When people think of homework or tutoring club, they quickly imagine a group of students who meet after school in either an empty classroom or library space to go over the day’s assignments or to study for an upcoming exam. This is the view most people have and is actually pretty accurate. People have being meeting in groups since the days when take home assignments was a new idea and they were still confused about the thought of having to do work at home. I mean “What is homework, really?” It became a tool to measure a student’s progress in class at around 1850 and was adapted subsequently worldwide the next few decades thereafter. Since then parents, students, and educators have disagreed about the proper amounts of school homework a student should be responsible for. And while this debate still exists, one thing is absolutely certain: it’s here to stay.

Create a List of Prospective Students to Join
The first step in starting a successful club is to identify and create a list of prospective students who would join and be able to positively impact the group. I recommend starting with 10 or 12 students as this number will go down as the semester progresses. Capture students’ attention by creating a homework icon and mission statement to describe exactly what it is you are trying to achieve.

Consider Bringing In a Tutor or Teacher to Help
Next, consider asking a tutor or teacher to assist by dropping by at least once a week to help answer and questions and provide the group with some general support. This is the way I done my homework group activities to the most success. With every third meeting a teacher would drop by and give us a heads up as to what would or wouldn’t be on an upcoming test, giving us better direction to run the group.

Make Sure You Keep a Detailed Event Schedule
It’s really easy to lose motivation when students stop showing up to meetings. Within a few weeks all of your hard work and planning can come crashing down if you aren’t able to keep everyone committed and on schedule. Use a home work app to remind students of meeting dates and make sure you stick to a firm schedule to get everyone into the habit of showing up on a regular basis.

Create a Tentative Agenda Allowing for Changes
Finally, be sure to create a tentative agenda for each group meeting. The best homework help session you can arrange should always be structure, while at the same time allowing enough flexibility to change should there be more important things worth discussing, studying, or working on. Create the agenda as a guide should students need a little nudging to get things going.

You can see that afterschool homework activities can certainly be a lot of fun and beneficial with a good club or group that meets regularly to enhance students’ learning. If you don’t want be the responsibility of starting one on your own, then have a look at your school bulletin board to see if other students haven’t already started a small group. Becoming an active member and giving as much as taking will make you a better performing student and a better member of the school community.

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