HAI Homework Guidelines
Definition of Homework
1. Homework refers to any learning activity that students are required by the school to complete outside of curriculum time. This includes assignments and projects but not revision of school work or studying for tests and examinations.
Objectives of Homework
2. Homework, when used appropriately, can reinforce students’ learning, provide feedback on their progress and cultivate a healthy disposition towards continual learning.
- Effective use of homework can:
(a) reinforce learning and deepen understanding of lessons taught;
(b) allow students to regularly practise, and apply skills and concepts taught
(c) develop good study skills and habits
(d) encourage greater ownership and responsibility for independent learning.
- Judicious use of homework allows teachers to:
(a) consolidate learning that has taken place in class
(b) check for students’ understanding and progress, so as to provide timely feedback, intervention and support
(c) review effectiveness of lesson.
- Homework also provides parents with:
(a) timely information on the learning progress of their child; and
(b) opportunity to be involved in the child’s learning.
Setting Homework – General Considerations
Quantity of Homework
3. The quantity of homework assigned should take into consideration the following:
(a) For holistic development, students need a balanced life with adequate time for family bonding, social activities, personal interests and rest;
(b) The amount of homework given should take into account the competing demands on students’ time (e.g. CCA, competitions, enrichment classes, tests, examinations);
(c) Amount of homework assigned to students, where appropriate, should be differentiated, such as by academic courses or ability level.
Quality of Homework
4. Homework given should be well designed to bring about the intended learning outcomes. It should:
(a) be purposeful and encourage critical thinking;
(b) be worth doing and related to class teaching;
(c) be explicit and clearly defined so that students clearly understand what is required of them;
(d) be within the students’ capabilities and developmental readiness;
(e) be differentiated, where possible, to meet the different needs and abilities of students.
Feedback for Homework
5. Homework should be properly checked, with timely feedback, interventions and support given.
6. Educators, parents and learners all play an important role in ensuring that homework serves its Intended purposes.
- Students should:
(a) understand the purpose of homework and what is expected of them;
(b) keep track of homework instructions and deadlines;
(c) manage time well to ensure that homework is completed and submitted on time;
(d) give his/her best effort in completing homework; and
(e) review feedback from teachers on homework submitted.
- Parents should:
(a) create a home environment conducive for studying and completion of homework;
(b) supervise and provide support for child’s learning;
(c) reinforce good study habits and attitudes;
(d) be mindful of the stresses arising from school homework and out-of-school activities, and help their children prioritise their time among these activities; and
(e) work in partnership with teachers to support child’s learning and development.