Boarders Study Habits

The sound of the end of school bell is for most people a sound of beauty, teachers and students a like. However that bell does not mean the end of work for either and the knowledge of the need to do homework is rarely one of anticipation and excitement. The battle to get your child to do homework and the personal drive from the student to complete set work can often cause strain on a relationship. Living in a boarding school community can provide advantages in this area.

  • Access– access to the school library, internet and technology, access to forgotten resources, class mates (for those times you accidentally forget to write your homework down).
  • Study partners– for most students in boarding it is highly likely that you will be living with people that you share classes with, this means that there is always help. Also the added advantages of older students who have not only done that class, but had that teacher and unlike most adults can still remember doing that type of Maths.
  • Teachers– At TIS our boarding study program has the assistance of supervision by school teachers meaning you have immediate and one on one access to teachers outside of class time.
  • Environment– Study/homework time is part of the daily routine for our boarding students, which leads to practise study habits. Our study is done in the school library with up to date computers and a quiet environment, so students are given time and opportunity to study. (with the hope that this will lead to effective managment of their time to do further study as needed)

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Home Sickness

This is a challenge for everyone whether we are in boarding schools, university, long term holiday, exchange programs or our first step into independent living. Any large change will result in a longing for the safety, comfortability and the predictability of home. This is a very ‘normal’ feeling but how it manifest and affects your behaviour can be as individual as we are.

At TIS majority of our boarders are weekly boarders which reduces homesickness but can create monday blues or Sunday night blues. For our long term boarders it is especially important for students to see the boarding house as a second home and their peers as a family structure. Being an international school it is not only a change in the living space but possibly a change in dominant language and expectations. It is not only new routines and rules but it may mean you have to be respective and tolerant of different cultural norms and adapt your norms to the new expectations, such as table manners.

Homesickness can vary in its strength and duration , it is a fluid concept and may return with events and changes in a students life, at TIS we do our best to help, students have roommates and staff to help listen, we have internet and phone contact avaliability. We provide strong routines for the students and allow social time for the boarders to develop friendship and community. It is important for students to be busy when they first move into boarding and be allowed to develop ownership of their space, moving furniture, bringing personal belongings with them, participating in existing hobbies such as sport and music. At TIS we also hope to develop programs that give our students choice and a vote in how things are run, with regular meetings, menu choice and access to kitchens, common space and modern technology.

The following websites can help with guidelines and strategies to combat homesickness and your staff and long time boarders will be happy to help. Just remember you are not alone and everyone goes through it.