“It’s all about learning” is the College’s focus for this year and we aim to provide opportunities for students to achieve their potential. On Tuesday, 3 May the College organised a Study Skills Seminar for Year 7 parents and students to develop effective strategies for personal and academic success through organisational skills to assist with homework and study.

Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning presented the Study Skills Seminar. Prue has specialised for the last 15 years in the area of study skills and is in high demand as a presenter of study skill sessions. During the Study Skills Seminar, Prue shared some simple but powerful strategies to implement at home to help students cope with the academic demands of school and achieve their personal best.

Prue has already presented Study Skills Seminars to Year 11 and Year 12 students and her strategies have proven to be the catalyst for a focused approach to study and balancing the rigours of school work and homework in the preparation for their senior studies.

Good work habits established in Year 7 should ensure a focused and effective study and homework routine for the student’s academic pathway at school and beyond. Prue outlined in her dynamic and interactive seminar strategies to be implemented at home to reinforce positive home school relationships through conversations and starting points.

Some of these strategies included:

  • Improving the student’s home study environment
  • Being more organised at school and at home
  • Organising an individualised study timetable
  • Recognising and removing distractions for effective home study
  • Managing workload
  • Effective study skills
  • Independent learning strategies

In conjunction with the Academic Resource Centre, Learning Support, teachers demonstrating effective study skills at school coupled with effective study habits at home, the students at the College have the opportunity to achieve their academic potential.