Secondary Academics

Study Skills Tip – Time Management

Habits are incredibly powerful tools when used effectively. By deliberately using habits to help rather than hinder you, you can tap into this power.

Having a pattern or regular routine for your schoolwork is one of the best ways you can beat the ‘I don’t feel like doing anything’ blues.

Some of the good habits you want to develop are as follows.

  • Writing your homework into your diary every day.
  • Checking your diary when you get home each afternoon.
  • Deciding in what order you will do your homework that day.
  • Having set periods of time to work in each day.
  • Completing a minimum of twenty minutes to half an hour per subject every day of work at home.
  • Looking ahead in your diary to see what work may soon be due.

If you still feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do, stop for a moment and write a list of absolutely all the work that needs to be done.

Take the thoughts out of your head and put them onto paper because thoughts simply swirling around in your head cause unproductive worry.

Once you have it all down on paper then you can start to plan how to deal with the work. Use these headings:

  • URGENT: Needs to be done as soon as possible.
  • COMING UP: Assessments or assignments that you should start preparing for.
  • POSTPONE: Things that you simply don’t have enough time for now and can be left for the holidays or for when you have more time.

Then, next step:

  • Take the urgent tasks and write in your diary when you will do them.
  • Now take the tasks coming up and allocate those as well.
  • Each week update your list and make a new plan for the week in your diary.

NAPLAN Tests
All families with students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have received information about the NAPLAN tests that are taking place in week 4 this term. Students may be considered for exemption according to the guidelines in the letter. All other students are expected to sit these tests. Disability adjustments that reflect the normal level of support in the classroom can be provided. Access to disability provisions must be discussed with the learning support team and a parent or carer must sign the consent form. Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. If you wish to withdraw your child from the tests you must sign a parent/carer consent form. These are available from the School.

Additional information can be found at https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support

Please note, the College is continuing to sit paper tests in 2021.

Learning After School Centre
It is great to see students making use of this facility – please encourage your children to attend these sessions.

Where:
BTAC Library
When: Monday – Thursday 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

To assist students in completing homework, assessment tasks, get organised with general study routines, the Secondary School is starting a Learning After School Centre in the Library. Secondary staff are rostered on with Faculty based themes as follows (but secondary students are welcome to attend and complete any set work they have):

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Staff Member Week A – Science teacher TBC

Week B – Mr Brett Owers

Week A – Ms Elizabeth Feeney

Week B – Mrs Terri-Anne Smith

Week A – Ms Tara O’Sullivan

Week B – Miss Rachel Halpin

Mr Cliff Nixon
Focus Faculty Science Humanities Maths English

Ms Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary