Are you feeling burnt out? Do you find yourself lacking motivation? Don't worry! Cherrybrook Technology and Matrix student shares his tips to getting on top of his HSC game.
In this post, Cherrybrook Technology High School and Matrix student Avishek Chowdhury explains how to how to beat your lack of HSC motivation.
Cherrybrook Technology High School
Bachelor of Advanced Science, Doctor of Dental Medicine
Dentist! I love the idea of forming close relationships with patients and making a positive impact on their life. It also overlaps with my passion for science.
I absolutely love learning about the world around me and question why things the way they are. My passion for science keeps me motivated to study for my science exams.
Being the science enthusiast that I am, I also enjoy researching about physics concepts in my downtime, purely because I find it fascinating. This is helpful because some of the information overlaps with what I am doing at school.
I struggle with interpreting texts (especially poetry) and understand their meaning.
At the end of the day, English still counts towards my ATAR and having an ATAR goal keeps me motivated to try my best in English.
I try to submit practice essays and responses to my teacher as much as possible and ask questions when I’m confused about the material.
The number one problem I had was staying motivated throughout the entire year because I rarely had any time to step back and take a breather.
In term 1 of Year 12, I was very demotivated and burnt out from Year 11. I obviously didn’t give myself a break. As a result, although my marks weren’t poor, I knew I could have performed significantly better.
Reminding myself of my goal allows me to persevere and stay focused!
This allows you to plan out your day and minimises procrastination. A timetable keeps you accountable to complete all the work set.
I find that having a study time table allows me to maximise my efficiency. It also gives me the most satisfaction at the end of my day, because I can look back on amount of work that I completed in a day.
This is my study schedule during the week:
This involves documentaries or YouTube videos
I find that reading over notes can get very dull, especially for the heavy content subjects.
Watching videos and documentaries can be more engaging and equally as useful as reading notes.
This technique expanded my knowledge. I gained so much information and learned smaller details, that I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten from reading a textbook.
However, you need to be disciplined if you use this technique. It can be very easy to get distracted.
At the end of the day, you will have to sit exams.
I find that the best way to prepare is by doing past paper questions.
They give you an idea of the question styles that you will be asked and the level of difficulty of your exam.
It also allows you to perfect your exam technique, as you practice your time management and answering long response questions, so when you walk into the exam hall, you feel prepared for anything they can throw at you
To any future students attending Matrix, I would highly recommend attending holiday courses.
I attended Chemistry and Mathematics Extension 2 courses during the holidays and Physics and Extension 1 Maths during the term.
I find that doing the holiday course allowed me to focus on doing as many past paper questions as possible in preparation for the exam at school, especially for Extension 2 Maths.
This is extremely beneficial because Extension 2 Maths is such a challenging subject.
Furthermore, Holiday courses allow me to free up time to work on subjects that I struggle with, such as English.
I took Matrix term courses for subjects that I excelled at.
This meant that I could focus on doing practice questions for the subjects that require more work… which in my case was Chemistry and Extension 2 Maths.
However, every student is different, and you must find what works best for you.
If I could start the year again, I would:
Doing as many past papers as possible is crucial as you can perform absolute best in your exams. By doing pas papers at the start of the term, I have more time. This means that I am able to spread out the workload throughout and reduce the level of stress I put myself under. In year 12, being stressed is the last thing you want.
I tend to write my notes all at once before an exam. However, this is not a good idea.
Consistently writing notes throughout the term allows you to have readymade before an exam. This means that you can use your time more effectively by doing past papers before an exam instead of finishing up your notes.