Should teachers give students more homework?

Original Text: Should teachers give students more homework?


Though no one knows when it originated, homework has a long history. The amount of homework varies from teachers to teachers, places to places. In some countries it is common for students to spend hours and hours in completing their tasks. While in other countries, students do not receive much homework.

It would be natural for students to hold an opinion that homework consumes their free time, but it would be absurd to claim that homework is gratuitous. Homework is a vital component of successful student’s education. There are many advantages of homework, to mention some of them. First, homework is an excellent way to review the concepts one newly gained knowledge from class. Second, the homework helps one to build his or her self governing skill. Third, it indicates a student’s progress.

First of all, homework reminds one of the materials covered in class. The Forgetting curve suggests that human tends to halve their memory of newly learned knowledge unless they consciously review what they have learned. By doing homework, he or she can practice those materials and be ready for the next day lesson. It is evident that those who complete homework regularly usually are more likely to receive higher marks.

In the second place, to be able to do their homework, students must sacrifice their leisure. They must lessen their time of doing activities like surfing the internet, chatting with each other and going out. Homework teaches students to be responsible for themselves and how to manage the time. Obviously, these important skills will benefit them in the future.

It is also worth known that assigned work gives teachers opportunities to have a glance of how the students perform. Thus, after viewing the homework, the instructors can know what kind of help they can grant to the students. For the students who are talented with one subject, the teacher may give them more advanced information beyond the curriculum. In addition, if no work is handed, the teachers will be ignorant of the students’ learning pace. They would either teach too quickly or too slow.

All the points stated above supports my conclusion that homework not only enforces a student’s understanding but also enhances one’s self restraint. Moreover, it is a useful tool for teachers to inspect how well the students are doing. To sum up, homework, if not taken too much, is good for students.

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Revised Text:

Though no one knows when it originated, homework has a long history. The amount of homework varies from teacher to teacher and place to place. In some countries it is common for students to spend hours and hours in completing their tasks. While in other countries, students do not receive much homework.

It would be natural for students to hold an opinion that homework consumes their free time, but it would be absurd to claim that homework is gratuitous. Homework is a vital component of successful student’s education. There are many advantages to homework. First, homework is an excellent way to review the concepts of newly gained knowledge from class. Secondly, homework helps one build his or her self governing skill. Third, it indicates a student’s progress.

First of all, homework reminds one of the materials covered in class. The Forgetting Curve suggests that humans tend to halve their memory of newly learned knowledge unless they consciously review what they have learned. By doing homework, he or she can practice those materials and be ready for the next day's lesson. It is evident that those who complete homework regularly are more likely to receive higher marks.

Second, to be able to do their homework, students must sacrifice their leisure. They must lessen their time for doing activities like surfing the internet, chatting with each other and going out. Homework teaches students to be responsible for themselves and how to manage their time. Obviously, these important skills will benefit them in the future.

It is also worth knowing that assigned work gives teachers opportunities to have a glance at how the students perform. Thus, after viewing the homework, the instructors can know what kind of help they can give the students. For the students who are talented in a subject, the teacher may give them more advanced information beyond the curriculum. In addition, if no work is handed-out, the teachers will be ignorant of the students’ learning pace. They may either teach too quickly or too slowly.

All the points above support my conclusion that homework not only enforces a student’s understanding but also enhances one’s self restraint. Moreover, it is a useful tool for teachers to inspect how well the students are doing. To sum up, homework, if not given too much, is good for students.

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