As school starts and winter vacation ends, the return of students to the classroom is accompanied with the return of homework. Being your typical student who doesn’t like homework, the rise of assignments and project reports annoys and irritates me, making me question if it’s necessity of so much homework. Is homework an effective educational tool, or an unnecessary source of stress and burden on students? After thinking long and hard, I say that a certain amount of homework is helpful. It is an advantage to both students and teachers. Through homework, students are improving themselves to achieve their goals and teachers can assess a students’ understanding of the lesson.
Homework can be a powerful diagnostic aid to teachers, who can use it to judge the effectiveness of their lessons. It can be used to evaluate a students’ understanding and comprehension of a lesson. By using homework, a teacher can observe the students’ strengths and weaknesses and offer extra help accordingly. Some might say that experienced teachers notice students who are having problems even before they encounter trouble in their homework, but in my experience, this is often not the case. Experienced teachers are hard to come by, and in Taiwan, where students’ class participation is low, even the most veteran teachers may be hard pressed to spot a problem when their audience don’t respond. In this case, the evaluation of homework may be the only channel which teachers can use to assess a students’ capabilities. . Also, if the entire class is having difficulties on a concept, homework can be utilized to determine where and how students aren’t comprehending, and adjustments to the lesson can be made accordingly.
Another point is that homework helps students better understand the subject that they are studying. It can help us develop skills and acquire knowledge. A student could use homework to determine where he has problems or trouble