Consistency is key
Location, location, location
Set a timer
Begin by asking your child to take out his notes and review his homework assignments for the night. Ask him to estimate how long each homework assignment will take. Write the assignments on a whiteboard in order of longest to shortest time required. Then set the timer and get started. When the timer rings, cross off any completed assignments, take a break, and move to the next item on the list. The goal is to finish as quickly as possible so that your child can have time at the end of the night to relax and wind down.
Color-coded subjectsMost likely, your child is a visual spatial learner, which means he thinks in pictures, not words, and sees the bigger concept or idea, not the details. In order to encourage organization, assign a color to each subject with corresponding notebooks and folders. When your child is looking for his Science folder, he looks for “green,” not the word “SCIENCE.” This will help him look for his Science materials at home, in his backpack, in his locker, or in his desk.
Create a calendar
Pour on the praise
Dr. Liz Matheis is a licensed clinical psychologist and school psychologist in Parsippany who provides psychotherapy, assessment, consulting, and advocacy for children and families managing ADHD, learning disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.