Motivating Even the Most Obstinate Students to Complete their Homework

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The America Learns National Strategy of the Month helps tutors, mentors and parents avoid arguments with students when motivating them to complete homework.

Parents and tutors often spend hours motivating students to complete their homework each day. Making sure students complete their homework can become especially challenging as the end of the traditional school year approaches, when students’ minds can be focused on summer camp or turned off with thoughts of mandatory summer school. To support those parents and tutors struggling with this challenging situation, America Learns is freely distributing the April 2006 National Strategy of the Month, which offers a step-by-step game plan for motivating some of the most obstinate students to complete their homework.

About the America Learns National Strategy of the Month

Much of America Learns’ work is built on the idea that volunteer tutors and mentors create unique strategies with their students that one would never find in bookstores or other Web sites, and that those strategies should be accessible to tutors and mentors nationwide. The company captures, screens and distributes tutors and mentors’ innovative strategies so that they can be easily replicated in schools and community centers across the country. Every month, America Learns highlights one of the best strategies and distributes it at no charge to thousands of tutors, mentors, teachers and parents.

The April 2006 National Strategy of the Month

April’s strategy, “My Student Refuses to Do His Homework but Needs to Get it Done Now – Reaching a Compromise,” was created by Andrew Meyers, a UCLA Spanish major and an after school homework assistance tutor at the nonprofit EdBoost Learning Center (EdBoost) in Los Angeles, California. Andrew’s strategy is ideal for working with those students who often refuse to do any homework after school. Andrew's patience led him to find a strategy that helped his student learn while significantly reducing the amount of time that he and his student had been using up in arguments.

"Andrew is the master of what I like to call 'Plan Z' strategies” said Dr. Tiffani Chin, founder and Executive Director, EdBoost. “Because of his almost infinite calm and patience, I tend to give him our most obstinate students: the ones who don't respond to typical strategies and who can sit through an entire hour refusing to do any work at all. Many of these kids are bright and learn quickly, but we struggle to get them to listen, think, and work. Andrew is excellent at diffusing tension, avoiding arguments, giving these students a stake in their own education, and, finally, coaxing them into learning."

“Every child deserves a tutor or other homework support with Andrew’s patience, persistence and resourcefulness,” said Gary Kosman, founder and CEO, America Learns. “His strategy offers an important alternative to punishment or to simply giving up on the student – far too common occurrences.”

The strategy may be accessed for free for the remainder of April at http://americalearns.net/strategy.htm, where you can also register to receive all of America Learns’ free, monthly strategies.

About America Learns, LLC (America Learns):

America Learns is headquartered in Mission Hills, California and is home to the National Performance Measurement & Support Network for Reading Tutoring and Mentoring Programs (the “America Learns Network”), an easy to use, cost effective Web-based service that helps organizations streamline their reporting and evaluation efforts, build institutional memory, and provide ongoing training and support to staff and volunteers working with students. America Learns is the nationwide leader in helping nonprofit tutoring and mentoring programs provide superior support to their students, tutors, mentors and staff. In 2003, the global social venture fund Echoing Green seed funded America Learns out of a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants worldwide.

About EdBoost Learning Center (EdBoost):

EdBoost Learning Center, a division of the EdBoost Education Corporation, is a nonprofit Los Angeles area homework help, tutoring and test prep organization that provides top-of-the-line educational services along with need-based scholarships that make high quality services accessible to all families. Learn more about EdBoost at http://edboost.org or by calling 310-559-1991.

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