Halloween edition: Homework that students don’t fear!

Haunted by Homework?

While October has been a month of spooky, scary Halloween fun, students won’t appreciate homework they’re afraid to attempt.

To make sure homework doesn’t scare your students, consider these three factors:

  1. Practice that doesn’t spook students

Why punish students for making mistakes on homework? If students fear failure, they may not even try. However, when provided with unlimited opportunities to succeed, they’ll feel less pressure and attempt the lesson work.

After all, learning is a process that must be practiced over and over again.

  1. Scare up detailed feedback

A textbook that just stares blankly back at students doesn’t always help students to truly comprehend the lesson content.

Detailed, step-by-step tutorials that walk students through problems and break the content down into manageable pieces allows students to interact with the lesson in a greater depth that will translate to better homework grades.

  1. Fear of failure

No one likes to fail, but it’s crucial to learning! And as students go through a trial and error process, they need feedback that really counts during those errors.

With error-specific feedback, students learn from their mistakes, rather than feel discouraged by them.

Hawkes Learning provides a penalty-free homework space for students that gives detailed feedback for incorrect answers. Students take advantage of key learning tools such as Explain Error, which anticipates and diagnoses specific errors. See the tool in action by watching this 3-minute video.


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