Are you looking for ways to ensure that students complete homework tasks? If so, keep reading.
1. Make sure the student knows that homework not finished and turned in on time must still be finished and turned in.
2. Get the student to orally repeat the homework task to reinforce the student’s understanding of the task.
3. Get the student to prioritize tasks by importance (e.g., task A must be done today, task B can be done today, and task C can wait until tomorrow).
4. Find a tutor (e.g., a volunteer in the community, one of the student’s classmates, etc.) to help the student finish homework.
5. Get the student to set a timer to finish tasks in a sensible period.
6. Provide instructions orally to increase the likelihood of the student’s comprehension of homework tasks.
7. Urge the student to follow a less desirable task with a more desirable task. Make the conclusion of the first appropriate to perform the second.
8. Provide consistent expectations within the capacity and ability level of the student.
9. Urge the student to set time limits for finishing homework tasks. Urge the student to be aware of time constraints when working on projects.
10. Urge the student to say a mantra to themselves when they bring work home (e.g., I will finish, I will finish, I will finish).
11. Reinforce all measures of improvement.
12. Connect with the student’s parents about the need to create homework rules at home (e.g., start homework upon arriving home from school, finish homework before watching TV or talking on the phone, ask for help when appropriate, etc.).
13. Urge the student to lessen the number of visual distractions around them (e.g., move their work area away from windows, doors, kitchen, TV, etc.).
14. Urge the student to put finished homework tasks in a designated place to be taken to school (e.g., in front of the door, at the bottom of the stairs, etc.).
15. Create homework task rules: • Remain on-task. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.
16. Urge the student to select exciting or stimulating learning activities as a reward for finishing less exciting learning activities (e.g., finish homework before going to the mall).
17. Get the student to keep a chart or graph representing the number of homework tasks finished and returned to school.
18. Urge the student’s parents to check over their child’s homework when they are finished so the student can be sure that everything is finished.
19. Connect the student to other resource persons who may be of help in performing homework tasks (e.g., librarian, special education teacher, other staff members with expertise or time to help, etc.).
20. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for returning finished homework to 21. Consider using an education app to help the student sharpen their organizational skills. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.