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.

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.