Westfields Sports High School Year 10s study their skills

29 May 2012

The Compass Year 10 Study Skills program aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their study skills, while finding out more about opportunities at university. The program launched last week, with 50 students from Westfields Sports High School in Fairfield spending the day at the University of Sydney.

In the morning, students learnt about pathways to university and the range of scholarship and support services on offer. This was followed by an inspiring talk from Nina Khoury of the University's Elite Athlete Program on her journey to the University of Sydney. Nina shared her tips and tricks for staying motivated and balancing academic, sporting and other commitments. The students were then embarked on a campus tour led by University of Sydney Student Ambassadors, visiting famous University landmarks such as the "Graffiti Tunnel" and the Quadrangle.

The second half of the day comprised two practical workshops. The first covered general study skills, including how to set goals, create a study timetable and find the best study environment. The second workshop, led by Dr Jen Scott Curwood of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, focused on English Exam Preparation and showed students how to analyse visual texts and exam questions, and how to structure an exam essay.

The day was a tremendous success, with students describing it as "helpful" and "highly informative":

  • "It showed me what I can improve for the next time I study for an important test and showed new skills and ways to study."
  • "It taught me that planning is the key to success."

Compass would like to thank Dr Jen Scott Curwood of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, the Student Recruitment Unit, the Elite Athlete Program, and the staff of Westfields Sports High School for their kind assistance.