How Can I Help with Homework and Study?
Help with organisation right from Day 1
Set up a quiet area for work and study - a desk or table
Make sure it's away from TV, radio and anything else distracting
Check the light - is it comfortable and shining on the work area?
What is needed?
Paper (reinforced A4), pens, rulers, small note pads, plastic sleeves, files, punch, ring reinforcers, a dictionary on the desk
Make a timetable for school and after school
Set up a regular time for homework (1-1½ hours homework and study per night approx) - include sport, training and other commitments
The diary has a study schedule plan and hints to help make the plan
Pin the plan up above the desk
Timetables will change in Term 3 so make a new plan then
Study and Homework Routine
Help organise a regular routine for homework and study.
- Go to work/study area at the agreed time
- Check diary
- Write a list of work due and dates due (small white notepads are great for this)
- Write a list of work to do that night - do hardest things first
- Tick/cross out work done
- If there is no set homework - READ or STUDY in the set time - study means going over work and learning it
- Finished: * tidy up work area * tidy up files * pack bag for the following day
A regular routine really helps!
Files are a mess! How can I help?
Many students find it difficult to keep files organised. There are five main subjects - Health and Physical Education, English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, plus Maths and five\six elective subjects. That's a lot to organise.
There are two file choices: Lever Arch or Ring Binder.
Lever Arch Files
- Use file dividers ...clearly labelled with each subject
- Reinforce the holes with ring binders - they tear with use
- Use reinforced A4 paper
- Use plastic sleeves for worksheets or reinforce them - they come loose
- Date each page and worksheet used
- Write a title on each page eg "Society & Environment - Making Laws"
- Write on one side of the paper - it's easier to study from
- Writing notes, develop a pattern
- Put headings/main ideas near the margin
- Write notes further in
- Write one main idea on each line
- Number notes clearly
Tidy files each night - check paper supply and order
Clear out file when a unit of study is finished
Ring Binder Files - these are easier for students to organise, as they don't break as much
- Get three A4 ring binder files, use different colours
one Maths and Science -a file divider between
one English and Humanities and Social Sciences - file diver between
one Health Education and elective subjects - file dividers between
- Buy, label and reinforce the dividers - one for each subject
- Label files on the cover and spine
- Buy four A4 ruled and punched 7mm Tudor lecture pads for main subjects
- Label with subject and number each right-hand page (don't use back of each page)
- Buy two packets of plastic sleeves to store handouts
- Buy reinforced A4 paper for work which needs handing in
Set up main subjects
- File dividers and label for each subject
- Plastic sleeve for current worksheets
- A4 book for class work
- Sheets of paper for work that has to be handed in (5-10)
- Plastic sleeves for old worksheets and work (5)