Homework and home study extend and reinforce classroom learning. Homework should be a vital part of every student’s daily routine.
Students who succeed in schooling have developed the regular home study habit. Homework and home study are essential/integral out-of-school activities which extend and reinforce classroom learning. Heathmont College uses Compass as their integrated Learning Management System. Parents/Guardians are provided with a login for this system and are encouraged to access Compass in order to support their child’s learning.
Suggested times on a weekly basis are:
- Years 7, 8 & 9: 30-90 minutes per day
- Year 10: 11 hours (about 1 hour & 10 minutes per subject, per week)
- Year 11: 15-18 hours (about 2 hours & 30 minutes per unit, per week)
- Year 12: 18-24 hours (about 4 hours per unit, per week)
- These times are guidelines only but reflect the minimum rather than the maximum time that should be allocated.
What activities does “homework” include:
- Set exercises and activities
- Completion of unfinished class work
- Research eg. for assignments
- Writing eg. an essay on a topic similar to one studied in class; a laboratory report; a set of maths problems; a drama or PE journal; projects; etc
- Reading eg. class novels; text, newspaper or magazines; wide reading book …
- Research eg. collecting materials or specimens; visit to local library; contacting a source of information
- Observation eg. T.V. news; newspapers; sporting events
When you are told there is no homework, students should be reminded to:
- Revise eg. regular review of class notes; summaries
- Other learning eg. skills practice; developing glossaries; learning vocabulary; spelling
- Wide reading eg. reading a novel, magazine, journal
Parents/guardians are able to help by ensuring students are given a place in which to work, that they are encouraged to spend regular time on homework tasks and that diaries are checked regularly. All major assessment tasks and their due dates are uploaded to Compass as soon as they are presented to the students.