many senior students prepare to leave school at the end of this year
and embark on further education or a new career, a whole batch of
are preparing to join the ranks of the senior students next year.
students approach the senior years, they are expected to start taking
more responsibility for their own learning. For many students part of
is a realisation that they need to do their schoolwork for their own
sake, to keep options open for their own future – so they start to work
for themselves, not just because their teacher or parent says they have
to. Other students come to realise that in order
to cope with the increased workload in the senior years, they need to
work more efficiently at home and in the classroom, small changes like
changing who students sit next to can make a big difference to how much
work is completed in class.
for students who are commencing their senior studies next year, the
final term this year is important in taking stock of your approach to
and your studies. Do you work well in the classroom? Who do you sit next
to? What are your listening and research skills like? Do you have
systems in place to manage your homework and assignments? Do you know
how to study effectively and have you tried different
seems many students think they will wake up Day 1 of their senior
studies and suddenly have become a ‘super student’ overnight. This does
happen! Habits take at least a month to change – sometimes longer if
they are deeply ingrained.
So for those students commencing their senior studies next year, use the last weeks of school this year to:
Reflect on how you approach your studies. What do you do well, and
what do you need to work on changing? Perhaps choose the top 5 areas to
work on and write these on a card and place it somewhere at home where
you will see it regularly and be reminded.
Complete as many units as you can of www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.
This site can help you work out where your areas of weakness are and
teach you new skills to try in these areas. In particular, ‘Becoming a
Senior Student’. There is a great quiz in this unit that helps you see
how ready you are for senior studies This is also
a great way to work out where your areas of weakness lie.
You can find special software for blocking distractions on computers and phones in the Dealing with Distractions unit on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au
Students can access Study Skills Online via the QACI Virtual Library on Blackboard. Log on details are provided with the link or please speak with our Library staff.