Presentation on theme: "* Doing what works for you * General year 12 pointers * Studying during the year * Doing assignments * Studying before an exam * How to deal with stress."— Presentation transcript:
* Doing what works for you * General year 12 pointers * Studying during the year * Doing assignments * Studying before an exam * How to deal with stress * Q&A
* The most important thing to do going into year 12 is to know what works for you * How good am I at each of my subjects? * What kind of studier am I? * Know what you want from year 12 and what it’s going to take you to get there * Do I really need to study 30 minutes per subject each night plus homework to do well?
* Know what the specific subject requires from you for you to do well: every subject has different demands. * Read over your unit material to make sure you know what’s covered in each course * Ensure you know if there’s anything in the course not covered in your textbook * Know what kinds of question you’re going to be asked in an exam and focus your study around this
* Don’t discount any subject from counting towards your grade. * You don’t need to do 6 subjects to do well: that study period is a real life saver sometimes. * Don’t stress about scaling and just do your best: you have no control over scaling! * Don’t think about how smart other people are/how good the top girl in your class is/how much study other people are doing. All you have control over is you and your grades and study- do what you think you need to do. * Stop blaming your teacher for your unsatisfying marks and take responsibility. If you don’t like how you’re going, do something about it. * Asking the teacher is not just for people who are struggling
* Try and be chilled out going into the exam and take a deep breath. * Apply for scholarships and inter-state universities and be pro-active about after-highschool stuff. Even if you don’t think you would get in/go if you did. You might feel differently when you see your score. * Save your top work * Don’t use ‘being a year 12’ as an excuse for not helping out around the house- your family will hate you * Try to eat healthily and exercise- feeling sluggish and consumed by exams is going to impact your performance * Remember that you have the ability to do well in WACE if you work at it. If you are struggling or unhappy with how you are going, there is always something more you can do.
* Usually doing your homework, making good notes and paying attention in class WILL be sufficient to ensure you’re prepared when it comes to studying for exams * If there’s something you don’t understand about class work, ensure you clarify it when you’re doing that part of the course. Don’t leave it until study week to learn the course for the first time. * Afterschool study should be about filling in any gaps about what you didn’t understand in class and making sure the information is sticking in your head. * Be organised and keep all your work together
* Think about your ‘future self’: am I going to understand this information when it comes to revising it later? * Write everything down even if it seems obvious * Your notes should contain everything you need to revise the course content. * Ask for help if you don’t understand something about the topic – saves you from engraining the wrong information and reduces stress. * Have a flick-through of your notes every now and then to make sure you’re still on top of everything and you still get it
* Don’t be afraid to ask/answer questions in class. The time is your time to clarify your understanding. You’ll feel like more of an idiot if you write the wrong thing down instead of just asking a question * Make a genuine effort to connect with the course and find parts about it that interest you. You’ll have an easier time during the year if you actually enjoy what you’re learning about * Maintain your commitments throughout the year to stay sane * Talk to your friends about the subject throughout the year * Get some sweet stationary to get motivated about study
* Do as much planning as possible before actually starting writing to clarify your ideas * Try to get it done at least 1 day before * Get your teacher to read-through your ideas/assignment * Print off a nearly-finished copy and edit it on the page before you hand in your final version: seeing your notes on paper makes it a lot clearer than on the screen. * If you’re getting confused, take a break from it and try to come back with fresh eyes * Get something written down before you ask your teacher for help- it’s a lot easier to help with your work if that work actually exists * Stop thinking about ways that you can get out of the assignment and just do it
* Plan your time: the more of a procrastinator you are, the more you should have everything planned out. * Make goals for what you want to cover in each session * Study somewhere you’re not going to get distracted * Realise and accept that you’re not going to be able to study every waking hour during study break and then schedule in time where you’re taking breaks. * Be realistic about your study expectations: what can I actually achieve today? Am I really going to be studying on a Friday night instead of going to the party? * Actually write down the info- don’t just read your notes.
* Organise the information in your head in a way that corresponds to how you’re going to be asked a question, don’t just study things in the order from the book * Re-write the info from the text book in your own way * Ask for alternative texts if the one you are studying doesn’t make sense to you * Form emotional responses to the content and have an opinion. You’re not going to forget the information if it matters to you and you believe it * Get a few texts together and try to consolidate the info – things are often better explained when you’ve read it in a few different ways * Speed can be everything: get fast by trying to make snappy plans and timed full-answers to questions. * Do something productive/different during your breaks
* Write down any problems/questions you have with/about the content when you’re studying and go to your teacher with the questions before the exam: you should be left with no nagging doubts about the content (but don’t replace this for actually studying) * Look over your past tests/exams and try to re-do the questions you got wrong. * Have an edge over other people: study an outside text/be more widely read. Do something that distinguishes you from other candidates (‘super facts’) * Have a topic that you really want to write on in the exam and know it inside out as a confidence booster * Don’t study with friends unless you’ve already revised everything * Mix up the way and order you are memorizing things so that you can respond to a question no matter how it is asked
* Take breaks during study to go for a walk and actually think about what you just learnt * Do practice exams once you have revised the content, not before. Practice exams help you figure out what you still don’t know and need to go back to. * Being prepared= being able to confidently answer any question in any of the past exams. * Stop frantically reading your notes in the 30 minutes before the exam and just go and talk to your friends (not about the exam). * Don’t listen to anyone else about the content before the exam- know that you’ve studied what’s important. * Your aim is to go into the exam thinking ‘there’s nothing more I should have done’. You have enough time to be prepared.
* Use your reading time to figure out which questions/sections are going to be the easiest for you and do these first: get down everything you know before going onto the stuff that’s going to be more of a challenge * Don’t assume what the questions are about: just read them calmly and then decide what you’re going to respond with * Plan your essays before you start writing! Know what evidence/examples you’re going to use in each paragraph so you don’t get to paragraph 3 with nothing left to talk about. * Choose a question based on your ability to answer that question and not on the topic of the question
* Constantly re-read the questions as you are responding to them. It’s sometimes helpful to write the question out again at the top of your page to re- enforce it * An exam is not usually the best time to test out a crazy new hypothesis/theory/way of approaching a question. That’s what a prac exam is for. * It’s better that you get all the info onto the page, even if you have to scribble everywhere (highlighters are great to bring into a literature exam). * Don’t be afraid to start dot-pointing if you are seriously running out of time: just get the information down there
* If something is really difficult, just move on! You can always come back, and the hard questions take time away from the ones you can do. * Don’t be afraid to scrap an entire introduction if it makes no sense – trying to salvage it often takes up more time than it’s worth * If you really don’t know what you’re talking about, pick something and stick to it – you’ll get carry-on marks for maths/science and marks for coherency in english/s&e, even if you don’t answer the question. Just get something down there. * Don’t be afraid to communicate to the marker about how you’re answering the question * Don’t let doing badly in an exam have a detrimental effect on your other exams – sometimes you think you’ve done badly when you haven’t
* Hardest part about year 12 is not study, but feeling really guilty all the time that you’re not studying * You need to find the balance between feeling like you’re doing enough and feeling like you have a life.
* Obviously, you need to study – you’re going to feel stressed if you don’t feel on top of things. Make sure you’re doing your homework/note-making of the topic each week. * Have stuff going on in your life that isn’t WACE-related. Job/sport/etc. Preferably with other people so they can distract you from thinking about school. Gain perspective/take some time out/relieve stress. * Don’t plan to ‘study all weekend’ because it’s just not going to happen and you’re going to end up feeling guilty the whole time * Give yourself a break. Know that you’re going to come home and nap/eat/facebook/take a really long bath. Plan to study outside of this time
* Do stuff that your brain thinks is procrastination but is in actual fact studying! * Tell your parents that you want to do well and that you know what you need to do to get there. If they nag you about study, remind them of this. Your parents shouldn’t add to your stress. * If you have problems, get help straight away. If you can’t ask your teacher, ask someone that has done the course before. Asking someone else in your class often just stresses out them and you (and they’re less likely to want to spend their time helping you). * Think about yr12 as a marathon and not a sprint- pace yourself, but don’t leave your run too late. * Stress is normal but just try and manage it
* If you have legitimate mental health stuff going on, it’s really important that you deal with these things before they start to effect your studies and everything else. Don’t be afraid to talk to year coordinators/teachers/the psych/Jurilj/whoever. School needs to know what’s going on so they can support you. * Stop thinking ‘I’m so stressed out about examssss’ and just get on with the job. You will be way less stressed if you just do that little bit to keep on top of everything. * Think about how much time you spend watching TV/on the internet. * Try to look at things in the big picture and chill out. There’s always a way to get into what you want for uni.