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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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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Ready to ACE Chemistry? Study Tips for HSC Chemistry This Year!

Ready to ACE Chemistry? Study Tips for HSC Chemistry This Year!

This article has been written by Nicole Galhardi, a Years 7-10 English, Science, Maths, HSC English Adv/Std/ESL, HSC Chemistry, HSC Physics, HSC Spanish (Beg/Cont/Ext.1) and HSC Japanese Beginners Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Nicole then please check out her page here.


The HSC Chemistry exam is almost here! Make sure you maximise your chance of achieving your personal best! Here are a few tips that personally helped me alleviate the stress and allowed me to feel more confident before my exam.

  1. Understand before memorising:

I have seen plenty of students spending countless hours trying to perfectly memorise every aspect of the syllabus. Even though it is significant to remember key points and formulae, understanding them is more important! The HSC exam is designed to test your knowledge, which means that most questions require you to apply what you know rather than just repeat it.

An example of this are questions relating to hypothetical scenarios or experiments. When facing these questions, memorising something won’t help you, since you need to apply certain topics/concepts to the given scenario. If you don’t understand how the chemistry of that concept works, you won’t be able to answer those questions properly.

  1. Test yourself:

A great way to ensure you understand a complicated concept or process, such as the depletion of Ozone in the atmosphere, is to ask a friend to hear you out. It must be someone that doesn’t know about the topic in detail. Proceed to explain how the depletion of Ozone works, what caused it and the significance of it for our society/environment. If by the end of your explanation they understand it and you were able to talk about it confidently and concisely, congratulations! You have understood and memorised the concept!

After a study session, you can draw a mind map without notes. Write the topic, then draw arrows coming out of it, start with definitions and key words. The second arrow should describe key aspects. The third one the chemistry behind it, etc. This will help you visualise how much you know about the topic and which areas you need to reinforce!

  1. Base your notes around the syllabus’ dot-points:

HSC Science subjects require students to know the respective syllabuses inside out. This is crucial, because all questions are derived from them! Chemistry is no exception. This means that if you centre your notes on the syllabus and cover every single point, no question can take you by surprise!

I personally organised my notes following the dot-points, writing the corresponding information below them.

  1. Colourful, handwritten and organised notes rock!

Despite them taking longer, it has been scientifically proven than handwriting your notes can help you memorise them faster! Adding different colours for topics, key points, formulae and descriptions can go a long way, since it’s easier for your brain to locate and recall important information when you’re re-reading your notes! Add diagrams, drawings, anything that helps you to understand!

  1. Practice, practice, practice!

Once you’ve finished your notes, understood the topics and memorised important formulae, it’s time to practice! Get your hands on as many past papers and practice questions as you can. Ask your teacher and your tutor to give you questions. There’s no such thing as too much practice! The more you practice, the easier it becomes for you to answer questions. Practice makes perfect, remember? Keep in mind that questions derive from the syllabus, therefore most questions are similar! So, there’s a chance you’ll get questions that you’ve answered before, making the exam less stressful!

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: How to balance the HSC and Life!,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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How to balance the HSC and Life!

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

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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Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

This article has been written by Samantha Black, an HSC English Tutor.


With HSC getting closer, this can be a pretty stressful time of year. And for a lot of students, English in particular is quite daunting, as it’s not only the first exam (and there are two of them!), but there’s also a fair bit of content to cover. But I’ve got you covered! These tips, whether you’re a Standard, Advanced, or Extension student, will help you get prepared for the English papers.

  1. Know your quotes! One of the most important things in any English essay is having plenty of textual evidence to support your argument. But for a lot of students, remembering a bunch of quotes can be a challenge. The best thing to do is to start learning them now – you’re much more likely to remember things that are locked away in long-term memory than to try to pluck them from short-term memory if you’ve been cramming the night before. Try to go over your quotes every day – write them out, read them out loud, listen to a recording of yourself saying them, even tape your quote list to the outside of the shower door! Not only will you feel a lot more confident heading into the exam, but remembering the quotes in the order you plan to structure your argument will help you remember what you want to say next.
  2. Know the rubric! The AOS and the modules all have their own rubrics which can be found online on the NESA site. If you haven’t already done so, spend some time familiarising yourself with these! Not only will this help you to deepen your understanding of each topic, but it’ll actually help you to prepare for the essay question you’ll get in your HSC. The questions they give you have to come from the rubric (although Module B is a little more broad because it can be anything from the text you’re prescribed), so if you know the rubric and how it relates to your prescribed and related texts, you’ll be good to go!
  3. Do practise essays! You can find past HSC questions on the NESA site, and your school might be able to provide you with past trial papers too. Use these questions and write practise essays under timed conditions. This will help prepare you for the exam and also give you a sense of how much you’re able to write in 40 minutes. Plus, you’ll start to notice patterns/recurring themes in the sorts of questions they generally ask for each section. Most importantly, though, get feedback! Whether it’s a teacher, tutor, family member, or friend, get someone to read over your essay and give you advice on how to improve!

While these tips might seem basic, they were absolute lifesavers to me when I did my HSC in 2016. If you follow them, and constantly put in the effort, you’ll be putting yourself in a solid position for your exams.

Good luck!

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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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