That's a tough question, whether it's worthy or not. I think it would definitely work for homework. It doesn't get spotlight bright, but it lights up papers I have on a stand next to my computer. I think its best "quality" is that it doesn't get hot. So if you're in a room prone to getting stuffy, this won't add any heat to the equation, which can be beneficial. I think a light with a "gooseneck" that can be bent to exactly how you want it would be a bit more helpful. I'd say $30 would be the "right" price for this lamp, but that's a gut feeling. I'm very curious to see if the $25-$30 competition is just as good. Maybe try one of those, and if it's not bright enough, return it and get this one? Hope that helps a little.