Simple Yet Powerful Ideas For Worksheets

If you ever have the chance to make your own worksheets or even just print out or copy worksheets from other sources, it’s a good idea to add a cover sheet which outlines tips for how the student should approach the work. Too many students have it in their head, that their aim should be to ‘get it right’.

Their aim in exams should be to get it right, sure, but their aim during lessons and homework should be to learn – not just ‘get it right’. So, what if what they need to learn are things like patience, perseverance, attention to detail and independence? There are ways to teach them these skills as well as math and literacy at the same time.

We’re currently developing a series of lesson resources which tick all these boxes at once. In the mean time however, what I suggest you do is just start by attaching a cover sheet (even print it out on TOTC letterhead paper to present more professionalism) which includes a list similar to that below:


Learning To Manage Your Time Under Pressure:

We recommend you spend not more than 60 seconds attempting to answer each question. This will help you learn to manage your time under pressure. After 60 seconds is up, we recommend you move onto the next question even if you haven’t finished.

Learning Perseverance

We recommend you spend not less than 60 seconds attempting to answer each question.

If you find yourself wanting to hurry up and get it over with or anything at all which feels like wanting to give up, then we recommend you spend an extra 30-60 seconds onto of the 60 seconds you would already spend. Just like lifting weights, the more you push through the pain, the stronger you get.

Learning To Be Thorough

If you happen to finish answering the question before the 60 seconds is up, we recommend you spend the remaining time looking back over the question and double checking to make sure:

  • You have interpreted the question correctly. Make sure that the words on the paper are the same as the picture you generate in your imagination when reading over the words.
  • You wrote what you meant to write. Make sure that the response you wrote on paper was the same as the response you came up with in your head.Learning To Be Decisive

    You can time yourself using a stopwatch or ask your tutor if you don’t have one. Alternatively you can just estimate 60 seconds if you prefer. You can decide which of those you’d rather do.

    Learning To Be Independent

    By the way, all these things we recommend – they’re just recommendations. You don’t have to do them. If you decide not to however, please don’t make that decision based on an excuse like saying that following our recommendations won’t be helpful. They most definitely will be helpful, especially if you practice doing them with repetition over time, and especially if you practice the ones you struggle with the most.

    This is just one of many ideas we’re coming up with at our Tutoring Bella Vista HQ which can be utilised by our team of 200+ home tutors Sydney and Melbourne wide.

About Stuart Adams

Stuart Adams is the founder and Managing Director of TOTC. He is a former School Teacher and Careers Advisor as well as a qualified Dietitian and Psychotherapist. His Psychotherapist Sydney website has loads of free learning resources covering all areas of mental health.

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