Study Tips for Students & Parents

The Teachers and Families website ( purports the four basic principles to Enhance Study Skills. This website offers some excellent strategies and ideas to support parents, students and great learning.

Four Basic Principles to Enhance Study Skills

  1. Make doing homework a positive experience: associate it with love and affection, freedom, fun and self-control.
  2. Make homework a high priority.
  3. Use homework to teach organization skills and improve learning skills. Remember that the primary purpose of homework is to improve learning and foster work habits.
  4. Set expectations for homework, then provide and enforce logical, meaningful consequences if those expectations are not met.

For Parents

  • St Mary’s College encourages all parents to be active members of the College community and be actively involved in the learning of their child.
  • We urge you to engage with your sons as often as possible about what they are currently learning at school, what they are excited about, what they have learnt that is new.
  • If you are ever concerned about your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate in proactively making contact with your child’s teacher. If you have a concern, we want to work with you in partnership to achieve the best outcome for your son. 
  • Don’t wait until reports arrive or parent teacher night to make contact if you have any questions or problems. We are happy to make time for you whenever you want to talk about your child’s learning.
  • Routine is important for students, whether primary or secondary. Ensure your son has some kind of study routine that is a priority. Study should be consistent, not sporadic. It’s a bit like the Hare and the Tortoise, a little study and revision everyday, rather than an 'all-nighter' before the exam.
  • Read, read, read. Boys' education expert, Ian Lillico made it absolutely clear to all staff and parents who attended his seminar that boys need to read more. So encourage your son to spend some time with a good book.
  •  Click here to view the Study Skills Parent Presentation from Elevate Education.

Study Planner

 Click here to view a presentation on the St Mary's College Study Planner.

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