# Lesmurdie Senior High School

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```					                             Lesmurdie Senior High School
‘Thriving in a nurturing environment’
Study and Organisation Workshop
Friday 9 March 2012

What is the difference between homework and study?

REFLECTION
Answer each of the following: (Tick if you agree and cross if you disagree)

I have a quiet place at home to study                    If so where?

I have clear goals of what I would like to               If so, what is your key goal?
achieve at school this year

I understand regular study will help me to
achieve at school

I have a study timetable and use it

My parents/carer have seen study timetable

I have commitments other commitments (eg                 If so, what are they?
on football team/ horse riding)

I have clear goals of what I would like to               If so, what is your key goal?
achieve after I leave school

Being committed to achieve at school will help
me to achieve my goal when I leave school

I will use my study timetable for the rest of the        If not, what will stop you using it?
year
How to ‘Study’ in …
English

Maths

Science

S&E
How to ‘Study’ in …

LOTE

The Arts

T&E

HPE
My Week

Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday    Thursday   Friday   Saturday   Sunday
8.30 - 9.30am

9.30 - 10.30am

10.30 – 11.30am

11.30 – 12.30pm                      SCHOOL
12.30 – 1.30pm

1.30 – 2.30pm

2.30 – 3.30pm

3.30 – 4.00pm

4.00 – 4.30pm

4.30 – 5.00pm

5.00 – 5.30pm

5.30 – 6.00pm

6.00 – 6.30pm

6.30 – 7.00pm

7.00 – 7.30pm

7.30 – 8.00pm

8.00 – 8.30pm

8.30 – 9.00pm

9.00 – 9.30pm

9.30 – 10.00pm

10.00 – 10.30pm
Using a Study Log

Study logs allow students to keep a track of the parts of each course that they have studied and the
areas they found difficult to understand.

An example may look like:

Course Study Log

Course: ______________________________________________

Date                             Material studied                                    Completed
28 Feb     Fractions : Adding and subtracting                                              
29 Feb     Fractions: Multiplying                                                          
1 March    Fraction Dividing                                                              X
6 March    Fractions to percentage                                                       XX

The study log is a three column table that should take the whole page (full copy over the page for
you!)
You should have a different Study Log for each subject you study.

Some things to notice:

   Each session of study is recorded.
   The material of each study session is clearly identified in the “Material Studied” column.
   The “completed” column allows students to annotate whether they completed the study on a
particular set of material.
   A  indicates that a set of material has been competed and understood.
   A X indicates that a set of material has not been completed or was not understood.
   Entry for 6th March indicates the student did not master ‘fractions to percentages’ in two study
sessions, but mastered it on the third. Perhaps they saw their teacher for assistance which
helped them understand it in the third study session.

The study log allows you to identify areas you struggled with so that you can revisit those topics in
future study sessions. BUT do not forget to also revise the topics you may have had less trouble with!

REMEMBER Exams test all the work you have covered.
Semester 1 Exams                 Week 11 Term 2
Semester 2 Exams                 Week 6 Term 4
Course Study Log

Course: ______________________________________________

Date                      Material studied              Completed
LESMURDIE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

‘Thriving in a nurturing environment’

HOMEWORK and STUDY POLICY

The Lesmurdie Senior High School community recognises the value and importance of
homework and study as integral to supporting students to thrive and achieve to their
full potential.

Homework/Study bridges the gap between learning at school and learning at home. It
reinforces work done in class. It helps develop skills such as research and time
management. Homework/Study helps to establish the habits of study, concentration
and self-discipline. Parents/caregivers have the opportunity to see and monitor the
progress of their child. Homework/Study provides opportunities for consolidation and
has the potential to challenge and stimulate students.

The effective use of the Student Homework Diary is critical to students maintaining a
regimented homework and study routine. Students are required to write due dates
immediately in class to ensure they meet deadlines.

Homework should:

 Be appropriate for each student’s age and ability
 Be interesting, challenging, and where appropriate open-ended
 Be purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the curriculum
 Be assessed by teachers with feedback and support provided
 Take into account students’ other commitments, such as sport, part-time
employment and home responsibilities and
 Take into account technology such as email and the Internet so that student’s
without access are not disadvantaged.

Study

Study is self-directed revision of class work, allowing for material to be reviewed and
consolidated so that long term learning is enhanced. This can include concepts taught
in class and long term review of concepts. An example is a concept learned in
Mathematics in Term 1 or a text studied in English.
Types of Homework

Practice Exercises help students to remember and practise newly acquired skills –
such as memorising mathematical rules, essay writing, reading for pleasure, practising
and playing a musical instrument.
Preparatory Homework requires students to source and read background information
to prepare them for future lessons on a specific subject- such as reading background
material for history.
Extension Assignments encourage students to pursue knowledge individually and
imaginatively. Assignments may include writing a book review, researching local news
or retrieving items from the Internet.
Completion of missed or unfinished work.

Purpose of Homework/Study

   Allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class
   Provides training for students in planning and organising time
   Develops a range of skills in identifying and using information resources
   Establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline which will serve the
student for the rest of their lives
   Strengthens home-school links
   Reaffirms the role of parents and caregivers as partners in education
   Provides parents and caregivers with insights into what is being taught in the
classroom and the progress of their children and
   Challenges and extends all children

Recommended Time

In order for students to achieve to their full potential at school, students should devote
time to homework/study on a regular basis.

The recommended minimum times are:
Year 8   1 hour per night for 5 nights a week
Year 9   1½ hours per night for 5 nights a week
Year 10  2 hours per night for 5 nights a week
Year 11  3 hours per night for 5 nights a week
Year 12  3 hours per night for 5 nights a week

Expectations
Students can help themselves by:

 Writing down all details of homework they are set in their school homework diary
(including due dates)
 Being aware of the importance of homework/study
 Being aware of the school’s homework/study policy
 Ensuring homework is of a high standard
 Completing homework to a high standard within the given time frame
 Alerting parents or caregivers to homework/study expectations
 Seeking assistance from teachers and parents or caregivers when difficulties
arise
 Organising their time to ensure that sufficient time is given to completing
homework within set deadlines - not leaving work until the ‘last minute’
 Organising their time to ensure sufficient time to study prior to assessments and
exams, and
 Review aspects or concepts on a regular basis and setting up an appropriate
Study Program.

Teachers can help their students by:

 Explaining to students and their parents or caregivers the purpose and benefits
of homework
 Ensuring students and parents or caregivers are aware of the school’s
homework policy
 Providing quality homework activities related to class work
 Setting a suitable amount of relevant homework which is appropriate to the
ability of each student
 Ensuring that students are aware of what is expected of them, and how their
work will be assessed
 Giving students sufficient time to complete their homework, taking into account,
as far as possible, competing home obligations and extracurricular activities
along with homework set by other teachers
 Marking homework promptly and appropriately, maintaining homework records
and providing feedback to students and parents or caregivers
 Alerting parents or caregivers of any developing problems concerning their
children’s homework and suggesting strategies that they can use to assist their
children with their homework and
 Clearly identifying how homework relates to the formal assessment program.

Parents and caregivers can assist by:

 Taking an active interest in homework/study
 Ensuring that there is time set aside for homework/study
 Encouraging and supporting students to complete homework/study
 Providing, where possible, a dedicated place and desk for homework/study
 Encouraging their children to read and take an interest in current events
 Assisting teachers to monitor homework by signing completed work where
requested and being aware of the amount of homework set
 Communicating with teachers any concerns about the nature of homework and
their children’s approach to homework
 Alerting the school to any domestic or extracurricular activities which may need
to be taken into consideration when homework is being set or corrected and
 Monitoring Student Diary.
How to set up and execute an effective study
program
Getting good grades is not an impossible feat but it requires dedication and a working structure.
Contrary to popular opinion doing well in school is not just a case of study and recall but is the
result of a interaction between mental, physical and emotional well being

PERPARE THE STUDY AREA

Note : Ensure you are well relaxed before attempting to study .If you are at home ,you should probably get
something to eat and have a bath before settling in to study .You are likely to assimilate more if you are

Study in an ample illumination

This relaxed positions should include being in a well lighted area which does not cast shadows on the page
you are reading. The area however should not be too bright as this will result in an inability to focused and
undue strain on the eyes as would result if the are is not lighted. To solve the problem of lighting, use a desk
lamp with an energy saver bulb of less than 60 W as anything more might generate too much heat and make
the study area too uncomfortable

Use a comfortable desk and chair

Another component of the study space that needs to be regulated is the chair and position in which you study.
If possible study sitting up in an ergonomic chair ,once again must not be too hard or too soft -too soft will
make you sluggish and too hard will give you back pains.

WARNING : Never study lying down as this will put you to sleep especially if you are tired .

Eat before studying but give sufficient time for digestion

Make sure you eat before attempting to study as the brain like any other organ of your body needs sustenance
to function .However you should avoid heavy meals as this will divert blood form the brain to the digestive tract
and result in reduced ability to assimilate what you are studying .In addition avoid fast food and snacks as this
will make you too energetic and detract form your focus .I would suggest a twenty to thirty minute break after
eating.

Study in a quiet area or low intensity music

It is only logical that you need quiet in order to focus. Consequently find a quiet area or close the door of your
room before studying. Some people may need music in order to study .If so, use low tempo music like Jazz
and R and B. Avoid hard rock and loud alternative tracks however the music shouldn't be too soothing it
makes you want to sleep

Study for short sessions

The adult concentration span is about 45 minutes and this means that the rate of absorption of any information
beyond that period is greatly reduced.

Set up a timetable

A timetable helps you organize your study session and ensures that you don't spend too much time on any
one subject. One method is to use a study timetable the same as the subjects you had at school that day. This
will ensure you revise all subjects while they were still fresh in your mind.
Tips to maximize assimilation of study material

1. Try to get as much from the classes as is possible .This means participating in class by asking questions
and NEVER LEAVE class without ensuring that you understand all that was taught in class because any
concept you don't understand in class will be made worse when you get home and then you will not be able to
get help

2. Use flash cards .Flash card are small cards are versatile copies of your notes that you enable you to study
just about anywhere. You could be studying while you are on the bus or standing in a line to pay your utility
bills. Flash cards are useful in that they force you to assimilate the information and be able to summarize

3. Use memory gems or songs to help you remember what you have studied in a manner that is more fun than
just reading and recalling your notes. In order for this technique to work you will have to put your notes to a
popular song .Memory gems are cool ways of remembering information especially those contained in lists for
example if you were studying the following list :

Gorillas
Gazelles
Eels
Foxes
Bats
Monkeys
Goats
Hares
Tigers
Panthers

A nice memory gem would have been Good Girls Enter Freely but Mean Girls Have to Pay

4. Use association that is try relating what you are studying with something that you are familiar with .For
example if you asked a question in class and at that point your best friend hit you in the back try to use that
incident to remember the answer that the teacher gave.

5. Try to use the knowledge you have learned in practical ways around your house For example if you learned
about germination in class then a nice way to ensure that you really understood it would be to actually try
growing some seeds in your back yard garden.

6. Try teaching others what you have learned .Teaching others helps you to get a firm grasp of the concepts
involved and talk about it with your friends and families .Families are a very helpful way to test your knowledge
because if you can teach people who are unfamiliar with a subject content that you have learned it is likely that
you have firmly grasped the knowledge

7. Periodically check yourself for information that you have studied – this means to recall information you
studied two days before .Many people make the fundamental mistake of studying a topic and forgetting to
check to see how much was actually recalled opting instead to wait until test time and only to find that very
little was recalled

8. Leave your mobile phone in another room, turned off or on silent. This will avoid the temptation to check
any messages you receive.

9. Only use your computer for study based activities. Otherwise turn it off. It is too tempting to check