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Parents Should Supervise Their Older Kids’ Studying

parent reading to child photoKids of all ages need support as they gradually develop good study habits.
Educators call it “scaffolding,” the kind of adult guidance that keeps young learners on the right path until they’ve internalized good practices for themselves.
Many parents assume that by the time students are in middle school, they should no longer need day-to-day homework supervision. Meanwhile, I find that even high school students do better when their parents are checking in with them regularly and specifically about their schoolwork.
This helpful checklist was created by a local middle school principal, to show parents the ways they can lend support to their adolescent students:

  • Does my child have a quiet place to study?
  • Does my child have adequate time to study? Do extra-curricular activities hinder study time?
  • Do I check my child’s assignment notebook daily?
  • Am I available to assist my child when needed?
  • Do I ask my child how things are going at school and enter into discussions with my child about what he/she is learning?
  • Do I ensure a consistent homework routine at home?
  • When questions or problems arise, do I contact the teacher?

As kids mature, they naturally want to do more on their own. Sometimes their independence is warranted, yet often they’re not quite ready for 100% autonomy. I’m sure there are some elementary students who don’t need their homework checked each night, and I can think of many high school students who still do! 


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Parents Should Supervise Their Older Kids’ Studying

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2015). Parents Should Supervise Their Older Kids’ Studying. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 20, 2020, from


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