For me, same as dark_glaive I also hear complains especially in our class. Our class is different from the others. We are more advance than the others classes. You'll always hear complains especially when we're given a foot long assignment in all subject (almost everyday) to be passed tom. Sure it is a hell, cause when I got home I have nothing to do just grab some pen and paper and work as long as I can. I dont even have time to eat. I think just what my adviser had said "when you got nothing to do instead of chatting to others, why dont you go straight to the library and do your homework".
Thats what I do, so things didn't turn out that hard on me, especially to my assignment.
I also think teachers will not give you mountains of homework if you cant do it yourself. (Some are just copying from others) I'd say they believe us and so they give us homework coz they know we can do it.