Tips for Exam Study

It is a stressful and often overwhelming feeling when studying for the HSC and trying to balance all subjects. With a plan in place and good foundations for learning, exam study stress can reduce significantly so you achieve to your best.

Give Yourself Space

Create an area of your home that is free from distractions as best you can. Ensuring the space is dedicated to study will help the mindset that when you are at your desk, you are ready to learn.

Create a section of your study area for visible notes, as this will help you review content when passing by your study.

Make sure to take regular breaks during studying and spend time outside if its a nice day. A small amount of sun can really help you feel good about exam study.

Make a Plan

Making a study routine or schedule lets you visualise when your exams are going to occur and what length you should study for them each day. Time spend planning will help in the future. Get help from your tutor or teacher to come up with a study plan that can work well for you.

Once you have a plan established, set goals you want to achieve during your study that revolve around the syllabus. Longer times for study should be used for the trickier dot-points.

Concentrate on making sure that the goals you are setting are achievable in the time frame. It can be tempting to aim high, but the study plan should reflect multiple big and little wins on your study path. Too big too soon can lead to burn out and stress.

Slow and steady can win the race.

Find what works for you.

There are different techniques that work well for different people. Find some techniques that work well for you. Some people thrive by rewriting content, others like to create diagrams, others like to colour-code their work, and others will watch video content. A mixture of mediums can help keep study fresh.

Do Practice Exams

Use past exam papers to your advantage. They can be the best indicator of styles of questions you can expect to see. Try to use them in your study space and simulate the same length of time the exam goes for and see how much progress you can make.

Always ask for help from peers or your teachers when you need it. Staying on track is key to your success. Different viewpoints will help wrap your head around various approaches to questions.

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