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Strategies for tackling homework

Strategies for Tackling Homework

Strategies for Tackling Homework

Homework is an aspect of the general education curriculum that is essential for academic success. Homework should have a clear purpose, and students should understand the purpose of the assignment or activity.  The most prevalent mindset among all stakeholders – educators, parents, learners, administrators and educational researchers is that homework should be given and seen as a learning process. 

Early in the 20th century, homework was believed to be an important means of disciplining the minds of children. The mind was viewed as a muscle. Memorization – most often like multiplication tables, names and dates – not only led to knowledge acquisition but was also believed to be a good mental exercise. Because memorization could be accomplished easily at home, homework was the key schooling strategy. 

Homework brings up students’ potential and time management skills to complete their tasks. The main motive of homework is to strengthen what teachers teach in the classroom; it’s a kind of revision that also helps at the time of examination. The practice of homework is deliberate to boost classroom learning and assist students to expert in particular skills. 

 

Favouring homework:

  •  Homework helps students’ increase their knowledge and understanding of the subject, factual retention, critical reasoning and curriculum enrichment. 
  •  It nurtures students into independent learners by fostering self-direction, self-discipline, time management, inquisitiveness, creativity and research skills, prioritizing work, making us self-disciplined, etc.
  •  It helps students’ to self-evaluate their performance, prepares them for any test and improves student achievement. 
  •  Students, while doing their homework, can take the support of parents in building a potentially dynamic set of relationships that result in greater participation and academic achievements.
  •  It helps teachers determine how well the lessons are being understood by their students.

 

From finding the work boring to simply being fatigued after a long day at school, there are many reasons kids rush through homework. The following strategies emphasize more visual approaches to learning while embracing a range of other learning styles. 

  • Create homework plan and schedule regular study time
  • Create a checklist to complete the most important one first
  • Organized space to do homework
  • Encouraging collaboration between students
  • Take little breaks which re-energize to your mind and body to keep going
  • Take help from your parents, elder siblings or guardians for assignments out of your knowledge
  • Beat the clock by setting a timer. It boosts your confidence and motivates you
  • Eliminate distractions like mobile app notifications
  • Identify your time to do homework
  • Tackle the hardest assignments first
  • Be a Google Jockey! Explore sources beyond school textbooks like blogs on the internet for better performance
  • Review work once done. Try to identify mistakes and errors you have made
  • Create yourself a rewarding system for completing homework
  • Tasks need to be engaging, doable and relevant to the learner

The above-mentioned strategies for improving homework completion are well suited for improving performance. Research consistently highlights the fact that when parents are involved in homework activities, their efficacy in relation to educational achievement is significantly enhanced. 

Tasks are the easiest to accomplish when tied to specific routines. By establishing daily routines for homework completion, you will not only make homework go more smoothly, but you will also be fostering a sense of order that your child can apply to later life. For example, children who are not motivated by the enjoyment of doing homework are motivated by high grades. Thus, the grade is an incentive, which motivates the child to do homework with care and in a timely manner. 

Homework can be a challenging experience, especially when it starts piling up for your child. Homework completion rates can be boosted if learners see the relationship between homework and classroom tasks. With a well-established homework routine, your child will build confidence in his or her abilities to manage time and study more effectively. 

 

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