How to Create a Homework Checklist for Students

A homework checklist for students can really help your child get organized and stay on top of homework responsibilities each day. It can help your child plan out long-term assignments and keep up with the daily assignments, when they are due and what needs to be done. Whether you are a parent, someone involved in homework tutoring or student simply trying to stay ahead, you can use a homework checklist to establish healthy study habits that will last through the college years.

Tips for Setting up Your Homework Checklist

  • Use a table format. Use a program such as Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word to create a table. If you are not using a computer, make a grid by hand, using a ruler to divide up the page. You'll need 7 columns: one for labels, one for each school day and one labeled "weekend." Make a header row across the top for the names of the days and "weekend." Then add rows for each school subject. Make each row large enough to divide into three sections for each item. Label these sections"What," "Due" and "Notes." That way, each assignment can be written in the cell along with when it's due, and any additional information.  
  • Use it Daily. If you need some help to get organized, have your teacher check over your chart before you leave for the day. That way you can be sure you've written everything down correctly, and packed up everything you need to bring home. Each day, look at your chart before you leave school and make sure you've got your assignments. When you get home, use your chart to remind yourself of what needs to get done for each subject. Some assignments may require studying for a test over a few days, or working gradually on a project. Divide your work up into smaller chunks and organize it. Don't try to cram everything in the day before it's due. 
  • Track your progress. Cross things off as they're finished, and save your old homework charts. Any time you need a little motivation, look back at your old charts to see just how much you've accomplished.
  • Don't forget personal time. If your chart is nothing but a list of tasks and deadlines, you may come to see it as an enemy. Schedule in some time for yourself to do things that you enjoy. If there's a major event coming up, such as a holiday, a birthday or a dance, note that on your chart, along with the time you'll be spending at the event. By seeing the time you need for fun and recreation, you'll have an easier time scheduling your homework, especially if you're working on a big project that will take a few weeks to complete.
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