Help Your Kids Learn: Create a Positive Study Environment (page 2)

By — Learning Forum International
Updated on Dec 16, 2008

Homework support

Your show of interest, support, and guidance in helping your child create a positive study environment at home will go a long way toward establishing great homework habits. It’s also a good idea to create and agree on homework guidelines so you can continue to work together toward success. Why not have a special lunch together and set up a plan that will work for both of you? You could also consider a reward for consistently following "the plan."

  • Homework time: Sometimes it’s not easy because of extracurricular activities, but try to define a specific time each day that homework will be started.
  • Distractions: Fewer distractions equals more productive time. Make a plan with your child about the timing for phone calls, internet “browsing”, and play time.
  • Breaks: Breaks are important. Research shows that students remember more of the information learned at “beginnings” and “endings” of study periods. Thus, better retention is experienced when frequent breaks are taken. A ten-minute break after each hour of study time will enhance learning. (For younger children who don't have such long study periods, a five-minute break every half hour will work well.)
  • Flexibility: You will both need to agree to be flexible—sometimes homework will have to start a bit later, sometimes a family commitment will mean starting a little earlier, sometimes a break may need to be slightly longer than five or ten minutes. Flexibility keeps you and your child connected!

Chicka Elloy is Programs Director for SuperCamp, a learning and life skills summer camp that runs 7-, 8- and 10-day programs each year at several colleges throughout the United States. More information on SuperCamp is available at

This article is reprinted with the permission of SuperCamp, a leading learning and life skills summer camp, and Quantum Learning Network. For more information on the camp and the company, you can visit and

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