Homework complements schoolwork since it is related to the topics of the day. Without discussing the quantity, homework offers numerous benefits to students and the entire academic system. Some of the benefits apply to the students, to parents or guardians as well as the teacher. Here are some of them that standout.
- Boosts academic performance
- Enhances time management
- Parent/Guardian involvement
- Teacher Assessment
- An opportunity for life lessons
Since the homework covers academic work, the student has more time to practice. The exercises are done in the absence of a teacher or tutor. It helps the student to build self reliance which sharpens problem solving skills and increases personal dependence which is vital in academic work. The mind of the child does not forget academic work immediately he or she steps out of the school gate.
With so many distractions at home, the child is likely to get overly occupied. Homework restrains his focus to academic work ensuring that time is allocated for school assignments. With a constant schedule for schoolwork on daily basis, the student can identify priorities in life which pays handsomely later in life.
When parents check on the progress of their children, they take direct interest in their academic. This gives them a chance to raise issues with their teacher on ways of helping the child to achieve more in school.
A teacher can assess understanding of concepts taught in class at the individual level. It gives the teacher a chance to discuss the progress with the affected student and find a solution before it gets worse. The work helps the student to indicate areas of difficulty since the work is handled individually.
There are a lot of life lessons learnt by students when they complete their homework. They include doing things that one does not feel like doing, personal time management, working independently and being responsible of own academic progress.
What should a teacher consider when issuing homework?
- The amount – too much homework overburdens the student to the point of frustration while less work might not test understanding
- Availability of resources– there should be research resources at home or in the library to assist the student on the topics covered in the assignment
- Timing– a single evening warrants a few questions while for the weekend or long holiday, more questions will be sufficient.
The teacher and parents should ensure that the student cultivates a positive attitude towards homework. This will be reflected in improved overall performance.