Top 10 Best Techniques & Methods to Study

Top 10 Best Techniques & Methods to Study

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


Repetition

It has been said time and time again, repetition is key. For a piece of information to be absorbed by the brain, it typically takes three rounds of repetition. Re-writing notes by hand is the most effective study method, relative to only re-reading or re-typing them.

Flash cards

One of the best ways to study for exams is the use of flash cards. Students’ notes should be continually summarized, and flash cards act as a great tool forcing students to be concise due to their limited space. They are also useful for others to test your knowledge with.

Visual learning

Incorporating the use of pictures and drawings is a great way to study for visual learners. Remembering imagery is much easier for some students as they are more likely to recall a picture over words on a page. For example, biology students can study the steps of meiosis by drawing simple diagrams.

Teach someone

Teaching a parent, sibling or friend the HSC content is an excellent study method as explaining things out loud and having a conversation can be very memorable. This also allows students to test the depths of their knowledge through their ability to answer questions easily.

Acronyms

Acronyms are a simple but highly effective study technique. For example, this can be useful for English essays when students need a reminder of the sentence starters in each paragraph. Silly acronyms are often the easiest ones to remember!

YouTube

YouTube is a fantastic tool for students growing tired of conventional revision methods. Videos summarize topics in a short time and the use of animations, voice overs and even songs can be an effective study change. YouTube also provides explanations from a different perspective for harder to grasp concepts.

Read up

A well-read student is always positioned at an advantage. Background reading from textbooks, articles and online will broaden a student’s knowledge. The more extensive their knowledge of a topic, the easier they will find it is to understand and memorize for exams.

Glossary of key terms

Many courses such as science and business subjects place an emphasis on the use of correct terminology. A study technique to ensure students learn the range of terms in their subject is creating a glossary sheet. This can be particularly effective for multiple choice questions in exams based on definitions.

Write an exam

Above average student’s often make the effort to write up their own exams and use them for preparation. This study method improves a student’s critical thinking and their ability to predict expected questions. This can be achieved by directly following and covering the syllabus.

Past papers

Past papers are a full proof method when studying for exams. They can be completed open book at first, however students should transition to closed book after a few attempts. It is important to check back with the marking criteria and seek feedback from teachers and tutors to ensure they are on the right track.

 

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!,The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Year 12: It’s Not What You Think and Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

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LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

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Preparing for your first English Language SAC

Preparing for your first English Language SAC

This article has been written by Liam McAlary, a Years 7 – 12, VCE Legal Studies and VCE English Language Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Liam then please check out his page here.


Hey guys, here is my article for March, which focuses on preparation for your first English Language SAC. A lot of this advice is pretty transferrable and will apply to your other SACs (for English Language and other subjects) as well. As most your first English Language SACs will be to do with informal language (Unit 3 Outcome 1), this article will contain some specific advice for this outcome.

One of the most important things to do when you are preparing for assessment tasks is to practise. In English Language, your SACs are likely to be either a short answer section (based on a text provided), an analytical commentary (also based on a text provided), or an essay (or a combination of the aforementioned tasks). These are also the three tasks that make up the end of year exam so schools want to make sure their students can do them well whilst under pressure.

Writing practice pieces in the lead up to the SAC is important because each practice piece is an opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice and improve them. Furthermore, practice pieces are also a golden opportunity to receive feedback from your teacher (who is the person that will mark your SAC so knowing how they want you to write is very worthwhile) and clarify concepts you find more challenging. Ultimately, no matter how strong of a student you are, you will make mistakes, especially in your earlier pieces so you are (obviously) better off making these mistakes in your practice pieces, rectifying them and then not making them when it comes time to do the assessed task.

Following on, many of you are probably wondering how many practice pieces you should do in preparation for a SAC. Ultimately, it depends on how many you need to do to feel comfortable. As a guide, aim to do at least 3 and ideally 4 or 5 pieces (maybe more if it is short answer as they are not very time consuming), in the lead up to the SAC. This will help you ensure that your knowledge and skills are were you want them to be.

Finally, have a good look at the study design (key knowledge and skills), for the outcome, as that is ultimately what you are assessed on. For informal language, ensure that you are across the various purposes that informal language features can serve and ensure that you have contemporary Australian examples that you can use in essays to help demonstrate your point and improve your marks. It is also important to be able to identify why features have been used in a text, speech, or conversation and what purpose they serve. Additionally, it is vitally important that you can use accurate (and correctly spelt) metalanguage to do your analysis as metalanguage is a key requirement in just about every assessment you will do.

Anyway, I hope you have found this useful and I will have another article for you next month.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: What To Expect As A First-Year University StudentSocial Purpose and How it Relates to Informal Language and The Summer Holidays and Formal Language Examples.

 


LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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Managing Your Time While Working and Studying

Managing Your Time While Working And Studying

This article has been written by Lydia McClelland, a VCE French, Music Theory, Literature & VCE English Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Lydia then please check out her page here.


Time management for students is often a delicate balancing act. It’s especially a conundrum for students who continue to work while they study. It isn’t always possible to cut out work, especially because of home situations or a genuine desire to get some experience. So how can you manage your time effectively to make sure you can get everything you need done?

  1. Consider making a study timetable. It’s extremely important to be organised, as being busy can lead to forgetting important tasks. You can see more about this in one of our previous blog posts here.
  2. Think about some unorthodox methods of studying. It can be difficult to prioritise study if you’re travelling a lot between school, work and home. Consider how you can study on public transport. Can you record yourself reading notes and listen to them to revise while you’re on the move? Or can you download helpful podcasts to listen to? Usually, you can create more spare time than you think.
  3. Make sure your workplace knows about your situation. It can be difficult to broach the topic, but make sure your manager knows if, say, you’re in Year 12, so they can keep in mind that you may need to cut down on a couple of shifts in busier periods.
  4. Self-care: you absolutely need to keep downtime in your life to stay refreshed. This will probably enhance your performance more than if you took no time away from work and study. Make sure you take breaks between study and still do some activities that you enjoy.

Some of the highest performing students in Year 12 manage to successfully work and study at the same time. Ultimately, you need to work out the balancing act based on your own circumstances, but the effort is never a waste – time management is a lifelong skill.

 

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 3 Facts You Should Know About Your ATAR, Tips for Supporting Your Child in Year 11 and 12! and Will anyone care about your ATAR in a year?

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LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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Love languages? Consider a career in the translation industry!

Do you speak a language other than English? Perhaps you have lived overseas and migrated to Australia. Maybe your parents are migrants and you learnt their mother tongue growing up as a child in Australia. Or perhaps you decided to study a second language at school because of an acute interest in languages.

No matter your situation, your language skills are are a unique and valuable skill. So why not consider putting this skill to good use and embark on a career in the translation industry.

To help you understand a little more about translators and languages in the Australian context, here is a bit of background information.

Commonly studied languages in Australia

French language studies

Did you know that in VCE, French language studies consistently have some of the highest levels of enrolment? And no wonder! The French language is terribly romantic. French is also relatively simple to learn as an English speaker and is categorised as a Category I language by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI). This categorisation makes it one of the easiest languages to learn as an English speaker.

Monash University have a world-renowned Translation & Interpretation studies program which even offers Double Degrees in conjunction with Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 (France). So, what can you do once you have studied to become a translator at University? Of course, you can embark on a career as a French translator in Australia. Alternatively, many graduates are seduced by France’s mystique and pack their bags for Europe, never to return to Australia. If a career as a French translator interests you, then you would benefit from a French tutor for VCE.

Chinese language studies

Studying Chinese as a second language is also very popular in Victoria. Many schools are now realising the importance of a strong connection with China. Students with strong Chinese language skills set themselves up for a great career. Mandarin is spoken by nearly 900 million people worldwide and is the number 1 language in world based on number of native speakers.

Chinese migration to Australia is at all-time high, with thousands of Chinese nationals traveling to Australia each year. It’s no wonder that the demand for Chinese to English translation by native English speakers has hit critical levels. The level of commerce between Australia and China is also at all-time highs, with Australian businesses flocking to China to get their products in front of over one billion increasingly affluent Chinese. If you need a hand with your Chinese tutoring, LearnMate can help.

So, what do translators really do?

In a nutshell, translators convert the meaning of documents, official papers and any written text from a particular language to another. Philosophically, this should only be done into the translator’s native tongue. In practice, however, many translators translate in both directions.

Don’t confuse the role of translators and interpreters. In the Australian context, these two roles are quite different. An interpreter converts the spoken word, for example, at a medical appointment. On the other hand, translators work with written language.

In today’s fast-changing world, the translation industry is both very interesting and highly varied. Translators are expected to work with various file formats, across various domains including technical, scientific, medical and legal texts, all the while utilising technology in their workflow to improve efficiency, quality and speed.

Can anyone call themself a ‘translator’?

Becoming a professional translator is more than being bilingual, knowing the target and source languages, and having a reliable internet connection.

To achieve the level of proficiency to be considered a professional translator, you need a lot of practice and experience to be confident enough to translate in various fields.

Let’s take a look at some situations that help describe what a translator is not.

  • A professional translator is not someone who is a student of languages. A student of languages still has a long way to go in order to have the level of proficiency.
  • In the same way, a professional translator is not a teacher of languages. Why? Because teaching and translating are different. Of course, a translator can become a teacher, but that doesn’t mean that a teacher can necessarily translate to the expected standard. By the same token, not all translators can be a teacher of languages.
  • A professional translator is not someone who simply speaks two different languages even if it’s on a native level. To be a translator, an individual must always have the relevant research skills, cultural competence, ethical understanding and ability to transfer the intended meaning of a text from one language into another. Having very strong language proficiency certainly does help, but it’s not enough.
  • A professional translator is not a dictionary. A lot of people assume that a translator knows all words in two different languages; however, any experienced translator can tell you that different words can be used depending on the context. A translator’s role also involves significant research to ensure that they are choosing the most appropriate word for the context of their translation.

What makes a professional?

Let’s define a professional translator to give you a glimpse of the translation industry.

In Australia, there is a very rigorous credentialing system in place for professional translators, administered by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). In practice, almost all translators who operate in a professional capacity in Australia hold a current and valid translator credential.

Obtaining a NAATI translator credential is more than simply having proficiency in two languages. There is an ethical component that must be passed in order to be awarded with a NAATI credential.

Technically speaking, a person is considered to be a professional when he or she does something for a living. So whilst you could technically work as a professional translator without a NAATI translator credential, it would be quite difficult to gain employment in this field without the relevant industry-recognised credentials.

Reasons to consider a career in the translation industry

Now that you know a thing or two about becoming a professional translator let’s look at four reasons why you should pursue a career in the translation industry.

You love to learn

Translators work in different fields including medicine, law, science, and technology. To stay up to date, you need to keep improving what you already know and learning new things.

Translating into the target language isn’t enough. You also have to understand what’s happening in these fields and keep up with any changes or updates in your field of specialty.

In other words, you need to see that your job is a continuous learning process and enjoy it.

You love literature

Today’s best-selling books such as Harry Potter and the Bible wouldn’t be where they are now if it weren’t for their translations. These books have been translated into a lot of languages and have sold millions.

Translating such amazing books requires not only outstanding linguistic skills but also the ability to handle any cultural issues that arise between two languages. Not only that, a translator must have a wide imagination to deal with words that don’t exist in other languages.

You love law and all of its aspects

Do you still remember that time when your Aunt asked you what you wished for and you’d answer “world peace”? If you still feel the same way and want to contribute to the progress of law and peacekeeping around the globe, then why don’t you consider a translation career at an international body such as the UN.

Just think of all the international documents such as conventions and treaties that need dissemination to all parts of the globe. Doesn’t that make a career in translation sound kind of exciting?

Well, if international leg work doesn’t suit you, you can also help people by translating their legal documents such as birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, adoption papers, diplomas and a whole lot more!

You can earn an income

Translators are highly sought after across the globe and the translation industry is growing. Increasingly, there are great opportunities to make a decent living, particularly if you obtain a credential that is recognised, such as a NAATI translator certification.

Summing up

So, what are you waiting for? Put your language skills to good use. Embark on a career as a translator and reap the rewards of your unique set of language skills.


LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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Refocusing after the Summer break

Refocusing after the Summer break

This article has been written by Celine Badaoui, an HSC Biology & Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Celine then please check out her page here.


With one term of their HSC year in the bag, many year-12 students are feeling accomplished and on a roll towards the end of December. Then, all of a sudden, this can be majorly disrupted by the lengthy Summer break ahead.

It’s finally time for students to enjoy a well-deserved holiday, hanging out at the beach with friends, watching Netflix and taking the time out to relax. However, this long period of down time can create an extremely difficult challenge for students returning back to school, turning their holiday mode switch off and study mode switch back on.

Refocusing after the Summer break is essential due to the importance of launching into the HSC with the best start possible, and there are several strategies students can undertake to ensure their transition is successful.

Get Organized

In order to avoid a rude shock upon arrival back to school, students should get organized as early as possible. Noting down key dates onto a wall calendar is a great start for students to become familiar with their workload for the term ahead. This includes recording due dates for assessments and exam periods, in order to allow for adequate preparation leading up to busy periods and minimize feeling overwhelmed.

Students should also set their own deadlines for more general HSC work, such as finishing syllabus notes 1-2 weeks in advance of exams. Allocating days of the week to certain subjects is also a great strategy that ensures study sessions are arranged in a way to cover all areas sufficiently.

Ensuring your Study Environment Looks the Part

A great activity for students resuming the school year is to reorganize their study space, which is often used as a recreational space over the holidays.

The first step is to remove all distractions from the area such as technology, books and games. Devices such as mobile phones can be replaced with digital clocks for students to keep track of the time. Having pre-prepared study snacks close by is also an effective way to avoid the need for multiple trips to the kitchen which often leads to students procrastinating.

Neatly organized study areas are advantageous over messy, disorganized work spaces which often contribute to the feelings of stress and confusion.

Incentivise Yourself

Creating incentives to work harder for things to look forward to is an excellent strategy for students transitioning out of holiday mode. These incentives can be as simple as organising to get breakfast with friends or playing sports on the weekends, which is also essential for student’s mental and physical well-being.

Realistic goals should be set for students to achieve before rewarding themselves with fun activities, such as finishing ‘x’ number of syllabus notes or completing ‘x’ number of words of an essay. This ensures they can thoroughly enjoy these times without the burden of uncompleted work in the back of their minds.

 

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!,The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Year 12: It’s Not What You Think and Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

 – LearnMate Tutoring.

 


LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

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