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do (one's) homework

1. Literally, to complete school work that has been assigned to be done at home. You can't watch any more television until you do your homework!
2. To be thoroughly prepared and informed for something, such as a meeting, interview, or report. Be sure you do your homework before heading into that meeting; there's a lot at stake, and no one's going to like it if you aren't up to speed.
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the dog ate my homework

A hackneyed explanation for why one does not have their homework. A: "I can't tell my teacher that the dog ate my homework!" B: "Come on, a bad excuse is better than none."
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(The) dog ate my homework

A poor excuse for something that someone has failed to do on time. (From an excuse a student might give for failing to turn in homework on time. Occurs in many variations.) The dog ate my homework, so I have nothing to turn in. (Used as an attributive.) Bob was late with his report and had nothing but his typical dog-ate-my-homework excuses.
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do one's homework

Be well prepared, as in Steve had done his homework before the meeting and could answer all of the client's questions . This usage transfers a school assignment to a broader context. [c. 1930]
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do your homework

If you do your homework, you prepare for something, especially by finding out information about it. Before you buy any shares, do your homework. Doing your homework before you make your request will help you to have a confident manner.
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do your homework

examine thoroughly the details and background of a subject or topic, especially before giving your own views on it.
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do your ˈhomework (on something)

find out the facts, details, etc. of a subject in preparation for a meeting, a speech, an article, etc: He had just not done his homework for the interview. He couldn’t answer our questions.
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journalCode=uaft20) the American Journal of Family Therapy , which analyzed more than 1,100 parents with school-age children from Rhode Island, New England, said Kindergarteners received 25 minutes of homework per night.
Research has been unable to prove the homework improves student performance," Young wrote in the short letter.
Homework needs to be enjoyable and seem less like a chore or even a punishment and that is up to parents, as much as it is for the teachers.
The teacher can put a plan in place to see that the student Is aware of the homework assignment and has the necessary materials to complete it.
a dearth of research material on teachers' and/or pupils' and/or parental attitudes, behaviours and beliefs associated with various aspects of homework.
Misconceptions about homework noncompliance create behavioral problems that unnecessarily distract principals from other work.
Other things that parents can do is establishing a homework routine for their kids, getting involved in their child's homework and monitoring it daily.
The sixth chapter, "The Learning Problem," reviews the concept of processing speed, male and female differences in learning styles, working memory, and how these can all be "in the way" of getting homework completed.
Plan homework while your child's alert: Some kids may need a little downtime immediately after getting home from school but try to get it done as soon as you can, before tea.
Whether students' motivation, organizational approaches, physical needs, and environmental and interpersonal preferences during the homework process predict homework achievement and attitudes toward homework was examined in 1,776 Turkish students in Grades 5 through 8.