Simple rephrasing of language can help to re-orientate ourselves about the way in which we think about home learning as distinct from homework. Hattie’s research shows that home learning does have an increasing impact on student outcomes as young people move through secondary school. For younger students, engagement in reading and regular use of mathematics, including speed and accuracy in recall of number facts, also builds capacity.
Revisiting and consolidation of learning completed in the day helps to build patterns in the mind. Revisiting material repeatedly over an extended period also helps to build retention. Building effective study habits is an important part of the middle and senior years’ experience. As in all areas of life, the Goldilocks Principle of just the right amount and the right type of home learning is important. Our Pacific staff are mindful in guiding young people to build capacity and progressively take greater responsibility for their home learning in an age appropriate manner.