A study conducted in 2014 attempted to discover the effects of homework on students at high performing California high schools. The study found that the average amount of homework reported was three hours every night. 56% of the students surveyed reported that homework was the highest stressor in their lives. An article from CNN reported on the study and stated that the stress was causing major health problems among students ranging from ulcers to exhaustion. The article also speculated that more homework did not correlate with better academic achievement.
Stretched Beyond Limits
Students are already stretched to their limit by simply completing the daily tasks needed to perform well in their courses. Additional homework will only increase stress levels and contribute to health problems. Higher stress and health issues do not result in high test scores.
Results Without Homework
At Mr. Test Prep, we are proud of our ability to help your student perform their best on the SAT or ACT without additional homework. Our methods help relieve stress and build confidence. Many test prep services offer guarantees contingent on the completion of homework. This additional homework might cause your student to skip other necessary homework, which could result in lower grades.
Other Factors in College Admissions
Mr. Test Prep recognizes that grades and extracurricular participation are also significant factors in college admissions. Sacrificing these important aspects of a student’s life for a high test score is counterproductive. Instead, Mr. Test Prep builds confidence by offering practice exams and addressing trouble spots, while teaching test taking strategies on the spot. No outside homework is required.
By eliminating outside homework for test preparation, your student can focus on their studies, reduce their stress level and feel rested rather than exhausted on the day of the exam.
Emotional and Physical Health
Don’t let your child suffer the consequences of feeling constantly overwhelmed. Take care of their emotional and physical well being, as well as their academic performance. Your student can perform well without the added stress of homework.
Mr. Test Prep helps every type of student—yes, even the shy ones—maximize their score potential. A lot of shy kids find the scrutiny of full one-on-one tutoring to be too intense, but at my Sunnyvale SAT Prep center, I create a safe environment that is perfect for kids who find verbal participation to be stressful. By combining group testing, with targeted instruction, shy kids can get the help they need in a way that works for their personality. No more awkward silences. No more pushy tutors. Just lots of practice and the guidance of an experienced educator.