Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Pros and Cons of Study Halls

article by Fiona Greem
edited by Caitlynn McAllister

     The definition of a study hall is the period of time in a school curriculum set aside for study and the preparation of schoolwork. Basically, a place where hard-working students go to get their work done, catch up on their studies, or even just take a much-needed break. While there are many positives that may come from school study halls, there are also some negative outcomes too.

     There are many student-athletes in each and every school. That’s why it’s important to offer study halls as an option for kids to get their work done. Some pupils just don’t have the time in their day to finish their homework assignment(s). Whether they play a sport, an instrument, or take part in other after-school activities they need more time in order to complete their work. While there may be an advisory class where they can get some work done. It is not enough. Advisory is only forty minutes, and if you have a full schedule of classes and work to do, it just won’t be much help. Especially, considering advisory time for most students is when they have to go to some of their classes to get work done or make something up. Or maybe they have an art class and they need to go and finish a project there. What are they supposed to do when they can’t get all there work done? Go to a study hall, that’s what.

     Some students take on too many classes and have too much work so that they can’t handle it. Yes, they could choose to drop some of their classes. This may help them. Although, why have students learn less material when they could just take a study hall. For instance, I asked freshman Emily Gary how she felt about study halls. Firstly, she takes all accelerated classes, as well as an accelerated Sports Biology class meant for sophomores. She stated

     Unfortunately, study halls are not always used properly. Some students take advantage of the extra time to do their work, while others see it as a time to be social with their peers.

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