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Before The Bell: Homework Help

A lot of has to do with what happens at home and particularly with homework, so as a parent, how do you make sure your child is not only doing the assignment but getting the most out of it? (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

After a summer break filled with family, friends and fun it's time for students to head back to classrooms and focus on learning once again.

Student success hinges on a lot more than just what happens in a school house.

A lot of has to do with what happens at home and particularly with homework, so as a parent, how do you make sure your child is not only doing the assignment but getting the most out of it?

Jeff Simms is a student success specialist at Mott Community College in Flint.

He says a good place for parents to start is the home study environment.

"I remember when I was in college, the first thing I did was go to my bedroom, sat on the bed and studied there. That's not the best place to do that. Finding a place where you have a table, someplace solid and sturdy to study,” said Simms.

Also, make sure they have good lighting and minimal distractions.

Simms says a little white noise is fine, like soft instrumental music, not their favorite songs.

Some students may feel that after spending seven to eight hours in classrooms every day, more school work is the last thing they want to do, so it's crucial that parents impress upon their children how important homework is to their success.

"No one becomes a great baseball player from not practicing, not rehearsing. Someone who struggles at hitting the ball, they're going to practice and practice and practice until they hit it. And, eventually, they're going to improve and improve and get better. The same thing is true with studying. You have to build that muscle memory and you do that by repetition and repeating that information and going over it again and again, said Simms.

If your child is doing everything possible to succeed, but still struggles. Call someone like jeff and get help.

You can also look for online help.

Simms there several apps and video-on-demand sites offering help to keep your kids on the path to academic success.

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