Students start getting homework from grade 1, which is fairly easy but starts getting increasingly challenges and longer as the years go by. If you ask many students about their opinion on homework, most of them will tell you that they hate it but did you know that homework is good and very important. Homework is important because it develops independent working skills, prepares you for next day’s class and helps you remember thing you learned in class; develops organizational and time management skills, and helps students learn to use other resources.
Firstly, homework is important because it develops independent working skills. Homework allows kids to practice working on their own (Fisher, John. www.mallaighigh.highland.sch.uk). When students are at school, they will ask the teacher for help as soon as they come across a problem. They won’t even spend 10 seconds on the problem instead; they will raise their hand and say “I don’t get it”. Without the teacher’s presence around, students will learn to work independently and figure out those challenging problems on their own. If students don’t learn to work independently now, they will end up relying on other people’s skills for the rest of their lives. Students need to realize that they won’t always have a teacher around.
In addition, homework prepares you for the next day’s class (Skool, E. www.blog.eskool.ca) and helps you remember thing you learned in class. When students do their homework, they will have a better understanding of what they learned in class. They will understand concepts more clearly, figure out more ways to solve problems, be ahead of the people who didn’t do their homework and have an idea of what the teachers is going to teach next. Also, homework helps you remember thing you learned in class. As soon as students get home, the lesson they learned tends to fade away. But by spending some time in the evening doing homework, they are reminded of the material was covered in class. By doing homework, students will never forget what they learned and always will be prepared for the next class.
Furthermore, homework develops organizational (Newfoundland, Association. www.nlta.nl.ca) and time management skills. Most students have multiple subjects and they have to organize their work properly and in different folders. If they don’t, their work can get mixed up and difficult to find, especially in higher grades where students get a lot of work and homework for every subject. Organization is one of the key things to success and homework develops that skill even more. Homework also builds time management skills (Skool, E. www.blog.eskool.ca) which also one of the key things to success. Not only do students have to organize their work properly but they have to use their time wisely to complete it. Students get homework for various different subjects and they have to give each subject a set amount of time to complete it. Homework teaches students to store their stuff properly, and use their time wisely which can be very useful in our everyday lives.
Lastly, homework teaches students learn to use other resources to get information on their assignments (Skool, E. www.blog.eskool.ca). Students get many assignments over the schools year that requires you to use other resources such as the library, or the internet to get information. Good example of such assignment would be I.S.Ps, in which students have to research about a given topic and make a PowerPoint presentation about what they researched. Previously, the student may not have known how to use the internet or PowerPoint but because of this homework assignment, he now has a basic idea on how to use it. As he gets more assignments that require him to use these resources; he will get better at using them and get higher markers in those assignments.
Homework is good and has great importance because it develops independent working skills; it gets you ready for next day’s class, it makes students remember what they learned, it develops organization skills, it develops time management skills, and helps students learn to use other resources. So next time you get homework, don’t just start complaining; instead think about the positives of homework and why it’s so important.