Learning done out of school hours is defined as home study. It may be a particular task or tasks set by the teacher as homework, study in preparation for a test, or reading.
The College affirms the benefit of home study for students. Therefore, as part of the learning process, all students from Years 7 to 12 are expected to spend time studying, and completing homework, beyond the hours of the school day.
Home study serves several useful purposes or aims:
- To organise class notes
- To consolidate the knowledge acquired at school
- To develop skills
- To learn how to solve problems
- To explore topics by further research
- To take responsibility for learning
- To develop initiative and independent learning
- To gain understanding of information
- To improve performance
- To prepare for tests and exams
Suggested hours of study per week night
- Years 7 & 8 students 1½ hours (plus 15 minutes reading every night)
- Year 9 & 10 students 2 hours (plus 15 minutes reading every night)
- Year 11 & 12 students 3 hours (plus 15 minutes reading every night)
The suggested hours listed should be evenly distributed to allow work for each subject to be completed. This equates to about a maximum of 3 hours per subject per week at VCE.
The above is a guide only. Some students, particularly senior students, will need to study on at least one of the weekend days, as well as week nights. Parents and students need to be aware of the importance of maintaining a balance between home study and leisure.
If students have a part time job, they should not work excessive hours, such that their study or their health suffers.