HBHS School work & study tips

Kia Ora All,

In these unprecedented and trying times schoolwork and study will be far from most of your minds. However, it is essential that you do not fall behind in your subjects as otherwise upon the resumption of school you will find yourselves struggling. To help, the 2020 Academic Committee is beginning a weekly email blast packed with tips and information to aid you in your studies.

We know that self studying can be a challenge.  There are many distractions that can interrupt you and destroy your workflow. To help you make the most of your study:

  • Remove as many distractions as possible from your work environment. Don’t have your phone with you etc as this can lead to procrastination and time wastage.
  • Keep a clean and tidy workspace. Less physical clutter around you leads to less mental clutter which will lead to better more focused study.
  • Try to keep structure in your day. It can be easy to fall out of routine, especially when you don’t even know what day it is! Try and set a certain time for schoolwork and hold yourself to this.
  • Use your timetable as a backbone. Base what you do each day by what subjects you would normally have. If you have maths, do some maths work. If you have a subject like P.E., maybe even utilise that time to go out and do some exercise. Balance is important! To help you come up with your own timetable we have provided an exemplar below.
  • Use all resources available to you. While teachers will be doing whatever they can to help you keep up, you may have to be a little bit proactive. This may mean sending an email to your teacher if you need some clarification, reading your textbooks, or utilising online resources e.g. LearnCoach is offering free access to their tutorial videos during the pandemic.
  • Don’t set unrealistic goals. When you make a list of things to do for the day, keep it sensible - trying to accomplish too much often leads to no work being done at all.

Example Timetable

3 hour max of study

   
     

7.00am

morning routine

 

9.00am

subject 1

 

9.30am

subject 2

 

10.00am

break

 

10.30am

subject 3

 

11.00am

free time and lunch

 

12.30pm

subject 4

 

1.00pm

subject 5

alternate 1 hour period each day

2.00pm

break

 

2.30pm

exercise

 

3.30pm

freetime and dinner

 

10.00pm

bed

 
     

1 hour per subject (only for those willing to spend 5+ hours working each day)

   
     

7.00am

morning routine

 

9.00am

subject 1

 

10.00am

break

 

10.30am

subject 2

 

11.30am

free time and lunch

 

1.00pm

subject 3

 

2.00pm

break

 

2.30pm

subject 4

 

3.30pm

break

 

4.00pm

exercise

 

5.00pm

break

 

5.30pm

subject 5

 

6.30pm

freetime and dinner

 

10-11pm

bed

 

We want to thank you for your understanding and support and remind you that the Academic Committee is here to help you through these times.

Stay safe and keep on learning.

Kia Kaha,
The Academic Committee