How Does Homework Affect Stress in the Student Body?

For many students, homework is a huge source of anxiety in their everyday lives. For the majority of these students, it feels like teachers don’t listen, or are uneducated about the true effects of this workload on their mental well being. For my project, I want to provide as much information as I can to help those who are concerned help students who may be struggling. Throughout this website you will find different statistics and reports detailing the effects of homework on student stress and anxiety.

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Introduction

An introduction to my topic, and the work that I am presenting.

What can we do?

Get the Facts:

From multiple trusted sources, the statistics and studies surrounding

the impact of homework on stress in the student body:

Oxford Learning

On the link between homework and stress within the student body as well as the impact of too much homework on the quality of a students learning in-class:

“Too much homework can also result in less active learning, a type of learning that occurs in context and encourages participation. Active learning promotes the analysis and application of class content in real world settings. Homework does not always provide these opportunities, leading to boredom and a lack of problem-solving skills.”

NYU

On the different solutions schools could implement to decrease student stress:

“Extreme levels of stress can hinder work effectiveness and lead to poor academic performance and attrition.”

“Introducing successful coping strategies may help students avoid the destructive consequences of excessive stress.”

Stanford

On the link between student stress and school work:

“56 percent of the students considered homework a primary source of stress, according to the survey data. Forty-three percent viewed tests as a primary stressor, while 33 percent put the pressure to get good grades in that category. Less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor.”

WGU

On their approach to managing student stress:

“Reach out to an academic advisor who can help you make a plan.

Ask someone more experienced in your major about their experience.

Look ahead at classes offered in future terms to determine which would be best to take now, and which ones you’d prefer to take later.

Look at what you have previously done to see what kind of schedule structure works best for you.”

Sources: 

  • Communications, Nyu Web. “Stress.” NYU, www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/live-well-nyu/priority-areas/stress.html#:%7E:text=Key%20Facts,stressed%2Dout%20than%20ever%20before.&text=55%25%20of%20students%2C%20nationally%2C,to%20be%20academic%20in%20nature.&text=6%20in%2010%20college%20students,on%20one%20or%20more%20occasions. Accessed 24 Apr. 2021.
  • Stanford University. “Stanford Research Shows Pitfalls of Homework.” Stanford News, 16 Apr. 2016, news.stanford.edu/2014/03/10/too-much-homework-031014.
  • Western Governors University. “Stress in College Students: How To Cope.” Western Governors University, 8 Feb. 2021, www.wgu.edu/blog/stress-college-students-2019-how-to-cope1902.html. 
  • Administrator. “Infographic: How Does Homework Actually Affect Students?” Oxford Learning, 16 June 2017, www.oxfordlearning.com/how-does-homework-affect-students.

 

Taking Action

What Can You Do?

Kowing what to do next after being faced with a large problem can be the hardest part. For many students in our education systems, it can feel impossible to feel for a way out of their stress, and that is where this presentation, my website comes in. As I mentioned earlier, there are many ways for teachers, parents or other students to help, so here are my ideas:

Listening:

The solution to every problem, is to begin by listening to those who need to be heard. In this case, its the students. I propose to schools who are concerned; set up a program to listen to your students concerns, maybe a help box if they would prefer to be anonymous, or a time for councilors to meet with students over there concerns.

Create visible change:

I deeply encourage all educators to take a look at the changes they’ve made and t think, ‘Is this a change my students will see and appreciate?’ Because often times, its hard to se any changes made, and can feel deeply reliving to students when they know that they are heard, and something is being done to help.

In the comments below: I invite visitors and fellow peers to share their own experiences with anxiety and homework, in order to better educate and learn from each other.

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