HSC student Eddy from Bulli High School is asked about his experience of studying.
Q: How have you approached the HSC studies?
A: Creating a study timetable and putting it on the wall in front of me.
Q: What study aids and techniques have you personally found helpful?
A: Online tutoring, writing flash cards, writing syllabus notes in your own words and answering questions from past papers.
Q: What tips can you give to other students?
A: When you’re writing notes put it in your own words so it’s easier to remember. Make sure you still participate in extracurricular activities and exercise. Get enough sleep and take regular breaks.
Q: How well have you prepared for the exams?
Q: Do you make time to exercise, eat healthily, etc?
A: Yes, always eating well and soccer training three nights a week.
Q: What do you plan to do next year?
A: Plan to attend UOW.
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Helpful tips (Source – Sydney Morning Herald)
While you may have been studying diligently, there are some handy tips for the big day. For example, suggestions how best to use the reading time.
Get an overview of the paper – Is there a familiar question that you can do easily? Is there something that looks challenging that you may need additional time for?
Read through wordy problems at least twice – Look out for instructional verbs or statements such as: write down, explain, justify, etc. Look at the marks the questions are worth – this gives you a guide to how much writing or lines are needed.
Multiple choice questions
- Highlight important details. Answer the key parts in the question.
- For maths, if the question asks you to calculate an answer, do the calculation and then match your answer to the responses provided.
- You may be able to answer the question by first eliminating two responses and then using your knowledge to get the answer without too much working out.
- Do not leave any question blank, even if you don’t know the correct answer.
Free answer response questions for maths
- Allocate your time – spend more time on questions with higher marks.
- Scaffolded questions – where a question has several subparts, read all the subparts first. Seeing the links between subparts will help.
- “Show that …” questions – all working needs to be shown so it’s clear you know how to answer the question. Simply rearranging the problem doesn’t show anything.