Trials are Approaching!

Trials are Approaching!

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.


It is that time of year again that almost all year 12 students are currently dreading, trial exams are right around that corner and suddenly the weight of the HSC begins to feel a lot more real than ever before. Despite the pressures often associated with the trial exam period, it is essential that students approach their preparation time with a calm and collected attitude. To do so, there are a range of ways to address the common challenges that many students face during this time.

 

Short for time

 

Trials are always a time constrained period in the year, as students have just finalized and submitted a range of school assessments and are then expected to dive straight into study for their trails, scheduled notably early in the following term. They key here is don’t panic! There is more time than students realise to achieve what they need to in this lead up. Mapping out their study schedule is essential to reduce the stress associated with exam preparation, as viewing it all in written form allows students to recognise that there is time for everything. To do this, students should use a calendar to firstly record the dates of each of their exams. For their initial study period, approximately 3-4 weeks before exams, students should allocate their study time evenly across all subjects. Noting down the exact time and hours of each day that they plan to work on each subject will also help to get students into a good routine. For the more intensive study period 1-2 weeks before and during the trial period itself, students should allocate the days right before certain exams as time dedicated to focus on those subjects alone.

 

Notes are incomplete

 

Due to the heavy assessment load and time constraints, students often fall behind on their notes before exams, leaving them feeling even more unprepared for the trial period. A critical piece of advice here is that students do not waste their entire study period leading up to trials finishing their notes, only to not have enough time to go back and learn them. Unfortunately, having a perfect set of notes will not benefit students unless adequate time is spent effectively understanding and retaining their contents. This is why it is important that students stay up to date with their study notes even during their assessment periods, however if a student does find themselves in this position, there are several ways they can approach this. First, students should begin studying the notes they have already made and attempt to ensure their notes are concise, rather than long and comprehensive in order to save time and reduce their workload. Collaborating with others to share the workload associated with note creation is also effective, particularly if notes are being made directly from the textbook. Students can also seek these summary notes online if required. It is important however that following the trail period, students in this position continue making their own notes in the lead up to their HSC exams.

 

Dealing with stress

 

Trials are called trials for a reason, put in place to provide students with an indication of what the experience of sitting HSC exams will be like. To help manage the stress of this period, students should approach these exams with the mindset that this is an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to identify areas that require more of a focus, seeking additional help if needed before the actual HSC exams. Alongside this, students should acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with taking small breaks during this period, which will reduce their stress levels significantly. Setting small goals to achieve before taking breaks is an effective way to approach this, in which students can reward themselves with activities they enjoy such as spending time with friends and family, reading or watching Netflix. Students should be mindful of appropriate time limits on these activities so as to not procrastinate from returning to study.

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: What are the Different University Degree Levels?,Standing out to your Markers and HEALTH during the HSC

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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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Tips on how to be a Good Tutor

Tips on how to be a Good Tutor

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.


Tutoring is a fulfilling and important role many students take on following the conclusion of their high school studies. There are several ways a tutor can ensure they are performing this role to the best of their ability, to ensure their students are getting the most out of lessons.

 

Be Adaptable

 

Every student is unique in their approach to learning; therefore, it is essential that tutors are adaptable to a range of their student’s needs. It may take a few sessions to work out the type of student they are and how to best structure a lesson for them. For example, some students are much shyer and quieter than others and don’t like to express themselves, therefore tutors must make sure they consistently ask them if they are understanding the content of the lesson, as they may not want to let you know themselves. Other students are more outgoing and love to chat, so it is important keep them focussed, particularly if they are prone to distractions.

Provide a Variety

 

Attending tutoring is not typically a thrilling activity for most students, however there are several ways to keep students motivated and maintain their attention for the duration of a lesson. Using a variety of methods when teaching that go beyond just discussing the content with students is therefore highly important. Examples of ways to achieve this can include showing students a range of relevant videos, drawing diagrams to illustrate certain concepts and proving a range of past questions for students to complete. This will stimulate various parts of a student’s mind and make their learning experience more engaging.

 

Be Friendly

 

An obvious but crucial tip on being a good tutor is to be a friendly tutor. It is absolutely essential that tutors are perceived as approachable by their students, in order to ensure they feel completely comfortable to ask questions and letting their tutor know when they don’t quite understand. Some ways to achieve a friendlier persona when tutoring includes smiling, engaging in conversation (for example, asking how a student’s day at school was), and ensuring a friendly body language such as sitting at eye level to the students and leaning slightly forward when listening to them speak to demonstrate attentiveness.

 

Be Organised

 

It is important that tutors are organised when it comes to their lessons, particularly if they are tutoring a number of different students. This ensures that both students and tutors feel they have made the best use of the lesson duration time. Tutors can achieve this through creating lesson plans prior to each lesson with a general schedule of what they’d like to achieve, alongside having other materials such as pre-prepared quizzes, worksheets and past papers ready to go. It is also important that tutors review the content they plan to teach prior, especially if they have not gone over it for a while. Keeping track of the content taught can be achieved effectively through the use of the syllabus as a guide.

 

Provide Encouragement

 

Finally, a good tutor must always provide endless encouragement to their students. Giving constructive criticism regarding a student’s work can be hard for both tutors and students at times, therefore it is important these comments are met with encouraging words, noting that students will learn from their mistakes and perform better next time. It is essential tutors always point out the good achievements of students as much as they make note of their mistakes. Providing encouragement should go beyond the work completed in lessons, as the HSC is a stressful time, tutors should often check in on how students are coping and provide positive encouragement and motivation to help them all the way to the end.

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: What are the Different University Degree Levels?,Standing out to your Markers and HEALTH during the HSC

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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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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.

 

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!What are the Different University Degree Levels? 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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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.

 

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!

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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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.

 

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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