How much time should my son spend studying each night? I think this must be the most frequently asked question parents will ask as their son moves into the Senior School.
As a guide, our expectation for homework/study in Senior School is:
- Year 10: 15 hours a week
- Year 11: 15-20 hours a week
- Year 12: 20 plus hours a week
Guides are useful, but a more critical measure is to ask how effectively the time is being used? Your son needs to know what to study and have clear goals about what he wants to achieve in each study session.
Study skills have to be developed and at Trinity our approach is to embed age appropriate strategies for developing study skills throughout the School.
We also encourage parents to talk to their son about how he can improve on his current study habits. One idea that works for boys is to float the idea of setting a study personal best (PB). What is your son’s current personal best for the amount of time he can spend studying? You might like to help him improve his PB.
If your son is struggling to stay on task and improve his PB, try these ideas:
- Set a timer and make a deal that he doesn’t get up until the timer goes.
- A food break after an agreed period of time might also be an effective motivator.
- Make sure he has a water bottle with him so there is one less reason for him to get up from the desk.
- If you have more than one child studying, you might be able to have them channel some sibling rivalry and see who can improve their PB the most during a week. An appropriate reward (again food is a good motivator for boys!) could be given to the child with the best PB.
Your son will not be able to move from no or little study to doing two hours or more a session overnight. This is why the idea of PBs can be helpful. Gradual improvement over time will yield the required results.
And don’t forget the power of talking with teachers if your son needs more assistance.
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