By Hudson’s Admissions Department
1. How do teachers help students stay on top of their progress?
First, we track daily attendance. If a student misses one class (period) without a parental reason, parents will be notified for mutual follow-up / actions.
Next, teachers monitor homework completion. They will notify parents if homework is not being regularly completed.
Next, student progress relating to assignments and tests is monitored / tracked. Where this is not being completed satisfactorily, parents will be involved / notified.
Throughout the year and courses, we (continue) to work with students in class, and individually as needed, to develop time management and study skills. It is important to remember that students have four years of high school. We want students to be or become independent learners by graduation, in order to prepare them for university study. Accordingly, we have a plan! It is implemented in a progressive manner beginning in grade 9.
2. Students at Hudson have a timetabled study period. How does that work?
Regarding the designated study period, Hudson students will spend the exact same time in class for the typical eight courses per year as they would spend in any other school. The course time of 110 hours is uniform in all Ontario schools. The real difference is not with any in class amounts of time – it’s the same. The difference is how the learning day is structured.
Here is what we mean. All schools have a mandated number of minutes for each day. If a school has a four course per day semester, they will typically start at 8:50 am to 9:00 am and finish at 3:05 pm. Therefore, students will leave school at 3:05 pm.
Our high school September to June, three semester system means that students will study three courses every day in the two major semesters thus allowing for the “in the day” study period. The strength of this model is that it allows students to focus on fewer tests / assignments at any one time – less stressful; more focussed – while providing monitored time “in the day” for support.
At Hudson our high school students will be at school from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The grade 9 study period will be in period two – and students will be in school.
In essence, the school that dismisses at 3:05 pm has a “study period” from 3:05 pm – 4:00 pm each day. In that four course a day school students have no on-going scheduled time to get help before 3:05 pm, and students will not likely want to stay after 3:05 pm.
Effectively their day of “9 to 4” ends at 3:05 pm – no plan for on-going support. The Hudson College “9 to 4” day actually keeps students to 4:00 pm and provides a time slot in the day where students have a more realistic chance to manage their time and studies each day.
More specifically, at Hudson College, a teacher has also been assigned to the study period to assist students. As a course progresses, students will get help from their classroom teachers. In cases where a student may benefit from additional help, this teacher will work, with input from the classroom teacher, individually with students in the study period. Students may not require daily direct help, rather on-going monitoring / assistance. The study period – in the day, not at 3:05 pm after school – has proven effective.
Another example. When addressing skill development, the other semester schedules make it virtually impossible to “catch all students”. One common (study) time slot permits us to bring all grade 9s together to reinforce the work of individual subject teachers.