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Is Homework Maddening?
By Gaby Ortiz
News Assistant, Derrick Diary, Montebello High School
It is no secret that some high school students feel overwhelmed with homework. Some even wonder how much homework is too much. To my surprise, there are more students out there in the same situation as I am, according to a well-known teen magazine.
Recent studies show that the hours students spend doing homework could be doing more harm than good. Yes, this does apply to many students enrolled in high school, but of course this does not refer to a worksheet of math and a few geographical questions for history / geography class. When you find yourself doing about fifty math problems a night, taking notes on a chapter for chemistry, reading a twenty-paged doubled-sided chapter for history, and on top of that, preparing yourself for a Spanish test, that's about the time your stress level begins to increase. Also, recent studies show that the more excessive amounts of homework a student receives, the higher his or her stress level becomes (duh).
Although everyone goes through his / her own scenario, many students, including myself, find our schedules crammed with extracurricular activities, chores, homework, and even part-time jobs. But how do these types of students get all their work done in twenty-four hours? The key to many students' success is time management, organization, priority setting, and a well-brewed cup of coffee (or two)! Many students aren't as successful as others at this multi-tasking business and find themselves drowning in stress. Here are some helpful tips for those in need:
1. Take deep breaths.
2. Organize yourself.
3. Manage your time.
4. Set priorities (school should come first).
5. Take a load off (reconsider leaving one or two of your five extracurricular activities).
Let's be honest, there has been a lot of talk about homework these days. Some say, "Kids are getting too much homework." In reality, a significant amount of students don't attempt to complete any homework assignments. When asked how many hours a night they spent completing homework, many students replied about an hour, a few said about four to five hours, and a significant amount admitted zero. Take junior Vanessa Madrigal for example, who has been part of the top ten all throughout her high-school years. She finds herself crammed with generous amounts of homework for all her classes every night and still finds time to be part of cross-country and track and field. Sophomores Fernando Gomez, Joey Gonzalez, Jennifer Rubio, and Alfonso Barajas all agreed they spent an average of two to six hours completing homework on top of fulfilling their extra-curricular activities.
The majority of students who are overloaded with homework chose to take the advanced placement courses that required an accelerated learning pace. Therefore, spending four to five hours a night doing homework is typical. Although there are cases where students are not taking advances courses, but are still jammed with loads of homework.
Ultimately, each student is responsible for deciding how much homework to take on. We all work at a different pace, but we can accommodate hectic schedules if we try. You may want to seek tutoring or speak with your teacher and see if those avenues can help you survive if you are having trouble staying afloat. Or, you can practice the distressing techniques above. One thing you should not do is feel sorry for yourself because you feel as if you were drowning in stress.
February 16, 2007