live Bootcamp sessions are complete, you and your child will begin to receive the daily text content beginning the following school day. This almost daily support system will continue for 13 weeks with the last text arriving in mid-December, 2016. By that time your child should have this system mastered. If not, they have the videos and other content to return to as reference throughout the academic year.
I will give the 13 week
And to make it super easy for you to register and recommend it, I offer a 100% money back guarantee if your child uses the program but does not see positive results.
But he must use the program, which is why you need him to agree to this before putting down any money at all. If for some reason it doesn’t work for your child, I’ll pay you back, no questions asked.
Homework Survival Bootcamp
(featuring the Dr. Susan’s Homework Survival System)
- Two in-person organization and executive functioning workshops for you and your child
- 13 weeks of daily support
- Skills that last a lifetime
- (and no more nagging!)
To Your Child’s Success,
~ Dr. Susan
PS: Considering a few sessions with me in my office cost MORE than this whole 13 week program, this is a great way for your child to get study skills and executive functioning coaching from me personally at a reasonable cost.
PPS: I offer my 100% money back guarantee so you can try this program with no risk. If it doesn’t help your child learn to manage homework by the end of our 4th week, let me know and I will refund your money. I just want your children to be successful and I really think this program can help.
PPPS: Questions? Please ask! Contact me at email@example.com.