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Friday, 17th August 2018
Kia ora tātou
Congratulations to the Mrs. Myhre and the members of the Concert Band who won a gold award in the recent KBB festival. Only 5 other schools across Auckland also gained a gold award, an outstanding achievement. Congratulations to everyone for their commitment and hard work to achieve this.
Thank you to the parents and students who are participating in the Board of Trustee’s community consultation discussion groups. These are happening next week and will form the basis of an online survey that will go out to our whole community later this term.
This week in assembly I spoke about study habits for exams. Our seniors sit their school exams in weeks 8 and 9 (next week is week 5) of this term. These exams are important for several reasons:
Students’ results in these exams will be used to calculate ‘derived grades’ for students who may miss a NCEA exam due to illness or other reason in term 4.
These exams let you, your child and his/her teacher know how well they are progressing in their externals.
These exams get students studying now for their final exams in term 4. Research shows that early revision is more effective than last minute cramming, so studying now sets our students up for success in term 4.
Our students value success and routinely work hard to succeed academically. They are also learning about how they study best and are able to try different ways of preparing for external exams. Hence we focus this term on guiding students to prepare effectively for their exams, and maintain their wellbeing through the process.
Effective study involves knowing:
WHAT TO STUDY
Check that your child ...
knows which external standards he will be assessed on in the school exams, and what the content of these standards is.
has prioritised which subjects or standards need the most attention (study time).
HOW TO STUDY
knows how questions will be asked in each standard. Each subject has a different approach. Get him/her to check with his/her teacher, or download past exam papers from the NZQA website.
knows how he/she studies best. Does he/she like to talk about his learning with others? Does he/she prefer to study quietly in his room? Does he/she like to draw mind-maps to remember ideas and concepts. Each student is different.
has all of his/her notes that he/she needs to study from, and has them all in the same place (e.g. folder) and easy to access.
WHO TO STUDY WITH
Some students like to study alone, others prefer to be with friends. Many students like to arrange to meet at the school or local (e.g. St Heliers, Glen Innes) library.
This is also a time when social media can be a great resource. Students can message or face time each other to work together.
I also encourage students to use you, their parents, as a resource. If they find it easy to avoid study, they can use you as a ‘human alarm clock’ to remind (nag) them that it is study time - if that helps.
WHERE AND WHEN TO STUDY
Study is about routine. Make sure that your child has somewhere where he/she can set up and leave his/her revision notes and practice exams to work on. This might be in his/her room, or your lounge, or alternatively he/she may prefer to go to a library to study.
Get your child to identify the time of day that he/she studies best, and then make a plan to routinely study at this time. Smaller time periods, e.g. 1 hour, are more effective than setting aside large chunks of time such as 3-4 hours, for revision.
As we move towards senior exams (junior exams occur late in term 4), it is also important for students to schedule downtime ... time to relax through sports, time with friends, reading a book or watching Netflix.
Ngā mihi nui,
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