It can be difficult to keep your family first when your kids start going to school. Homework can be one of those things that put a strain on your kids, eats up their time, and makes it more difficult for your family to maintain close relationships. You should be prepared for this before your kids even start school, so you know more about what you’ll need to understand going into these years. With this simple homework analysis, you’ll be more prepared for your kids’ school career.
Determine Homework Averages by State
Whether you’re moving or you’re planning to stay in the same place until your kids grow up, understanding homework averages by the state allows you to get an idea of where your child may fall. Of course, this number varies even by individual schools, but it’s still worth it to look into state averages.
The most interesting thing of note is that there aren’t really swaths of areas that tend toward having higher amounts of homework. You can’t simply say the East Coast tends to have more work, or the Midwest tends to have more work because it varies so individually that you should really look at your state specifically.
Learn About Homework Averages by Grade
Of course, homework averages will change by grade; elementary schoolers won’t have the same amount of homework as college students. Understanding how that number changes can make sure you’re prepared for the change when it hits your family.
On average, elementary and middle schoolers spend 42.4 minutes per night on homework, high schoolers spend 78 minutes, and college students spend 116 minutes. However, there’s a pretty big amount of variance between states. Elementary and middle schoolers range from 56 to 30 minutes; high schoolers range from 110 to 60 minutes, and college students range from 141.3 to 85 minutes. Your best bet will be to look at how your state grows and changes between these schooling types.
Understand What Homework Is For
You probably assume that more homework leads to higher grades. Although your kids might not like the homework, the idea is that extra homework leads to more studying, which leads to higher grades. Unfortunately, the evidence just doesn’t back that claim up.
Overall, there’s really no evidence to tie higher amounts of homework with better academic preparedness. That means no correlation with either GPA or SAT scores. Best-case, homework can help your kids understand the information they didn’t receive in class; worst-case, it’s essentially just busywork.
Invest in Studying in Whatever Way Works for Your Kids
Because homework doesn’t tend to correlate with higher GPA, it’s important to look into alternate studying methods if you want to increase your kids’ preparedness and academic achievements. Tutoring can help many kids succeed with personalized studying options, and studying resources have shown great promise for increasing grades.
Remember that everyone learns differently. Just because your child has bad grades right now, that doesn’t mean your child isn’t smart or can’t raise those grades. As part of your drive toward making life better for your family, you should be willing to genuinely listen to your child’s homework problems.
No one likes homework, but just making your child push through homework because you assume it’s helpful won’t do anyone any good. Instead, you should do the same thing that parents need to do every time their child runs into a problem: work with them to push past it. With this information and a patient heart, you can help your kids genuinely learn rather than just pass their classes. With the study skills and habits, you give your child now will prepare them for furthering their education as far as they want to go.