Study and Homework

STUDY AND HOMEWORK

At Austin Cove Baptist College, we believe that homework is a valuable aspect of the learning process and it contributes to the development of sound study habits.

Learning is enhanced through the provision of opportunities to review, reinforce and apply what has been learned at school. Homework also enables parents to become aware of what students are studying at school and monitor student ability in various areas of study.

 

Policy

1.         Students are expected to complete homework on a regular basis and there are two main categories of homework:

              i.          Study - This may be initiated by the students as revision of topics covered in class or for a specific assessment. This is an important part of the learning process as it helps

students to reinforce skills, knowledge and understandings from class work.

              ii.        Work Set - This type of work may be initiated by the teacher and is set/due on a particular day of the week. The aim of this work can be twofold:

·                to build skills acquired in class through answering questions and gaining feedback to those questions. This type of work is often set as a challenge for students and helps them to learn through a process of prior knowledge and problem solving.

·                learning journals – reviewing the day’s new work.

2.         The following is a guide to the quantity of homework to be undertaken at each Year level. There will be times when these suggested timings are exceeded, especially prior to examinations and the submission of major assessment work.

Year 7

45 min 

4 to 5 times per week

Year 8

1 hour

4 to 5 times per week

Year 9

1.5 hours

4 to 5 times per week

Year 10

2 hours

4 to 5 times per week

Year 11

3 hours (ATAR)

1-2 hours (General)

5 to 6 times per week

Year 12

4 hours (ATAR)

1-2 hours (General)

5 to 6 times per week

3.         All homework should be written in the College diary. Set homework that is not completed will be followed up by the teacher and students sent to homework class

Management of study and homework time is a crucial factor in academic achievement. Students are encouraged to create a study/homework timetable. Parents are encouraged to read the students’ diary pages and become familiar with set homework as well as due dates for assessments. The latter are available on the College website in the course programs.

Parental involvement is advisable and should be ongoing rather than intermittent