How Much Homework is Too Much?

We have all been overwhelmed with homework at least once, if not most of the time. After finishing school, you get new tasks and work that needs to be done and sometimes it simply feels like you cannot function anymore and you are everything but focused on what you are doing. We know that education is important and one of the crucial factors that decide out future. However, both parents and teachers should know that there is a limit that every student has when it comes to homework. Sometimes students tend to delay them and then rush to finish everything quickly, which is when they regret not spreading it and finishing at time.

How much homework can a student handle and when does it get too much?

A study has determined the ideal amount of time that should be spent on tasks. Psychologists studied 7,725 students from a private school in Asturias, Spain. They were consulted about how much time they invested in their assignments. After collecting the answers, this data was compared to their notes in science and mathematics.

It was concluded that teachers assigned about 70 minutes of homework per day on average and that their performance started getting worse after 100 minutes of work.

While there were small improvements in students who had 90 minutes of homework per day, they were not good enough to give two hours more homework per week. The Journal of Educational Psychology recommended 60 minutes a day reserved for homework. Accordingly, it is an effective and reasonable time for students that will be more useful than hours and hours of work with weak performance and concentration.

Educational system in Finland

We are taking Finland as an example because many people think that the way they manage given homework and tasks is the best one introduced so far. For Finns, the time students spend in school is enough for their education and homework is minimal.

In addition to reinforcing their knowledge, the tasks at home serve mainly to foster their sense of responsibility. Finland is one of the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where students have less homework.

In Korea, a country with a successful educational system, students study more than 30 hours a week at school and they are given homework of more than 10 hours each week. In Finland, the school week has an average of 25 hours and students use 5 hours a week to do their homework.

Many students in Europe take more than 3 hours doing homework daily. In Finland only between 2% and 3% of the students take more than 3 hours doing homework. In Greece, for example, 77% of alumni take more than 3 hours doing homework.

You may think that Finland seems too relaxed regarding this matter but results are very surprising! Accordingly, students from this country are always well qualified on the International competitions. This fact implies that rather than giving students too much homework that they will finish because it’s mandatory, they should be given effective homework at the right amount that won’t tire them out and not bring anything positive.

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