Homework or home study is a natural extension of the teaching and learning program provided by the school. Teachers, parents and students should acknowledge that appropriate and relevant homework or home study would assist the student to achieve their potential.
The Purpose of Homework/Home Study
- To reinforce the work done in class.
- To encourage students to explore and use a wider range of resources hence developing their research skills and development of independence as learners.
- Develop students' responsibility to time manage, prioritize and meet commitments and deadlines..
- To gain vital practice, especially in lower school, to balance commitments such as work or sport and time manage to develop effective homework and study habits for Year 11 and 12 studies.
What is Homework/Home Study?
- Overnight homework could consist of quick practice exercises, revision of work completed in class to consolidate understanding or finishing off class work.
- Longer projects/assignments would have a longer period for completion so students should use their diary to plan to meet the deadline set.
- Completing homework or home study is part of the student accepting responsibility for their learning.
- When no formal homework has been assigned the student should engage in study of work completed earlier to consolidate that learning or catch up on reading as good readers are good learners..
- Students should actively learn to revise (or study) work that may be tested or be part of an exam.
How Much Homework?
Engaging in regular homework helps develop the student's responsibility for their own learning and commitment to personal growth. It must, however be noted that students have spent at least seven hours at school and have often participated in after school activities so may feel too tired to effectively learn from their homework. This is not an excuse for not completing homework but rather a reason why time management skills and balancing the requirements of a healthy lifestyle are most important.
The time spent should increase as the student moves on in their schooling and the demands and expectations increase accordingly.
As a guide this information may be useful but it is not absolute. There may be some variations.
- Year 8: 1.0 to 1.5 hours 4 days/week
- Year 9: 1.5 to 2.0 hours 4 days/week
- Year 10: 2.0 to 2.5 hours 5 days/week
- Year 11: 2.5 to 3.0 hours 5 days/week
- Year 12: 3.0 to 3.5 hours 5 days/week
Year 11/12 students studying Wholly School Assessed (WSA) subjects should complete 2.5 to 3.0 hours 5 days/week in order to maximize their results.
Parents/carers should also ensure that students have access to quality news programs, documentaries and programs which assist in developing students broader perspectives and gives them an understanding of issues of the day in modern society, e.g. elections, climate change, the economy etc.