Homework serves to develop self-discipline by fostering long term habits of learning. Study and planning. Consistent and organised study habits help students to develop responsibility for their own learning. The setting of homework allows for all students to achieve desired lesson outcomes by completing those tasks not finished form the school day. Homework will reinforce and consolidate what has previously been learnt. Many student assessment tasks will be set for completion outside of normal lesson time. These tasks have an important role in providing the opportunity for students to develop their research skills and to undertake and/or complete syllabus Outcomes outside the classroom.
Types of Homework
- The term ʻHomeworkʼ includes:
- General reading of subject resource material
- Completion of exercises or classroom activities
- Written material from worksheets or texts
- Completion of assignments and ʻhand inʼ assessment tasks
- Library or Internet research
- Preparation for ʻin classʼ assessment tasks or examinations
The time to complete a homework task will obviously vary between students. Variation in organisation skills, time management skills and academic ability make it difficult to determine time allocation for the same quantity of homework.
Reading is an important element of any good homework program. It encompasses the skills necessary for success in all other subjects. Make your reading choices as varied as possible. Include newspapers, magazines, books, TV guides, and magazines. Make a habit of discussing your Homework with your family.
If you are to perform at your best and achieve good results you will need to develop some good study skills.
What is study?
Study is more than doing your homework. Study is about remembering and memorising. Study means that you have to be an active learner.
There are three main types of study activities:
- Revising work so that you will understand it better and remember it in future,
- Memorising special pieces of information such as Maths formulae and lists of names
- Practising skills such as playing a musical instrument, giving a speech, typing, drawing and geographical skill
Useful tips for Student Homework and Study
The following are recommended for an effective Study Program
- Record homework in Student Diary
- Use a personal homework Study Plan
- Try to work in an environment free from unnecessary distractions
- Take a short brake (5min) every 45minutes
- Alert your teacher to any difficulty with set homework
- Make an honest and committed attempt with homework
- Discuss your homework with your Parents/Carers
- In the case of absence, take responsibility for missed work and ensure that it is completed
- As a general rule for all students: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NO HOMEWORK (Refer to ʻAutomatic Homeworkʼ)
- An effective study program must be realistic and take into account meals, recreation, sport, casual employment and family commitments, A ʻPersonal Study Programʼ Template can be found in the College Diary
Automatic Homework forms an integral part to student study. It enables students and parents to take an active role in supplementing formal homework with their extra-curricular interests. There may be occasions throughout the year when students have no formal homework requirements, at these times, ʻautomatic homeworkʼ can be a useful tool in maximising the effectiveness of studentsʼ computer time. At the time of publication, the following sites were deemed to be reputable and appropriate for educational purposes. Unfortunately All Saints Catholic College does not have control of the information obtained from these sites as they may change. We ask parents to be vigilant.