How to Prepare for HSC Trials
With the HSC Trial exams coming up, you might be feeling a little stressed out. Don’t worry, we got you.
Have a read through our top Trials tips and you’ll be prepared for anything!
Make a timeline
Long-term planning is usually more effective than accounting for every hour of your day. Trying to make a study timetable without looking ahead will leave you drained and overworked.
Not sure how to start making a timetable? Think about your study goals…
Set SMART goals
Goals that are
For more on setting SMART goals, read here!
When you’re tired and stressed, your brain doesn’t process information properly. Make sure you have at least one day a week to rest and recover. If you plan ahead, this should be very doable.
Study smart, not hard
Familiarise yourself with past papers and study to the exam. This means making notes that are relevant to what is assessed in each section. Use flashcards to prepare for multiple choice, past papers for short answers, and practice essays for essay sections!
Get a life!
Enjoy your life outside of school! The most successful people are balanced individuals who ensure that they enjoy themselves as well as work. Without balance, you will be unhappy. Studies show that time away from study actually helps you subconsciously process information, and prepare to take in new knowledge.
Procrastinating productively helps you develop a positive attitude and a good sense of self.
When you procrastinate by exercising, cooking, talking to other people, or doing anything with a positive result, you improve your perception of yourself, and start to see yourself in positive ways.
When you procrastinate by binge-watching all existing episodes of Riverdale…. not so much. If you do find yourself doing this though, don’t beat yourself up!
See the trials for what they are.
If you don’t do well in trials, it isn’t the end of the world. There is still the HSC, and even if that doesn’t go to plan, you have a whole life of opportunities ahead of you. The trials are just the first opportunity to show what you’re made of.