It is often taken for granted that more homework will lead to higher achievement. However, studies have found that students who spend to much time doing homework suffer in a variety of ways. The most significant toll too much homework can lead to is high levels of stress.
A Stanford study found that 56% of students surveyed listed homework as their “primary source of stress.” Students in this study report an average of 3 hours of homework a night. Another survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that more than half of the students surveyed experienced at least a moderate level of stress in the past year.
Impacts of Stress
Extreme levels of stress or even consistent, moderate levels of stress can take a toll on student’s health and well being. Stress can lead to headaches, irritability, and lack of sleep. When students feel stressed they may be tempted to withdraw from extracurriculars or disengage from important social connections with friends and family.
Ultimately, too much homework can hinder learning. When students are too stressed, they can not engage in their learning in a healthy manner. It is important to give students time to explore extracurricular interests and friendships. When a student enjoys learning they will be able to engage fully with the material. They will feel healthier and happier about their courses and their performance.
It is a good idea to help students develop healthy habits to deal with stress, such as exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and taking breaks. These habits will help your student deal appropriately with stress throughout their life. However, it is also important that you advocate for your student and make sure their workload isn’t more than they can handle.
No Extra Homework
Mr. Test Prep is proud to use a method of test preparation that doesn’t require homework. Students don’t need added stress when they are preparing for the SAT or ACT. They do need confidence. Students will succeed when they feel confident about the material they are facing. They will perform best when they are healthy, both physically and mentally. Eliminating test prep homework and reducing stress will help them face this important exam.
Mr. Test Prep has been a part of the San Mateo SAT Prep community for nearly 20 years. His experience working with students—from math wizzes to numberphobes, from novelists-in-training to kids who hate to read—has shown him that improving test results first requires improving a student’s confidence. To directly address this important facet of SAT prep, his tutoring program exposes students to the conditions of the test, while training them in subject-specific skills and teaching them testing strategies that can make the test much easier.