Aiming for a 30+ Study Score?
Here’s what you need to do.
Take advantage of every quality resource you can get your hands on.
There are thousands of exam style questions in Maths Methods and Chemistry on ATAR Central – written by qualified teachers and VCAA exam markers. Have you worked through these questions in preparation for your forthcoming SACs and exams?
There are hundreds of A/A+ sample essays in English that you can download free of charge and use to get an idea of what you need to include in your essays to get the A to A+ marks. These essays also offer different ideas and perspectives – exactly what you need to stand out in your SACs and exams.
Have you read through the essays on your texts?
Did you even know these sample essays were available free of charge?
Start working through past exam papers NOW
If you’re studying a Year 12 subject and you’re aiming for a high Study Score, you should work through at least 15 exam papers in each subject across the year. Most students, however, will run out of time to work through the recommended number of papers, compromising their ATAR result.
Time Saving Tip: Work through exam questions as each topic is covered at school. It takes time to develop strong problem-solving and application skills, so if you leave this process to the last minute, you won’t perform to your best ability in the exams.
Use time wisely
Despite the best laid plans, the majority of students won’t have enough time to learn course materials to VCE exam standard, revise materials at least twice, and also work through 15 exam papers, greatly compromising their examination marks.
The safest way to approach your exam preparations is to assume that you’ll run out of time, and start implementing as many time-saving strategies as possible from today.
The first step is to identify what things have the greatest impact on exam marks. These include:
- The quality of your exam revision notes.
- How well information is learned and put into practise.
- The techniques used to learn and revise materials.
- The number of times materials are revised.
- The number of examination papers you work through.
- The degree of exposure to quality resources.
- A knowledge of the tricks and traps that could appear in the exams.
- A strong understanding of the marking schemes that apply to each subject exam.
You should then determine where and how you could save time.
Take advantage of every spare minute.
A little study “here and there” can add up to significant amounts of time. As an example, if you put aside just 15 minutes for learning each day across 3 months, you’d reduce your exam preparations by about 23 hours!
Revise along the way.
It takes much less time to regularly revise materials while they’re fresh in mind, rather than re-learning these same materials “from scratch” before your exams.