Is your son about to head into Year 11 or 12? You may think that the demands of the HSC or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma will mean that your son should cut back on his extra-curricular activities in order to focus on his academic education to achieve the desired results. Well, think again!
Trinity’s 2015 top ranking Year 12 students are testament to the fact that the benefits of managing extra-curricular activities in senior school, can impact academic results in a positive way – watch them talk about it here.
Director of the International Baccalaureate at Trinity Grammar School, Peter Goetze said, “At Trinity what we find is that those boys who maintain co-curricular activities throughout the senior years, often do better than their counterparts with more ‘free time’, as it forces them to be disciplined, to learn essential time management skills, and to study effectively in the limited time they have. We tend to find that the more boys do, the better the results.”
Time management and organisation
When your son has more than a couple of extra-curricular commitments, juggling them with academics forces him to manage his time effectively. Given his time outside the academic environment is limited, your son must schedule his time to study in a very structured way, encouraging a disciplined approach.
Trinity recommends that boys have a weekly timetable which includes not only School classes, but extra-curricular activities and specific study periods. It should also include free time and meal breaks. By planning which subjects will be studied and when, your son can be prepared, and focus solely on the planned activity. Knowing that they have limited time, boys tend to be more focussed and use their time more effectively.
Ensuring a well organised study area with well-prepared notes will also aid with time management and study effectiveness. By being organised your son will be able to launch straight into study without having to find resources, locate study materials, or decide which areas to focus on.
Stress relief and relaxation
Many of our boys find extra-curricular activities provide a welcome break from academic studies, allowing them to focus on physical rather than mental exercise. Or in the case of music, drama, media production and art, exercising the left side of the brain more than the right. Boys who engage in extra-curricular activities find that they often help reduce stress through physical exertion, by interacting with class mates, or through the uplifting influence of creating music or art, which can all result in making them feel refreshed rather than exhausted.
Skills learned on the field, during drama classes, or while practicing music for example, can often be applied to academic studies, and vice versa. Extra-curricular activities can provide your son with the headspace and clarity needed for an academic concept to fall into place, and improve his learning capabilities.
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