Standing out to your Markers

Standing out to your Markers

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.


Exam markers spend many hours behind a desk marking student’s examination papers, in what proves to be an important but also tedious task. It is therefore essential that students find ways to stand out to their exam markers, with some critical elements in their writing that can distinguish them between a band 5 and a band 6. The following tips will help students in continually improving their exam writing skills leading up to their trial and HSC exams.

 

Know the Syllabus

 

The syllabus is a student’s most important point of reference when studying. It is essential that students commit the contents of their syllabus to memory, in order to know exactly which specific syllabus point is relevant to each question. This is critical for subjects in which some syllabus points are highly similar, requiring students to be able to distinguish between them, as answering questions with content related to the wrong syllabus point can cost them vital marks. To assist with this, study notes should be made directly under the syllabus points. Writing out the syllabus points during study sessions is also effective, helping students memorise the guide.

 

Terminology

 

Terminology refers to using the correct language relevant to each subject, with some subjects such as Biology, PDHPE and Business studies enforcing a high level of importance on the correct use of terminology within student’s answers. Using the correct terminology also requires students to be familiar with the definitions of the terms they are using. Often students may be required to define the terms they use within their answers, or those stated within the question.  To assist with this, students can create a glossary of the key terms they are required to know, defining these terms open book initially, then attempting to do so closed book after some practice.

 

Range of Examples

 

Students should use a range of relevant and contextual examples within their writing in order to back up the points they are making. This illustrates a deeper level of understanding, alongside a student’s ability to apply their knowledge of a topic to the real world. Completing extra readings from the textbook or online is an effective way for students to broaden their knowledge and find interesting examples to impress their markers.

 

Structured Writing

 

Students should aim to write in a way that is well-structured, cohesive and flows effectively, to ensure markers can easily understand and interpret the answers that have been produced. Typically, questions that are 4 marks or higher should include an opening and closing sentence within the answer. The PEEL structure (Point, Expand, Example, Link) is an example of a great structure for students to follow to ensure their writing is clear and concise. Finally, using the amount of marks allocated to a question as a guide to the level of depth students are expected to answer questions in, is an effective way of ensuring students maximise their marks without ‘waffling’ too much.

 

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What are the Different University Degree Levels?

What are the Different University Degree Levels?

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.


Starting university can be a confusing time for school leavers, especially when they are unsure of the next path to take. Understanding the different levels of university degrees is a good start to help students feel confident when making these decisions and make the most of their time at university.

Associates Degrees

The first level of university degrees is the Associates degree, often requiring a student to have their high-school certificate (or equivalent). Associates degrees are offered at technical schools or community colleges and are typically two years in duration. If students wish to gain an entry-level position for a wide range of jobs including graphic design, air traffic control, nursing and the police, this is a great degree option to provide students with adequate training. Transferable associate degrees are also available for students who wish to continue their education at university after covering the foundation educational requirements. Two of the most common Associate degrees students attain are Associate of Arts and Associate of Science.

Bachelor’s Degrees

The second level of university degrees is a Bachelor’s degree, which also requires students to have a high-school certificate to apply. This is the most commonly chosen undergraduate program for school leavers and often require three to four years full time for completion. Students completing a Bachelor’s degree are given the opportunity to select one or two areas to major in for their studies, with common choices including finance, biology and communications. Upon graduating, students have qualifications to work in entry-level and often management-level positions. Alternatively, students may choose to continue their studies in other graduate programs. A common example of Bachelor’s degree is a Bachelor of Arts.

Master’s Degrees

The third level of university degrees is a Master’s degree. This is a graduate program which gives students the opportunity to specialize in a chosen area of study, which often involve developing a thesis or undertaking major projects. A Master’s degree requires students to complete an additional 1-2 years of study and will often involve some pre-requisites for a student to be eligible to apply. This includes the successful completion of an undergraduate degree, alongside achieving a threshold grade point average (or equivalent) and may even require students to sit an admission exam. Successful Master’s graduates have qualifications to work in advanced jobs in executive positions. A common example of a Master’s degree is a Master of Science.

Doctoral Degrees

The most advanced degree is the Doctoral degree, commonly referred to as a Ph. D. To apply, students must have a bachelor’s degree and in some cases a master’s, alongside other entry requirements such as sitting standardized tests and providing letters of recommendation. Doctoral degrees take several years to complete and involve a major research project. There are differences in Doctoral degrees depending on the field of study, for example medical programs will include the completion of practical clinical hours. Those graduating with a Ph. D with have qualification to work as experts in research. A common of a Doctoral degree is a Doctor of Medicine.

 

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HEALTH during the HSC

HEALTH during the HSC

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.


Have Enough Sleep

 

At least 8 hours of rest each night is essential for students maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This can be enhanced by having a set wakeup and bedtime each day. Removing technology from the bedrooms is also effective, as students should aim to turn off devices 30 minutes before they sleep.

Often before exams students spend their nights cramming until the early hours of the morning, however this will hinder the following day’s productivity. Instead, feeling well rested is advantageous towards good performance in an exam.

 

Eat Well

 

Eating a well-balanced diet is vital for good health during the HSC. Students should eat a minimum of three meals a day alongside a range of healthy snacks, providing fuel to enhance productivity. A concerning habit some students engage in is skipping meals during busy periods in order to study more. Not only is this disadvantageous towards a healthy lifestyle, productivity is disrupted as students become hungry and therefore unfocussed.

On exam days students may feel anxious and reluctant to eat, however consuming a substantial breakfast is necessary to sustain adequate brain power for optimal performance. Great brain foods include eggs, avocadoes and nuts.

 

Active Lifestyle

 

Lifestyles rich in activity are key towards overall physical health. A common misconception of the HSC experience is the majority of time should be spent slouched behind a desk, eyes glued to a computer screen. However, studying excessively like this results in the deterioration of student’s physical condition.

Incorporating physical activity into their routines enhances physical, mental and social well-being. This can be achieved through team sports, individual exercise or even simple measures such as going for regular walks.

 

Listen to Advice

 

Often during the HSC students lose sight of their health as they are heavily occupied by their studies. It is essential that students listen to advice of those around them as these perspectives can be very valuable. This includes parents, teachers and a range of health professionals that have students’ health in their best interest.

 

Talk to Someone

 

The HSC is a challenging time in every students’ lives with all year 12s experiencing some degree of stress. In some cases, this stress can evolve into more serious levels of anxiety, placing a strain on students’ mental health. It is critical students reach out if they feel this way and learn about coping strategies. This can be through a trusted friend, parent or councilor, ensuring they do not feel alone when dealing with these feelings.

Have Fun

 

Finally, an essential factor to optimize a students’ mental, physical and social well-being is ensuring they continue to have fun during the HSC.

Year 12 is the final year of 13 long years of schooling and students should not forget to celebrate and embrace this time. Enjoying seeing friends, having fun in the classroom and making the most of leisure time between study is all part of the year 12 experience and significantly contributes to good health during the HSC.

 

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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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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.

 

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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!

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.

 

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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!

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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