How can libraries support HSC students? Rowan Kunz

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How libraries can support students studying for the HSC — including key factors contributing to students excelling academically, plus key challenges and stress factors and how they can be addressed.

Rowan Kunz has done extensive research into how Australia’s top students excel at school. He is the author of Secrets of HSC Success Revealed and the founder of Art of Smart Education, an award winning provider of academic mentoring. He has received wide media coverage as an authority on developing academic excellence in young people.

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How can libraries support HSC students? Rowan Kunz

  1. 1. How Libraries Can Support Students Studying for the HSC © 2012
  2. 2. The Story of Lewis Aramayo © 2012
  3. 3. 3rd/14,500 Students in PDHPE ATAR 94.1 © 2012
  4. 4. Libraries Play Vital Role © 2012
  5. 5. Why am I here today? © 2012
  6. 6. Share insights into how you cansupport the student community © 2012
  7. 7. Who am I?• 7 Years Research with Australia’s Top Students (Top 2%)• Author of Secrets of HSC Success Revealed• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) UYSD• ATAR Equiv of 99.6 while representing NSW in soccer• Coached students who obtained 1st in State Rankings• Featured in Sun Herald, Daily Telegraph + 20 other publications as expert• Founder of
  8. 8. To understand how to help students, we need to look at key factors that create academic success © 2012
  9. 9. Benjamin Bloom Study1985 © 2012
  10. 10. My Research ACADEMIC SUCCESS EXAM EXAM PREPARATION TECHNIQUE CLASS ROOM CREATING NOTES EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITSMOTIVATION BALANCE ENVIRONMENT TIME MANAGEMENT Art of Smart Education © 2012
  11. 11. So how can you help? © 2012
  12. 12. You Are Doing a Great Job Access to Wealth of ResourcesSupportive Space conducive to learning Workshops throughout the year Extended Opening Hours © 2012
  13. 13. I do have some suggestions however to help you, help students deal with their critical pain points © 2012
  14. 14. How Can You Help? ACADEMIC SUCCESS EXAM EXAM PREPARATION TECHNIQUE CLASS ROOM CREATING NOTES EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITSMOTIVATION BALANCE ENVIRONMENT TIME MANAGEMENT Art of Smart Education © 2012
  15. 15. Students give very little thought to creating effective studyenvironments – distractions abound. © 2012
  16. 16. Biggest complaint students have isthey struggle to effectively manage their time © 2012
  17. 17. Overall this contributes to a lack of effectiveness in study, and poor exam preparation © 2012
  18. 18. So back to the question: How can you help? © 2012
  19. 19. Taking these factors into mind, Ihave developed 3-4 suggestions © 2012
  20. 20. Supportive Study Environment Open Collaborative Spaces “Teaching Hour” Why Teaching? © 2012
  21. 21. What is the most effective way youlearn, understood, and memorized information for your HSC? © 2012
  22. 22. Thomas Farmarkis 99.95 ATARTop 49/66,000 students7/10 Units State Ranking © 2012
  23. 23. Supportive Study Environment Distraction Free Study “Study Hour/s” © 2012
  24. 24. Lewis Aramayo5-8pm Weekdays2-5pm Weekends © 2012
  25. 25. Allowed Lewis to have high intensity study, remove distractions and maintain a healthy balance © 2012
  26. 26. Supportive Study EnvironmentAdvertised Time Periods for Individual Study Mobile Phones in a Box © 2012
  27. 27. Exam Preparation Currently ‘HSC Lock-Downs’Question of Timing – Large Year 11 student turn out © 2012
  28. 28. What but what message does a HSC Lock-Down communicate to students? © 2012
  29. 29. HSC‘Cram Session’ © 2012
  30. 30. Top Performing Students never did an ‘all-nighter’ © 2012
  31. 31. Generally always prepared well in advance © 2012
  32. 32. “If you haven’t learn what you need a couple of days before the exam, additional cramming doesn’t help” © 2012
  33. 33. Exam Preparation Common issues students face include struggling with time pressures in exam Make Silly MistakesOnly Variable is Time + Exam Atmosphere © 2012
  34. 34. Instead of HSC Lockdown © 2012
  35. 35. Exam PreparationHSC Practice Exam Sessions Student Bring Practice Exam Supervised Area 2-3 Hours Timed Conditions © 2012
  36. 36. Lots of Benefits © 2012
  37. 37. Exam Preparation Improved Memory RetentionMimics Exams – Improving Exam Prep Improves Students Exam TechniqueActually Targeted/Relevant for Year 12 © 2012
  38. 38. In saying this, I don’t mean thecurrent structure of HSC Lock-Downs are not useful © 2012
  39. 39. Just perhaps better targeted to the needs of Year 11 students. © 2012
  40. 40. OverallMerely suggestions © 2012
  41. 41. Want More?
  42. 42. Questions? Do you have any questions?Would you like clarification on anything? © 2012

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