Regular homework is important, since it serves as an intellectual discipline, establishes good study habits, eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that can be covered in class, and supplements and reinforces work done in school. In addition, it fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility, and brings home and school closer together. It helps students to become confident and independent in their learning and crucially good organisational skills and strong study routines will significantly reduce anxiety caused by assessments and terminal exams.
Crucially, homework at secondary school has been proven to work. There have been countless studies done looking at the correlation between exam success and homework and the results are indisputable! Students who regularly complete their homework achieve better grades in final exams than those that don’t.
Research has shown that students who regularly complete homework benefit from:
- An increased progress from 12 months in a year to a possible 20 months
- An increased retention of knowledge
- Improved study habits and skills leading to an improve work ethic
- Improved self-direction and self-discipline
- Improved time management skills
Homework is not about keeping students busy. The homework tasks that we set are based on the theory of practice. We all know the saying ‘practice makes perfect’. At Newcastle Academy we work on the premise that ‘practice makes permanent’. The more practice a student does the more they can remember for longer. We do not want students to be able to remember things for a test or a quiz, the focus is on lifelong learning. Plus, the more they can remember the easier tests become and the less anxious students feel about tests and exams.