Study Skills Handbook Website

www.studyskillshandbook.com.au

What is the ELES Online Study Skills Handbook Site?
More importantly, how can it HELP YOUR STUDENTS?

Sadly, many students struggle with school and find it difficult to cope with the academic pressures they face.

Parents are looking for help for their students, teachers are overwhelmed by the ever-increasing workload and expectations placed on today's schools.

Without help, many students will not develop the skills they need to manage their time effectively and study efficiently. This can make school a depressing place for students who are then not able to experience academic success.

So what can schools do?

Well the good news is, we've done the hard work for you!

 

The ELES Online Study Skills Handbook Site provides a comprehensive and interactive online experience for the secondary school community (students, parents and teachers) to develop the study skills needed for success in secondary school studies. This approach taps into students’ affinity with technology to create a new and effective way to improve students’ study skills. There are currently 28 interactive main units of work on the site, a number of additional mini-units and lots of extra features.

How does it work?
The school subscribes for the year and receives a school user name and password for their school that they can give to all of the students, teachers and parents in their high school community. Schools with a secure section of their website can also place a link on a page on the school site where students can click directly through to the handbook site without needing to enter a user name or password.

How do you use it?
The handbook site can be used independently or in conjunction with other ELES resources or sessions as a multi-layered approach that will assist further in the development of students’ study skills. The aim is to allow schools to address study skills from as many different angles as possible so that students get a wide exposure to and reinforcement of the ideas and the opportunity to access the information in many different ways. As teachers we know that it may be necessary to explain or present a concept in a number of different ways so that all students have the ‘aha, I get it’ moment.

Here's just some of the benefits your school will receive from subscribing:

  • A well-researched resource that teachers don't have to waste time individually developing themselves.
  • A ready-to-go program with the flexibility to fit the time your school has available.
  • Constantly updated info: do you know the latest tools for managing Facebook addiction?
  • Grateful parents! Parents can learn how to contribute to improving their child's learning skills.
  • Monthly Study Skills Tips for you to include in your school newsletter.
  • Endorsed by the WA Curriculum Council for 2 curriculum points.
  • Up-skilled Students! While a few students seem to develop these skills naturally, for many their only avenue to become a more effective learner is through what is provided by their school.
  • A great resource for the whole school community to access.
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What is the process to subscribe?

  1. Send us your school's subscription details by filling in the subscription form (click on the link below).
  2. We will send you an invoice within 24 hours.
  3. Once payment is received you will be sent your school's user name and password for the site.
  4. SUBSCRIBE NOW!


How much does it cost?

 
CURRENT SPECIAL OFFERS ON PRICING:

- Schools that sign up now will also be exempt from the one-off $550 joining fee.

- Pay now for this year and get access for the rest of this year for FREE.
 
SUBSCRIPTION FEES:

Annual subscription fees are as follows (and are in Australian dollars and include GST for Australian schools) and are based on total secondary school enrolment numbers for a calendar year:

AUD$397     for a very small school (<250 students in secondary school)
AUD$597     for a small school (250-500 students in secondary school)
AUD$797     for a medium school (500-800 students in secondary school)
AUD$997     for a large school (800-1100 students in secondary school)
AUD$1197   for a very large school (1100+ students in secondary school)

 

Unlike many subscription sites that charge annual fees of $25-$99 or more per student, for most schools the study skills handbook works out at around only $1 per student per year.

For around $1 per student for most schools, every student, parent and teacher in your school has unlimited access to the site and all the online activities at school and at home for a whole year!

 
PROCESS TO SUBSCRIBE:

Send the subscription form with payment or send the form and we will send you an invoice to pay. On receipt of payment we send you your school's user name and password. Your school can then start using the handbook!

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Request a preview password to view the site

Email info@enhanced-learning.net requesting temporary access to SSH and we will send you a password that will be valid for at least 10 days. Just let us know if you need longer and we will send through a new password.

Once you receive an email response with login details, simply go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and click on ‘login’ and enter the username and password you were sent.

Note, this is for schools and teachers only and for evaluation purposes only, preview passwords are not be used with students and no material to be printed from the site or used unless the school subscribes. We rely on your professional integrity.

You can also get a feel for the site by watching these tours:

Video Tour of SSH       Additonal Video Info for Teachers

Slideshare Tour of SSH      Additional Slideshare Info for Teachers


How do schools use the site?

Any, or all, of the ways below:

1. PARENTS AND STUDENTS CAN BROWSE THE SITE AT HOME
Schools will give their login details to the secondary school students, parents and teachers of their school (schools can also create a direct link from the school intranet to the site or put login details in the school diary) so they can use the handbook as needed, submit study skills questions, print the summary sheets or explore ways to improve results at their own convenience. This is a great resource for all students, parents and teachers to have at their fingertips. There are also FAQ sections for parents and teachers to use (with extra material to download and use) as well as links to useful sites and articles.

2. SCHOOLS MAY INTEGRATE UNITS IN PASTORAL PROGRAMS OR 'LEARNING TO LEARN' PROGRAMS
Teachers may have students work through the topics systematically at school during pastoral lessons or other appropriate times to improve overall study skills. The units may be integrated into the school's pastoral program. Some schools print off all the worksheets and bind them into a workbook for the students. Throughout the year they then have the students work systematically through the topics (or allocate different topics to different year groups). Some schools have students complete all work online.

3. TEACHERS MAY SPECIFY UNITS FOR INDIVIDUALS
Teachers may direct students or parents to a particular unit when issues arise with respect to academic performance at school (eg. a teacher may suggest a parent work through the time management section with their student or the section on how to study).

4. TEACHERS MAY DIRECT CLASSES TO COMPLETE UNITS
Teachers may set particular units as homework for students to complete or suggest students review particular units at certain times of the year (eg. the section on examinations at examination time) or to meet particular class needs (eg. some classes might benefit from visiting the section on organisational skills). Some schools may expect all students to have completed all units by a certain year level.

BELOW ARE SOME RESPONSES FROM THE RECENT EVALUATIONS
SHOWING HOW SCHOOLS ARE USING THE HANDBOOK:

  • We use the handbook in a variety of ways. We have a link to it on our school website; have links to it via our school intranet; refer to it in our newsletter; refer to it in year level assemblies; use study tips in the newsletter; inform parents at information and orientation evenings; use as a class activity for learning support classes; use as tutoring tool in study skills sessions.
  • Currently it’s left to students to use in private study (years 11-12) and at home but in 2009 it will form part of a more structured info skills program in years 7 and 8 particularly.
  • Encourage students to use at home and in study periods. Sometimes used as part of lessons for particular aspects of study. Also used as a support for teacher mentors with individual Yr 11 and Yr 12 students.
  • 1. Encourage students to use at home. Specific units are suggested.
    2. Specific units are specified for students to complete during Form classes.
    3. Study Skills is a focus of Form Teacher programs for the year and classes rotate through our IT rooms and labs to complete.
  • This year we trialed the use of the resource with our year 12 cohort. We have used it by taking students to computer labs and working through sections as a class. Students have also been able to access from home.
  • We used it as a semester program - one session a week and followed it up with reflective journals before and after exams. They worked in small classes and as a large lecture group. Some areas were supported by guest lectures from our student services team.
  • We use selected sheets as part of the tutor group programme (pastoral care), twice a week in Term 1. Then we encourage the students to use the online version when special times of research/exams are coming up.
  • Encourage students to use at home. Show students skills on digital projector and have them work on it at home, note deficiency in skill, check what SSH has to offer, then refer students- if it's critical, work through with students as class group to make sure they GET it!
  • So far, we have introduced all year 10's to the handbook through english classes at school. Some classes have been required to complete topics at home. Others just encouraged to. Haven't been printing off worksheets.
  • All classes in the school in year groups have been allocated units. Yr 7 does first section, yr 8 does second yr 9 and 10 do it in electives and yr 11 do the last section. Complete the set units allocated by your coordinator over the year. You will need to map out when your classes need to complete set units. All units allocated must be completed by the end of the year.
  • We're still developing ways to use the handbook. we publicise the handbook in the Homework guidelines in the student diary. Recently Prue has worked with Year Coords to find ways to integrate study skills / time management into Pastoral Care programmes.
  • The handbook has been placed as a link on the homepage of the College website and the intranet. Students, teachers and parents can access this site easily. The site is promoted at all Parent Information evenings and highlighted regularly in the College newsletter. In the first year of use students are encouraged to use the site and some teachers use information from the site to incorporate in their lessons.
  • It forms the basis for the Year 8 "Becoming an Achiever" course. This course was delivered during roll call (20 mins each morning, 10 mins on Tuesdays). This has proven to not be the best way to deliver this course and so, for 2009, Year 8 have been allocated 2 periods per cycle (1 period each week) for study skills. The handbook will continue to be the basis of the course. Our school diary (the Learning Curve diary) supplements and partners your handbook. "Becoming an Achiever" builds on the Year 7 course "Skills for Success".
  • We place an edited version of the monthly newsletter item into the School newsletter which is aimed at parents. The intention is for students to work through the units with their parents.
  • Updates in each newsletter, Counselor referrals for struggling students.
  • It is generally left to parents and students to access at their leisure. There is talk of devoting some 'pastoral time' to adopt a more consistent approach next year.
  • Students access at home.
  • Placed on school intranet. Students encouraged to use at home through regular notices in school newsletter & supplied study tips.
  • All teachers have access to it. It is promoted heavily in fortnightly newsletters. Links to it are on the school website.
    Used as a resource that families and students are referred to. Learning areas particularly like the learning area specific parts of the site.
  • Pastoral Care time and home use.
  • Encourage them to use at home, encourage teachers to use with students. Advertise in diary and newsletters.

Qu: Can we provide a specific program to follow?

Ans: Unfortunately it is an impossible task to provide a suggested program or allocation of topics as:

  1. Schools take very different approaches to how they decide to use the study skills handbook website. Some just choose one or two year groups to work on the site, some involve all year groups, some are middle schools only, some are senior schools only. Different topics will be chosen if you are just using the site with Year 10 as opposed to both Year 8 and Year 11.
  2. Even if schools choose the same year group to focus on, they will have different amounts of time to allocate to the program which will influence the choice of topics.
  3. Some schools have exams and some don’t.
  4. Every unit can be experienced by all year levels at different stages of understanding (although they may get more out of it when they revisit it again at a later year level). But every school has a differing range of abilities of students. There are some schools I work with where it would be ridiculous to get Year 10 to look at classroom skills and other schools where classroom skills unit would actually be really useful for them – it really depends on the type of students you have.
  5. Many schools have an existing pastoral program and they want to choose units to complement what they are already doing. For example I would do research skills probably around Year 9 in most schools but a school I was working with recently had a big push on this in Year 7 so they wanted to do that unit then.

With all these variables, a suggested program that will work for all schools with such different situations just doesn’t work.

But what I can do is have a chat to you if you like about your students, how much time you are allocating and then give you my opinion as to what topics I think might suit each year group. It can help to talk it out with someone who knows each topic intimately or even just to bounce off some ideas.

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What content is covered by the site?

THE 28 MAIN UNITS OF WORK:

AT HOME

1. Home Study Environment
2. Organisation and Filing
3. Time Management Skills
4. Managing Workload
5. Dealing with Distractions
6. Overcoming Procrastination
7. Developing Motivation
8. Goal Setting
9. Lifestyle and Balance
10. Managing Stress

AT SCHOOL
1. Will we ever use this?
2. Using Classtime
3. Asking for Help
4. Dealing with Conflict
5. Groupwork Skills


TESTS & EXAMS
1. Summarising
2. Active Studying
3. Preparing for Exam Blocks 
4. Test-Taking Techniques
5. After Tests & Exams


SPECIFIC SKILLS
1. Reading Skills
2. Writing Skills
3. Mathematical Skills
4. Language Skills
5. Research Skills
6. Presentation Skills
7. Science Skills
8. Assignment Skills

 

ADDITIONAL 'GENERAL' MINI-UNITS:
1. Starting Secondary School
2. Becoming a Senior Student
3. Bullying: Issues and Strategies
4. Educational Kinesiology
5. Living Across 2 Houses
6. Travel: A Motivator for Learning
7. University: A New Adventure
8. Managing Part-Time Jobs
9. Live Your Best Life
10. Your Brain and Memory

 

ADDITIONAL 'TECHNOLOGY' MINI-UNITS:
1. Technology Tools
2. Apps for School
3. Basic Computer Skills
4. Be CyberSmart
5. Microsoft OneNote

     
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Are there special features on the site?

In addition to the huge amount of content, the systematic program for students to work through includes:

online quizzes, summary sheets, worksheets, lots of FAQs answered, articles and links, online polls, facility to submit questions, helpful grids and planners, jokes and quotes, student thoughts, images and photos, students can submit ideas to win, competitions…

Plus:

- audio and video files
- streaming audio (to allow students the option to read or listen to the content).

And: new content added monthly, new units added each year, new features added regularly. There is also a tracking system available where students can save the results of their quizzes over the years.

Students can also apply for a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION when they have completed all quizzes and modules.

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What schools are using the site: www.studyskillshandbook.com.au?

Current Subscribers and Date Subscription Commenced
(Handbook was launched 2007):

Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga, NSW, 2009
All Saints Catholic College Liverpool, NSW, 2016
All Saints Catholic Senior College, NSW, 2013
All Saints College St Marys, NSW, 2016
All Saints College St Peters, NSW, 2017 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
Ambrose Treacy College, QLD, 2016
Aquinas Catholic College, NSW, 2012
Aquinas College, QLD, 2015
Ardossan Area School, NSW 2016
Arndell Anglican College, NSW, 2012
Arthur Phillip High School, Parramatta, NSW, 2009
Auburn Girls High School, NSW, 2016
Aust International School, HONG KONG, 2007
Avondale School, NSW, 2014
Bethany College Hurstville, NSW, 2013
Beverly Hills Girls High School, NSW, 2017
Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, NSW, 2016 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
Brigidine College Indooroopilly, QLD, 2015
Brigidine College St Ives, NSW, 2015
Brisbane Boys' College, QLD, 2015
Brisbane Bayside State College, QLD, 2017
Brisbane State High School, QLD, 2012
Broughton Anglican College, NSW, 2009
Burgmann Anglican School, ACT, 2017
Caloundra City Private School, QLD, 2016
Cambridge Park High School, NSW, 2013
Cammeraygal High School, NSW, 2015
Canberra Girls Grammar School, NSW, 2010
Caringbah High School, NSW, 2011
Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park, NSW, 2007
Casimir Catholic College, NSW, 2012
Castle Hill High School, NSW, 2017
Catherine McAuley High School, NSW, 2011
Central Coast Grammar School, NSW, 2009
Cerdon College, NSW, 2015
Christian Brothers' High School Lewisham, NSW, 2014
Churchlands Senior High School, WA, 2007
Clancy Catholic College, NSW, 2009
Condell Park High School, NSW, 2015
Coolah Central School, NSW, 2016
Cornerstone Christian School, WA, 2010
Corpus Christi College, WA, 2015
Cowra High School, NSW, 2010
Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, NSW, 2007
Cumberland High School, NSW, 2014
Danebank Anglican School for Girls, NSW, 2015
Daramalan College, ACT, 2010
De La Salle College, Ashfield, NSW, 2012
De La Salle College, Revesby Heights, NSW, 2009
Dominic College, TAS, 2012
Domremy College, Five Dock, 2011
Doncaster Secondary College, VIC, 2010
Duncraig Senior High School, WA, 2008
East Hills Girls Technology High School, NSW, 2008
Edmund Rice College, NSW, 2014
Elderslie High School, NSW, 2013
Elizabeth Macarthur High School, NSW, 2015
Emanuel School, NSW, 2016
Emmanuel Catholic College, WA, 2012
Engadine High School, NSW, 2012
Faith Lutheran College, QLD, 2009
Freeman Catholic College, NSW, 2011
Fort Street High School, Petersham, NSW, 2009
Fraser Coast Anglican College, QLD, 2010
Frederick Irwin Anglican School, WA, 2011
Galston High School, NSW, 2016
Georges River College Oatley, NSW, 2016
Georges River College Peakhurst, NSW, 2015
Georges River College Penshurst, NSW, 2015
Georges River Grammar, NSW, 2012
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, WA, 2012
Geraldton Grammar School, WA, 2009
Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, NSW, 2013
Glenvale School Broadmeadows, VIC, 2017
Good News Lutheran College, VIC, 2016
Good Samaritan Catholic College, NSW, 2009
Goulburn Valley Grammar School, VIC, 2011
Groves Christian College, QLD, 2015
Gulong High School, NSW, 2016
Helena College Senior School, 2008
Hillbrook Anglican School, QLD, 2012
Holy Cross College, NSW, 2014
Holy Spirit College Bellami, NSW, 2016 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
Holy Trinity School, NSW, 2011
Homebush Boys High School, NSW, 2017
Hume Anglican Grammar, VIC 2017 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
Hunter Valley Grammar School, NSW, 2014
Hurlstone Agricultural High School, NSW, 2008
Illawarra Sports High School, NSW, 2015
Inaburra School, NSW, 2011
International Grammar School, NSW, 2016
IPEKA Integrated Christian School, Indonesia, 2016
Ivanhoe Grammar School, NSW, 2014
James Sheahan Catholic High School, NSW, 2013
John Fawkner College, VIC, 2011
John Therry Catholic High School, NSW, 2011
Junee High School, NSW, 2016
Kambala, NSW, 2012
Keebra Park SHS, QLD, 2017 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
Kellett School, Hong Kong, 2014
Kincoppal, Rose Bay, NSW, 2009
Kingswood College, VIC, 2011
Koonung Secondary College, VIC, 2014
Knox Grammar School, NSW, 2017
Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School, NSW, 2010
La Salle Catholic College, NSW, 2016
Lake Joondalup Baptist College, WA, 2016
Lisarow High School, NSW, 2017
Loreto College Coorparoo, QLD,2015
Loreto College Marryatville, SA, 2010
Loreto Kirribilli, NSW, 2007
Loreto Normanhurst, NSW, 2010
Loyola Senior High School, NSW, 2014
Macarthur Anglican School, NSW, 2007
Marist College Eastwood, NSW, 2011
Marist Sisters' College, NSW, 2014
Marist-Sion College, VIC, 2015
Marryatville High School, SA, 2015
Mary Mackillop College Wakeley, NSW, 2012
Mater Christi College, VIC, 2017
Mater Dei College, WA, 2009
Mater Maria Catholic College, NSW, 2012
Medowie Christian School, NSW, 2013
Mercy College Koondoola, WA, 2015
Merici College, ACT, 2015
Meridan State College, QLD, 2017
Methodist Ladies College, Kew, VIC, 2007
Methodist Ladies College, WA, 2013
MLC School Burwood, NSW, 2014
Moama Anglican Grammar School, NSW, 2014
Molong Central School, NSW, 2014
Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, NSW, 2012
Moorebank High School, NSW, 2007
Mount Scopus Memorial College, VIC, 2012
Mount St Benedict College, NSW, 2009
Mount St Joseph Milperra, NSW, 2017
Mountain Creek State High School, QLD, 2008
Mt Alvernia College, QLD, 2009
Mt Hira College, VIC, 2016
Mt Maria College, QLD, 2015
Mutiara International Grammar School, Malaysia, 2015
Nagle Catholic College, WA, 2013
Nagle College, Blacktown Sth, NSW, 2007
Narrabeen Sports High School, NSW, 2014
NBSC Balgowlah Boys, NSW, 2016
Newcastle Grammar School, NSW, 2010
Newington College, NSW, 2016
North Sydney Boys High School, NSW, 2011
North Sydney Girls High School, NSW, 2009
Norwood Secondary College, VIC, 2015
Oak Flats High School, NSW, 2010
Oakhill College, Castle Hill, NSW, 2009
Orana Steiner School, ACT, 2017
Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, NSW, 2007 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
Oxford Falls Grammar School, NSW, 2015
Oxley College, Bowral, NSW, 2015
Parramatta High School, NSW, 2013
Penrith Christian School, Penrith, NSW, 2009
Peter Moyes Anglican Community College, WA, 2016
Presbyterian Ladies' College, NSW, 2012
Qld Academy for Creative Industries, QLD, 2007
Qld Academy for Health Science, QLD, 2009
Quakers Hill High School, NSW, 2013
Quirindi High School, NSW, 2011
Radford College, ACT, 2014
Ravenswood School for Girls, NSW, 2015
REDLANDS, NSW, 2012
Rehoboth Christian College, WA, 2013
Rosebank College, NSW, 2017
Rouse Hill High School, NSW, 2010
Saint Augustine's College Cairns, 2017
Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, NSW, 2012
Saint Stephen's College, QLD, 2016
San Sisto College, QLD, 2007
Santa Sabina College, NSW, 2010
SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2007
SCECGS REDLANDS, NSW, 2012
Sefton High School, NSW, 2011
Servite College, WA, 2015
Seton Catholic College, WA, 2016
SHORE, NSW, 2007
Sir Joseph Banks High School, NSW, 2015
Smiths Hill High School, NSW, 2007
Springwood High School, NSW, 2015
St Aloysius College, Kirribilli, NSW, 2007
St Andrew's Cathedral School, NSW, 2010
St Anthony's Catholic College, QLD, 2014
St Augustine's College, NSW, 2012
St Benedict's Catholic College, NSW, 2016
St Brendan's College, QLD, 2009
St Catherine's College Singleton, NSW, 2017 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
St Catherine's School, Waverley, NSW, 2007
St Edmund's College, ACT, 2007
St Edmund's College, QLD, 2010
St Edward's College, NSW, 2015
St George's Anglican Grammar School, WA, 2015
St George Girls High School,NSW, 2015
St Gregory's College, Campbelltown, NSW , 2007
St John's College Dubbo, NSW, 2013
St John's College Nambour, QLD, 2016
St Joseph's Catholic College, Mildura, VIC, 2012
St Joseph's College, Banora Point, NSW, 2012
St Joseph's College, Brisbane, QLD, 2007
St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, NSW, 2012
St Kevin's College, Toorak, VIC, 2009
St Leo's Catholic College Wahroonga, NSW, 2015
St Mary's High Gateshead, NSW, 2011
St Mary's College, QLD, 2015
St Patrick's College, Strathfield, NSW, 2010
St Patrick's College, Campbelltown, NSW, 2012
St Paul's High School, NSW, 2013
St Peter's Catholic College, NSW, 2016
St Philip's Christian College Cessnock, NSW, 2017
St Philip's Christian College Gosford, NSW, 2017
St Philip's Christian College Port Stephens, NSW, 2015
St Pius College, Chatswood, NSW, 2012
St Scholastica's College, NSW, 2017
St Stanislaus College, NSW, 2016
St Stephen's Catholic College, QLD, 2016
St Thomas More College, QLD 2017 (Can access SSH through the Study Samurai Library)
St Ursula's College, Yeppoon, QLD, 2012
Strathcona Girls Grammar Baptist School, VIC, 2016
Sydney Distance Education High School, NSW, 2007
Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay, NSW, 2015
Sydney Technical High School, NSW, 2017
Sylvania High School, NSW, 2016
Taylors College, NSW, 2014
Temora High School, NSW, 2013
Tempe High School, NSW, 2013
The Armidale School, NSW, 2016
The Gap State High School, QLD, 2009
The Henry Lawson High School, NSW, 2017
The Jannali High School, NSW, 2011
The King's School, NSW, 2016
The Pittwater House School, NSW, 2014
The Riverina Anglican College, NSW, 2017
The Scots College, Bellevue Hill, NSW, 2007
The Southport School, QLD, 2012
Traralgon College (Senior), VIC, 2015
Trinity Anglican College, NSW, 2015
Trinity Grammar School, NSW, 2012
Ulladulla High School, NSW, 2015
Uralla Central School, NSW, 2016
Victory Lutheran College, VIC, 2014
Villanova College, QLD, 2010
Vincentia High School, NSW, 2010
Waverley College, NSW, 2008
Wenona, NSW, 2011
Wesley Mission, NSW, 2013
Wodonga Senior Secondary College, VIC, 2013
Wollumbin High School, NSW, 2013
Woodleigh School, VIC, 2016
Woolooware High School, NSW, 2013
Xavier College, VIC, 2015
Yanco Agricultural High School, NSW, 2012

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What do users say about the site?

UNSOLICITED COMMENTS:

“The Handbook has been a great success.”  Head of Faculty-Exceptional Learners, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, QLD

“I have added links inside our MOODLE in the revision centre for each year level with the automated access, great idea. Fab resource.” Head Of Faculty – ICT, St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

“Many thanks for a great product.” Director of Teaching and Learning, St Edmund’s College, Manuka, ACT

“I did receive the latest package thanks and the handbook continues to look fantastic.”Head of Senior School, Penrhos College, WA

"The sample newsletter items are excellent. I have been using them regularly. We have a newsletter going out next week with a deadline of Monday afternoon. Do you have the Skills Tip for November in advance I can use? Feedback on these have been fantastic. Thankyou." Handbook Coordinator, St Greg's College, Campbelltown, NSW

“I have been surfing around the handbook and it is really wonderful. I am sure that our students will get a lot out of it.”
Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning, Moorebank High School, NSW

“Thanks for the information, updates and ongoing communication. We look forward to using the program quite extensively this year.” Director of Special Education, Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew, VIC

“Thanks for helping out our students. Your product and your services are exemplary!” 
Coordinator Digital Learning in Distance Education, CLI Strathfield

“Can I just say thank you for the monthly emails and newsletter ideas. Much appreciated and always used by us.”
Deputy Principal, QLD Academy for Science, Maths, Technology.

“The ELES Study Skills Handbook is such a great resource and plays a growing part in our school community. I think it is a great idea to include our password for 2010 in next year’s diary - the suggestions for our diary were most helpful. Thanks for the great service.” Teacher , Duncraig Senior High School WA

 
Comments from Parents and Students using the site (usually after they have had a question answered):

- "I like its ability to give guidance to me - a student that used to use the most ineffective study techniques and my results just frustrated me and made me feel dumb. Fav sections are: organisation, summarising, learning techniques and mathematics (my rank went from 52nd in the year to 4th!!!!!!!!)"
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- “Hey, you guys are great help! Thank you very much for all the tips and guides you provide us.”
- “Thanks so much for your detailed reply; you are clearly a dedicated educator.”
- “The multimedia interactions are very amusing and informational.”
- “Thank you very much - Your advice is great and I will definitely practice the effective note taking. The Study Skills Handbook was a life saver in high school!”
- “Thanks- I'm really enjoying and learning a lot from the website! :).”

 

COMMENTS FROM PAST EVALUATIONS:

Arthur Phillip High School
USE: encourage students to use at home
Show students skill on digital projector and have them work on it at home note deficiency in skill, check what SSH has to offer, then refer students- if it's critical, work through with students as class group to make sure they GET it!
LIKEMOST: easy navigation, variety of tasks, chunking of ideas/skills, sequence is logical progression
MOSTUSEFUL: Organisation, summarizing, importance of notemaking
NEWSLETTER: It's a reminder, we keep a set of flyers handy for new enrolments and parents when they pop in.

Broughton Anglican College
USE: All of these ways
LIKEMOST: So much detail and allows students to follow their interest/needs
MOSTUSEFUL: Mixture but probably the games and encouragers mixed with the info
SUGGESTIONS: It really works very well in a very diverse area for all learning styles

Chisholm Catholic College W.A.
USE: We place an edited version of the monthly newsletter item into the School newsletter which is aimed at parents. The intention is for students to work through the units with their parents. Placed on school intranet. Students encouraged to use at home through regular notices in school newsletter & supplied study tips.
LIKEMOST: Easily accessible from school & home; easy to navigate.
MOSTUSEFUL: Organisation of units.

Geraldton Grammar School
USE: This year we trialed the use of the resource with our year 12 cohort. We have used it by taking students to computer labs and working through sections as a class. Students have also been able to access from home.
LIKEMOST: I like the way it is laid out. The connections between sections are easy to see and navigate. The games/puzzles are also popular.
MOSTUSEFUL: The preparation for exams seems to be the most popular with students. I think that the setting up for study and ignoring distractions will be useful for our middle school students.
MODULE: I like the idea of students being able to go where they feel they need to. I think this is the strength of online resources.

Helena College
USE: Currently it’s left to students to use in private study (years 11-12) and at home but next year it will form part of a more structured info skills program in years 7 and 8 particularly.
LIKEMOST: Students can work at own pace and for their own targeted areas where they need extra assistance.
MOSTUSEFUL: The fact that it's online and interactive.

Hills International College
LIKEMOST: It's actually very clearly structured, and reasonably 'punchy'. I particularly like the 'extras' which make the whole site seem less academic and more accessible.
MOSTUSEFUL: The easy breakdown of sections for each area/question is really useful, so that students are not wading through content they don't want/need at any given time. This allows them to choose the content they need, when they need it.

Katanning Senior High School
USE: So far, we have introduced all year 10's to the handbook through English classes at school. Some classes have been required to complete topics at home. Others just encouraged to. Haven't been printing off worksheets.
LIKEMOST: Flexibility - easy to find something relevant and useful to every child.
MOSTUSEFUL: Audio and video links.

Macarthur Anglican School
LIKEMOST: The clear communication methods used and interactive nature of the handbook. It’s all fantastic.

Mater Dei College
LIKEMOST: Provides useful tips that I can use both in formal class settings and as input to the community as part of my weekly "Learning Matters" column in the College Newsletter.
MOSTUSEFUL: The goal setting and general study skills have been of most use to our Year 12 students.
MODULE: My first impressions are that the general browsing model currently in use is very suitable as it allows students to be self-paced from home. It does not stop me from specifying certain sections at certain times as part of class instruction.

Marcellin College Randwick
USE: It is generally left to parents and students to access at their leisure. There is talk of devoting some 'pastoral time' to adopt a more consistent approach next year.
LIKEMOST: Variety and depth of treatment - suits most learners and parents.

Moorebank High School
USE: It forms the basis for the Year 8 "Becoming an Achiever" course. This course was delivered during roll call (20 mins each morning, 10 mins on Tuesdays). This has proven to not be the best way to deliver this course and so, for 2009, Year 8 have been allocated 2 periods per cycle (1 period each week) for study skills. The handbook will continue to be the basis of the course. Our school diary (the Learning Curve diary) supplements and partners your handbook. "Becoming an Achiever" builds on the Year 7 course "Skills for Success".
LIKEMOST: It is self directed. It covers a wide range of topic areas. It offers students a variety of methods of engagement. It uses age and interest appropriate language and examples. 
MOSTUSEFUL: The most useful sections are all the practical, easily implemented tips that appear throughout the handbook - things that the Year 8 students can take on board with the minimum of effort and see an impact almost immediately.

Queensland Academy for Science Math and Technology
USE: We used it as a semester program - one session a week and followed it up with reflective journals before and after exams. They worked in small classes and as a large lecture group. Some areas were supported by guest lectures from our student services team.
LIKEMOST: As a teacher I could track what the students were doing. Although the handbook is really structured for State curriculum most areas supported what the students need for International Baccalaureate.
MOSTUSEFUL: Study habits and notetaking were particularly useful. Parts of the exam preparation were good.
MODULE: Thank you for developing the area to locate passwords! We tracked student usage because we linked it to outcomes.

Smith's Hill High School
USE: updates in each newsletter, Counselor referrals for struggling students.
LIKEMOST: funky up-to-date nature, constant updates
MOSTUSEFUL: trackability, segmentation, areas of concern can be addressed specifically
USE: All teachers have access to it. We get Prue to come and do sessions with all 7, 10, 11 and 12 students. It is promoted heavily in fortnightly newsletters. Links to it are on the school website.
LIKEMOST: Students can track progress, different things are added regularly.
MOSTUSEFUL: Different things for different students - helping them get organised is big, though.

St. Joseph's College Gregory Terrace Brisbane
USE: We use the handbook in a variety of ways. We have a link to it on our school website; have links to it via our school intranet; refer to it in our newsletter; refer to it in year level assemblies; use study tips in the newsletter; inform parents at information and orientation evenings; use as a class activity for learning support classes; use as tutoring tool in study skills sessions.
LIKEMOST: Information is presented in a variety of formats and therefore caters for all learning styles. The topics are relevant and student friendly. The access from home and school is most important. It also gives parents ideas and strategies of how they can support their sons/daughters in a constructive way re studying.
MOSTUSEFUL: The new modules look to be a great idea. The access to relevant, specific information is very important. I think the students are enjoying the interactive aspects.

St Gregory’s College Cambelltown
USE: We're still developing ways to use the handbook. We publicise the handbook in the Homework guidelines in the student diary. Recently Prue has worked with Year Coords to find ways to integrate study skills / time management into Pastoral Care programmes.
LIKEMOST: The way it caters for a variety of learning styles. Excellent sheets that can be printed. For a busy Year Coord, this could be a 'one-stop shop'. Visually very appealing. Lots of effective tips and guides.
MOSTUSEFUL: The bits dealing with HOW students can revise.
SUGGESTIONS: I really think it's a remarkable resource and most bases are covered.

St John Bosco College, Engadine
USE: Encourage them to use at home, encourage teachers to use with students. Advertise in diary and newsletters.
LIKEMOST: Well structured and easy to navigate, not cluttered. Tracking system is a great idea. Multimodal and interactive, written, audio, quizzes, etc to keep kids interested. Always new things and responses to queries.
NEWSLETTER: Definitely it’s great.
LINK: On the student’s personal internet desktop.

The Scots College
USE: We use selected sheets as part of the tutor group programme (pastoral care), twice a week in Term 1. Then we encourage the students to use the online version when special times of research/exams are coming up.
LIKEMOST: Quick, punchy lessons. Not necessary to have loads of resources. Can do a unit in 20-30 minutes
MOSTUSEFUL: It varies with each year group and at what stage of the year they are at. The exam tips and memory aids are good. Concrete exercises to improve these are great.

The SCOTS PGC College
USE: Pastoral Care time and home use
LIKEMOST: User friendly and electronic that is accessible at home to all our students

St Stephens School Duncraig
USE: Used as a resource that families and students are referred to. Learning areas particularly like the learning area specific parts of the site.
LIKEMOST: Ability to use it at school as well as home and learning area specific parts.
MOSTUSEFUL: Different for each student.

Sydney Distance Education High School
USE: Students access at home or at their home school.
LIKEMOST: That students can use worksheets and track progress.
MOSTUSEFUL: Everything! Especially that they can enhance skills in the areas of Reading, Maths, presentation, Research and Foreign Language.

Toongabbie Christian School
USE: All classes in the school in year groups have been allocated units. Yr 7 does first section, yr 8 does second yr 9 and 10 do it in electives and yr 11 do the last section. Complete the set units allocated by your coordinator over the year. You will need to map out when your classes need to complete set units. All units allocated must be completed by the end of the year. 
LIKEMOST: the interactive nature of it, the students generally have a look at everything

Waverley College
USE: The handbook has been placed as a link on the homepage of the College website and the intranet. Students, teachers and parents can access this site easily. The site is promoted at all Parent Information evenings and highlighted regularly in the College newsletter. In the first year of use students are encouraged to use the site and some teachers use information from the site to incorporate in their lessons.
LIKEMOST: Easily accessible and user friendly. The units of work can be directed to different age groups.
MOSTUSEFUL: As our boys are not good organisers anything that is about organisation including planners etc has been helpful. Also the information on how to make study notes.

York District High School
USE:
1. Encourage students to use at home. Specific units are suggested.
2. Specific units are specified for students to complete during Form classes.
3. Study Skills is a focus of Form Teacher programs for the year and classes rotate through our IT rooms and labs to complete.
LIKEMOST:
1. Ease of access.
2. Student monitoring.
3. Content and mode of delivery - IT focus.
4. Newsletter and regular product information updates.

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Other FAQs about the site?

What age of student is the handbook aimed at?

This handbook is designed for high school or secondary students. It is not suitable for primary school students. All secondary school students will find all units of the handbook valuable although juniors and seniors will experience the units at different levels of understanding and relevance. Every year when students have access to the handbook again, a different section may seem more pertinent to them based on what issues are current in their lives at that time. In addition to this, units that they have previously worked through may have greater meaning at different levels of their schooling.

Why can't individuals subscribe to the handbook?

This is a resource that is designed to benefit the school community as a whole. It is much more effective if teachers, parents and students are all hearing the same message about study skills and it is important to ELES that access is not limited due to financial means of individuals. It is also more cost-effective, for example for the cost of 7 typical individual subscriptions, a school of 700 students can all have access!

Can the school subscribe just one year group to the handbook?

No. You need to subscribe for your school and the number of students enrolled in your secondary school. It is not possible to ensure that your school's password is kept for the use of one year group in the school only.

Can the school subscribe for just part of the year?

No. Subscription is for a calendar year only. At times we may offer specials that allow a school to start their subscription part-way through the year.

Can primary schools use the handbook?

No. The handbook is designed for secondary school students. If your school has both primary and secondary students, your enrolment numbers are calculated on the secondary students only.

Is the handbook just for Australian schools?

No. Even in Australia there are a number of different school systems. The handbook is not curriculm specific, it can be used by any school in any system.

Can we get information as to how much each student has completed or used the handbook?

Yes! Students sign up for the Tracking System on the handbook site. They will enter a user name and password of their choice and at the end of each unit quiz and module they save their results. The system will keep track of their results over the years until the end of Year 12 (Year 13 for overseas schools). They can check their progress at any time through the tracking system. The school contact person will also be given an administrator password which will allow schools to view the progress of any students who have signed up for the tracking system in any year group in their school.

We have used some of your resources or had our students attend one of your study skills sessions. Will this handbook still be useful for us?

Definitely! Study skills is all about building layers of knowledge, it is about taking the information and presenting it to students in numerous and different ways. The more we can constantly expose our students to the concepts needed for academic success, and the more diverse ways we can get them to interact with the information on a regular basis, the better chance we have that they will retain it and apply it. From the other perspective, if you are using the handbook site your students will still find the sessions and resources useful.

Joining Fee

Once your school is using the handbook site, if your subscription is kept current you would not need to ever pay the joining fee. If your subscription lapsed and later on you decided to join again, you would then need to pay the joining fee.

But if you subscribe now, each year you would simply pay the annual subscription fees outlined above (and you get a 10% discount each year if you pay at the end of the year for the next year ie. if you paid at end of one year for your next year subscription you would be given a 10% discount on the annual subscription fees).

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