Homework is a valuable part of schooling. It allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class. Homework provides training for students in planning and organising time and develops a range of skills in identifying and using information resources. Additionally, it establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline.
The main types of homework include:
- Completing questions to consolidate knowledge covered in class
- Working on assignments
- Preparing summary notes of the concepts covered in class
- Creating visual maps, flashcards or other revision strategies
- Reading ahead or watching CD (wherever applicable) on concepts covered in class
Homework vs Revision
Students are encouraged to be self-directed, independent learners who take responsibility for improving their learning. While a teacher may or may not set specific homework tasks for completion in a given subject, a student should spend time every night revising the concepts covered in each learning area.
Students should complete some homework and revision every night, rather than completing a large amount on one particular night or on the weekend. Students need to build their knowledge gradually in each learning area by regularly reviewing concepts as opposed to cramming in the lead up to a test or examination. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the teachers during their free time.