Homework – Best Served Daily …

Homework is an odd yet common creature that tends to bring a grimace of distaste to faces of students, especially if mentioned on Sunday afternoon. Homework, as studies show, also tends to dangerously build up and thus ruin any social or entertainment plans. Overall, it’s not exactly the most appealing part of the school life. And that truly is a shame.

 

The whole idea of homework is to give children a chance to work on their own in their own pace. To improve and reinforce what they’d already learned in the classroom. That’s the theory. The practice, though, is a completely different thing.

 

Remember I wrote about students not getting enough time to understand a topic in a classroom two posts ago? So the process goes on. A child doesn’t understand the tricky subject of trigonometry, doesn’t like it and then sees a large number of trigonometry exercises waiting on his desk at home. Obviously he or she’ll put it off until the very last minute. And the confusion about the subject grows with every minute and along with the confusion comes hatred.

 

There is an exit from this vicious circle, though. However lame and well-worn it may seem, the trick is to do a little every day. First of all, don’t let your homework build up. You don’t want to ruin your Sunday afternoon, your teachers don’t want you to leave it to the last minute, it’s a win-win. And it’s so much easier to remember something you were shown the day earlier rather than a week before.

 

It doesn’t really matter what you do specifically: if you practice a lot, you’ll improve. Nobody wins a race without jogging on a regular basis. Nobody’s born a champion. It’s really the same about homework, too: it’s just a tool designed to help your understanding. And if you use it properly, it’ll work.

 

Homework routine is really simple and will ultimately eliminate so much stress. Also, it improves the chance that the learning will move in your long term memory and save you the trouble of doing all-nighters before the final exams.

 

Be smart. Use the tool you’re given. Remember, it could be a win-win, but only if you play it straight.

 

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