The Need for Constant Reinforcement

Homework and revision may often seem like a tiring element of learning. However, revising and reinforcing each night the lessons and knowledge of the day can often benefit students.

While cramming for the exam or composing the essay in one hit eliminates time, there are few benefits for learning and processing of information.  Doing a little bit each night, rather than in one big block on the weekend, builds momentum. By allocating time each night, the student can process the information in smaller portions. With smaller bouts of knowledge covered, the likelihood of the student remembering and retaining the information is much higher than if a cram session was to be allocated for the night before.

Revising and reinforcing each night also leads to a sense of consistency for the student. Scheduling out time and days for specific subjects or tasks will not only enhance the learning process but also ensure that reinforcement is constantly occurring each week. This consistency in having specific days and subjects to cover each night, consequently, builds a routine. With both consistency and a routine, the student will be better engaged during the reinforcement of each concept.

An aspect of reinforcement that also contributes to the student’s learning process is the development of their confidence. In reinforcing each night, information is both processed and absorbed better. In knowing the theory and feeling a sense of achievement, confidence is restored. With this new sense of confidence, the student is equipped for the learning ahead; approaching each task with the help of revision and reinforcement. This helping hand of reinforcement each night in turn promotes engagement and participation within the classroom.

Going over everything each night is an important part of the learning process at school; however, the act of reinforcement can also be used in further studies. If the student begins to allocate time each night to go over the day’s work, the better prepared the student is not only for upcoming exams but for possible future studies. Unlike our favourite teachers, tertiary programs do not offer reminders of what should be completed on what day. Instead, it’s just a final due date. Getting in the habit of working on each subject each night then prepares students for possible further study.

By mapping out a plan each night and dividing each subject into smaller components of study, the student is participating in reinforcement. Revising and reinforcement can offer consistency and momentum for the student, creating a rhythm for learning. A better sense of confidence is achieved by the student, with the probability of engagement and participation increasing as a result. The importance of reinforcement of theories and tasks each night inevitably leads to a more prepared, engaged and confident student.