Readers are Leaders

Mr Andrew Stark – Head of Libraries

Last Monday evening, the third and final Parent Study Skills presentation occurred. While the previous session focused on the research process and the importance of correct academic referencing, the final session introduced parents to the all-important Library web-page and its associated online resources and databases.

Using reliable, authoritative online resources for academic work is crucial and parents were encouraged to remember: “Don’t be proud, use the Blue Cloud” as they were introduced to the vast array of excellent online databases accessible to all member of TSS Community via the LibGuides blue cloud icon on Parent Portal.

After a brief introduction on how to access the content (via Parent Portal and MyTSS) parents were introduced to the School’s collection of online newspapers and the extensive collection of internationally recognised databases. Specific focus was given to: ANZRC, Broadway HD, ELibrary, Gale Student Resources and the Gale Virtual Reference Library, InformitTV, JSTOR and the Study Skills Handbook. All these databases host excellent content that will support each aspect of every TSS boy’s academic needs. The Study Skills Handbook also includes some exceptional tutorials and support materials on study techniques, time management and preparing for assessment tasks. The parents who attended now have a solid understanding of the resources available to their sons and will, I hope, have fond memories of our very special Blue Cloud!

The presentation is available via both the link below and the ‘Presentations and Tutorials’ tab on the library web-page (LibGuide). Year_10_and_11_Parents_2019_Session_Three_Online_Resources

It was a very busy Monday this week as the Senior Library also hosted all the Year 7s for a series of presentations on Time Management. Naturally, how to reduce distractions was included in the discussion. Most students may not realise that, if they check their phone every five to ten minutes throughout the day, they risk being distracted by this device over 6000 times in a semester. More alarmingly – if it takes around ten seconds to refocus on a task after checking your phone, you could be wasting close to 16 hours a semester doing so!

Lastly, we are hoping the next TSS and St Hilda’s Philosophy and Reading Club meeting will be held at HOTA on Saturday 9th November to attend the NTL (National Theatre of London) film presentation of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Start time is still to be confirmed but probably 4.30pm for a 6pm viewing. More details to follow.

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