The key to academic success is effort and perseverance. Regular homework and structured study go a long way toward enhancing academic performance.
Here’s how you can make an efficient home study space in your home:
1. Distraction free zone
This can be hard to achieve! For older children we suggest a dedicated study space away from social zones and highly trafficked areas in the house, such as the kitchen or living area. It’s also good to avoid televisions, music, phones and devices that are not essential for homework and study. However, younger children who need help will require a centrally located space such as the kitchen bench or dining table so that you can help them out as you move through your daily routines.
It’s important to encourage good posture as children can develop aches and pains in their back or neck from spending hours at a desk or computer. A comfortable, ergonomic chair set up for optimum posture (computer at eye level and back straight) is best.
3. Large desk
Children need a large surface area to allow them to spread out materials and homework notes. Select a large desk to allow plenty of room and ensure everything is within easy reach. This minimises distractions as all resources can be found quickly and easily.
4. Study folders and supplies
A clean and organised study area enhances focus and minimises interruptions. Try to minimise clutter. Younger children should be able to access all their supplies easily. Organise pencils, erasers, glue sticks etc in containers and have plenty of paper on hand. Older children should have separate files or folders for each subject, with neat and organised notes and resources easily accessible.
Ensure the homework space is well lit but not too bright. Natural light can aid wellbeing and productivity and improve creativity and learning. However, to avoid distraction, desks should be orientated away from windows.
There are several other factors that can influence homework productivity. A healthy balance of recreation and study is required. Children need time to unwind after a day at school, it’s not necessary to start homework straight away. They’ll work better if they have a short break for play or recreation first. Food is also important! Snacks can be a huge distraction while studying and no one works well on an empty stomach.
No matter how old your children are, it’s important that they know you’re available to help them out if required. Asking questions is essential for developing critical thinking skills.
Recently there has been some debate about the necessity of homework, particularly in the primary years. However, there are several reasons why homework is important:
- Regular homework from the primary years establishes good study habits so that boys are well prepared for independent study once they reach middle and senior school.
- Additional reading and reflection enhances learning and leads to a deeper understanding and knowledge.
- Homework introduces time management skills and teaches children the importance of self-discipline, working to deadlines and using their own initiative – all important life skills.
- Homework reinforces what is learned in the classroom and prepares students for upcoming topics, improving knowledge and confidence in learning.
- Homework allows children to make real life connections to their learning.
Trinity Grammar School offers an extended hours study programme, giving students the chance to share a meal with the boarding community and receive academic mentoring from Old Boys under the supervision of Library and teaching staff.
For over a hundred years Trinity has educated boys in mind, body and spirit, and we are constantly evolving our teaching methods to ensure our boys receive the best education possible. Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we aim to know, understand and nurture every student to help them realise their potential, passions and purpose in life.
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