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SSC Newspaper : May 2012
education "Study with like-minded people who have similar goals because they'll also be focused on achieving great HSC results." - June Heo of Matrix Education Strathfield Scene 11 www.ourstrathfield.com.au trying times for hsc pupils With the hSC trial examS approaChing, apply theSe Study tipS noW for SuCCeSS With trials coming up, hSC students are reaching the business end of the year. Stress and nerves pervade our schools and libraries. But what should students really be doing in the lead-up to their trial examinations? maha ghabrial from edu-Kingdom College, Strathfield, claims that preparation should start well in advance. “Students would have to prepare a year before and they need to plan their time very well so they are on solid ground.” But whether you’re on solid ground and in need of that extra boost, or just beginning to familiarise yourself with the content, there are a few things you should keep in mind. June heo from matrix education stresses the importance of having the right study routine and environment. “The monotony of studying alone can be overcome by organising study groups. Study with like-minded people who have similar goals. “ you may be able to help them out with questions, and this will help you to best express your ideas. They will inevitably have different strengths to you so they may be able to help you out in your weaker areas.” heo also recommends that students break study sessions with relaxation and exercise. She claims exercise “will get the blood flowing to all parts of your body including your brain, helping you feel and think better.” She also emphasises the impor- tance of sleeping and eating well, advising students to get a good amount of sleep. “This is especially important the night before any exam because your ability to function at a high level during the test depends on how rested you are.” But most importantly, both ghabri- al and heo say practice is the way to achieve high marks. There are no real short cuts to hard work. 5 tips for better study 1Balance your study time with relaxation and exercise. Get out for a walk or a jog and some fresh air. Manage your time effectively by setting out a schedule of study time, with regularly spaced breaks to allow you to relax. The syllabus can often act as a useful and succinct skeleton for both your notes and focus for study. 2Study with friends. Organise study groups of like-minded people. They’ll have similar goals because they’ll also be focused on achieving great HSC results. You may be able to help them out with questions. 3Practice past HSC exam papers under exam conditions. Get into the habit of doing past papers in one sitting, in exam conditions. Maintaining high levels of focus and concentration over three hours isn’t easy, but a necessary skill. 4Make sure you sleep and eat well. The HSC trial exam period is stressful time, immune systems are always down, and illness is prevalent. Stay on top of your game by keeping your fluids up, and eating well. Studies have shown that sleep is essential for effectively storing and organising memories. If you’re not getting enough sleep, chances are your memories will not be as strong or accurate as they could be. 5 Stay updated on the latest HSC news from the Board of Studies through the Matrix blog. Visit www.matrix.edu.au/blog where you can be updated on the latest HSC news released by the NSW Board of Studies including information on any upates and changes to the syllabus. You can also find helpful articles written by experienced teachers as well as HSC exam markers and experts. On the site you’ll also find free resources and advice on Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks as well as help for English, maths and sciences.