Careless Errors & How to Fix Them

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Education expert Ann Dolin discusses careless errors students make and simple ways to put an end to bad habits.

    Ann Dolin: Getting your child to check his or her work can be tough and often when kids are done with homework, the last thing they want to do is take the time to check it over.

    But fortunately, there are few easy things that parents and teachers can do. To encourage your children to check out their homework or a test, have them draw a box in the top right-hand corner of the page. Each time the student remembers to review the problem or question, tell him or her to give himself one point and to tally mark in the box. Praise them for their effort.

    In math, some students feel the need to do as much work as possible in their heads even on difficult multi-step problems. Say, looks good so far but if you make a mistake in your head, you have to write it out. The student immediately becomes more careful and more importantly, it makes him or her responsible for the work.

    Other students tend to work sloppily, squeezing too much work into too smaller space. For numbers, give the student graph paper and have them use one box for each number.

    Also, kids can divide up their paper to create designated space for each problem.

    And finally, if your child is still feeling overwhelmed when it comes to reviewing homework or test, have him or her check every other problem or even every third problem instead of each one.

    Students are much more willing to try a new strategy if they feel it's doable.