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HSC study survival guide: 7 quick tips

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 30, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The HSC can be a highly stressful time for students. Not only are they experiencing an increased work load, they are also experiencing pressure to succeed and anticipating the implications of their results.

Knowing how to help you son can be challenging, so we’ve created an HSC study survival guide with 7 quick tips to help your son through his HSC.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Improve learning, Study tips

Tips to help your son manage priorities

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Exams, assignments, music lessons, sporting commitments, and drama rehearsals. These are just some of the priorities your son has to manage on a daily basis, not to mention eating a balanced diet, enjoying time out with friends, quality time with family and sleep.

Managing priorities is all about time management; recognising your workload, acknowledging deadlines and knowing if/when you have spare time for additional commitments.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Trinity difference, Improve learning, Study tips

How to make homework fun in five simple ways

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Most parents can relate to the challenges that homework can present for children. It can require great powers of persuasion to encourage your son to sit down and focus on the task at hand. Wouldn’t it be great if there were ways and means to get your son to stop dreading homework?

Here are our helpful tips on how to make homework fun in five simple ways:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Homework, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Adolescence, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Boys learning, Study tips, Education

Midyear resolutions – how to set goals with your child

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 31, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Goal setting is a powerful skill that we should be actively teaching our children. It is a skill that will help them with self-control, self-efficacy and the confidence to achieve their dreams.

Midyear resolutions are a fabulous way to reboot and re-energise your mind, body and spirit. By reassessing the things that are important, your children will have new found motivation to take them through to the end of the year.   

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, All boys education, Fathering, Trinity difference, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Boys learning, Study tips, Education, International Baccalaureate, Mental health

Eight tips for helping your son through exam periods

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 3, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Exams provide an opportunity for your son to demonstrate his knowledge. They assess his learning, and provide necessary information about areas for improvement. While exams are a necessity, they can be tough – tough on your son and tough on your family.

Maintaining balance and ensuring a positive experience are key. Below are our eight top tips for helping your son through exam periods: 

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, All boys education, Improve learning, Boys learning, Study tips, Mental health

Five apps that could benefit your son's learning

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Many students have access to some sort of mobile viewing device. It may be an iPad, iPhone or an Android device. Many of these devices support a variety of different applications and understandably, parents often see them as big distractions to students who are supposed to be studying. However, there are many apps that can actually benefit your son’s learning. When you take a good look at what is available, you’ll be surprised to find a huge number of apps designed to assist in all aspects of your child’s learning.

Below are five apps that could benefit your son's learning:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Homework, Trinity difference, Improve learning, Technology, Boys learning, Study tips, Education

The challenges of school and how I manage them

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 12, 2017 6:00:00 AM

By Lewis Dobbin, Year 9 student, Trinity Grammar School

At Trinity Grammar School, there are many challenges that I as a student face, and they cover all aspects of my school life. Whether the challenges are social, academic, sport, or co-curricular, I have to be able to manage them so that I can enjoy school and succeed.

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Topics: Boys' education, Homework, All boys education, Trinity difference, Sport and boys, Improve learning, Study tips, Students

How students can use pressure to their advantage

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 30, 2016 6:00:00 AM
Students of today are under an ever increasing amount of pressure. They must dedicate time to study in order to reach academic goals, commit time to co-curricular activities such as sport, music, the arts and others, and maintain healthy relationships with friends and family. In Years 11 and 12 the pressure ramps up, leaving many students wondering how they are going to get through this busy time.  It is important to recognise that some pressure is beneficial, indeed essential. Stress can be classed as either good stress (eustress) or bad stress (distress). With an optimal amount of good stress students should reap the following benefits:
  • Bursts of energy through the release of adrenalin to cope with the task at hand (for example, exams).
  • Improved immunity – thought to come from improved heart performance providing protection against infection.
  • Increased focus – as epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol are released, blood pressure and heart rate increase causing the senses to focus more acutely.
  • Ability to meet daily challenges.
  • Working more effectively.
  • Motivation to reach goals.
Students can use pressure to their advantage by following these simple guidelines:

Recognise that not all stress is bad
Students must understand that some stress is needed in order for them to do what is required of them. By harnessing the positive aspects of stress, students can use stress to their advantage, rather than focusing on the negative which will increase stress levels.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Pastoral care, Study tips, Mental health

12 ways to manage stress during exams

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

While a small amount of stress can help your child to stay focused at exam time, too much stress can have the opposite effect, making him or her unmotivated and unable to concentrate.

The following symptoms will describe most teenagers at exam time. It is normal to experience some or all of them at these high pressure times.

Indications your child may be suffering stress include:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Pastoral care, Study tips, Mental health

Tips for helping your child stay mentally fit at exam time

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The purpose of exams are to provide an opportunity to demonstrate and assess what has been learned at school and through study.  It is not meant to stress your child out - but this is often what occurs. 

To keep your children well and in good mental and physical health, it is important to maintain balance. This can sometimes be a challenge when time pressures and various demands collide. Help your children to prioritise their commitments during an exam period by shifting revision and study to the forefront for a few weeks and providing flexibility for other commitments.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Raising boys, Adolescence, Boys learning, Study tips, Education

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