Homework Help & Reading Tips
for K to 8 Kids
The NYPL After School team, including Teen Reading Ambassadors, are here to help kids in grades K–6 tackle their homework and get excited about reading at the start of a new year! Read on for smart and practical suggestions for figuring out math word problems, staying organized, and, of course, reading some great books.
Read with a friend! You can help each other read, learn new words, AND talk about your favorite parts together! --Yuneydy Paredes, Teen Reading Ambassador, Bronx Library Center.
Read whatever you are interested in! It doesn't matter if it's fiction, poetry, comic books, non-fiction, or even magazines! Don't rule out any books. A quote I like is, "Reading is reading and it’s all worthwhile." --Muslimat Oguntola, Teen Reading Ambassador, Baychester Library
Stay positive when you're doing your assigned homework. It's not supposed to be a punishment, instead, the teachers want to reinforce what you learned in school! Remember: the faster you get it done, the more free time you have to color, paint, watch TV, and do any other hobbies you have! --Lina Lin, Teen Reading Ambassador, Bloomingdale Library
A tip to get a child interested in reading is to ask them what they like and what they would like to know more about. Use this to help them find a book! I have firsthand experience with this. When one of the kids [at NYPL After School] is done with their homework they want to pick a book and this is the process we go through. After selecting a couple of books, we skim them and, if they like it, we read it! --Arlin Rodriguez, Teen Reading Ambassador, Bronx Library Center
Find a comfortable location that’s quiet and has plenty of space for all of your necessary supplies. Read the directions carefully so you know what your teacher is asking. Look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary. Check over your work when you are finished. --Elizabeth Nisselson, Lead Tutor, Bloomingdale Library
For 3rd—6th graders, I recommend: 1) choosing which subject of homework you’d like to tackle first (easiest to hardest is recommended) to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the work, 2) setting up a small reward for yourself after you finish your homework to motivate you to get it done, and 3) if you find yourself stuck you can always review notes or ask for help. --Ciara Taveras, Teen Reading Ambassador, Woodstock Library
Have something to look forward to when you complete an assignment! Whether that be a delicious snack that you’ve been craving, or a fun show or video to watch when you’re done. --Sophia Tan, Lead Tutor, Seward Park Library
Do you want to go on adventures with pirates, try to survive the rough sea after escaping capture during your top-secret mission, or solve mysteries and fight crime? Sounds too good to be true? Reading opens up a whole new world where anything and everything is possible, grab a book and you'll see! --Walaa Alyamani, Teen Reading Ambassador, Chatham Square Library