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From The Junior Secondary Co-Ordinator With Jess Batey

11/06/2015
From The Junior Secondary
Co-Ordinator
With Jess Batey
 
 
Improving your Child’s Results 
 
The assessment period has quickly crept up on us and parents often ask how they can help their children improve their marks at school. As well as excellent effort and behaviour at school, study is a great strategy for helping children to get the marks they really want. The following tips are from psychologist, Andrew Fuller (for more info, feel free to visit his website: www.andrewfuller.com.au):
 
  1. Study in silence – spending at least 20 minute periods without noise, music, phones, etc. will improve the quality of study. Fuller says that this helps students to replicate the conditions in which they’ll sit the exam. 
  2. Organise and transform the information you want to learn – reading over notes repeatedly is not an effective way to remember information. Creating flowcharts, flash cards or posters is suggested to have better results. For more creative students, putting study notes into a song is a fantastic way to remember information.
  3. Put off the fun stuff – as challenging as it may be, Fuller suggests that students should put off their favourite activities until after their study is complete. Children can reward themselves for their hard work with time on their favourite game, sport or activity after their study session.
  4. Talk yourself through the steps involved – one of the things that successful students do is talk themselves through the steps required. This helps to reiterate processes and any uncertain parts become clearer. 
  5. Ask for help – teachers and parents want students to be successful. Students are encouraged to ask questions and book a time in with their teacher for a little extra help.
  6. Take notes – write down things that you think you might forget. Writing it in your own words is a great idea too.  Instead of relying on what your teacher tells you to write, put your own ideas down on paper too. 
  7. Set priorities – use the Student Success Journal to look at due dates to help with prioritising. This will help students to make decisions about how much work they need to do each day and keep on top of all assessment.
  8. Set study times – if study times are a solid part of your routine, you will be surprised at how well study happens. This stops parents from having to nag and creates a positive culture of studying and success. 

 

At Toolooa, all students have a Student Success Journal, which has all their due dates written into it. Encourage your child to show you their due dates so that you can work together towards success and improvement. 

Remember that maths tutoring is run every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 3pm until 4pm, which is an excellent opportunity for students to get some expert help with their maths study.

 
Jess Batey
Head of Department – Junior Secondary