Lexington High School

Reducing Stress and Developing Resiliency

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Homework

Homework is an important part of the learning process; it can be used to reinforce concepts and skills, augment classroom work, and help teachers assess students’ understanding. When the amount of homework becomes overwhelming for students, however, it can contribute to undue stress that could be detrimental to learning. To keep up with the workload, students often feel the need to “get it all done” by staying up late or cramming it in between other commitments and activities. This pressure often leads to compromises in their sleep, health, and emotional well-being. The problem becomes worse when students feel compelled to load their schedules with AP/Honors courses, creating a workload that is even more difficult to manage.

Research on homework raises interesting questions about the relationship between homework and achievement, the amount versus the quality of homework, and the benefits versus drawbacks of homework. How much is too much homework? Is there a point where the benefits drop off? Is there an optimum balance between volume and quality of homework? Also, what role do parental attitudes play in how students approach homework? These are questions that do not have simple answers, yet they need to be addressed in order to help students strike a healthy balance when it comes to homework stress.