21 Strategies to Help Students Who Have Trouble Completing Assignments Independently
Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble completing assignments independently? If so, keep reading.
1. Create classroom rules: • Remain on-task. • Complete assignments quietly. • Request assistance when needed. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.
2. Establish time limits for finishing tasks.
3. Praise the learner for performing tasks independently.
4. Get the learner to prioritize tasks by importance (e.g., task A must be done today, task B can be done today, and task C can wait until tomorrow).
5. Organize their surroundings to enable task conclusion (i.e., make sure the learner’s tasks are on their capacity and ability level, be sure that instructions are clear, and keep frequent interactions with the learner to enable success).
6. Urge parents to set aside and enforce a consistent period at home for the learner to finish homework. All family members should work on tasks (e.g., correspondence, balancing accounts, reading, etc.) during this time.
7. Give the learner structure for all academic learning activities (e.g., specific instructions, routine (schedule) format for tasks, time limits, etc.).
8. Praise the learner for beginning, working on, and finishing tasks.
9. Make sure that directions, explanations, and instructions are delivered on the learner’s capacity and ability level.
11. Let the learner have additional time to finish tasks when working independently.
12. Give the learner a selection of tasks and require them to select a minimum number of tasks to perform independently (e.g., present the learner with 10 academic tasks from which 6 must be finished that day).
13. Explain your expectations to the learner for the successful conclusion of tasks.
14. Give a written list of instructions for a long-term task.
17. Assess the degree of task difficulty concerning the learner’s capacity and ability to perform the task.
18. Be firm, fair, and consistent, expecting the learner to finish tasks. Do not let the learner fail to finish designated tasks one time and expect tasks to be finished the next time.
19. Praise those students in the classroom who finish tasks independently.
20. Urge the learner to follow a less desirable task with a more desirable task. Make the conclusion of the first appropriate to perform the second.
21. Consider using an education app to help the student sharpen their organizational skills. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.