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Help with homework

Homework is often a revision of what is covered in class. As well as regular weekly homework, your child may have assessments such as assignments or projects with due dates.
A key to success is being organised, to avoid meltdowns about incomplete homework. 

Saturday tutoring 

Granville Boys High School offers free English and Mathematics Saturday tutoring for students in selective classes from 8am until 11am every Saturday during the term period by professional tutors from James An College

Homework tips

These tips are relevant for all students from Year 7 to Year 12:

  • Ask your child about their homework, know what they are learning about and when assignments are due.
  • Use our term assessment planner (DOCX 53.57KB) to record when assessments and exams are scheduled so you can help your child prepare in advance. Make to-do lists to spread out the workload.
  • Get into a routine of doing homework at a set time, ideally a little each day.
  • Have a set place where the kids can do their homework, with the equipment they’ll need:
    • pens and pencils
    • highlighters
    • scissors
    • glue
    • scrap paper
    • ruler
    • calculator
    • printing paper
    • computer and internet access
    • a printer.
  • Turn mobiles to aeroplane mode or off so there are no disruptions.
  • If there’s no set homework, encourage your child to do some reading. For younger children, it’s great for them to read aloud to you. For older kids, ask them to tell you about what they have been reading.
  • Don’t jump in and give answers. Homework is about helping kids become independent learners.
  • Encourage your child to start assignments as soon as they receive them – this will reduce any night-before stress.
  • Your child needs to do their own projects and assignments. There’s no point submitting work done by anyone other than the student. Teachers need to know what students can do independently.
  • If your child is having difficulty with their homework, contact their class teacher for help.

Suggestions for effective studies

There is no one ‘best’ way to study. Students often find different methods and times to study to suit themselves. The key is regular study, not cramming before a test or exam.

Some suggestions for effective study time include:

  • no mobile device use – no social media, messaging or calls during study time
  • finish any homework for the day before starting study – remember they are separate
  • focus on one topic at a time
  • highlight class notes or handouts
  • prepare summaries in your own words to revise concepts and skills learnt in class
  • draw diagrams, mind maps or brainstorms to show the main ideas and links between them
  • explain a topic or key concept to someone else
  • prepare glossaries of technical language for the topic or course, include examples of appropriate use
  • memorise short quotes
  • read summaries aloud – you can record yourself and play them back while travelling
  • write key concepts on flash cards with an explanation on the back to use for quick recall testing
  • read widely about topics being studied – add any new information or quotes to your summary (remember, when you use words or passages from a source such as a book, article or website you must reference them and use quotation marks).

The best study is active study – not just reading pages and pages of notes. Try creating summaries and lists, drawing mind maps, practising answering questions, teaching someone else about a topic and so on. Active study helps move content from short-term to long-term memory. When reading over notes, try to read them aloud.

Study timetable

A study timetable can be useful to help high school students plan time each week revising work covered in class.

This is an example of a completed study timetable (DOCX 56.59KB) for a Year 11 student.

Make your own study timetable

  • Download or print our Study timetable (DOCX 52.96KB).
  • Fill in regular activities such as school, sport, part-time jobs and so on. Don’t forget to include meal times and time to travel to activities.
  • Students should discuss how much time to spend studying with their teachers. Older students will be spending 1 to 2 hours on each subject each week. This will increase as they get closer to the HSC.
  • Think about the best time to study. Some kids prefer to get straight into it after the after-school snack, to get it out of the way. Others like to chill before dinner and get into their school work in the evening. Identify the most effective time.
  • Block out chunks of time on the Study timetable to study at the identified most effective times. Some subjects will require more time than others – use the advice of the class teacher. Don’t forget to consider the school timetable when you are creating a study timetable – it might be a bit much to do 2 hours of physics on the same day as a double period. Don’t forget any subjects – even the ‘easiest’ will require revision in Years 11 and 12.
  • Colour code the chunks of time for different subjects.
  • Allow a break of at least 5 to 10 minutes each hour.
  • Trial the study timetable for a fortnight and see if it is realistic. There’s no point having a study timetable that isn’t followed.
  • Be realistic, some days there will be a pile of homework or family events which means a day off study. If your child can stick to their study timetable 70 to 80% of the time, they are on their way to success.

For more ways to support your child, visit the department’s help with homework section.