At some point, everyone needs to prepare for a SAC or Exam in year 11 and 12. We often see students who just aren’t sure how to even begin studying for one. Many students get trapped in a cycle where they think the only way to study for a SAC is to get their hands on a practice SAC, and this just isn’t true.
So we have created a list to answer the question of “how to study” and included other ways you can study and prepare for your next SAC or Outcome.
Here are our recommended tips
Top tip on how to study!
Use the study design to make a checklist for your revision.
Download the Study Designs for each of your subjects.
Go through the key knowledge for each outcome and make a checklist. Cross-off key knowledge you know well and focus on studying those you don’t! This will enable you to maximise your study time. You can find the study design on the website for your state. For example, if you are in Victoria, type VCAA English study design into Google or HSC Chemistry syllabus for NSW and so on.
2. Make sure you understand and can USE all of the key terminology
Key terms for each of your outcomes are often in your textbook’s glossary or study design, maybe your teacher has even given you a glossary for all of the terminologies you need to know.
Being able to understand and use key terminology on your SACs and exams is vital to getting a good score.
3. Make a study timetable and stick to it!
Making a study timetable that fits around your other commitments is important, it means that you will always have time for some study. It doesn’t have to be hours of study, even 15 minutes a day of revision can really help.
4. Focus on what you don’t know
5. Don’t forget to revise topics you learned earlier in the year.
Just because the topic has been and gone in class doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Often these past topics have a way of sneaking into our SACs, Outcomes and Exams. Taking time every few weeks to revise past topics can be all it takes to prevent being blindsided by a question you haven’t seen for 4 months on your next test.
6. Sit a practise SAC/exam
7. Reduce stress
Stress can be our enemy when it comes to sitting a SAC or exam. Stress stops you from doing your best so make sure you are keeping on top of it. The last years of school can be scary and challenging, but remember all you can do is your best! So don’t be so hard on yourself, and remember to keep calm during these stressful periods.
Top tips for reducing stress:
- Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night
- Eating healthy
- Drinking enough water
- Spending time with our family/friends/pets
- Doing what we love
- Being kind to ourselves
These things can all help with stress!
8. Remind yourself why you are doing this.
When you put as much time and effort into a task as you are in your senior years, it is important to remember WHY you are doing it. Sometimes the things we are working towards are challenging. But if you can master your WHY, you will find it easier to keep going in those difficult moments.