Don’t let stress overwhelm you:
You’ll inevitably feel sometimes stressed, particularly because it’s such a stimulating year. Without a conscious effort, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and overworked. The greatest thing I could do to reduce stress was to identify exactly what was concerning me; this would quickly reduce my panic because I could prioritise and work through it.
Having identified my motivation to work hard throughout the year and have decided to view the year as a series of opportunities that I got to experience with my best friends, I committed myself to strive for my best in each subject, whatever number that yielded.
I believe giving up extracurricular activities for the study is a mistake. They provide balance, help reduce anxiety and restrict the amount of time you have to study, which forces you to be more efficient. Furthermore, the endorphins released by physical activity provide energy and make you feel happier.
Without great organisational skills, it’s impossible to do well in Year 12. The organisation helps you get the maximum amount of work done every day. It is better to follow a schedule than winging it. Following a well-conditioned plan and doing certain things at certain times help you follow a structure and gets your task done.
Follow the study design:
The key study technique I used throughout the year was to meticulously follow the study design to ensure we covered the class content that would be examined at the end of the year. Students often forget how important it is to continuously reference the study design from the very beginning of the year. While the teacher should be teaching from the study design, they might be using different languages or teaching concepts that aren’t perfectly in line with what appears on official exams.
Create mind maps:
I made a mind map for each area of study by carefully following the study design to ensure I had no holes in my knowledge. Once I was comfortable that I was familiar with all aspects of the year’s curriculum, I went through all past exams and colour-coded questions by type. This was a huge confidence booster, and I believe it made a huge difference come exam time.
Using a friend’s Year 12’s case study, I had a better understanding of what other students were using. When I thought their case studies were stronger than mine, I used theirs instead.
Mark your practice exams:
It’s crucial to go over your mistakes and understand exactly what you did wrong, so you don’t do it again. I focused mostly on the official past exams rather than ones written by external companies. Even when I got an answer right, I would still read the sample answer if given so that I saw alternative ways of answering or ways that were clearer and more accurate. Then I would ask my teacher for extra feedback.
I wouldn’t be disheartened if you finish an internal assessment or exam and aren’t confident about how you did. You’ve worked hard, so trust that you did your best and avoid wasting energy worrying about what you can’t change. I believe that working hard throughout the whole year and ensuring that I knew exactly what would be examined is what enabled me to achieve an excellent score.