As a parent, you are the best person to help your child with homework, but if that doesn’t work, there are many free resources to help. Here are some essential essentials to make this daily time serene and effective.
Establish a routine
From the beginning of the school year, you must work with your child on his homework and get help quickly if needed. First, choose the best time of day to do them, that is, when your cherub and you are best disposed.
“Some children are too tired to start work as soon as they get home from school, while others are ready for it right away. Everything depends on fatigue, hunger and individual schedule. The important thing is to establish a routine and that the parent is available and sits with the child,” advises Annie Harvey, spokesperson and advisor for internal and external partnerships at AlloProf.
She adds that it’s essential to take time to sit next to your child, as he’ll be inspired that you’re involved in his school life. And you will be able to see where its strengths and weaknesses are. Above all, be patient to put him at ease and don’t do homework for him!
Contact teachers, then relatives
If your child is having trouble understanding homework and you can’t explain it to him, contact his teacher. After you, this is the first person who will be able to help him.
Homework time should be fun and fluid. If it often becomes a crisis and your child doesn’t understand your explanation, turn to outside help by first looking among your relatives. “It could be an older brother, an uncle, an aunt, a grandparent, who is more gifted in a certain subject, or even a retired teacher who can explain differently”, continues Annie. Harvey.
You can ask your child’s teacher if academic support services are available at school. Several institutions have established partnerships with community or literacy organizations that provide homework help in classes after school hours. Your child does not have to move. This is the case for several schools in the Center de Services Scholars de Montréal, which have contracts with Creca or I go everywhere. You can also inquire directly with literacy services in your area.
Your child’s teacher can recommend former students or colleagues who offer a tutoring service, but such services may be chargeable. Many private companies offer tutoring services to support elementary, high school and even CEGEP students. Prices will vary depending on whether the service is provided by a teaching graduate, in person or virtually.
Alloprof to the rescue
The Alloprof organization offers many free professional services for elementary and secondary students dedicated to learning all subjects, including homework help online, over the phone, or via text message.
“Teachers answer students’ questions between 5pm and 8pm on weekday evenings and 2pm to 5pm on Sunday afternoons. We are currently working on learning English for anglophones and allophones, and we also have a service of remedial teachers,” notes Annie Harvey.
Good to know: despite the numerous requests (550,000 students per year, 60 million calls), the response time when you call the institution to speak to someone is very short, which avoids discouraging children who quickly become impatient.
Answers 7 days a week for artificial intelligence
Also, young people can ask their questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by clicking on the support zone of the site thanks to an artificial intelligence function of Alloprof. This discussion forum moderated by teachers allows students to get answers to their questions outside the hours of teacher presence. How does it work? The tool analyzes requests and suggests existing content.
Doing homework while having fun
To make your child more open to tackling the task, you can tell him that homework serves to consolidate his learning for the day and is a good way to share it with you. Of course, this is not a huge motivation, but it is a little more.
Use the explanation sheets and videos available on the Alloprof website You will also find games to improve the child’s learning while having fun. Even when he follows his course without difficulty, these are good tools for structuring and progressing learning.
Help for parents
Alloprof has created a section specifically dedicated to parents. You will find many texts that offer advice on helping your child with his schooling, including homework help. This service is available in French and English.
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