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
. 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.
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