Published in the July 6 – 19, 2016 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Chinecherem Ndionyenma

Chinecherem Ndionyenma

Chinecherem Ndionyenma

Most teachers base a student’s grade off their homework. In my math class, if a student does all their homework for the school year, they can pass the class with a solid C.

This relates to the Developmental Asset #23 (Homework) because if a student can spend at least one hour doing homework, they can perform well in school.

I believe that everyone has potential in school, everyone has a chance to improve their grades in school and they can start by simply doing homework.

Homework is a review of what most people learned at school for the day because if a student does his/her homework for the day, he/she can better understand what they learned at school in their own special way.

When I was in middle school, I believed that homework was just another way for teachers to torture students or continue what we didn’t have time to learn. That all changed after the first semester of eighth grade when I got a GPA of 2.5.

My mum came in to see my teachers, especially my math teacher, because math was one of the subjects that I was failing.

My math teacher later explained to my mum that my grade was so low because I didn’t do my homework. After a long conversation with my mum that night, I actually started doing my homework.

After a week of doing my homework, the unit test came up. At first I was very scared of the test. But when I began to take the test, I realized that the test questions were all homework problems with different numbers on them. After that day, I continued to complete my homework. When the second semester ended, I passed eighth grade with a GPA of 3.5.

In conclusion, youth should really focus on their homework because it affects their grade and the quality of their learning comprehension more than they realize.

Chinecherem Ndionyenma is a member of the Morgan Hill Youth Action Council. He wrote this column for Morgan Hill Life.