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.
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