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Study: More homework isn’t always the quickest way to higher grades

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Mar 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-24 12:38:56-04

RICHMOND, Va — Researchers reached a conclusion that many parents may have heard first from their teenage students: a new study found too much homework can actually be a bad thing. The American Psychological Association published a study looking at 8,000 teenage students. Researchers found the students did the best when teachers assigned homework regularly, and about an hour of it a night.

After 70 minutes of homework, though, the standardized test results began to drop off, indicating a decrease in the benefit.

Scientists also found students benefited the most from homework when they completed it independently, without getting help from their parents.