Newman College after school homework clubs helping Year 12s prepare for WACE exams


Luke Miniello, Celeste Travaglini, Julia Diamond and Samuel Spadek. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au
Luke Miniello, Celeste Travaglini, Julia Diamond and Samuel Spadek. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au

WITH only four weeks until the Year 12 WACE exams kicks off, Newman College students are studying together with an after school homework club.

Principal John Finneran said the club was designed to provide collaborative spaces for learning and mentoring between students, teachers and past students.

“Student to student, in groups solving problems, working with teachers and mentors has provided a real buzz around the college,” he said.

“Students love coming because of the collegiality and the opportunity for assistance.”

Year 12 student Celeste Travaglini said the club members usually stayed until 6pm but during exams it was open until about 8pm and students were given a free supper.

“It’s such a good environment to study in because there are no distractions and we can work together,” she said.

Celeste is studying for five WACE courses: two maths, Italian, physics and English Literature.

“It’s stressful to say the least but it’s been going very, very fast,” she said.

Literacy support co-ordinator Katie Lynch said the college also offered master classes and WACE Workshops with specific intervention in critical literacy.

“Our WACE Workshops are successful because it give students specific time to develop skills for exams,” she said.

Newman College study tips

Change your study environment
Schedule study
Make to-do lists
Don’t procrastinate
Time allocation – certain times to work for some subjects
Study structure: easy to hard subjects, or work to the one you like
Phone a friend (to ask for help)
Study notes at the end of each week
Create timelines

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