Establish routines

Doing school work should be part of your student’s everyday life. You can help your student to form good study habits by ensuring they have the materials they need and by planning a daily routine with them.

You already know or will get to know your student well. You may need to trial different ways of timetabling work to find the best approach for your student.

Some students are better at staying on one topic for a long period of time while others need to have regular breaks or change topics more often. Please talk with your learning advisor or teacher if you need help setting up a timetable for your student.

Help your student keep track of things by:

  • Encouraging your student to write down the subjects they’ve studied at the end of the day, if they aren’t following a timetable
  • Checking that they spend time each week studying each subject, not just the ones they enjoy most
  • Helping your student keep a record of the work they’ve completed and returned.

Suggested timetables

Years 16 students

Each day your student should spend:

  • 60 to 90 minutes on English (including reading, written language, oral language, handwriting and spelling)
  • 45 to 60 minutes on mathematics
  • 20 to 30 minutes on physical education activity.

They should spend about six hours each week for inquiry learning packs, and may also study te reo Maori.

If you approach learning as something that is interesting and fun, your student is more likely to enjoy their study. Help them develop a positive attitude by:

  • having fun learning together
  • reading aloud to your student
  • reading and discussing lots of books
  • sending in regular recordings of your younger student reading aloud
  • having regular short breaks through the day.

Years 710 students

Your student should spend two to three hours each day on integrated units, as well as doing some reading (either personal or guided) and writing/literacy each day. Mathematics and any other subjects should be studied for an hour each day.

Years 1113 students

Year 11 students should spend about five hours a week on each subject (25 to 30 hours a week altogether for full-time students). Students in years 12 and 13 should study each subject for six to seven hours a week (30 to 35 hours for full-time students).