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Savvy students mixing holidays with homework

Friday, 10th January, 2014

A group of high school students took a break from study this week, with less than three weeks until Term 1 begins. A group of high school students took a break from study this week, with less than three weeks until Term 1 begins.

By Erica Visser

For many students, the summer holidays are a highly anticipated chance to chill out before the beginning of another stressful school year comes around all too quickly.

But these precious weeks can also be the perfect time to catch up on study or increase skills, regardless of whether you’re about to start Year Three or your last year of high school.

Teacher Steve Eason said that it was okay to relax in the first half of the holidays, but now was the time to prepare for the new school year.

“After having downtime over Christmas and New Year, now is when there’s a great opportunity to start getting prepared for the year,” Mr Eason said.

“Students from kindergarten to Year 10 will see a new English syllabus start this year.

“It’s going to be a lot more technology based so it’s good to help your child become familiar with tablets like iPads and all that sort of stuff.

“There’s constantly new apps coming out to help with education that offer activities and games or tips for studying.”

Mr Eason said that building skills over the break didn’t necessarily have to be boring for kids.

“Finding a fun way to do things is great, it doesn’t have to be all bookwork,” he said.

“There’s a lot of crafty things that kids can do at home that can help them prepare for school.”

For older students, it was about organisation and putting a schedule into practice.

“Studying for your final year doesn’t mean that every minute of every day has to be spent trying to absorb HSC material,” Mr Eason said.

“It’s important to put aside a certain time period each day to study, use an organiser and even just casually looking over past exams and noting how questions are going to be worded can be a big help.”

Broken Hill High School student Ellie Chrisakis has spent a large chunk of her holidays studying and catching up on work for Year 12.

“It can be stressful because it’s the HSC year, which is what we’ve all been working towards,” she said.

“My friends and I arranged a fun day in the park this week to just relax and hang out together since we’ve all been spending our breaks working hard.”

Ellie hopes to attain the marks to be accepted to study radiography at university in 2015.

Students at public schools begin Term 1 on Wednesday February 5.

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