How Homework Works
Lots of students worry about homework when they start but don’t panic. With a bit of organisation and lots of dedication, you will be able to manage what’s expected from you!
What do I need to do?
Each week, you are expected to complete 5 pages of notes in an A5 homework book that your form tutor will give you. The notes will be on learning found in a white knowledge organiser booklet again, given to you by your form tutors at the start of every term. Some will be a revision of things you’ve learnt that week in your lessons and other parts may be things you will hear about later in the week!
How do I do it?
DON’T just copy the words down. Your job is to record the information in a way that helps YOU to learn it so it will be different for everyone depending on your learning style.
You could try…
- rephrasing the sentence
- spider diagram
- annotated pictures
- keyword recording
- thought trails
How often do I need to do it?
The best way is ‘little and often’ - do 1 page a night so the information goes in lots of times. How much you do a night is up to you as long as your work is completed by Wednesday of each week
Why do it?
The main person responsible for your learning is you!
Any homework you do will help you to consolidate things you have learnt or will learn in your lessons. You should complete homework to better your understanding and increase your performance in those subjects
Who checks my homework?
Your form tutor will check and sign your book if you have completed 5 pages.
What if I don’t do it?
If you don’t do your homework, you will be at a disadvantage to your classmates and may not reach your full potential. To keep you on track, form tutors will call your parents or may issue detentions to those who miss homework.
What if I want to do extra?
You may absolutely do more pages if you wish!
Routine Works Well!
Pick a Place
Think about where you will concentrate best. Often a quiet place on your own works well. Think about which table you will sit at so you are comfortable and where your homework will be safe from spillages, pets and siblings!
Pick a Time
Decide when you work at your best and if that will work in your house! Maybe you know you work best straight after school while your brain is still whirring or perhaps you concentrate better after dinner. Maybe Saturday morning is always quiet in your house. Whatever the time, pick it and stick to it!
Set yourself a goal. Before you start your study session, have a look at your to-do list and give yourself a set time to spend on each task. This will keep you on track.
Take a Break!
It's important to take breaks if you're feeling tired or frustrated. Working too long on a task can decrease your performance (this is why we say do a little bit each day). If you need a break, make sure you get away from your study space. Do something different for 5 minutes so you’re refreshed to try again.
Ask for Help
If you don’t understand something, ask for help! This can be someone at home, your form tutor, your teacher or you can even join our Year 7 homework club in the common room each week.
Remember WHY You’re Doing It
The whole point of homework is to help information stick in your mind. Remember that homework is helping you to learn. You deserve the best education—help yourself to get it.