Workload at Secondary School

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

One of the challenges students face in making the transition from primary school to secondary school is managing the increased workload. Here are some tips to help you get organised with the work demands of a secondary school.

Learn how to manage your time

  • Be punctual to each class
  • Use a school diary
  • Create 'to do' lists - don't leave things to the last minute
  • Draw up a simple home timetable using a calendar to plan activities, study requirements, deadlines for assignments
  • List exam dates and other commitments
  • List due dates for essays and work backwards to set mini deadlines for each stage
  • Prioritise each task to help achieve goals, to avoid being overwhelmed by what has to be done and then rushing at the end
  • Maintain a balance between study and recreational activities
  • Find out about homework clubs.

Find a good workspace at home

  • Use a clear flat space for regular homework and study – not a bed or a couch
  • Organise your equipment for use when you need it
  • Keep your school work in an easily accessible spot
  • If possible, choose a space away from distractions, such as television.