Are you a student currently staring at a huge pile of homework? Is there a subject you despise and canâ€™t seem to wrap your head around? It is only understandable that you might be looking for some assistance.
Although, your conscience may be pricking you about whether getting some help would be the right thing to do or simply attempting to the work by yourself? More than being an issue of morality or pride, there are a few factors that go into making these decisions.
There is no harm in getting help if it is absolutely necessary. There are many services available online that are meant for education. But there are benefits of doing homework on your own. After all, that is why the teacher set the assignment in the first place.
Benefits of Doing Homework
- Time Management
- There is always a reason for homework, projects, group assignments, etc. One of those reasons is because these assignments usually have a deadline.
- When students are able to finish all their work efficiently and submit it before or on the day of the deadline, they are slowly conditioning themselves to be more productive human beings â€“ they are learning how to manage their time.
- Not only do they have to balance school schedules but homework must be done without them losing out on social activities, games, sports, family time, extracurricular activities and hobbies.
- Students learn how to allot time for each task during the day so as to maximise their usage of time in a way that is most beneficial to their needs.
- Being able to balance schedules is a skill that is required throughout life, especially when they start working.
- Many students who are unable to function effectively in school and always seem to be on a schedule crunch because of mismanaged time, have difficulty balancing work and home lives in the future.
- By fitting in all their requirements, they are able to progress towards being well-rounded people and students as well. It earns them more recognition in all fields of interest apart from academics, and minimizes
- Understanding Topics
- Homework gives students that extra time that is required to understand topics that are complicated or difficult.
- It teaches them how to solve problems and clarify doubts on their own, thereby making them largely self-sufficient. They feel less of a need to rely on the help of teachers, parents or tutors.
- Students are able to go through information in their own time, with the help of information online and in libraries.
- They are able to learn a lot more and relate everyday activities with what theyâ€™re being taught in class.
- Homework provides the opportunity to do research. In the process of doing so they may come across interesting facts that may not be relevant to their homework but definitely boosts their interest in the subject.
- Hence, with a greater appreciation for what theyâ€™re studying, they feel more compelled to learn more and gain a deeper understanding. This makes homework, tests and assignments a lot simpler and much more fun to complete.
- Revision/ Exam Preparation
- The most obvious use of homework is to offer a mode of preparation to students.
- Homework is basically a revision of whatever has been taught in class.
- It tests the studentâ€™s aptitude and understanding of what has been explained earlier during the day.
- Teachers are able to gauge the amount of information students are absorbing and retaining simultaneously.
- Homework is a great way to ensure that students study before a test or examination. This way they will be decently prepared for the questions and be able to answer some of them from memory (if they havenâ€™t studied the night before).
- By doing homework regularly, students are improving their understanding and interest in various subjects.
- This serves as a great source of motivation.
- By developing an interest, they feel the need to work harder in order to understand more and more.
- By sticking to deadlines and completing assignments successfully, they are able to achieve the marks they deserve.
- Once they get used to becomesuccessful, it becomes difficult for them to be less than what they know theyâ€™re capable of.
- Thus, they keep up the hard work and continue to achieve greater success academically.
How to do Homework
- Create a Plan of Action
- If youâ€™re struggling to sit down and complete homework, the first thing you need to do is develop a concrete plan of action.
- This means figuring out the amount of time available till the deadline, research that needs to be done, notes that need to be organized and the time it will take to do all of this.
- In order to stay on track and reach the end goal, create a daily routine till the assignment is complete.
- Getting into the habit of following routines and schedule can help simplify your life by a large margin.
- The routine should also include other activities during the day.
- Ensure that there is time for a sufficient amount of breaks, so as to not overwork yourself and give the illusion that a lot of work can be completed in a small amount of time. Account for breaks and rest time.
- Breakdown Assignments
- Assignments usually seem daunting because they require a lot of work. One key method to removing the fear of assignments is to divide them into smaller sections of work.
- After each section is complete, you will feel motivated to move on to other sections as you get closer and closer towards the end goal.
- Take a 5 or 10 minute break between each task, this will help in re-energizing and preparing for the next set of work.
- Eliminate Distractions
- Eliminate any and all possible distractions.
- Refrain from blindly browsing the internet or social media.
- Turn off phones, TVâ€™s and other unnecessary electronic or gaming devices.
- Contrary to popular belief, listening to music does not help in memory retention or focus. It is extremely distracting.
When to Avail of Help
- There is no fixed moment for asking for help.
- If there is a particular subject or topic that you are struggling to wrap your head around ask for the necessary assistance wherever you can find it.
- Look online, find a tutor, and ask a teacher, parent, elder sibling or even friend for a little extra explanation or simplification.
Remember, there is no harm in asking for a little bit of assistance. However, do not ask someone to do all your homework for you. By doing so, you will not learn anything. Ask someone for guidance only to understand difficult topics or explaining complicated subjects.