Home­work club adds to exam buzz

Stirling Times - - Street Watch -

WITH only four weeks un­til the Year 12 WACE ex­ams kick off, New­man Col­lege stu­dents are study­ing to­gether with an af­ter school home­work club.

Prin­ci­pal John Fin­neran said the club was de­signed to pro­vide col­lab­o­ra­tive spa­ces for learn­ing and men­tor­ing between stu­dents, teach­ers and past stu­dents.

“Stu­dent to stu­dent, in groups solv­ing prob­lems, work­ing with teach­ers and men­tors has pro­vided a real buzz around the col­lege,” he said.

“Stu­dents love com­ing be­cause of the col­le­gial­ity and the op­por­tu­nity for as­sis­tance.”

Year 12 stu­dent Ce­leste Travaglini said the club mem­bers usu­ally stayed un­til 6pm but dur­ing ex­ams it was open un­til about 8pm and stu­dents were even pro­vided with free sup­per.

“It’s such a good en­vi­ron­ment to study in be­cause there are no dis­trac­tions and we can work to­gether,” she said.

Ce­leste is study­ing for five WACE cour­ses: two maths, Ital­ian, physics and English Lit­er­a­ture.

“It’s stress­ful to say the least but it’s been go­ing very, very fast,” she said.

Lit­er­acy sup­port co-or­di­na­tor Katie Lynch said the col­lege also of­fered mas­ter classes and WACE Work­shops with spe­cific in­ter­ven­tion in crit­i­cal lit­er­acy.

“Our WACE Work­shops are suc­cess­ful be­cause they give stu­dents spe­cific time to de­velop skills for ex­ams,” she said.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d473425

New­man Col­lege stu­dents Luke Miniello, Ce­leste Travaglini, Ju­lia Di­a­mond and Sa­muel Spadek.

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