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Guides

Read the guides below which provide step by step instructions on how to effectively operate the two approaches to homework and complete them to the best standard possible. 

 

 

 

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Benefits of Independent Study

  • There is a very visible link between those who complete effective independent study and those who leave Hodge Hill College with the best GCSE results.
  • A major study conducted by the University of Oxford, Birkbeck College and the Institute of Education which tracked 3000 pupils over a 15 year period found that spending more than two hours a night completing independent study is linked to achieving better results in Maths, English and Science. 
  • It teaches students ‘soft’ skills such as time management, problem solving, taking responsibility, priority setting and self-management amongst other competences which are all very important and highly valued skills within the workplace.
  • It prepares pupils for further and higher education where independent study is a fundamental part of education and without it, students will quickly fall behind.
  • Pupils learn reference skills such as using libraries, revision guides, dictionaries and other relevant resources. For pupils who do not have access to the internet at home then they can use the fully equipped Learning Resource Centre to complete their studies during break and lunch times.
  • Students can see their progress within subjects and will see the benefits of practise and resilience which will lead to further success.

 

 

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Tips for Parents

  •  Set up a homework-friendly area.Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies such as paper and pens within reach.
  • Can you see what your child is doing? It is independent study however to monitor distractions you should be able to regularly check that your child is completing the work.
  • Schedule a regular study time; Pupils will work better at different times so ensure you know when this is as children respond positively to routine.
  • Help them plan; if your child has a particularly heavy homework evening encourage your child to break up the work into manageable chunks and take time for a 15 minute break every hour if possible.
  • If providing your child with a snack; ensure that it’s ‘brain food’ such as water and fruit which keeps the brain hydrated and working to its maximum. Sugary snacks may provide a temporary ‘high’ but in the long term will also disrupt concentration and lower the capabilities of key skills such as forming new memories (and therefore work).
  • Keep distractions to a minimum; Completing independent study without interruptions such as the TV, loud music or mobile phones will ensure that the time doing the work is better spent.
  • Make sure kids do their own work; Pupils sometimes need to make mistakes to learn and this should be encouraged to build up the vital soft skill of resilience.
  • Motivate and monitor; Ask your child about what they’re doing. Give encouragement, check completed tasks and be available for questions and comments.
  • Praise their work and efforts; Achievement is the biggest motivator.

 

 

 

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