When students start secondary school, they are usually very positive and optimistic about school. Then things can start to get harder, a bit more challenging, maybe they get a bad mark and become discouraged, or maybe their friends start to influence their attitude. Some students are able to overcome these challenges, while others let it affect their attitude and application to school.

Take the time to determine reasons to put in effort into your schoolwork.

Think about which of the following reasons might be motivating for you:

  • To achieve the best mark you are capable of at school.
  • To give you lots of options for what subjects you can choose in the senior years.
  • To give you lots of options of what you can choose to do when you leave school.
  • To have a personal sense of satisfaction about doing your best.
  • To show your gratitude to your parents for giving you an education.
  • To avoid getting in trouble from your teachers.
  • To avoid getting in trouble from your parents.
  • To avoid getting a detention or other negative consequences from not working.
  • To avoid disappointing your parents.
  • So you don’t feel bad about wasting your parent’s time and money giving you an education.

We often talk about ‘carrot’ and ‘stick’ people. If you want a donkey to move forward, you can either lead it forward with a carrot (a reward) or whack it with a stick (punishment).

Some students are motivated by working towards rewards, positive consequences of doing the right thing, while others are motivated to avoid negative consequences. Which do you think you are?

Understanding what motivates you and what affects your attitude can make it easier for you to make positive changes.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  you can learn more about goal setting and how to make the most of school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here.

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Dr Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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So what are the advantages of using classtime efficiently? Well, you will complete more work in class and have less to do at home, your teacher will be pleased with your application and so will your parents when they read your report, and of course, you will learn more! And if you don’t use classtime efficiently? Well you will have to do more work at home, you will find you don’t always understand the work, your teachers will have to be continually disciplining you and you may even make it harder for other people in your class to learn. So what does working effectively in class mean?

  1. Sit next to someone who will help you stay on task.
  2. Ask questions whenever you are unsure, unclear or do not understand something.
  3. Be polite and respectful of your teacher and your classmates.
  4. Come to the lesson with all the books, technology and equipment you will need.
  5. Contribute your thoughts and ideas at the appropriate times.
  6. If you find yourself day-dreaming ask yourself questions about what is going on.
  7. Try at all times to stay on task and be focused on the work you are doing.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  you can learn more about goal setting and how to make the most of school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here.

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Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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Students now spend a lot of time reading from a screen: computers, kindle, mobile devices. The research into the implications of this are still in the early stages, however current evidence indicates that at this point in time print may be slightly superior to the screen in relation to comprehension, learning, retention and ease of use. enhanced-learning-books-out However, as screen technology continues to advance, interfaces become increasingly intuitive and personal preferences change from early exposure to reading on a screen, this may change – and may have already changed for some individuals. Technology is here to stay, so the key pieces of advice for students (and parents) are listed below. One of the best articles to read on this debate is by Jabr (2013) The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=reading-paper-screens.

Advice for Students:

DEVELOP BOTH PAPER AND DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS

Students need to develop their reading, comprehension and learning skills in both arenas. They need to develop one set of skills to build their competence in reading and learning from paper, however they also need to develop a completely different set of skills: digital literacy and navigation skills. Some parents are critical of the use of technology in schools and fearful that students’ handwriting and learning will be affected (Salter, 2013), however in an increasingly digital world it would be irresponsible of schools to neglect developing students’ digital literacy skills. Two of the units that are useful in this area on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au are the Reading Skills unit and Technology Tools unit.

CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAINTAIN HANDWRITING SKILLS 

Finland has long been known as a leader in many educational aspects. Recently it was announced that Finland will no longer teach cursive handwriting in schools. They will continue to teach printing, however, when students would normally transition to ‘running writing’ instead they will learn keyboarding skills. This signals a change in the traditional approach. In Australia there is comprehensive testing being undertaken to look at holding both Naplan and final Year 12 examinations online. There are no indications as to when this will take place. At this point in time, as tests and examinations are still handwritten, students are advised that when it comes to exam time, they should handwrite their study notes or if typed then print them out when they are learning them. They should also actively create opportunities to maintain their handwriting skills, consciously choosing to handwrite at times when they might normally type. Visit the Writing Skills unit for tips on improving handwriting as well as some special pens that will assist.

LEARN TO TOUCH TYPE

While we have had the ability to dictate into a device for some time, this is still not in common usage. Learning to touch type is a skill that definitely pays off in the senior years in terms of saving huge amounts of time. There are links to free learning to touch type websites in the Technology Tools unit.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  you can read more about this research by clicking on the Things To Print link and scroll down to the document at the bottom on Reading & Screens. Check if your school subscribes here.

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Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net
Online Study Skills Handbook: www.studyskillshandbook.com.au

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #61 – PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

February 1, 2015

Whilst parents are often involved in their teenager’s sporting, musical or dramatic activities, parental support on the sidelines of their adolescent child’s studies can also be beneficial, particularly to academic performance. Research shows that children are more likely to succeed if parents are involved in their learning. Hendersen and Mapp (2002) found that ‘the more […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #60 – GAMING AND THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN

January 2, 2015

What are electronic games doing to the adolescent brain? Mobile and handheld technologies provide great opportunities for learning.  However, with the vast number of electronic games also available, it is easy for students to become distracted by these games at any hour of the day or night and in any location.  Globally, addiction to electronic […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #59 – MAKING THE MOST OF THE YEARLY REPORT

December 1, 2014

TIPS ON MAKING THE MOST OF THE END OF YEAR SCHOOL REPORT 1. Before the report arrives home, write your own school report. Make up a grid similar to this (below) for all subjects, and pretend to be the teacher and write about yourself. You could also create a grid that simulates your previous school report. Subject […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #58 – MANAGING TECHNOLOGY USE

November 1, 2014

Top 10 Tips for Students for Managing Technology Distractions: Allocate specific times for work and for technology– this can be tricky given that much of the time students need to use technology for research.  However, making a timetable which clearly identifies time for homework/study, games and other online activities, means you know that you will […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #57 – HOW TO STAY POSITIVE AS EXAMS APPROACH

October 1, 2014

This month’s tip from Rocky Biasi at Human Connections.  Learn more about ‘tapping’ techniques that can help manage stress at: https://xb145.isrefer.com/go/entap/Enhanced/ SYDNEY ONLY: Individuals (parents and students) may be interested in attending a workshop in Sydney during October run by Karen Gilles on enhancing self-awareness and self-understanding, which will also help stress management: http://www.embodiedgroundedconnection.com/Workshops.html. Watch this […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #57 – HOW TO STAY POSITIVE AS EXAMS APPROACH

October 1, 2014

Recently a student sent this email: Hi I was wondering if you could do a tip on staying positive when you are stressed and feeling depressed as our exams are coming up and I have been feeling depressed lately and I think it would help. It can be difficult to stay positive or “be up” […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #56 – MULTI-TASKING RESEARCH

August 31, 2014

Even though parents and teachers tell students that multi-tasking is not an effective way to work, sometimes students just don’t believe them! They think they are different, they think it is just something parents and teachers say with no evidence. So here are some academic research studies to demonstrate to students where the proof is […]

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