How to balance the HSC and Life!
This article has been written by Nadia Hurst, an HSC Standard and Advanced English & HSC Society and Culture Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Nadia then please check out her page here.
With such busy schedules, it is no wonder that students get stuck trying to balance everyday lives and study during the HSC. It is important to establish early on how you will manage your time efficiently and reward yourself afterwards.
- Identify your learning style early on during Year 12. Maximise your efficiency in order to spend less time on study with better results. If you are a visual learner, keep lots of mind-maps on hand. If you prefer auditory learning, record your notes and listen to them on the bus or train commute. We tend to write all of our notes because it is convenient, but this might be a time-waster for some people.
- Create a schedule with key dates. This will enable you to pencil in classes, assessment deadlines and important events so that you can organise time around them. You can also add long-term goals, such as being accepted into your university of choice or travelling to another country, which will motivate you to work hard during HSC.
- Never study when you’re stressed or sleepy. The truth is, you won’t be able to retain as much knowledge anyway. Organise to go to a natural place to relax like the park or the beach. Spend some time mindlessly watching television or with family if you need. Only come back to study when you are ready and alert.
- Join a club or society and have some time where you all participate you find really interesting. Your school might offer them, otherwise there’s always the local community.
- Be flexible with your time. If friends want to meet up or hang out, try and turn it into a study-date or agree to eat and relax first, before going to someone’s house or the library to study. Try and surround yourself with friends who are motivated, and they will keep you on track without much effort on your part.
- Get lots of sleep. We’re told this constantly, but the truth is, your mind cannot help you to the best of its ability unless it has been successfully recharged. If you struggle with time-management, try to give yourself a deadline when studying at night-time and turn off all electronics before you go to bed.
- Use your holidays as a reward for smashing out a term of study and organise holidays or save up money to really enjoy them. Enjoy time with the friends you make during the HSC, because you’ve experienced so much together.
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