What is Homework?
Homework is meant to reinforce what is being investigated in the classroom. A homework assignment should not be approached as if it is something to merely ‘turn in’; it should be viewed as an extension of the lesson, practice for the test, and an opportunity for deeper understanding.
Students should study for a minimum of two hours every day for all of their classes at B.H.S. Whether an assignment is given or not, daily review and augmentation of class notes should be conducted in each course of study. Therefore you have “homework” every night regardless of a set assignment. Consistent review of notes will result in greater retention for quizzes, tests and exams. Reading assignments are best done in smaller increments and should be spread over several days of SQ3R note-taking. Therefore, at a minimum, you should spend 20-30 minutes actively reviewing and actively revising your Social Studies notes. When a test is announced you may be required to go beyond the 30 minute minimum and spend some time working on specific topics which you will encounter on the test. Fortunately, if you have been taking good Cornell Notes, regularly reviewing those notes, and actively working with them (revising) then you have already been preparing for the test, thus the preparation for the test will not be overwhelming.