Study Tips to Help You Sail Through the HSC

by frank-stuart

Undertaking the HSC is probably one of the most important times in your life. Effective studying requires a bit of planning and self-motivation. Use these useful techniques to sail through the HSC.

A Plan of Attack

Start by developing your plan of attack. One of the most effective ways to do this is to have a weekly planner or diary set up, and to outline your weekly study schedule in your planner.

You can use a paper planner or an electronic diary for this. Log your study hours, review how much time you spend on each subject, and think about how you can manage your time better for the next week.

Realistic Study Schedule

Keep to a realistic study schedule, and don’t forget to allow for plenty of breaks. Often it’s more important to study effectively for an hour than to sit at your desk for long periods without a break. Break up study periods with short breaks.

Motivation and Focus

Stay motivated by getting curious about the topic, and by developing a sense of pride in your learning. Develop good concentration and focus by avoiding procrastination, and by getting down to the material as soon as you sit down to study.

Learning to Study

We’re often told to work smart rather than work hard. Learning to study effectively can be the key to better time management during your HSC year. Think about how you retain information, and work out how to best take notes to enhance your learning.

For example, you might find drawing diagrams and flow charts to be most effective for you. Other students might find that sharing ideas with classmates or verbalising their thoughts is the best way to learn.

Notes and Retaining Information

Taking notes can help you retain information, but you can explore different ways to learn. Smartphone apps for note-taking, a collection of sticky notes on your wall, or even recording important equations or data can all help you memorise vital facts.

Set Up a Supportive Study Environment

Try to study in a quiet, dedicated space where you won’t be distracted by the TV or the internet. You might find it beneficial to change your routine once in a while. If you study mainly in your bedroom, try getting out of the house and studying with friends. Drop by the library for some variety.

Managing Stress

Learning to manage stress is an important part of your HSC year. Breaking up your study periods with breaks, and doing some physical exercise can be beneficial. Go for a swim, a run, or a catch-up with friends. If you find yourself stressing, try practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing.

Practice Exams

Testing yourself with past HSC papers can help you perform better on the actual exam day. Taking practice exam papers will help you get used to the language and the exam format.

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