23 January 2015
100,000 students across Queensland are starting high school this week. Year 7s and 8s will make the transition together this year, with 2015 marking the first year of Year 7 being part of high school. Moving from primary to high school is a significant step and some students struggle with the change in social and classroom structure. As a parent you can provide support in a number of ways.
The move to high school comes with an expectation students will take greater responsibility for their learning. Effectively dividing their time between competing priorities can be new for some students.
Here are some tips for helping your child manage their time:
- School mornings can be chaotic – help them prepare by listing all of their morning tasks. Encourage them to set their own alarm and take responsibility for getting out the door on time.
- Having different teachers for each class means they’ll be juggling different assessment tasks and competing due dates. Stay informed about what is due and when so you can help them plan ahead.
- There’s an app for that! Explore the range of apps available to help manage time and studies. myHomework keeps track of assignments and class schedules, MentalCase creates flashcards on your phone, or 30/30 helps you take a scheduled study break. There’s plenty more available online.
More advice for parents about the transition from primary to high school is available on the Queensland Government’s Flying Start website.