Specialist Clinical Psychologist Ayşe Şahin made evaluations about helping children gain the habit of doing homework.
Stating that the homework is “a learning activity given to students by their teachers and planned by the student to do on their own or with the support of their family”, Ayşe Şahin said that doing homework increases the permanence of the information learned by the child and enables the child to look at the subject learned from different dimensions.
Emphasizing that both students and families should be aware of the fact that homework is a learning method, Ayşe Şahin said, “The role of families and educators will be to talk to the child about the benefits of doing homework for the child. It should be explained to the child that doing homework will increase academic success, develop a sense of responsibility of the individual, support time management, prioritization and planning skills, and that the child will have control over his own behavior.
Homework time should be determined by a joint decision
Stating that families should try to raise awareness of homework in children, Ayşe Şahin said that the homework time should be determined with a joint decision by talking to the child. Stating that it would be more appropriate to plan this hour at a time after the physical needs of the child such as eating and resting are met, Ayşe Şahin said, “Families should support the child to do homework at the determined time in a consistent manner. If the child is young and has difficulty in taking responsibility, the motivational approach of the families will be useful. Families are impatient, accusatory and critical in some situations. These attitudes inhibit the child’s development of homework habits and lead to communication problems within the family ”.
Every child’s learning style is different
Reminding that each child’s learning style can be different, Ayşe Şahin emphasized that some children do not work in a sound environment and some may have difficulty in a quiet environment. Stating that it may be appropriate to work with music for children who need sound for the study, Ayşe Şahin said, “In addition, some factors such as the light of the working environment, the surrounding visuals and the temperature level of the room also have an effect on the productivity of the study. Families should guide their children to get to know their children and create the appropriate environment ”.
Let him experience the consequences of his actions
Stating that families should be patient in this regard and not forget that this is a process, Ayşe Şahin said that a child in primary school would be expected to take responsibility for their homework, but there may still be children who have difficulty in taking homework responsibilities despite this period.
Ayşe Şahin, who said that the families should tell them what kind of problems children will experience as a result of not doing homework, said, “In some families, we can see that the homework of the child who does not do homework is done by the parents, with this attitude, the child will be deprived of the experience of experiencing the consequences of his / her own behavior and will not experience the natural result such as the teacher warning him as a result of not doing homework. . However, it is necessary for children to experience the result of their behavior in order to behave differently in later situations. Children should be given the opportunity to learn by experience, ”he warned.
Motivate you to do homework
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Ayşe Şahin stated that families can make the child do homework by constantly forcing the child who does not do homework or by putting pressure on the child, and that this is not a method that works in the long term.
Explaining that it would be appropriate to create an intrinsic motivation and develop a sense of responsibility in the child with his homework behavior, Ayşe Şahin completed his words as follows: “Only a child who shows this behavior with pressure can neglect his responsibility when there is no external control. It works well to motivate children to do homework. It is much more effective to say that they can rest after homework or to play games with the child after homework. Focusing on what the child can do instead of blaming the child and reinforcing them will increase positive behaviors in the child. “