Why Do Homework and Learning Matter?
One of the biggest challenges we face is finding ways to get students to do their homework and hand in their assignments. In order to tackle this complex issue, let’s study the fundamentals of what learning is and why it’s important.
American author, Brian Herbert, once said, “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”
According to the Campaign-for-Learning.org.uk, “Learning is important because it boosts confidence, is enjoyable and provides happiness, leads to a better quality of life and helps boost personal development. Learning is about more than economic success, but is also about the way that it can influence a person’s life in positive ways such as happiness.”
But what about motivation? The drive to learn and do extra assignments comes from within! Campaign-for-Learning continues:
“Motivation and one’s preferred learning style can be a help or a hindrance to their ability to learn. External factors, such as their obligations and demands, can also be a help or a hindrance. There are several key factors that affect people’s learning behavior and these include individuals’ resources:
- Their image of learning, the rewards associated with learning
- The availability of information,
- The climate in which learning takes place.”
Parents, educators, as well as tutors and mentors are responsible for engaging children on every level. Students need additional resources. They need help to shape their image of learning, to be provided positive reinforcement and demonstrated the benefits of learning. Once we change and commit to our children’s learning process, we will see the fruits of our labor. The importance of learning and completing homework assignments shows in grades. The personal reward is self-evident.
So how can tutors help? Simple – by establishing a Learning Objective!
The three important components of a learning objective are Performance, Conditions, and Criteria.
When preparing learning objectives, focus on describing student performance.
Only include the significant conditions that can affect the nature of student performance.
Provide criteria that tells students how well the desired skills should be performed.
Above all, the Learning Objective should focus on specific cognitive processes and are measurable and clearly stated.
It is our role to demonstrate the willingness to learn in order to help our students!
Written by Traci B., Novastar Prep English tutor