Teachers should not set homework instead they should set revision

March 12, 2015, 9:48 am

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The debate "Teachers should not set homework instead they should set revision" was started by danielle on March 12, 2015, 9:48 am. 16 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 5 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

danielle posted 3 arguments to the agreers part.
PsychDave posted 5 arguments, Cody posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.

danielle, frozen_emily, Hjkp98, Hollister_boy, ItsMateo, misfitcarrot, ms_open_mind, transfanboy and 8 visitors agree.
PsychDave, Cody, Kirito and 2 visitors disagree.

Sorry, I'm from Canada a here college is post secondary education parallel to university. Universities tend to teach academics like pure science, math and English while college tends to be more focused on career paths like automotive mechanic, social worker, and teachers. There is some crossover but that was where I. Was coming from.

I agree that they should not be giving so much homework that you are swamped, but part of the reason to give at least a little is to keep the information fresh in your mind. They don't want everyone to forget what they learned over the break and have to teach it all over.

5 years, 2 months ago

I didn't mean to ignore your point, I just missed this in my response.

Individually done review does take longer than practice sheets to go over because the prof had to talk to each person and have them go through what they reviewed and how. If someone made flash cards, they have to go through them to make sure important concepts were not missed. If someone made a revision poster, the prof again has to look it over to make sure everything that needs to be reviewed was and that nothing has been incorrectly transcribed or misunderstood.

Practice sheets on the other hand can be done one of a couple of ways. One is to take them up in class. The prof goes through how they should have been solved and no matter if there is one person who did it wrong or 100,they all now know where they made a mistake and how the problem should have been done. The other way is to hand the sheets in to be marked outside of class time and be given back during the next class. This let's class time be used to learn. When the sheets are handed back, the students know where they went wrong and can review to be able to avoid the same mistake in the future.

5 years, 2 months ago

oh in the UK college is the same as sixth form, so we don't pay for it university is after college. No what i mean is the idea of holidays is that it's a break, a holiday, from the school college whatever but teachers always set a tonne of stuff and we may as well just go to school for that time. I mean that students should do their own work over the holidays but shouldn't be forced into doing it. because they are supposed to be enjoying a break from education

5 years, 2 months ago

I've already covered why professors do homework the way they do, so I won't go over that again.

With regards to summer and holiday homework, I'm not sure I follow your logic. You are paying money to attend a college, where they will try to teach you as much as possible to prepare you for your field. Why should you not be prepared to do anything over holidays?

For summer, I can't say that I have ever seen or heard of a professor assigning homework over the summer since that is the end of the term. When school starts after the summer break, you will be in a new set of classes so how exactly did a prof assign homework?

5 years, 2 months ago

it wouldn't take any longer than going through sheet after sheet, my psychology teacher teaches by setting just revision and it works really well she sets it on the Thursday and says over the weekend do some revision of the stuff we covered that week then on the Monday we have a small test which allows the teacher to see how the students are doing and check that people are actually doing extra work. it's not fair to set certain things which will not work for some people because they won't have time for the stuff they can do, my biology teacher on the other hand gives us great wads of sheets each lesson and they are just not helpful at all. The teacher isnt supposed to go through the revision with a fine tooth comb its supposed to just be evidence of extra work.

also teachers shouldn't set Compulsory homework over the summer holidays or Christmas or Easter holidays because these are supposed to be a break from education. don't get me wrong kids should still do some work but it shouldn't be forced onto them it's not fair to spend 6-7 weeks working their socks off to get to a "holiday" and have to do hours of work, it's up to them to do their own work if they dont do any they dont do well, but they dont have to do hours of worthless sheets

5 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Psych.

5 years, 2 months ago

With one student, yes that would work. With 10 it starts to get unreasonable. With 30 students, it becomes impossible. If the professor spends 5 min going over what each student reviewed and how, for 10 students that takes 50 min, for 30 it means 150 minutes, or 2 1/2 hours at the start of every class just to review. That is not an effective use of class time when you should be learning new things. With standard review problems, the professor (or TA) can go over them outside of class and find areas that the student is weak so that they know before getting a test back what they need to review.

Another reason for the way homework is assigned is that the practice problems are designed to go through all of the common problems students will face. If students set their own review, they may miss am important detail because they don't know what it is that they don't know. You may be intelligent enough, and attentive enough in class to be able to review everything effectively, but not everyone is.

5 years, 2 months ago

I am at college at the moment, and my teachers insist on setting sheet after sheet of questions that have to be in within days, and for me this is a pain I do not find sheets of questions useful I would rather do my own revision posters, cards etc and show evidence to the teacher. however all my home time is spent doing their god damn sheets I never have time for my own revision which would be more useful to me. I think teachers should say your 'homework' is to do some revision on your choice on this topic and show it to me next lesson that way students can focus the revising that's useful to them and do well in the exams.

5 years, 2 months ago

Typically homework is revision. The teacher goes through the lesson, then says to do the practice problems.

The other form of homework, where you read ahead of the lessons, is designed so that you already have some familiarity with the topic for the lesson. This benefits you because it let's you ask any questions you may have with a basic understanding, speeding up learning, while also preparing you for university, where proffs do not hold your hand nearly as much as in elementary school or high school, and for the work force, where you are largely expected to be self sufficient. This does depend on the career, and almost all jobs have some on the job training, but it never covers everything you will need to know since that would be impossible.

Finally, homework helps develop independence, which is important in any field. The ability to work on a deadline, without direct supervision, is an important skill. Homework is the first way people start to experience this.

Now all of this is based on the assumption that the teacher is a good teacher and is using homework to supplement lessons, not replace them. I know there are teachers who use homework to do all of the teaching and just read the text in class (I've had a few) and in these cases the homework is not nearly as beneficial since students are not getting the support they need.

5 years, 2 months ago
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