Study Tips

Top 10 student tips to see you through your HSC

1. Don't be afraid to ask questions in class. Chances are someone else also wants to know the same thing. If you are unsure about a concept, what is required for an assessment or an idea being discussed, don't go home confused.

2. Change your study zone - "same, same" is boring and you may lose concentration. Study at a cafe, local library, in the park.


3. Do things that aren't just study or stressing about study. Hang out with friends at least once a week. You might think you don't have time for it, but it relaxes your mind and gives you a break. 

4. Use study periods to compile notes, show teachers your work and ask for feedback. Be lenient with late starts and early finishes - they are really good, but if you go to school early or stay for an extra period to study you will get a lot more done. 

5. There is no point to knowing everything on the syllabus if you don't know how to adapt it to exam-style questions under time limits. Test yourself with practice papers. 

6. Make acronyms with quotes or key concepts as they're easier to remember, watch videos, use flashcards and write a term or idea on one side, a definition on the other side, and read the cards before you go to bed. Use your fridge or bathroom mirror as a note board and post key formulas, concepts or mind maps.  

7. Practise writing with a pen, often.Choose pens with a good grip. Warm up your hands before exams and shake them around to loosen up your wrists. It can make quick writing  easier. 

8.  Sleep, especially on the night before an exam. Then have a solid breakfast, get to school early, listen to music that relaxes you and have a quick revision, but stop 15 minutes before the exam. Surround yourself with positivity – you don't want to be around someone who is freaking out beforehand as it will make you more nervous and lose focus. 

9. It's not about memorising. It's about understanding the concepts and thinking outside the box. You need to know your work inside out in order to write about it effectively in an exam.

10. No matter how academic you are, the HSC is all about persistence and discipline. Getting a 'bad' mark on an assessment will not be detrimental to your final mark. What's important is that you learn where you went wrong, target those areas, keep practising, improving and strengthening your work. 


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