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Help! My child wont do their homework or study!

Ashley Van Leeuwestyn - Saturday, May 20, 2017

Help! My child won’t do their homework or study!

Students not wanting to complete their homework or study is one of the most common issues we see in the tutoring industry – you are not alone!

An unwillingness to complete school tasks can stem from a wide variety of causes, ranging from a lack of confidence in academic ability, right through to preferring to play video games rather than study!

Whatever the reason, there are many approaches that can help students commit to, and complete, their school tasks.


Create a positive learning environment

Involve your child in creating a space for learning in the home. This can be as elaborate as decorating a study room, or as simple as clearing some space on the dining room table. Alternatively, purchase some inexpensive post-its and highlighters to make study at the library more comfortable and fun.

How can a tutor help? STN tutors have a variety of skills and ideas to help create a positive learning environment, no matter your space or budget.


It’s all about attitude

When talking to your child about school work, make sure you use positive and supportive language. Frustrated parents can often resort to language such as “Just get it done!”, or “You’ll fail if you don’t buckle down!” While this may be effective for some students, often it can attach a negative tag to school work and make it appear as a punishment. Instead, try to ask engaging questions such as “How’s your science assignment going? Volcanoes are really interesting”, or make note of the student’s strength and abilities, for example, “You’re so good at video games, I’m sure your computer assignment will be really good”.

How can a tutor help? STN tutors foster appropriate and positive language when interacting with students; they also work to find how to relate most positively to the individual student. 

What’s the point?

For older students approaching graduation, they often use “What’s the point” talk to evade completing work they don’t like. For example, “What’s the point of studying maths when I want to be a fashion designer?” This can often be a good opportunity to remind students of the skills they learn through schooling. These skills include discipline, accountability, independence etc. and are invaluable in future study as well as careers in everything from professional dancing to the armed forces.

How can a tutor help? STN tutors are excellent mentors; with a broad range of study disciplines, careers and life experience, they can provide insight into the many pathways that a good education can lead.


Create a routine

Even if a child does not like completing a task, once it becomes routine, they will generally complete it. Take, for example, brushing their teeth; at first it can be an uphill battle! But after time, it becomes routine. Study and homework is no different. Try to create a routine homework/study time for your child; involve them in the creation of this time – something regular that fits in around their other activities. Perhaps even create a weekly timetable that you can help them check and adhere to – ticking off sessions as complete can be very satisfying for both students and parents alike!

How can a tutor help? Having a regular tutoring session can help create a routine for study, and provide a good time to tackle those more difficult study topics that students struggle with.


Use of Technology and Education

Ashley Van Leeuwestyn - Monday, November 23, 2015



The use of technology has become a large part of our everyday lives in modern society; from using our smartphone to set our morning alarm, to online banking, to live streaming of our favourite television shows, we are constantly immersed in these media. Technology has also become an intrinsic part of modern-day education with primary, secondary and tertiary teaching/learning curriculums all containing ICT outcomes which students must demonstrate as part of their schooling.


ICT as a learning tool

One of the most important concepts governing ICT in education is for students to treat the computer/ technology as a tool for everyday life; ICT skills learnt in primary school will be built on in secondary school, and then again in tertiary studies/workplace.

ICT is also an excellent platform to accommodate various learning abilities, as well as a range of learning styles (for example, visual learners versus logical learners).

Some learning tools which can be utilised include:

-               Online tutorials

-               Simulations

-               Graphic organisers

-               Spreadsheets

-               Interactive learning games


How can a Student Tutor help?

-               STN tutors can provide assistance to students using technology for learning, as well as providing guidance to enhance the student’s use of these tools

-               STN tutors can implement a range of ICT tools into tutoring sessions, these may include:

  • Interactive games on a tablet to engage students in learning
  • Graphic organisers to assist students organise their ideas
  • Online animations/videos to better explain concepts
  • Etc.



Information verification

As anyone can publish on the internet, verification of content is a critical skill for high school and university students, and includes decoding URLs, as well as triangulating information.

How can a Student Tutor help?
- STN tutors can help students with online research skills, referencing, and the appropriate use of content
- STN tutors tailor their instruction to the student’s specific discipline, especially at tertiary level



Not many people are aware that computer technology was initially developed for military use. It is only in recent times that this technology was made available for private and commercial use by adults, and subsequently adolescents and children.

While technology is a useful platform for education, it also comes with risks including cyberbullying, inappropriate content, digital citizenship issues, and unauthorised access.
Some general safety tips:

  • Use filters for young children using the computer (this blocks access to any sites not permitted by you)
  • Keep computers in an open area where you can supervise their use
  • Encourage open communication about online behaviour


How can a Student Tutor help?
- STN tutors can help encourage responsible technology use at all levels of education


Tips to enhance learning using ICT

-               Get creative! Use graphic organisers for revision and to organise thoughts ahead of an assignment

-               Use online games to help engage primary students in their learning

-               Search for visual animations for difficult concepts such as photosynthesis

-               Avoid using ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ for school work. Instead, implement thorough research skills and use your own words to answer the question

-               Encourage your child to stay off their smartphone during school time and homework time

-               Try to focus on one task at a time when using ICT, having multiple browser windows open and several tasks ‘on-the-go’ can decrease focus and productivity



Ashley Van Leeuwestyn - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Hi guys!

Just some added information for the students I have seen in the last couple of weeks. This year we are holding HSC SEMINARS again! These went fantastically last year and helped a lot of students on the Central Coast. They will be held on the Ourimbah campus and still include all the fantastic extras they did last year. We now have a team of 17 tutors here on the Central Coast and in Newcastle, all of which, are ready to tackle the HSC with you all again. If you have any questions that cannot be answered on the image below, feel free to email or call!

-Ash :-) 


Welcome to our new Website!

Ashley Van Leeuwestyn - Friday, May 03, 2013

Welcome to our new Website! This has just been launched and will feature our new secure login for students and tutors alike. Have a look around and let us know what you think!

Ash x