Homework - Are we doing it correctly?

February 9, 2017

 

 

Do think that you have too much homework? The majority of students would say 'yes'. But did you ever wonder what the purpose of having homework is?

 

You might have heard the phrase "practice makes perfect", which means that a deeper understanding of a topic is achieved when we practice enough to do it easily. We learn certain values: initiative, responsibility, discipline and perseverance by working hard.  Practicing helps us to do well on our tests by understanding fully . Homework is an opportunity to recap on the concepts and ideas that we have learnt at school. It will also help us to learn to to take the initiative when set a task. Doing homework develops positive study habits, such as thinking ability and memory.

 

On the other hand, there are some disadvantages. For example we might not have time for extracurricular activities or hobbies. Students may also feel pressured for deadlines. All parents may not have time to help their children with their homework, leaving students in a difficult situation. This might cause the students to resent the subject itself.

 

Homework has always been an important part of the learning experience. You need to make sure that you are prepared to work on this to get the best results so far. When teachers give you homework, it is not because they are punishing you, but because they are trying to make sure that you are able to do some good work and become better students in the long run. 

 

Other studies have found that high school students may also be overburdened with homework — so much that it’s taking a toll on their health.

 

In 2013, research conducted at Stanford University found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society.

 

That study, published in The Journal of The Experimental Education suggested that any more than two hours of homework per night is counterproductive.

 

However, students who participated in the study reported doing slightly more than three hours of homework each night, on average. 

 

To conduct the study, researchers surveyed more than 4,300 students at 10 high-performing high schools in upper middle-class California communities. They also interviewed students about their views on homework. When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were “often or always stressed over schoolwork,” with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor. Less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor.

 

The researchers asked students whether they experienced physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight loss, and stomach problems.

 

More than 80 percent of students reported having at least one stress-related symptom in the past month, and 44 percent said they had experienced three 

 

Homework has its pros and cons but overall it benefits us. It's our responsibility to do the work assigned to us and tell the teachers if we think that the work is a little to much to handle.

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