As a parent, it goes without saying that you want your child to do well in school. Sometimes you want to provide homework help, but you are afraid to because you aren't familiar with all the subjects.

Don't worry. It happens to every parent. While some parents are experts in writing, they may be shaky with mathematics. You don't have to know every subject to help get your child on the right path.

Here are five ways that you can help your child with homework, even if you are not familiar with the subject.

1. Start a Routine

One of the best things you can do for your child is to help set up a routine for studying, but don't start with the homework right away. Some experts believe that giving your child time to unwind before doing homework has positive benefits. Once students have a snack or watch some television, get them started. It may take time to find the right schedule, so give a few things a try before deciding what works for you and your child.

2. Find a Designated Space

Part of a creating routine involves helping your child find a comfortable place to work. This could be at a desk or the kitchen table. Wherever they choose to work, give them ideas on how they can organise that particular space for maximum study time.

3. Help Build Study Skills


Whether you are helping your child with homework or providing home education, you can assist your child with homework by emphasising strong study skills. Teach your child to make flash cards for upcoming vocabulary tests, or show them how to highlight information in their textbooks. Providing your child with some necessary tools will go a long way towards their education.

4. Find Extra Help When Needed

Every child gets stuck from time to time, and it is important as parents to not try to re-teach the information. If you have a different approach than your child's teacher, it can lead to confusion. If you find that your child is getting stuck on a certain lesson, contact the teacher. For older children, encourage them to speak to the teacher, which will help them learn to advocate for themselves.

5. Utilise Online Tools

One of the best things parents can do to help their children at home is to use online study tools with sites such as EdPlace. Though the U.K. education market is complicated, EdPlace aims to make it simple while providing great value for your money. We cover English, Maths and Science across the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1 to 4. EdPlace's resources are generated by qualified teachers, and they offer brilliant customer service. The best part: it can all be accessed online, in the comfort of your own home, without high priced private tuition.

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