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About our Ready to Learn Series

At the beginning of this year, we ran our ‘Ready to Learn’ conferences with all students in Years 8 – 12. Our Year 7 cohort have recently been led through the process with their Learning Mentors as they reflected on their first term at secondary school. During these conferences, questions and subsequent discussions enabled students to register their current level of confidence about their:

  • Routine
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Learner Habits.

How you can help?

To support students to become active learners, we have developed a ‘READY TO LEARN SERIES’ that involves parents, students and teachers. We are launching with a focus on Study Planners after the data from the ‘Ready to Learn’ conferences suggest that this is one way to increase student confidence about their level of organisation. This will be followed by a series of strategies across Term 2 and 3 to support overall learner confidence.

Ready to Learn Series: Part 1 to Part 5

PART 1: STUDY PLANNER

Please have a look the Infographic 1 it will provide further details about why Study Planners are important and how parents/guardians and carers can be supporting their child at home to increase their level or organisation.

Click here for an Interview with Neave Hancock Wolfe, Year 11 Student on using her Study Planner:

In this short interview we speak to RSA student, Neave on how she is effectively using the Study Planner in our Ready to Learn Series and the benefits of this.

1. How does the study planner help you prioritise your schoolwork and other after school commitments?

By having a goal in mind and understanding what it takes to reach that endeavour, it was simple identifying what needed to be prioritised. However, what was not simple? Recognising whether those prioritizations were reasonable and realistic.

But due to the direction of my teachers and mentors, that is introducing a study planner, I was able to illustrate those prioritizations and recognise whether they were realistic by seeing it on paper.

It was upon creating my study planner, blocking out key activities such as homework, work and sporting commitments, that I was able to look at my week from an outsider’s perspective. My study planner, although took four drafts, helped me solidify what is important to me and a sustainable way to perform all my tasks and commitments.

2. Does the study planner help create time just for you (downtime or relax time) and also time for you to be with your friends and family?

I was told that by implementing a study planner in my schooling years that I would gain unforetold superpowers. Those powers? The ability to manage my time effectively and discover dimensions where time was abundant.

Well, my teachers and mentors who narrated this strategy, although may have taken some artistic license, were very wise. Suddenly I was made aware of how I can carry out my studies effectively whilst devoting time to my outside commitments, and that I would find more hours of the day where I could enjoy and take care of myself. Although, maybe not as magical as discovering dimensions of copious amounts of time, I have been able to take pleasure in the free time that my study planner illustrates, giving me time to play Mario kart with my family, reading some of the classics and baking (and ruining my tastebuds…). My study planner allows me to both work efficiently and take care of myself by doing the things I love.

3. What advice would you give students to help them achieve highly and also stay happy, healthy and passionate/inspired about school?

School is an uphill journey. A very lengthy marathon if you will. However, despite the unruly climb and the feeling of your legs turning to jelly, some of the best memories are forged from overcoming adversity through the interactions with others.

So – out of all the clichés and platitudes that come to mind, the most significant token of wisdom I can share is make connections. Make connections with other students. Make connections with like-minded individuals and especially make connections with your teachers and coaches. Your teachers and coaches are your greatest advocates, your fiercest supporters and your most influential mentors.

Throughout my years of kicking goals and reaching my ambitions, many of my teachers and coaches have been alongside me aiding me in my endeavours and cheering me on the side.

There is a reason High School Musical celebrates to the song “we’re all in this together” and a reason why I quote it (other than my love for High School Musical) – and that reason is that despite the ever-growing hill, whatever it is you want to achieve, the school, the teachers and other students are all in this together to help you achieve it.

Example of Neave’s Study Planner:

INFOGRAPHIC 1.

Study Planner

Download infographic here

We hope you see a Study Planner on your fridge very soon!

PART 2 – Coming Soon.