After School Study
Make better use of your time after the last bell
Homework is an important part of the learning experience at Toronto Prep School. It provides a positive reinforcement of the work done at school, helps students build good work habits, organizational skills, time management skills, self-discipline and responsibility.
Homework preparation and study is the individual responsibility of each student. The development of good study habits is essential to success in both the middle and upper school programs. It is advisable that students develop a schedule with definite time allotment for each subject. Effective use of study periods in school can provide additional time to pursue outside interests.
An important factor in successful homework preparation is a clear understanding of the assignments. Assigned homework will be given daily and it is expected that all students will record these assignments in their MacBook Pro iCalendar.
Homework is also posted on the TPS wikispace at tpshome.wikispaces.com
If assignments are not clearly understood, students should ask the teacher to repeat and clarify them before leaving the class. All teachers are available before school for extra help. It is the student’s responsibility to see the teacher and make arrangements to make up work missed due to absence as soon as possible after returning to school.
Homework is considered an integral part of the student’s program and teachers fully expect assignments to be completed on a daily basis. The purpose of homework is three-fold:
- to consolidate what has been taught in the classroom
- to provide opportunities to practice and apply learned skills, and;
- to develop independent work habits
If a student does not meet commitments on a regular basis, the school will notify the parents and a meeting will be scheduled to decide what the best course of action should be. We prefer that parents not become involved with the student’s homework unless, for example, they are quizzing them for upcoming tests. It is important that the student exercise his/her own talents in completing a task. If the student is having difficulty with an assignment, he/she may not have fully understood the concept taught in class. It is very important for the teacher to be aware of this. As difficult as it may be, parents are asked to encourage independent thought and effort in completing all schoolwork.
After School Options
If homework is not completed a student will be asked to remain in the After School Study Club and complete their work or they may be placed in Saturday Club if an assignment has not been completed or the work has not been completed in the After School Study Club.
Teachers will be available between 9:00 AM and 9:55 AM and after school by appointment for extra help. To enhance the learning development of our students we provide both After School and Saturday Study Club programs. A supervised After School Study Club is available between 4:30 and 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and a supervised Saturday Study Club between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM every week except for long weekends and holidays.
Students may attend these programs on a voluntary basis or be placed in the programs by a parent and/or teacher.
After school study and extra help are vital components in a successful high school learning environment.