The final years of school: how you can help

The final years of secondary school can be some of the best years; they can also be quite stressful with extra demands on your child's time, more homework, more extra-curricular activities or even a part-time job.

There are many ways parents can help to maximise their child's success. Follow our tips to help your child learn effective time management skills, good study habits and how to lead a balanced life.

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Time management

  • Encourage your child to draw up a yearly timetable that shows when assignments are due, as well as other activities.
  • Suggest that your child creates a list of upcoming tasks so they can prioritise them in order of importance.

Study skills for success

  • Encourage your child to set aside a place where they can study, free from distraction.
  • Help your child establish a routine where they allocate a particular time each day for study and revision.
  • Encourage your child to do regular revisions of topics already covered. Remember to consider quality versus quantity. They should be specific in the revision they are doing, such as reviewing a chapter or topic.

Healthy eating, healthy mind

  • Educate your child about making healthy eating choices to better equip their mind and body for learning and study.
  • Encourage your child to eat regular meals, as this will help keep nutrient and energy levels more stable.
  • Fruit and vegetables rank highly among the best foods your child can eat for optimal brain function.

Stress management

  • Help your child to break assessments or projects into smaller, more manageable tasks.
  • Work with your child to prioritise tasks based on importance and urgency.
  • Encourage your child to get sufficient sleep; young people of this age need 9–10 hours of sleep per night.
  • Getting 30 minutes of exercise each day will help improve your child's mood and ability to cope with stress, as well as help their memory, concentration and study performance.

Exam preparation

  • Encourage your child to plan ahead for exams and develop regular revision blocks for each subject.
  • Help your child develop an exam calendar with personal rewards associated with the achievement of each milestone.
  • Ensure your child maintains a balanced lifestyle of revision, relaxation, exercise, healthy eating, sleep and leisure during this time.

Career planning

  • Talk to your child about the courses and careers that interest them.
  • Encourage your child to gain work experience in their field of interest to learn about a particular job.
  • Encourage your child to attend information sessions and careers planning events at their school.
  • Encourage your child to attend events on campus and talk with current university students and staff.
  • Help your child with online searches for the most up-to-date information and course booklets.



Deakin provides a range of workshops and resources for students to support them through their university study. Our study support program helps students with study skills, academic research, language and communication, referencing and other areas. Find out more about Deakin study support.

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