Having good study and homework habits can go a long way toward keeping kids who learn and think differently on track with their schoolwork. However, even with good habits or a homework contract , students may have more work than they can handle.

This list can help you determine if your elementary or middle school child has too much homework. Keep in mind that some of these things may apply to all children. But if your child shows many of these signs, it may be time to talk to his teacher or the IEP team.

  • Postpones doing homework to the point of not having time to finish it.
  • You don’t want to go to school or dSigns your child has too much homework
  • Ask for help before trying to do homework on your own.
  • He asks for help even when he understands it and can finish it on his own.
  • He does not accept the help you offer him.
  • Cannot do homework independently.
  • He expects you to correct the homework, instead of checking it himself.
  • He says he will finish his homework in the morning before he goes to school.
  • Stays up past his usual bedtime to finish homework.
  • He cannot finish homework on days he has after school activities.
  • Can’t keep up with homework and/or missed some assignments.
  • “Forgets” to bring home homework.
  • Give up activities you do after school because you don’t have enough time.
  • Complains of headaches or other physical discomfort when doing homework.
  • He cries when he has to do homework.
  • He fights when he has to start doing homework.
  • He yells at you when you are helping him. (“Leave me alone!” “Why don’t you help me the way I need to?”).
  • You are worried about the consequences of not completing tasks.
  • Gets angry, upset, or defensive when you ask about homework.
  • You don’t have (or don’t reserve) time to hang out with friends.
  • Makes negative comments about work. (“Algebra is stupid” “I will never need to know this!”).
  • Makes negative comments about the teacher. (“The teacher is too demanding with us”).
  • Makes negative comments about himself. (“I’m dumb. I’ll never be able to finish all this homework.”)
  • There are many reasons why children may have trouble with homework.
  • Difficulties with homework include things like rushing to finish it and not knowing how to manage time.
  • Once you understand what the difficulties are in doing homework, it is easier to find solutions.

Writing projects can be overwhelming for students who have certain differences in the way they think and learn. Children may have a general plan for tackling big projects. However, when they sit down to do a written assignment, they may not know how to break it down into smaller parts.

Review, Review, and Reread

Review the work together to make sure it meets the criteria for the assignment. Help your child mark where he needs to make changes, add details, or correct mistakes.

This is actually a three-part process, so you may choose to break it down into separate steps. If you decide to do it, include it in the overall schedule. You can also take help from a good essay writer.