Study Skills – Parents

RECOMMENDED HOMEWORK AND STUDY TIMES

The recommended minimum amount of time for homework and study each day is as follows:


Year 7

Monday – Thursday

1 hour 

Weekend - 1 – 1 ½ hours

Year 8

Monday – Thursday

1 – 1 ½  hours

Weekend - 2 hours

Year 9

Monday – Thursday

1 ½

Weekend - 2 ½ hours

Year 10

A minimum of 2 - 2 ½ hours five times per week

Year 11

A minimum of 2 ½ hours five times per week



PARENT CONEQT

Parents can view assessments and homework in Parent Coneqt,  Teachers also use Parent Coneqt as a communication tool.  By viewing Parent Coneqt regularly parents can keep informed about their child’s progress.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STUDY AND HOMEWORK

If your child says they have no homework ask them to check ahead to see if they have completed all assignments,  If they have, ask them to do some revision.  Students frequently get confused with the term homework, and the term revision.

Homework is the work the class teacher has set for that evening or for a number of evenings of the week. It must be completed by the student for a specific time.  Assignments are extended pieces of work to be completed by the a set date.

Revision on the other hand is going over work that has already been covered in class in order to learn content and skills. This will assist students in preparation for tests and examinations. 

STUDY AREA

The importance of the study area should not be underestimated. A study space is critical to students’ ability to study effectively. After all, if they cannot concentrate, they certainly cannot expect to learn very well.

Tips for setting up an effective study area:

  • It needs to be a well-lit area
  • Make sure the study area is comfortable
  • It is very important to set up a desk, chair and use of technology in a way that will not harm your hands, wrists, and neck
  • The study space should be stocked with tools such as pens, pencils, mathematics equipment
  • The area needs to be free of distractions

  • USING THE INTERNET

    If your child is using the internet for school work it is recommended that they work in an area where you are able to keep an eye on what they are looking up on their computer. If your child is in Middle School this is very important.

    Often children say they are researching when in fact they are on Facebook, MSM or other social networking and messaging sites.

    For more tips and advice on being cyber-smart, go to cyber(smart:)

    SUPPORTING GOOD STUDY HABITS

    The following tips for parents may help your child develop good home study habits.

    Get involved in their homework, even if it is not welcome!  Ask questions such as:

  • What are you working on?
  • What do you need to get this done?
  • When does this have to be finished?
  • Do you need any help?
  • What did you do in each lesson today?
  • Ask them to teach you what they learnt today (this is a very good revision strategy)

  • Help them plan for the next day:

  • At the end of each day ensure the students have packed their school bag with all their necessary items.
  • Ask them if the have got any work due and if so, has it been done
  • Ask them what they are looking forward to the next day

  • EXTRA ASSISTANCE AT SCHOOL

    Homework Club is held every Wednesday and Thursday from 3.20pm – 4.30pm in the Learning Resource Centre except for the first and last week of each term.

  • Stay in touch with the school
  • Attend Learning Conversations and Parent Information Sessions
  • If you have concerns about a particular subject, speak to the subject teacher
  • For all other concerns contact your child’s House Tutor who can then direct your query to the necessary person
  • Use Parent Coneqt to message a teacher with concerns and/or queries. (do not rely on the child to relay accurate information)