Year 12 Success: working smarter, not just harder

CONGRATULATIONS! You made it!

Your final year of high school has begun. At the other end, your world awaits. But what will happen in between?

Everyone tells you that it is an important year, that it will be a stressful time and that you should make the most of your opportunities in this last year.

They say you should work hard, stay focussed and yet keep balance in your life.

And the clock has already started ticking!

There is no doubt that Year 12 requires hard work, but that is not the same as stress. You can work hard and still have some balance in your life.

Working harder should involve working smarter.

So how do you have a successful, productive and balanced year, with minimal stress?

Five words – Planning, Structure, Balance, Positivity, Support

If you want to know more, click on the link below. You will learn some valuable tips that I have been sharing, successfully, with senior students for many years.

Year 12 working smarter

Tips for meeting assessment deadlines

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.                                                                                                       Benjamin Franklin

Getting organized and staying organized is a challenge for most people, but an important hurdle to overcome for high school students.

When students struggle at school, it is not always because they lack the intellectual capability, but more commonly because they do not know how to plan and structure their work. This leaves them feeling over-whelmed and prone to last minute panic. Not a recipe for good grades!

The most successful business people will always stress the importance of goal-setting, brainstorming and action planning. Having a clear and logical list of tasks for each day, establishing priorities, committing to these tasks and then reviewing plans for the next day, are vital strategies for achieving long term goals.

For the high school student, this translates to recording deadlines, scaffolding tasks and setting timelines.

I have to confess here that I am an avid list maker. It is one of the key reasons my students and colleagues see me as an organized and efficient person. But the list, by itself, is not enough. Each item on the list needs to be broken down into small manageable steps, each with their own mini deadlines.

We spend a lot of mental energy trying to keep track of all the things we need to remember. Putting them on paper frees up some of that mental energy.                                                                                                                                                                                 Ballard

When beginning high school, students are usually handed a diary and encouraged to use it daily to record homework and due dates.

As a nightly homework tool it is very useful. It reminds students which books and accessories to take home that night and provides a record of that evening’s set work. Used consistently, it is a great tool to keep up with daily homework.

To train your child to use this tool, get into the habit of asking to see their diary each night. If they know you are checking, they are more likely to get into good habits.

But as the demands of high school increase, the diary is not enough.

Students are encouraged to use their diary to record due dates for assignments and upcoming tests. But a date scribbled on a page a few weeks ahead, is not a useful planning strategy.

Assignment deadlines require a planning process with a formal timeline to ensure that the student has completed the appropriate preparation and paperwork by the due date.

But an A3 sheet of blank paper, some coloured textas and a cheap note pad can do the trick. Want to learn more?

If your child needs help to get organized, take some time over the holiday break to share 6 Steps to Successfully Meeting Deadlines with them.

If you feel that your child could benefit from some individual mentoring or tutoring, click on this link for more information.