The best ways to study for the HSC

It’s that time of the year when your HSC is just around the corner and study needs to be top of mind. Can you believe how quickly it’s come around? This year has been a rollercoaster.

Limiting yourself to ‘cramming’ for exams means you are placing yourself under unnecessary pressure and stress. Let’s face it, with what is going on in the world, you don’t need any more stress. Studying should be a part of your everyday school routine but if you are finding it harder than usual, The Youth Partnership has put together handy study tips to support you in the lead up to your exams. Check them out below!

1. Establish a routine

  • Step aside a time for study each day and ensure you have multiple breaks.
  • Allocate time to go outside for fresh air and eat a well-balanced meal.

2. Create a study environment

  • Have a designated place for study. 
  • Keep all your notes and materials organised.
  • Be confident and positive in your ability.
  • Ensure you have water and healthy snacks close by.

3. Avoid distractions

  • Let your friends and family know that you are studying.
  • Turn your devices over to “do not disturb”.
  • Have all your study materials ready to avoid interupting your concentration.
  • Listen to music or be in a quiet area depending on what your preference is.

4. Create a timetable

  • Allocate time for study, physical activity, family and friends.

5. Have a fool-proof study regime

  • Mix up your regime and vary the type of revision and subjects every couple of hours or each day.
  • Play with highlighting your notes – colour coding can program your brain to recognise how the syllabus breaks down, which will also help you know your syllabus.

6. Look after yourself

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid late nights
  • Follow an exercise plan (Try HIIT, light walks outside or yoga)
  • Eat well-balanced foods as it’s brain power
  • Drink fluids – try to avoid too much caffeine or sugar

7. Ask for guidance with your studies

  • If you feel you need more guidance or help with any of your work, reach out to your teacher or ask anyone who can help you.

Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself! As long as you can prepare and schedule the necessary time to complete your studies, you will know that you have done your very best. From everyone at The Youth Partnership, we wish you the best of luck in your HSC!