“Homework is an important part of the curriculum
at Warwick Senior High School…”
Below are guidelines for students and parents/carers relating to homework in order to assist and benefit all students.
The main aims and purposes of homework are:
- to provide an opportunity to review work carried out in class
to prepare for the next day’s lessons
to learn to use resources such as libraries, the Internet, reference books and community facilities
to allow for more in-depth exploration of topics than is possible during class time
to help students develop time management, study and organisational skills
to prepare for assessments and examinations
to complete work carried out in class
to complete assignments and extension exercises
It is difficult to specify an amount of time that should be spent each night completing homework. As a guide the following recommendations should be used
Year 7 – 10: 1 - 2 hours, 5 times per week
Year 11 & 12: 2 - 3 hours, 5 times per week
Time required on homework will depend on each individual student and the complexity of each subject or course. A student in a more academic course would be expected to have more homework than a student in a course based on practical skills.
Teachers routinely encourage students to write down in their diary, any homework that has been assigned during class.
To help students be successful with work at home and at school parents/carers can:
Ensure each student has a school diary. Check it regularly and assist your child to write down when assignments/tests will occur or when work is to be submitted.
- Create a place at home that is suits studying. Good study environments are well lit and quiet with the TV turned off. There should be no other distractions such as iPods, MP3 players and mobile phones.
- Set aside a specific time for homework each day. This might mean limiting phone calls, personal computer time or TV watching until homework is finished. Parents should take care not to pit homework against activities that students enjoy, or create situations in which students rush through homework in order to return to other activities. Research shows that regular family routines, including set homework times, have been linked to higher academic achievement.
- Make sure students have all the supplies they need. It can be difficult finding a report cover or coloured pens late on the night before an assignment is due.
- Be available if students have questions. Parents can look over homework with their children and give suggestions, but should not do the homework for them.
- Communicate with teachers about their expectations.
- Avoid linking rewards or punishments to school performance. While it is important for parents to recognise students’ achievements, they should avoid external motivators for performance. Instead, parents can help their children by emphasising the value of learning and how much they appreciate their child’s hard work.
- Help students understand that homework is not always work that is ‘set’. A motivated student will have homework every night. Such work could be a set assignment, revision of that day’s work, background reading or advance preparation for a new unit of work.
- Encourage your child to finish large assignments at least one or two days early. This allows some time as a ‘safety net’ in case of sickness or emergency.
We hope this information will assist in helping students be successful with their work at home and at school.