No student, being brilliant or an average performer, takes delight in doing homework. In fact, the practice has become a nightmare for students for many years. But until it is expunged from the educational curriculum, students must adopt the best methods to get a home task done. There are measures to put in place to make your homework experience better. On the other hand, educators can make homework experience better for students. This piece addresses some methods teachers and students can use to make doing homework better.
It is said that practicing reinforces skills and knowledge acquisition. But what happens when one keeps reinforcing the wrong information? This usually happens when you keep learning the wrong thing or answers a question in the wrong way, thinking you are right. If you have any difficulty in solving a homework question, it is better to seek help than to do try and error. With the advancement in technology and the amount of information on the internet, you can always rely on smart devices when doing homework. There are websites created just for educational purposes, and it helps students during difficult times. Sites like Khan Academy or using search engines like Google can be of great help in answering difficult questions.
Engage in group work
Solving a problem as a group is much more comfortable and exciting than doing individual works. With group studies, students can discuss different methods of answering a particular question. These discussions can promote better understanding among students and become well informed. It enables students to learn new things from colleagues. Group studies also take away the boredom associated with doing the assignment as new ideas keep flowing. At the end of the discussion and completing your work, you become fulfilled and brainstormed with different ideas making it a great experience.
Assign reasons to every homework
Generally, humans would always want to have a reason or purpose of doing something. As a teacher, you can get your students’ interest in doing homework by telling them the purpose behind it. Be open to them and tell them, for example, that this homework is to test your reasoning, your creative skills, intelligence, and reading habit, etc. A student is more committed to doing such home tasks than generic ones that come with no purpose. It also helps the teacher to access the performance of your students at each subject.
The need for feedback
After submitting an assignment, a student would automatically expect to receive feedback/results of the work they sacrificed their sleep for. They would want to know how well they performed in that stressing homework. The results can boost their confidence level to do more the next time. Those who performed badly would also want to put in more effort in subsequent work. However, what happens when a teacher decides not to mark or give feedback to students? It discourages them, and they wouldn’t want to waste their time on subsequent works. They also develop apathy towards homework. As a teacher, let students know the worth of their time and labor by marking or giving feedback. If you don’t have time to do this, then don’t assign homework at all.