A Tour for Teachers about the
ELES Online Study Skills Handbook
for Secondary Schools.
This site will help your students work
more effectively and efficiently and
achieve greater academic success.
Click on the login button and enter the user name and password for your school.
• If your school has a secure section of the
school website, your webmaster can set up a
link so students just click on an image and go
straight through to the study skills handbook
site without needing to enter user name or
• Please contact us if you would like information
on how to set up this feature.
This is the home page, tabs along the top are the main navigation for the site.
To access the units of work students can click on any of the
43 unit links on the home page.
One of the first things students should do is to click on the “USING THIS SITE”
link and read the info and take the tours.
Then they should click on the “TRACKING SYSTEM” link on the home page.
They then choose a user name and password and this will allow
students to save the results of their end of unit quizzes and
modules. They will still use the main school login to enter the site,
but this tracking system login will be just for their individual results.
come back to
SYSTEM at any
time to check
their user name
Students can check their scores for the end of unit quizzes. They can re-take a
quiz every 7 days and it will only save the results of the quizzes if they get a
higher score next time (ie. it will not replace the result with a lower score).
Students can also scroll underneath on the same page to see which modules
they have completed.
Once students have signed up for the tracking system they should start working
through the units.
Teachers may direct students to particular units or students may browse through
the units as needed.
When students enter a unit first there is an audio file to start, then they vote in a poll
and take a check-up with the study skills doctor to see how healthy they are in this
Students can also print or open a worksheet to use with the unit before clicking
on the first link.
In each unit students
follow the instructions
of things to do, watch
the video files and
There are videos
students will also
be asked what
they do and for
their opinion on
related to study
Students can come back the following Monday and to see if their responses have been
posted. All students responses are checked before posting to ensure no inappropriate
content is added.
There is all sorts of useful info and examples in the units.
These audio buttons
will read the content
to students if clicked.
For example, the unit on Summarising takes a comprehensive look at the
important skill of making study notes.
Students will find that certain areas, for example, Research Skills, will be
particularly useful when they need to do an assignment.
If students have trouble managing their time, a number of units look at this topic
and will teach skills like good diary use.
At the end of each unit there is a quiz, sometimes multiple choice, sometimes
True/False or fill in the missing words etc. Students save the results of their quiz
using their tracking system user name and password.
Each unit also has a module where at the end of the unit students can see if they are able
to apply their knowledge to practical situations. When they have completed all 6
scenarios a PDF file of their answers will be created. Students can view this digital
portfolio through the tracking system.
There are a number of extra features on MORE menu on the home page:
Here is an example of what you will find on the podcast page.
On the questions page
students, parents and teachers
can get help on all sorts of
school related issues, see what
other people have asked or ask
your own question.
The student favourites page has links direct to lots of the fun stuff in
the site, videos, games etc. This is my favourite, students send in
photos of what their pets are doing while they are at school.
When teachers are using the site for the first time, click on the tab
“FOR TEACHERS” and read the info before then going to the “TEACHER ADMIN”
On the teacher admin page, you are able to view the results of any students
from your school using the tracking system.
Your school’s admin password can be found in the folder sent to the school
contact person on subscription/renewal. You can use this password to check
on your students' progress, look up usernames and passwords. Or delete
students. Do not give this password to students!
On the “TEACHER ADMIN” page you will find information about:
1.Viewing results from the tracking system.
2.Automating access from your school site.
3.School newsletter items.
4.Ways to inform the school community: flyers, handouts, powerpoints, video tours.
5.Info on re-subscribing and new passwords.
6.Ideas on ways to use the handbook.
We suggest that you regularly publish the web address:
www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and the user name and password in your
school newsletter (or remind students they can access the site directly from
the school site if you have set up this facility as per point 2 above).
In addition to this, each month we will email the contact person for the school
a sample newsletter item which will consist of a 'study skills tip' for the month,
and direct students' attention to some new features of the site.
There are also different video and powerpoint tours you can use.
It is a good idea to have your pastoral team discuss the best way for your school to
make the most of the handbook.
- Some schools just give the login details to students and parents and allow them to use
it at home and also direct students or parents to a particular unit when they are having
trouble with some area of study skills. In this instance the handbook is used mainly at
- In addition to this, some schools will take groups of students to computer labs at
school, and let them browse the handbook or have students print off a worksheet for
one of the units (or have printed and copied these in advance) and have students work
through a particular unit. Students could also type their answers directly into the word
versions of the handbook and save to their computers. Students by nature will tend to
browse erratically through the handbook so having students complete the worksheets
for each unit ensures they have worked thoroughly through the material for each unit.
- Some schools will plan each year which year groups will formally complete which
topics at school that year as part of the pastoral program. The RECORD OF COMPLETION
and TOPICS COMPLETED TRACKER are useful to help in this process. The last page of the
INFO FOR TEACHERS handout (see above) also discusses ideas for integrating the
handbook into a pastoral program.
So start improving your
students’ study skills today!