If you’re like most high school and/or college students, you’ve probably thought about ignoring your homework on at least one occasion. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve looked at your homework and thought to yourself, “Who came up with this and who actually needs to know that?” Well, the fact of the matter is that homework, even when it seems pointless, is typically one of the best ways for you to see if you actually understand the concepts that your teacher or professor has taught. This is because your homework will not only allow you to test your knowledge of the concepts that you have learned in class, but it will also allow you to identify the concepts that your teacher may focus on in your next class. This means that your homework can help you determine whether you understand the concepts that you have already learned and help you prepare yourself for the concepts that you are about to learn. It is important to note, however, that completing your homework may not be the only thing that you need to do to receive the full benefit of the assignments that your teacher or professor has given you, and there are a couple of things that you should do before you pass in your homework assignment.
- The first thing that you should do, as you’re going through your homework, is to make a list of the concepts and/or questions that you don’t fully understand. This is important because most teachers and professors will try to teach you a few basic concepts each day, so they can build on those concepts later. This means that you have to understand the basic concepts that the teacher or professor has taught you in each class to understand the more complicated concepts that you will learn in later classes. A list of the concepts and/or questions that you need to ask your teacher or professor about, as a result, will help you make sure that you get the extra help you need to understand the concepts you don’t understand.
- The second thing that you should do is look over each of your homework assignments and the notes that are related to those homework assignments before you go to class. This is important because your homework will typically cover the concepts that you need to know for your next class, and it is important for you to make sure that your notes cover all of the major concepts that your teacher may build upon in your next class (especially when your homework requires you to read a specific section of a textbook).