|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Sixth-Grader Rushing Through Homework

Middle School Expert Advice from Connie Collins

Q: My sixth-grade daughter did great on her first report card, but since then has been getting bad grades. Her teachers say that she understands the work, but that she just does everything too fast and that is hurting her grades. How do I get her to slow down and check her work?

A: The real problem here is finding out why your daughter is rushing through the work? Is it too easy for her? That's usually the problem, especially if it is fill-in-the-blanks work, which is very boring for good students. Or is she rushing to do something else in the classroom -- work on the computer, read, or talk with friends. Ask her and her teachers what she does and what the teacher permits after she is done with the work. Ask your daughter why she hurries through her assignments. Listen between the lines. Once you discover why she hurries through her work, you will know how to get her to do her work more thoroughly.

More on: Expert Advice

Connie Collins, professional school counselor, worked for 35 years in public education as a teacher and counselor at the middle school and secondary levels. Collins worked daily with the parents of the students in her various schools, and has facilitated several parenting groups.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Top 10 Free Homework Help Websites
Is helping your child with homework more frustrating and confusing than ever before, thanks to the new Common Core standards? Check out the best free homework help websites to boost kids' success in math, science, English, and more.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

11 Fantastic Fall Apple Desserts
Nothing says fall like the smell of an apple dessert baking in the oven. Use up your family's surplus of apples with our 11 favorite apple dessert recipes.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!