How to excel in senior year studies (yr 11/12)-99+ ATAR graduate (1 Viewer)

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Great information!

Quick question(s) - how did you study for maths?, and also how do you set out your maths homework? , i.e, do you write out the question, divide the page in half to save space, did you have an actual grid book, or was it a standard exercise book. I've often used standard exercise books because I'm usually too lazy to draw a margin lol :)
 

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Great information!

Quick question(s) - how did you study for maths?, and also how do you set out your maths homework? , i.e, do you write out the question, divide the page in half to save space, did you have an actual grid book, or was it a standard exercise book. I've often used standard exercise books because I'm usually too lazy to draw a margin lol :)
The only way you can study for maths is essentially to understand mathematical concepts, apply your understanding by practice questions of increasing difficulty, and checking your answers and working out with those provided by the textbook or with your teacher/tutor. Before each maths exam, I would also do a summary of all the formulas that I would need and all the tips and tricks for each topic and revise over that before the exam.

One very important tip is to avoid exposing yourself to new, difficult questions the day before the exam-you would often be panicked and this would worsen your exam performance because you are not entering the exam with a calm, clear mind.

Well, I had a habit to try to do my maths homework before it was set-so that I had more time for other subjects like English. I used an actual grid book-I found it particularly useful when I am drawing trigonometry graphs, but it is up to you, it doesn't really matter what type of book you use as long as you set out your questions neatly and in a legible manner. I did divide my pages in half, not to save space, because it was the format I was accustomed to. I would write out the question, write my working out, and ticked or crossed my own work by marking my answers with those of the textbook. And if I got a question wrong, I would re-do it several times until I get it right or I could ask my teacher. When I understood the mathematical concepts, I would then do practice trial papers to consolidate my knowledge.

One last important tip I can give you is that you need to ask questions the minute you don't understand something-don't leave any maths lessons without understanding everything about the maths concept conveyed-because maths is a sort of accumulative subject where if you don't understand something and don't clarify it, it can have a snowball effect. I have a habit of writing tips on the silly mistakes I've made or tips to do a certain type of question alongside questions I got wrong and I re-do these questions before the exam and remind myself to avoid making these mistakes.

MATHS is a subject that needs to be practiced on a daily basis, you cannot get away with studying it the day before the actual exam. You need to understand the approach to achieve a solution to the problems, not just knowing how to answer a problem, but knowing the different types of problems you can encounter in any topic and the variation in the solution method to achieve them. Essentially, practice, practice, practice is the key to succeed in Maths.

I hope your laziness is only in not bothering to draw margins, and not in not doing lots of maths problems:)) Anyways, glad that the information helped, if you have any more questions, feel free to reply to this thread:) All my best wishes for you to ace your senior year studies:) (You've got a pretty heavy workload by the sounds of your subjects:))
 
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Thanks for doing this, it's definitely going to help me out :)
 

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Thanks for doing this, it's definitely going to help me out :)
No worries-glad to know I am helping people out:) If you have any questions about senior year studies or any subject specific questions, feel free to reply to this thread and ask-you will get a response as soon as possible:) Best wishes for the next two years:)
 

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BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP! strawberrye's advice is impeccable
 

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BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP! strawberrye's advice is impeccable
Thanks for the praise, but my advice is certainly not impeccable, since to be impeccable is to be perfect, and perfection is definitely not a part of being human. Furthermore, I have just contributed a little on the things that have worked for me, and ultimately everyone will find their own ways which works for them:). This guide will approach impeccable when past students who have done other HSC subjects contribute and share their own personal insights:). It is through comments like yours that will assist in making this guide as relevant and up-to date with current students as possible:) So If you have any questions, feel free to ask:)
 

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This info it super fab!

I'm in the middle of preparing for the HSC but I can't find the rubric for advanced english, area of study: belonging

does anyone know where I could get it from?, I've been on the board of studies site but can't find it :/
 

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This info it super fab!

I'm in the middle of preparing for the HSC but I can't find the rubric for advanced english, area of study: belonging

does anyone know where I could get it from?, I've been on the board of studies site but can't find it :/
The rubric can be found within the HSC English syllabus document, however, this link to HSC online will give you the belonging rubric:HSC Online - Belonging: Area of Study. Thanks for the compliments by the way-glad you found it helpful:) If you have any questions, feel free to ask:) Best wishes for you to ace your HSC:)
 

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Some last tips: Make sure you are studying at hours optimal to your alertness and concentration, and establish an objective for each study session and strive to achieve it, and upon achievement of that objective, you should reward yourself-either with free time, a snack, or something else. Ideally, you should be aiming for consistency, persistence and balance in your study schedule. Remember you will not be the only one feeling anxious, scared, worried, there will be hundreds, if not thousands of other students feeling the same way as you. You are never alone, if you have any questions-feel free to ask on BOS forums, your teachers, your parent, your friends-they can all help you.

My best wishes to all current and future year 11 students for excelling in their senior studies. The next two years will be exhilarating, eye-opening and somewhat stressful. Have faith in your academic potential and maximise your potential through hard work:) Don't stress TOO much and remember to always smile and drink a cup of water:)

Define your OWN results, don't let your RESULTS define you:)
 

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thank you sooo much!!

btw would you recommend using one type of related text for belonging such as a novels or a variety such as a short story and film?
 

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thank you sooo much!!

btw would you recommend using one type of related text for belonging such as a novels or a variety such as a short story and film?
No worries:) For any module that requires a related text, you should never use just one type of text. The following should be points that a good related text should fulfil:

1)You can find strong conceptual ideas between your related text and prescribed text in terms of the demands of the particular rubric/module
2)The related text is not on the prescribed text list for any HSC English course and is not the same text form as your prescribed
3)You should have confidence to be able to analyse your related text in the same depth as your prescribed text


For belonging, I would recommend a variety of text forms for your related text, the reason being this will allow you to demonstrate the diversity of your skill in analysing different text form as well as displaying your understanding how the concepts of the module can be found in a plethora of textual forms, which is one of the demands of the belonging rubric if you read it closely enough. The following is a link to a good website where you will find some pretty good related texts for belonging:)-both general and ones that are specific to your prescribed text

hscdiscovery

Hope this helps:) Any more questions-feel free to ask:)
 

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wow, you are a truly humble and generous person like seriously I can't even
applause to you :jump:
 

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thank you again so much this is amazing!
 

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wow, you are a truly humble and generous person like seriously I can't even
applause to you :jump:
I am humbled by your praise, but through the passage of time, if you ask for help on other bored of studies forums, you will realise there are many other humble and generous persons around-if you have any questions-don't hesitate to ask:)Best wishes for you to excel in your senior year studies:)

thank you again so much this is amazing!
No worries, and thanks for the compliments:)-if you have any more questions or want me to elaborate more on any aspect of study please feel free to comment:) Best wishes for you to ace your senior year studies:)
 

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strawberrye should be a mod! One of the most helpful members on boredofstudies!


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Great guide strawberrye.

Just on the whole "burnout" issue before, it's important to recognise that what has been described in this thread isnt really burnout. Actual burnout is a psychological condition which has much deeper triggers. What was described before is pretty much what occurs when a person fails to properly pace themselves and balance their motivation - it isnt actually burnout.
 

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Great guide strawberrye.

Just on the whole "burnout" issue before, it's important to recognise that what has been described in this thread isnt really burnout. Actual burnout is a psychological condition which has much deeper triggers. What was described before is pretty much what occurs when a person fails to properly pace themselves and balance their motivation - it isnt actually burnout.
Great point. This is actually the first time I've seen anyone describe 'burnout' in this way: very accurate.


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