Homework and Home study
- Homework is the work the teacher sets for students to practise a skill or develop their understanding of the content. Short, quality, purposeful homework tasks make a difference to fostering good lifelong learning and study habits.
We acknowledge John Hattie’s research in his book “Visible learning” that suggests the following;
- The highest effects of homework in secondary school are associated with rote learning and practice or rehearsal of subject matter
- More task-orientated homework has higher effects than deep learning and problem solving tasks
- Teacher involvement in homework is key to its success.
- To develop organisational and time management skills
- To develop the student’s capacity to assume responsibility for their own learning
- To develop a balanced and consistent approach to study at home and at school
- Students are expected to develop sound homework patterns in their junior school years to ensure successful use of time in VCE. Students should ensure they understand homework tasks.
- All Students in Years 7-12 have a planner where they record their homework for the week. The planner should be taken home each night and sighted by parents.
- Homework is separate to classwork. If students do not complete the work set in class time, it is required to be completed by the next lesson.
- Homework set on a particular day should be noted in the planner. Students should be given adequate time to complete homework.
- The table below is based on the Department of Education Guidelines. It indicates the recommended time students should spend on homework each night. It should be noted that individual differences between students and additional factors such as varying subject demands, other commitments and family responsibilities need to be taken into account.
|Year 7 and 8||30 to 45 minutes daily, maximum 5 days a week|
|Year 9||45 to 90 minutes daily, maximum 5 days a week|
|Years 10-12||1-3 hours per night. Up to 6 hours on weekends during peak VCE periods.|
Parents and guardians can help students with their homework by
- Encouraging a homework routine each night
- Providing a regular place to complete homework that is free from distractions.
- Talking to the teachers about any homework problems
- Helping balance the time spend on homework and extra-curricular activities
- Checking the planner regularly to monitor the student’s’ progress.
Homework Help occurs every Tuesday and Wednesday in the Library until 4.30pm
Examples of homework include:
Planning for projects or assignments
Reflection Journal writing
Reading novels, newspapers or journal articles
Filling in a graphic organiser e.g. timeline, venn diagram
Revision or practice for classwork or tests
Researching a topic of interest using ICT