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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Advantage Books (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971460981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971460980
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is no doubt that we live in stressful times and that our new age of technology and information access often contributes to that stress. A corollary to this is Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework by Ann Dolin, M.Ed.($14.95, Advantage Books, softcover). Kids are coming home with more and more homework these days and this poses a problem for them and their parents. The author, a former public school teacher with more than 20 years experience, offers lots of good advice for parents of children from age six to 18 and identifies six types of children who struggle with school and homework. She spells out six study skills that need to be developed and the organization of time that helps students master content and builds self-confidence. In a very real way, this is homework for adults and well worth reading. -- Bookviews.com, September, 2010

More About the Author

Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed. is a former Fairfax County, VA public school teacher with a Master's Degree in Special Education. She has over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience. After a successful teaching career, Ann founded Educational Connections Inc. with the goal of providing individualized one-on-one instruction based on each student's learning style. Today, her company employs over 200 tutors, serves the metropolitan D.C. area, and has worked with over 8,000 students. Ann also provides presentations to parents on homework, motivation, and other educational topics. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children. Contact Ann at ann@ectutoring.com. Visit her website at www.anndolin.com or her company's website at www.ectutoring.com.

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This book is by far the best I have read on helping kids with homework!!
Shannon C. Walsh
It is a very clearly written and organized book to help parents solve homework problems based on the type of student their child is.
mom of 3
Overall, I liked the flow of the book as well as how easy the tips are to implement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brenda F. Nicholson on September 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
As an ADHD Coach, I talk with parents all the time who are fighting the homework wars and not succeeding.

Homework Made Simple should be in every parent's library. Ms. Dolin offers solid tips and advice for all kinds of students, including procrastinators, avoiders, and inattentive ones.

Each chapter has goals, charts and tip sheets, real life examples, and lots of solutions.

The book is easy to read and understand and offers parents a step by step guide to making homework stress free.

Ms. Dolin knows a lot about her subject and she seems to share every bit of it. There is not a single wasted word in this entire book.

If you have a child in school, you need to buy this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 23, 2010
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Full of great homework tips, this book is a must have for any parent who has school age children who is looking for resources to aid them in being successful and limiting overall frustration. The author has laid out a book that typifies children into having different homework habits:

1. The Disorganized
2. The Rusher
3. The Procrastinator
4. The Avoider
5. The Inattentive
6. The Easily Frustrated

If you are not familiar at what type of challenges your child is facing with homework and what type of type your child is, the author also helps with this with some easy to use checklists that help you to identify this for yourself.

The author goes on to do a great job at troubleshooting with you the reader, providing helpful hints and tips that will seemingly help quite a bit.

Overall, I liked the flow of the book as well as how easy the tips are to implement. I would highly recommend this book to others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.B.P. on October 29, 2012
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We were having quite a bit of trouble with our 5th grade daughter during homework time. It had become a daily struggle that I dreaded every day. A friend of mine recommended this book as a good resource for me to read. We began to use some of the suggestions in the book and there were pretty much immediate results. The suggestions are simple to implement, very practical and applicable-no matter what grade your child is in. At the risk of sounding over-dramatic this book has changed our lives for the better. We still have a few issues to work on, but there has been a drastic improvement since we first started the year. If you struggle with homework issues in your home, I can't recommend this book enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucien Von on February 20, 2012
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This book was recommended to me by an educational expert. The chapters are very in-depth.

Dolin distinguishes between the different types of personalities and how to address their specific schooling problems. This is greatly helpful because, of course, not all kids are the same! A child that suffers from being inattentive is different from one who procrastinates, or rushes, for instance.

The book offers specific solutions depending on your particular situation. This was greatly appreciated compared to the many broader and more generic books on this topic. I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea G. on December 19, 2011
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Homework Made Simple is a practical and easy-to-read text that highlights a very relevant issue for families and educators: HOMEWORK. As an educator, I have had several parents approach me with concerns over the amount of stress and anxiety associated with their child's completion of homework assignments. Now, I can offer suggestions AND refer them to this book!

There have been many instances when I was reluctant to assign homework for fear that my students would not complete the assignment according to my specifications, or because the assignment might create an undue mental, emotional, or academic strain on the family. When I read Ms. Dolin's book I realized that although my concerns are logical, they don't have to prevent me from providing the opportunity for families to work together to reinforce a student's academic skills. In fact, if every family had this book in their hands, then many of my concerns would be allayed. In Homework Made Simple, Ann Dolin has created a profile that fits nearly every type of student. Accompanying each profile is an extensive list of strategies to help that particular type of student find success and well-being during the homework process. I am certain that whatever homework issue plagues your family, you can find a wealth of information in this book that will enhance the homework experience for everyone. In fact, I have used many of her recommendations during my in-class work with students. This book is a must-read for parents and teachers alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. on December 18, 2011
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As the father of 2 pre-teens, we are just getting into real homework. Not always easy, not always fun. A teacher at my kids' school recommended this book, and I am very glad she did. I like that I was able to identify the type of child I have, and then review a very practical chapter on that child's style. I found the information on organization most useful. I never saw those extra papers and missing pages to be that important but the systems described in the book for organizing my kids has made a huge difference. 5 stars.
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By Shannon C. Walsh on September 10, 2012
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This book is by far the best I have read on helping kids with homework!! Whether you have a child that has ADD/ADHD or just one that struggles with homework this book is for you! I took the author's advice and read the first few chapters first before reading the profiles of the various student types, disorganized, distracted, frustrated etc. Once I got to the profiles I found a little bit of my son in most of them!

The tips the author gives are simple and straight forward and easy to implement. My son has ADD and struggles with organizing and doing homework. This book offered some much needed help and assistance in getting us organized for this school year. We started with the binder she recommends for organizing assignments and notes. Now the first week of school has passed and I got all the notes, course outlines, and fee sheets for every subject brought home on time and not lost or ripped or stuffed in a binder!! For any Canadians reading this review, the brand of binder she recommends in the book I was not able to find, but Staples sells one by Five Star that is identical. We bought two, one for core subjects, one for options. So far so good. Next we implement the contract and organize the study area, fully stocked with supplies so there are no excuses and wasted time looking for pens, pencils etc.

Overall, this is the best book I have read for homework help for kids with ADD, it was recommended by the CHADD website and I can totally see why! The suggestions are helpful, clear, easy to implement and really work! And the book is an easy read, clear and concise and very well written!!Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework
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