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Why Do Homework?

Although students often think that homework is just an adult-contrived punishment to make them miserable, there really are very important reasons why homework is necessary for success.

Practice
No one would ever expect an athlete or musician to learn and improve their skills without practice; it just isn't possible.  The same holds true for academics.  In the classroom, information is presented and explained, but homework gives the student the chance to apply and practice what was learned in class, so that the information can stay in long-term memory and truly become part of a student's knowledge base.

Preparation
Completion of homework ensures that a student is ready for the next day's class, can follow along with the lesson, and can actively contribute to discussion.  When students are prepared, they feel more involved, confident, and energized in the classroom.  Conversely, it is very difficult for students to be engaged in their own learning when they don't know what's going on; this can then lead to frustration, poor behavior, and lack of interest in school.  

Reinforcement
Successful application of knowledge to various situations is what truly leads to learning.  Homework gives students the opportunity to apply what they learned in class to new and different problems.  In that way, the information makes more sense and becomes ingrained, and students gain confidence in their problem-solving skills.

Personal Development
School is an important training ground for life, and students can learn crucial life skills through the academic requirements and expectations we place on them.  Homework, for example, teaches personal responsibility, time management, perseverance, and a solid work ethic, which are necessary skills for a successful life.

Enhancement
Homework enhances learning by providing opportunities to experience more than what can be covered in a 40-minute class.  For example, a science teacher gives a lesson on the structure and function of the leaf.  For homework, students are asked to go outside and collect several different types of leaves, compare them, then write down their observations.  The students who complete this homework assignment will have discovered real-life relevance in the lesson, and their knowledge of leaves will be enhanced beyond what was taught in the classroom.

Grades
Homework is collected and graded to provide the teacher with evidence that the student has mastered the material, but also to give the student an incentive to complete homework.  It's like a free grade to boost one's overall average.  

Simply put, those who complete their homework every day will learn more and have better grades.

SO DO YOURSELF A FAVOR...DO YOUR HOMEWORK!  :)


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