Study skills and homework

In order for your son to thrive during his academic journey, his education cannot be limited to what takes place at school. Both homework and study are required to supplement his education in order for him to reach his full potential.
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Motivating your son to do his homework

Boys can have mixed feelings about homework. Although there aren’t too many students who get excited about homework, it is essential to supplement classroom learning and forms an integral role in a child’s learning. Homework allows students to practise what they have learnt in class, to sharpen their time management and preparation skills, to acquire research skills and much more.

While he may lack enthusiasm, you can still motivate your son to do his homework. By working together and establishing the right space, system and home support, you can actually make homework fun for your child. Ultimately, this will help your son to reap the rewards of diligence and dedication to homework and to study. Discover our tips for encouraging healthy homework habits for teens.

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Study tips

Complementary to homework, effective study also plays a key role in a boy’s academic success. Your son can maximise his study time by implementing study techniques proven to work for boys. This includes techniques such as being organised, developing a routine, staying motivated, taking the time to rest and go outdoors, and to discover his own personal learning style. You can further help your son develop strong study habits by creating an efficient homework and study space.

Learning to study effectively is significant, according to former Trinity students who shared their study tips. One of them advised: “I am a firm believer of working smart, not hard. When I was studying, I knew what was required to obtain the mark I wanted, and so I was able to achieve what I wanted while putting in a reasonable amount of time and effort.”

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Managing time

A boy lives a full life. In addition to seven hours of school, five days a week, homework, study, sports, co-curricular activities, jobs, friends and having leisure time, finding time to study can be tricky. In these moments, it’s important to ensure that your son has sufficient time to invest in his schooling. Read our tips on how to establish a good school routine

The key to academic success is good organisation and time management skills. Developing a strategy for managing study time will prove to be helpful. Teach him to manage priorities by helping to plan a schedule that includes time for productivity and is devoid of distractions. It’s also helpful that you teach your son to learn how to say no, understand his limits and to ask for help when required. If your son can manage his study time and prioritise his various responsibilities and commitments, he is setting himself up for success.

For one Trinity student, being able to manage his time effectively has allowed him to flourish as he navigated the challenges of school.

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Examinations

Exam periods can be particularly stressful, with boys often feeling increased pressure. Leading up to this period, it’s important to develop a strategy to allow your son to effectively prepare for his exams. As parents, you play a key role in supporting your son through his exam period by helping him to plan and prepare, reminding him to rest, keeping him mentally fit and managing his stress levels through the exam season. Read more to find out how you can support your child through Year 12.

Whether it’s preparing for the HSC or your support will help maximise his time studying for exams.

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Finding balance

Examinations, assessments, social status and co-curricular commitments may cause your son to feel overwhelmed and even stressed during the school year. Stress is the feeling we have when we are under pressure. It’s easy for your son to feel pressure to succeed, to achieve great results or to be accepted by his peers.

If your son is showing signs of stress, such as emotional outbursts or negative changes in behaviour, it is worth having a conversation with him to help him learn to deal with pressure. Have frequent conversations about stress and the solutions to implement when he is feeling overwhelmed. Let him know that it’s okay to take a break and relax when things are stressful.

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Parental support

As parents, involvement in your son’s academic success is important, but how involved should you be in his education? When should you step up, and when should you take a step back? Knowing how involved you should be can be difficult to determine – you want your son to feel supported, but at the same time you want him to develop independence. Supporting children with homework can be particularly challenging. 

Striking a balance is the key to improving your son’s learning. From limiting your son’s screen time, making sure he’s getting enough sleep, giving him feedback on his progress and helping him play to his strengths, it is through open communication with your son that you can find the appropriate involvement in his education.

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Holiday learning

The holiday period provides a fantastic time to rest and relax but can also be a great opportunity for your son to continue his learning. Your son’s education doesn’t necessarily have to stop during the holidays – you can find a balance between study and rest during the break. Establishing a balanced study schedule during the holidays is key.

Make the most of long car journeys by playing educational games on your road trip. Where appropriate, you can even do backyard experiments amongst other things to keep your boys busy during the holidays.

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Useful apps

With the quality of technology available to boys today, there are plenty of ways for your son’s education to be enhanced through smartphone and computer applications. There are many apps that will benefit your son’s learning – from vocabulary apps for early learners, apps that support teenage learning and apps for children with dyslexia.