PCP: Homework and its impact on students

Varying perspectives on benefits of homework
PCP: Homework and its impact on students
Homework proves to be valuable

As a student, homework is something to be expected. Most teachers assign extra work to be completed outside of time in class, hence the name: home-work. Homework is a way to gain extra knowledge about the subject and it can also help build confidence surrounding the content. The added time spent studying and doing practice problems leads to greater success in the classroom. 

In my experience, homework can be a hassle and really overwhelming. Ultimately though, I think it can be really helpful. Leading up to a test it’s important that the content makes sense so that you can perform well on said test or quiz. Practice problems, like ones given in homework, are only going to help you continue to learn and produce that test grade you’re looking for. Not only does homework promote learning, it also creates confidence. When the homework makes sense and you can do the work on your own, that same result will show when taking a test. 

Homework creates repetition in learning. The more times you practice the better you’re going to become at it. If you are doing well on the homework you’re going to do well on the test. It’s a direct cause-effect system. One of the most common sayings is practice makes perfect and it’s for a good reason. Teachers give homework to give students the opportunity to excel by putting in extra work and time.

Homework can be hard to complete with a busy schedule and a life outside of school, but homework helps to create time management skills. Life is always going to be chaotic, but creating good study habits is important. Many more times than not there will be something better to do than homework, but when you fail that test you didn’t spend any time studying for you will have wished you just did the homework. The life skills that come from doing homework will serve you well for the rest of your life. 

All in all homework might not be my favorite pastime, however I do think it helps me to succeed as a student. Homework is ultimately a valuable way to learn, and has helped me to build other life skills as well.

Homework causes problems for students

Homework is an issue when it comes down to kids and how their mental health and work are related. As students, we already have a lot of work with grades, AP or IB classes and other assignments. But with this, if we have no homework it would take a lot of work load off each student and make them less stressed at school, and more determined to try harder in classes.

As a result of no homework, a lot of students would have better grades due to being able to focus on the more important assignments such as summatives or tests. With this, it would make students more well-focused and clear on what to study and pay attention to than a couple of assignments that wouldn’t do much to your overall grade percentage.

Although I tend to think homework is not very helpful, this could be a drastic change in students’ learning and knowing what’s going on in their classes. With this assumption, homework could prevent a student from being able to push themselves compared to them not being able to.

Now with no homework in the way, we could focus on the main objectives for a summative compared to the little things you would get from a piece of homework. With all of this, it would be less stressful for students to think about homework which is only 20% of your grade, compared to summative assignments  that are 80% of your grade in the class.

As a senior, homework just really isn’t helpful with me having sports or work after school. It’s just a big workload that takes up a lot of time and doesn’t commit much to what we are learning in class. Homework creates a lot of things like stress, health issues and headaches, which can affect a student’s mental or physical health.

Since I’m motivated mostly by summatives or tests, I know that no homework would give me a lot of free time and take a lot of stress off my hands. It would make me more focused in class to pay attention and know what’s going on, and to get good grades on my summative or tests.

With homework comes a lot of stress, if you miss one assignment it could even be backed up with more assignments from other classes, which could mess with your head and other classes overall, also with missed homework or assignments it could drop your grade by at least 1-5 percent compared to if you complete it, it would only bring your overall grade up by a small percentage, compared to summative which would boost your overall grade by a lot. 

Having homework doesn’t help, it can cause a lack of balance in your life with school, and your actual outside life. Due to this, homework would take up most of your free time, and cause you to lack or focus on the important tasks you have outside of school.

In this conclusion we can see that homework isn’t helpful, it causes stress, and unneeded work that you don’t need in your outside life. I feel like students should be relieved outside of school and get a break from being in school for 7-8 hours focusing and learning in class. If students didn’t have homework it would make them want to strive harder and try to achieve better grades on their summative or tests, then worry about an assignment that wouldn’t do much for your overall grade.

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