Homework is defined as tasks assigned to students by school teachers that are intended to be done at home. In this article, I am going to elaborate on the numerous benefits as well as its drawbacks. Should homework, most students' nightmare, be abolished?
Firstly, homework discourages our creative endeavours. Homework seems to be never-ending. Consequently, we spend most of our time at home doing our assignments, innumerable essays, projects and so on. We are left with little leisure time. During that time, we could have been doing creative and enriching activities such as painting, singing and even learning an instrument you always wanted to learn to play to impress your crush. These activities bring joy, happiness and enable you to wind down after an exhausting day at school. Spending time doing some creative work indeed sounds better than spending hours doing homework.
Moreover, homework adds up to unnecessary stress for the students. With a large workload and difficult homework, students may feel anxious and stressed. The motivation of students will fall. They will prefer to copy off their friends rather than doing it by themselves. Some students may also pull an all-nighter to finish their long assignments resulting in sleep deprivation which will be detrimental to their health in the long run. Sleep deprivation may also result in poor results during exams as they won't concentrate during the exams.
Moreover, homework eats up free time. Spending hours completing homework prevent us from spending valuable time with family and friends. We also don't have adequate time to spend attending extracurricular activities, riding a bike, doing yoga with your mum, gardening with your dad and watching your favourite shows or anime. In a way, fewer sports and extracurricular activities encourage a sedentary lifestyle which can be dangerous.
However, we also need to analyse the other side of the coin: the benefits of homework. I know, some of you, must be wondering: Does homework even has benefits? Sorry to break the news to you, but it does.
Homework encourages the discipline of practice. Repetition is necessary to get better. I'm sure you must have heard of the famous study method of spaced repetition. Well, guess what: Homework can help you with spaced repetition. Practising the same thing over and over again will help to reinforce your knowledge on that particular topic. You will be able to better grasp the concept. Furthermore, you will understand your strength and your weak areas that you need to focus more on.
Teaches time management
When students are assigned homework, they will make appropriate timetables, effective study plans so that they will be able to hand it on time. They can manage their time thereby developing their time management skills. It is an essential skill that will be necessary when they have joined the labour market and are working.
Lastly, there is said to be a direct relationship between homework and educational achievement. Homework provides you with learning time and hence improve your academic results.
According to me, homework has both valid benefits as well as drawbacks. I believe that homework should not be banned as they contribute to academic success. However, they should not be given in abundance as a burden to students to further stress them. They should instead be given in fewer amount so that students can get learning time, practise and reinforce concepts learnt at school but not at the expense of their leisure time and hobbies. There should be a balance.