Is your child doing any Maths homework at home? Why is it so important for them to do homework at home?

From what some of my students tell me it seems that their Maths teacher sets some questions in an exercise for the class to do. Then they’re told that what they don’t finish in class they have to finish at home.

### Not Enough Questions For Homework At Home

So what do you think happens? They rush through it as quickly as they can so they don’t have to finish it at home. They work with their friends to get through the questions. More often than not they don’t correct their work.

The other thing that helps them get the work done so quickly is that they haven’t been given many questions to do. This is not an effective way of learning Maths or preparing students for advancing further at school.

If your child is telling you that they don’t have homework then this might be what is happening with them too.

### Doing Homework At Home Builds Confidence

The problem with getting all the work done in class is that your child is not practicing it on their own. They need to be thinking their way through each problem and doing their best to figure it out – without the help of their friends at school!

Doing questions on their own is the only way they are going to know whether they can do them or not. Doing homework at home gives them the opportunity of having a go at questions on their own without help from their friends.

Doing questions on their own will give them confidence – especially when they get them correct! Confidence breeds a willingness to have a go at harder questions.

### The Challenge Of Harder Questions

Students need to be challenged with some harder questions so they can develop their thinking and improve understand the underlying concepts and the step by step method of solving each question.

And they need to be doing more of the questions from each exercise if not all of them. What’s happened to try the harder questions and see how you go instead of only setting the easier questions to do.

If you want the best for your child and they’re not getting good results at school then not doing enough homework at home might be the issue. They really need to be doing homework after each Maths lesson and they need to be doing enough questions so they really get how to do each type of question.