Why Homework Helps: A Defense of Homework

Why homework can help students

Yes, we’re talking about why homework helps.

No, seriously. 

We know homework isn’t usually considered fun but, it doesn’t have to be fun to be helpful. We’d definitely understand why you might see it as a waste of time, that’s why for today’s blog we’re going to break down why homework is helpful for its learning benefits and its utility.

Reinforcing Learning

Homework serves as a valuable tool for reinforcing what students have learned in the classroom. When you learn topics in class, they’re often explained in a way that you can understand the material but, the real learning comes when you begin doing the work yourself. After all, there’s a reason why the expression “learn by doing” is a thing. By actively engaging with the material, you allow yourself to internalize concepts and improve in your own way, at your own pace.

Practicing Skills

Another reason why homework is important is that it allows you to practice and refine your skills. Whether it’s solving math problems, writing essays, or conducting scientific experiments, practice is crucial for mastery. Homework provides the necessary practice that helps you develop a deeper level of proficiency in various subjects. 

We actually go into the science of studying with practice examples in our blog post, Strategies for Studying Smarter, Not Hard. We’re not just saying this because we’re an educational site and we want you to like homework. We’re saying this because scientifically, practicing these skills will make you better at critical thinking and problem-solving. Will you always need to know the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell? Maybe, maybe not. Will you need to know how to quickly retrieve information to solve problems satisfactorily for the rest of your life? Absolutely.

Homework Provides Easy Grade Points

Everyone at some point or another has had a term riding on one particular test or exam and it definitely doesn’t feel great. Most of this time this is because of poor performance with assignments thus leading to lower grades. Homework assignments however, are an easy way to boost and reinforce your total GPA so that exams aren’t as a big of a deal (you should still prep for them responsibly however). 

This is what we mean when we say the utility of homework. Even if you feel like it’s not doing you any favors which, scientifically isn’t true, it is certainly doing your GPA a favor. Getting exceptional passing grades is easier on assignments because you can check your answers, ensure the correct responses are provided, and scoop up an easy A in the progress. Don’t be so quick to hate on homework, as long as you do it all, it’s actually doing you a favor!

Preparation for Tests

Homework plays a significant role in preparing you for assessments such as quizzes, tests, and exams. When you consistently complete homework assignments, you actively review and reinforce the material, making it easier to recall during assessments. Homework helps you identify areas where you need additional practice or clarification, enabling you to seek help before important evaluations.

The Wrap-Up

Contrary to popular belief, homework can be a valuable tool for students. It reinforces learning, provides practice, provides an easier source of solid points, and prepares you for assessments. So next time you sit down to do your homework, remember the benefits it brings to your education. Embrace it as an opportunity to grow and excel in your academic journey!

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  • Rob Shield

    Rob Shield is based out of Columbus, Ohio. As Numerade's copywriter, Rob uses their extensive background in education to inform and shape the topics and content posted to the blog for educators, parents, and students alike.