Does Homework actually Improve Academic Achievement

Homework should always be a review of what has been taught
in school, or a project which will reinforce what has been
taught or is being taught. Because of its nature, the task
should be easy enough for students to do by themselves, or
with some assistance from parents. This, however is not
always the case, and some teachers see the opportunity of
giving homework as a chance for parents to teach their own
children what should have been taught in the classroom.

Homework if executed properly, and in proper doses, is
very valuable to academic achievement. It should be
stimulating, challenging, give a sense of accomplishment
and pride, and varied. Students who actually do their
homework will find they will score higher on tests on the
same kinds of materials. You have heard the saying that
“practice makes perfect”. This is true when it comes to
accomplishing academic goals of performance. The more a
student is exposed to bodies of knowledge, the more he/she
immerses themselves therein, the more confidence is gained
and the more the student moves toward mastery in that area.

Not only does homework tend to improve academic achievement,
it also helps to establish good study skills, discipline of
oneself, and sharpen the focus on being a studious person.
Homework moves children in this direction. Of course, not
every child will want to be studious, but in order to compete
in today’s highly competitive society, a child must know that
there are requisites, and study in whatever field one chooses
is essential.

It is said that it takes 30 exposures to material or content
area before mastery is gained. In the regular classroom, due
to the rapid pace at which teachers are expected to move, this
is not always feasible. Homework,can however, assists greatly
in helping a child to receive these 30 exposures. The idea of
mastery is not a new one, but an essential one if children are
to have those foundational skills required for more advanced
education.

Homework should not be busy work. When a teacher assigns a
task, it should not meaningful and related to what is going
on in the classroom. Busy work is usually non challenging
and just takes up time. It is often not graded, and does not
help move the child to a more advanced level. Activities such
as coloring, tracing, reading a book far below grade level,
doing activities which require little or no thought are some
examples. Good homework does provide challenge, but is geared
to help the child utilize thinking skills to complete the tasks.
When the homework is too easy, the child spends little time doing
it, and thus, study skills are not developed as they should be.
If the homework is too difficult, the child may just put down
any answer or may choose to not complete the assignment. If
the parents are not available, or a tutor, or someone who can
assist, the child will probably begin hating homework, and some
will discard it.

Yes, homework is a good thing if done in a proper way. Students
should be given the instruction first in the classroom, allowed
to ask questions, and even challenge the homework should they
find mistakes in it. There are times that even textbooks need
revision. Homework should be discussed, graded, and students
should be given feedback on what they have done. If the teacher
sees repeated errors, they will need to be corrected immediately.
Students should not be allowed to make mistakes repeatedly, as
the erroneous pattern is being learned.

As teachers experiment on giving homework, they will find the
right amounts to administer, and the proper kinds that will
benefit all the students as they increase in learning. More
advanced students can be given more challenges. This makes
learning fun, and keeps it exciting for everyone.