Readers are Leaders

Andrew Stark – Head of Libraries

We all like to see our boys achieving their academic best at school. Knowing how to work efficiently can help students navigate the demands in secondary school in a stress-free way. Here are five top tips for boys to help them make the most of work time at school and at home.

  1. INDEPENDENT LEARNING: This requires discipline because it is the work you do when you have no homework.
  2. WORK SMART: Don’t work in front of the TV, switch off your phone and Facebook. Work in half hour blocks and focus only on your schoolwork during that half hour block.
  3. BE ORGANISED AND PLAN: Have an organised space to work in, record homework in your diary, keep track of completed work and reschedule work not done. When you are told about a test or an assignment – plan ahead do it is not a rush at the end.
  4. ASK FOR HELP EARLY: If you don’t understand something, ask for help. If there isn’t time in class see your teacher before or after class or during the break times. No-one expects you to do things on your own. The after school Study Gym program is a great place to start.
  5. LEARN HOW TO STUDY PROPERLY: The main things to remember about studying for a test are: make study notes or summaries first, learn these notes not just by reading but by testing yourself on them and practise as many different questions as you can.

For more information on some great study tips click HERE to visit the Study Skills Handbook.

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Reminder – TSS and St Hilda’s Philosophy and Reading Club meeting will be held at St Hilda’s on Monday 12 June from 3.45pm to 6.15pm. The theme is ‘Political Correctness’. Boys are also required to have read a book and be prepared to present an issue from that book for the group to discuss. See library staff for more details.

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