Why do students fail to do their homework?

The main reason students do not complete homework is a lack of confidence that they will get it right – however, this is not what they will tell their teachers when they fail to hand in their work on time.

A survey of 2,000 secondary school students has found that they would rather make up excuses – such as not knowing the deadline – than admit they are unsure about the topic.

The study suggests that one in three (31 per cent) students regularly make excuses about homework and that as many as one in four pieces of homework are handed in late every day.

Taking into account all UK schools, this would add up to one million late pieces of homework a day across the country.

An average secondary school student gets six pieces of homework a week and spends an hour on homework every night according to the research. However, more than a third of the students do not believe that the homework they are set adds to their learning experience.

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