How to ace your HSC exams

How to ace your HSC

You’ve made the decision to go to uni and got your application in. Now you just do your exams, get your (kick-ass) results, accept your offer to uni then enjoy some sweet summer vibes while looking forward to starting your degree. That’s how it goes, right?

Well, there’s just that little matter of studying for your exams first. But that’s okay; you’ve got this, and we’ve got some advice to help you through.

Get your exam timetable organised

The key to a good study period leading up to your HSC exams is organisation. Getting your head around what you know (and what you need to know), how much time you need to put aside for each subject and – oh yeah – knowing the day each of your exams is actually on is going set you up for success.

Starting early with a detailed plan means your revision will be focused where it needs to be, and aligned to when the relevant exams are. Planning out your revision timetable can also mean nothing gets overwhelming; when it all feels a bit much you can go back to your plan and refocus.

So, what are our top revision organisation tips?

  1. List all your subjects.
  2. List the key topics you need to know for each subject (if you need help with this bit, check the syllabus, textbooks, notes from class and past exam papers).
  3. Next to each of these ‘what I need to know’ items, write a mini-plan of how to get that knowledge into your head.

Use our handy planner to get your revision sorted.

Where to focus your HSC revision

Let’s keep it real – none of us are brilliant at everything. But spending a bit more time revising the subjects you’re a bit dodgy in and slightly less on the ones you’re cruising in makes sense.

If you’ve got a subject where you’ve been getting 13/20, give that one a bit more attention than the areas where you’re already getting 18/20.

Make sure you still have a life during your HSC exams

When you’re creating your timetable for your HSC exams, you’ve got to be realistic. No-one can – and no-one should – be studying 24/7.

It’s not feasible physically to do that, and it’s also going to exhaust you mentally – making your revision much less effective as a result.

So factor in your life when you create your study timetable, otherwise it’ll factor itself in. And you know that’s going to get messy.

Here are a few timetable tips.

  • Study trickier things in the morning when you’re most alert.
  • Use the afternoon to revise easier things and reread your English texts.
  • Early evenings are perfect for memorising key quotes or concept defini­tions.

Oh, and night-time is for sleeping. Burning the midnight oil is going to burn your brain out. Get a good night’s sleep and your study the next day is gonna fly.

Have fun when you’re studying for the HSC exams

Yep. Of course.

Your brain needs time to process all the things you’ve been learning. So pack it up and take a night off – movies, dinner, knit a tea cosy – whatever floats your boat. You can even put some dedicated ‘you time’ into your study plan, so you can see when your next fun time is coming up.

Just keep an eye on your ratio of fun to study. More study and less fun now means a super-sweet fun-filled summer when you know you’ve done the best you could in your HSC exams.

Is there anything else that can help me get organised for my HSC exams?

Sure is.

Charles Sturt University has a handy study planner for you. And it lists when the HSC exams are too.

Plus, it’s free!

Download yours now.