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4 Tips to Improve Your Child’s Grades in Semester 2

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Congratulations on reaching the end of Semester 1! As the holidays approach, it’s the perfect time for your child to unwind yet prepare for next term. This break is pivotal, especially for students in Years 10 to 12, as it sets the stage for subject selections and crucial exams. Proactive planning now can set them up for success. Here’s how…


Right now, your child is at the doorstep of the July holidays and your child is probably just dying to switch off after an exhausting Term 2. Then, BAM! The holidays whiz past and before you know it or they’ve even thought about preparing—your child is back at school.

The July holidays have the highest concentration of ‘tipping points’ in the school year. Tipping points are simple. They’re specific points or instances that tip things, so your child will either be more motivated and focused to get higher marks or struggle and burn out fast.

  • For Year 10 students, the holidays are a time to prepare for subject selection in Year 11 when 60% of kids see a 15% decline or more.
  • For Year 11 students, it sets the tone of their Term 4 and the beginning of their Year 12.
  • For Year 12 students, it will directly impact their HSC Trials, final exams and ATAR results.

Building a strategy for your child’s Semester 2 may sound challenging and overwhelming at first. But if you know what to look for, you can create an effective study strategy for your child just before Term 3 starts.

Kalibrate-Ed share how you can maximise the July ‘tipping point’ to help your child achieve higher marks and ATAR results in Semester 2.

Meet Ally: Tipping the scales to success

When we met Ally, she was a Year 11 student and a national-level swimmer pursuing Olympic selection and a 95+ ATAR.

Ally was often spread thin between her training schedule and schoolwork, and she was exhausted from worrying about her future. She had zero study strategy. But thanks to her coach and Olympic-level training, she knew her timings and strategies down to the millisecond. She tried to ‘make time’ by putting in long hours to complete her homework, but barely got enough energy to revise and do practice papers.

Despite Ally’s perseverance, her marks kept dropping. And when her Year 11 final exam took a massive decline, her mum Cate realised Ally needed help fast before Year 12.

Ally was motivated, but her study routine wasn’t personalised and optimised for her at all. So we helped Ally design a study strategy that enabled her to leverage her time using a timesheet. Then, we helped Cate identify critical areas that would have the biggest impact on her daughter’s HSC results. We also monitored Ally’s progress to ensure that her strategy was balanced, not only to improve her academic results but also to ensure that she was doing so with ample rest.

“We were all blown away by my ATAR of 98.25, far exceeding my original goal of 95.00!” – Ally

After working with our education strategists, Ally graduated with a 98.25 ATAR with full marks in Major Works. She also ranked 16th in her NSW cohort, with more than 30,000 students. She didn’t need the bonus ATAR points and got into her first preference of university course at University of Sydney.

Ally also received awards and recognition from the Australian Olympic Committee for her podium finishes at the Nationals during her HSC Trials.

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Tips to Improve Your Child’s Grades in Semester 2

Tips for semester 2

What we love about Ally’s story is how Cate was able to recognise Ally’s struggle and become the super mum that she was. Cate fully supported both her daughter’s goals, no matter how big they were.

Cate knew Ally needed further support and a more strategic, tailored approach to reach her goals. Without Cate’s intervention and Ally’s study strategy, Ally would’ve been quickly burned out and demotivated by fatigue, which would’ve made her 98+ ATAR and Olympic goals impossible.

Like Cate, your intervention and support can help your child find a better footing for Semester 2.  There are so many ways to maximise the upcoming July holidays and build a study strategy to boost your child’s performance and ATAR results.

1. Address weak areas

Use the holidays to identify and focus on subjects where your child has struggled during the first semester. Targeted practice and review in these areas can boost their confidence and help them achieve higher results in the next semester.

2. Watch out for burnout

Ensure your child maintains healthy habits even during the holidays, such as adequate sleep, preventive measures against flu and viruses, and physical activities to support their wellbeing and reduce burnout.

3. Technology and time management

Implement strategies to manage your child’s device use and distractions. The holidays are teenagers’ most anticipated time for social media and other technology. Establishing clear rules for screen times and study times can help your child responsibly manage their time.

4. Create a study plan

Develop a clear and structured plan for the holidays that balances study time with rest and play. It should include your child’s specific goals for Semester 2 and timelines for revision and exam preparations.

The path to success

Having a strategy is all about being proactive, and not waiting for things to happen to you. As students progress through the year, their motivation typically dwindles as do their marks. To increase your child’s academic results, you need to anticipate and leverage the critical points in the year to re-energise your child’s learning motivation system so you can tip the odds back in your child’s favour.

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Your child’s study strategy is only the first step. Even the best-laid plans stay a ‘wish-list’ unless the plan is actioned. That’s what makes the real difference. That’s why at Kalibrate-Ed, we focus our efforts on making sure your child has the necessary skills to get things done. That includes time management, motivation, organisation and exam strategies. If your child has these skills, they’ll be able to tackle any learning challenges that come their way and improve their results quickly in Semester 2.


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