Does a gap exist between how much time students spend on homework and how much time teachers expect them to spend on homework? And what about the time students spend on each class assignment for online snow days?
Based on a recent survey of 100 Bullis students, they were asked how much time they spend on homework on an average night and on an average weekend. They were also asked how much time they spent on schoolwork on Bullis’s most recent snow day on Wednesday, January 30th.
The survey results showed that on an average school night 78% of the students spent between 30 minutes and 3 hours on homework. Most of these students spent between 1 and 2 hours on their work. The range of time students spent was anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours.
It is important to understand that these statistics might not fully reflect how much time a student spends on homework during a weeknight, because of many students also complete homework during their extra instruction, study hall, enrichment, or on a bus going home. However, it provides some important information on how diverse Bullis student study habits are.
The survey also showed that on an average weekend, 86% of students recorded spent between 30 minutes and 4 hours on homework. The majority of these students spent 2 to 3 hours on their work.
For homework assignments, teachers are only allowed to assign 30 minutes of homework a night. With a full schedule of 6 classes, not including a study hall, this means that the maximum amount of time a student should spend on homework should not exceed 180 minutes.
It is also interesting to look at the amount of time a student spends on schoolwork during an online school day. Students in the survey were asked how much time they spent on assigned schoolwork on our January 30th online snow day. The responses ranged from 30 minutes to 6-plus hours and were relatively evenly spaced across that spectrum. The largest group of students spent 2 to 3 hours on school work that day.
While a snow day is a day that everyone celebrates when they get that text around 7:20 AM, the truth is revealed once the teachers post their classwork for the day. Each teacher posts a “30-minute assignment” for the classes that meet that day. However, many students wonder how a teacher can determine a 30-minute assignment since not all students work at the same pace. The responses to that question would suggest that some students complete far less than the 30 minutes per class and others spend more than two times the 30 minutes assigned for each class.
This survey indicates that Bullis students vary widely in the time they commit to homework and online schoolwork. Some seem to spend too little, and others seem to spend a very long time. The survey also suggests that a huge gap does not exist between teacher expectations about how much time students should spend on homework each night and how long they should spend completing online schoolwork, and what students are doing.