Tips on how to perform very well in Year 11? (1 Viewer)

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Hello everyone, I have just finished year 10, and done reasonably well; recieving third place across my year group. This year I put a lot more effort into my studies rather than fluffing around TBH :angel:. I want to get a high ATAR (99.95? Reach for the stars?)

Next year I'm going into Year 11. Does anyone have any tips? What should I do over the summer break? Out of all these subjects, Mathematics is definitely my largest weakness. (I find no matter how much work I do I often fail due to silly mistakes and being overwhelmed?)

Hopefully, this helps; my subject selections are Advanced Mathematics, Advanced English, Extension English, Economics, Modern History, Modern Greek.

Thank you!!
 

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Someone actually give an answer to this post btw^ I'm going to yr 11 for math 2 and I have no clue how to prioritise it without jeopardising my other subjects.
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the most important thing is to pay attention in class otherwise you can fall behind very easily. for maths i would recommend keeping track of your silly mistakes and focus on the areas that you are weak in. once i started writing down my mistakes and finding ways to fix them my marks increased a lot. During the break you can study ahead if you want but i dont think its absolutely necessary. If you do maybe limit it to 1-2 hours a day so you don't risk burnout, year 11 will be a lot more intense than year 10
 

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year 11 should be seen as a trial run of year 12. you need to figure out what is going to do the best for you so you can apply that all throughout year 12.

(i ranked first in 4 of my subjects in year 11)

my top tips are;

1. at (nearly) all costs avoid having to cram before exams. there is no way you will ever develop a deep understanding of the subject, which is critical to solving harder problems, if you are only seriously working before exams. during class time as you are learning content it is vital you use that time effectively, reviewing outside of class and solving problems and engaging with the content beyond a surface level overview.
2. always ask "why?". if you can understand why something is, you will interrelate concepts much more easily and develop a much stronger intuitive sense of what questions are asking you to do and how to solve problems.
3. ask lots and lots of questions. i cannot count the number of nonsense scenarios i have asked my teachers about haha
4. spend time thinking about your thinking. what i mean by this is that when you attempt a problem, past paper, anything and you get stuck or do not get it correct, do not ever move on and simply avoid it next time. dissect your thought process, and figure out where the problem was, and correct that specific gap in your understanding/exam technique issue/whatever it may be.

hope this helps!
 

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Hello everyone, I have just finished year 10, and done reasonably well; recieving third place across my year group. This year I put a lot more effort into my studies rather than fluffing around TBH :angel:. I want to get a high ATAR (99.95? Reach for the stars?)

Next year I'm going into Year 11. Does anyone have any tips? What should I do over the summer break? Out of all these subjects, Mathematics is definitely my largest weakness. (I find no matter how much work I do I often fail due to silly mistakes and being overwhelmed?)

Hopefully, this helps; my subject selections are Advanced Mathematics, Advanced English, Extension English, Economics, Modern History, Modern Greek.

Thank you!!
I'd say not to study too hard except for english and maths maybe since they carry on to year 12 (unless your other subjects also carry on). Maybe study enough to do well but not tryhard as if it was the HSC.
 

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I'd say not to study too hard except for english and maths maybe since they carry on to year 12 (unless your other subjects also carry on). Maybe study enough to do well but not tryhard as if it was the HSC.
Do the sciences carry on a lot or only a bit?
 

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Hello everyone, I have just finished year 10, and done reasonably well; recieving third place across my year group. This year I put a lot more effort into my studies rather than fluffing around TBH :angel:. I want to get a high ATAR (99.95? Reach for the stars?)

Next year I'm going into Year 11. Does anyone have any tips? What should I do over the summer break? Out of all these subjects, Mathematics is definitely my largest weakness. (I find no matter how much work I do I often fail due to silly mistakes and being overwhelmed?)

Hopefully, this helps; my subject selections are Advanced Mathematics, Advanced English, Extension English, Economics, Modern History, Modern Greek.

Thank you!!
First and foremost, don't overwork yourself in year 11!!! You really don't want to burn yourself out before year 12. That being said, obviously still focus in class and do all your homework, consistency is key. My biggest regret in year 11 was not consistently revising throughout the year. This doesn't mean you have to study for hours every night, but simply making some flashcards or summarising your notes from the day can be really helpful. Practice papers are a really great tool for end of year revision, but there are very few available for some subjects which is unfortunate.

In maths, I always annotate my work in a coloured pen whilst I work, making note of any silly mistakes and pointing out important pieces of logic. Never scribble out your working, just strike it out neatly, and don't try and cram your working to save space. You could even have a dedicated notebook for recording your little annotations and notes for each topic, a nice revision tool. If you have a good grasp of your year 10 maths, advanced really isn't that difficult, a lot of it is revision or a slight extension from stage 4 maths.

Enjoy the christmas holidays! It's probably going to be your last stress-free break, so make the most of it!!!!! There honestly is no need at all to be studying (imo)

Edit: And also, if you struggle with distractions, don't underestimate the pomodoro technique!!! I always thought it was useless until I actually tried it and now I use it all the time!
 
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Hello everyone, I have just finished year 10, and done reasonably well; recieving third place across my year group. This year I put a lot more effort into my studies rather than fluffing around TBH :angel:. I want to get a high ATAR (99.95? Reach for the stars?)

Next year I'm going into Year 11. Does anyone have any tips? What should I do over the summer break? Out of all these subjects, Mathematics is definitely my largest weakness. (I find no matter how much work I do I often fail due to silly mistakes and being overwhelmed?)

Hopefully, this helps; my subject selections are Advanced Mathematics, Advanced English, Extension English, Economics, Modern History, Modern Greek.

Thank you!!
i was very weak in mathematics at the end of year 10 (my 5.3 teacher told me to do standard) but I spent the holidays working on my algebra skills (or whatever part of mathematics you are struggling with). i bought the excel step-by-step algebra 2+ algebra 3 workbook and practiced a bit each day of the holidays (it is important to not overdo holiday learning). I ended up very confident going into advanced math at the start of year 11 and now I am doing extension 2 for year 12. Once you've reached a level you are confident with, you should begin pre-learning the course content (especially for maths) as this not only gives you an advantage over your peers knowledge-wise but gives you even more time for preparation and developing a study routine
 

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Do the sciences carry on a lot or only a bit?
I do chem and bio, and so far they have slightly, but not majorly. Mod 3 and 4 of prelim biology are pretty "useless" for the most part. Mod 1 & 2 are probably most relevant, but again the carryover is pretty minimal. In chemistry the stoichiometric skills carry over, and a few other concepts (enthalpy, collision theory, solubility, acid reactions, etc...) from what I've done so far!
 
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Hello everyone, I have just finished year 10, and done reasonably well; recieving third place across my year group. This year I put a lot more effort into my studies rather than fluffing around TBH :angel:. I want to get a high ATAR (99.95? Reach for the stars?)

Next year I'm going into Year 11. Does anyone have any tips? What should I do over the summer break? Out of all these subjects, Mathematics is definitely my largest weakness. (I find no matter how much work I do I often fail due to silly mistakes and being overwhelmed?)

Hopefully, this helps; my subject selections are Advanced Mathematics, Advanced English, Extension English, Economics, Modern History, Modern Greek.

Thank you!!
oho i was the queen of silly mistakes for two straight years in accelerated maths advanced. after getting a 53% in my trial and staring a band 4 internally right in the face, i figured i needed to work something out. hopefully my tips help you:
- practice tests are in fact a godsend for us silly mistakes people. i will not tell you to prioritise them over learning the content, i will admit that is what i did. practice tests helped me understand what exactly my issue was. for me, it tended to be skim reading questions that SHOULD NOT be skim read and missing crucial information. it also helped me get used to the style of how nesa asks questions, so i was less likely to be tripped up by confusing ones.
- look through previous tests and recognise your patterns. i lost marks in questions AFTER difficult ones, because they threw me off and made me doubt my ability. i implemented a deep breath between each question. i reminded myself that it was an entirely new ball game. even something like that helped.
- change your mindset. this is more with you feeling overwhelmed. now, saying 'you are not your atar' is incredibly valid, but something i learnt in my two and a half month smackdown with maths advanced post-trial is that you start the test with zero, not with a hundred. sounds like common knowledge, but reframing a difficult question as a mark i just didn't get as opposed to a mark i lost helped me endlessly. despite how bad my trial looks on paper, i got 53 marks - i got 53 questions right! i can work on that!

now, the only reason i am posting this is because this. helped. my hsc mark was a 95% - 42 marks higher than my trial. now, likely not all of those were silly mistakes - my trial was bad. but as i was averaging around 80% in maths advanced through the whole year before the trial - i like to think that i gained 15 marks by rectifying these little issues. and i got a band six! my final mark was a 91, which, compared to a 74 internal, is a pretty good jump, i think!

now, i'm not guaranteeing any of this will work for you. i'm offering it in case it does. good luck!

p.s. modern teachers love specific dates and details. english extension teachers love context. source: i topped both in year 11 :)
 

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