Why Students Should Do Their Homework

By Ms. Vilberg

Jump to Sections: 1. Introduction, 2. Controversy of Homework, 3. Reasons Homework is Important, 4. Conclusion


Students should do homework as much as possible. Often times they do not do this because they are lazy or do not think it's important. Sometimes students have after school jobs or other responsibilities that limit their time to complete homework, especially since we end school so late.

Controversy of Homework

The value of homework is still one that is very controversial. Student Pulse explains that determining how homework impacts a student's grade is also a big topic of discussion. "While some proponents of homework believe in its purpose, a question still persists about the role of homework in determining the student’s grade. Should homework be assigned and graded on a regular basis, or should it be viewed as an educational means to an end? As a means to an end, should one centralized school or district policy govern homework, or should some flexibility exist?"

Here are some reasons that homework is important:

  1. It improves your child’s thinking and memory
  2. It helps your child develop positive study skills and habits that will serve him or her well throughout life
  3. Homework encourages your child to use time wisely
  4. It teaches your child to work independently
  5. Homework teaches your child to take responsibility for his or her work
  6. It allows your child to review and practice what has been covered in class
  7. It helps your child to get ready for the next day’s class
  8. Homework helps your child learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials, and computer Web sites to find information
  9. It encourages your child to explores subjects more fully than classroom time permits
  10. It allows your child to extend learning by applying skills to new situations
  11. It helps your child integrate learning by applying many different skills to a single task, such as book reports or science projects
  12. Howework helps parents learn more about what your child is learning in school
  13. It allows parents to communicate about what he or she is learning
  14. It encourages parents to spark your child’s enthusiasm thing


Lastly, Scholastic describes homework as something that not only benefits the student academically, but also in their growth as an individual. Jennifer Atkinson says "Homework is an important time to make connections and reflect; on self, family, friends, new or familiar information, and the world beyond." We need to make sure we as teachers assign regular and meaningful homework that students will value and not think of as just busy work.