Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

It is most encouraging to witness so may boys who have started the term so well. Many boys have indicated that they have made study plans and have completed homework across their first week back.

I have included the “Famous Five “strategies that we need to employ to maximise our learning. Each of these strategies will have an impact on the way we learn, the way we comprehend and retain information. I encourage all students to start the term with good habits and to settle into a routine from the start.

Times for staff tutoring have now been collated and are available via the College App and Parent Lounge. This is a wonderful resource offered by teachers and I encourage boys to make use of this valuable resource.

Terrace subscribes to the study skills website

This is a website that helps students develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on topics such as improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarising, technology use, brain and memory.

It has sections for teachers and parents to access, health and wellbeing as well as study skills. It is well worth a scroll through the menu.

To access the handbook, go to . The login is as follows:

username: forterraceonly
password: 28results

One of the key criteria for successful study at home is having the right environment such as a clean desk and no distractions. We continue to emphasise the need to work with pen and paper rather than laptops to enhance cognitive memory and to remove the temptation to “multi-task” by accessing different sites.

I have also attached below the findings published by the New York times of a study done on the use of laptops verse the use of pen and paper.

Laptop vs Pen And Paper

Next Tuesday we celebrate the success of the Seniors of 2017 who received an OP score of One - the highest possible score. We will also acknowledge the students who make the most significant improvement across Year 12. Each of these young men will share the strategies that led to their success. We will publish these strategies.

Thank you to all the parents who have attended the Parent Information evenings this week. As always, your support is most valued and is a key to our success as a school.