By Kaitlyn Nguyen:
Homework is a well established part of the student experience. Have you ever calculated all the hours you might spend devoted to homework over the course of your high school years? Some might believe, sure it’s good to have hours of homework because it helps you get better to perform inside and outside of school. Yet many forget about the impact on student behavior. In response to these questions, current Samueli high school students have thought about it, and their answers may shock you.
Every grade level, from freshmen to seniors on average receive 3 to 4 hours of homework each day. “Due to the amount of homework, I am usually confused, delirious, and have a lack of attention the next day.” , said freshman Leila. In addition, when students are pushed with a heavy workload of homework they can feel overwhelmed, stressed, and unmotivated. For some students, balancing homework and extra curriculum can be hard, causing them to fail or feel rushed. Also, having too much homework could have a negative effect on developing skill and feeling frustrated and causing procrastination. If students start to procrastinate students will begin to cram in work time and that is not the most efficient way to learn.
Additionally, having a lot of homework can have a major impact not only on grades but their outside lives. For instance, this could affect a student social life by family contact and not being socially active. Social time gives students a chance to refresh their minds and bodies. If students have a heavy workload of homework, this could leave them feeling isolated like they can only rely on themselves.
At Samueli, the most homework is assigned in either English or math classes. Due to the large amount of homework student may feel unmotivated with the amount of homework and can soon break off leaving them to feel lazy and procrastinate. “I have about 6 to 7 hours of sleep each night.” , said Freshman Sean. Due to this small amount of sleep, this won’t allow your brain to fully rest and function properly the next day. So in conclusion, yes the amount of homework can affect the outcome of a student’s behavior.
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