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In this blog post, we share Chloe’s High School Hacks for Year 11 students. Learn how she achieved academic success at Sydney Girls High School with simple study routines to get things done on time. Every time.
I am an avid debater and public speaker as evident in my participation in the school debating team and various external competitions. I continue to partake in dancing as a member of the dance ensemble, although I don’t train as rigorously as I did in my junior years. I am also part of various other extracurricular activities, including chess club and volunteering as a library monitor.
My ATAR goal is 99.95 as I aim to complete a medicine degree and specialise in dermatology or neurology, both of which I find very fascinating.
During year 11, I studied English Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 1, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For Year 12, I decided to pick up Mathematics Extension 2, which leaves me with 13 units until I decide which subject to drop.
I have always performed well in English at school as I enjoy reading and studying literature.
Whilst I am doing well in every subject, I find that physics requires a lot more practice and effort because it relies heavily on understanding and application.
Here is an example of my holiday timetable for the September holidays. I am enrolled in both the Matrix physics and chemistry holiday courses to free up some time during the school term and get ahead. This also allows me time to study English and Maths Ext 1 courses at Matrix during the term. I practice maths daily because I find this has really helped me excel in the subject, and complete the Matrix homework for the day to solidify what I have learned.
Prior to the beginning of the school holiday period, I create a bullet list of all the various tasks I will attend to each day. The regime I set is not specific to the time of day, which means that if I am efficient and complete all of the day’s study, then I can have the rest of the day off.
9:30am – 12:30pm
|Matrix Physics||Matrix Physics||Matrix Physics||Matrix Physics|
1:30pm – 4:30pm
|Matrix Chemistry||Matrix Chemistry||Matrix Chemistry||Matrix Chemistry||Matrix Chemistry|
|Matrix homework||Matrix homework||Matrix homework||Matrix homework||Matrix homework|
|Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper|
Here is an example of my current term timetable:
|Debating.||Matrix Physics.||Matrix Maths.
|Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper||Sit and mark Maths Ext 1 Paper|
|Redraft modernist creative.||Draft Othello essay.||Sit and mark bio exam paper.||Sit and mark physics exam paper.||Sit and mark chem exam paper.|
|Summarise Othello themes.||Summarise Heart of Darkness themes.||Memorise bio notes.||Memorise physics notes.||Memorise chem notes.|
This is how I plan my life!
Some of my biggest distractions to getting things done are the internet in general – I tend to get lost in an endless string of YouTube videos, and ironically, spending time completing work that is not a priority. An example of this is completing a maths paper the night before my chemistry exam. In order to stay on top of things, I usually go to my local library where all these distractions are minimised and I can access valuable resources.
To top off the workload, I am a part of far too many extracurricular activities which I have already mentioned above. Whilst I enjoy all of them, they do affect my studies and contribute to my stress. I would encourage everyone to join extracurricular activities that they are interested in. However, I would only recommend a few since they do take up a lot of your free time and require a lot of commitment.
My exam preparation begins at least three weeks in advance of the task date, but most of the time I am finalising my notes the month before as I have covered all the content at Matrix already.
One of my greatest achievements for the year was being granted a position as a Matrix Scholarship student. It is a program that has been key to both my academic and personal successes, and I am very grateful to be a part of the team. Another was gaining entry to Sydney Girls for my senior years which has provided me with various academic and extracurricular opportunities and allowed me to form new friendships.
One of the best pieces of advice you will ever hear is that year 11 is a trial run for year 12, and is the time to experiment with study habits.
I really wish someone told me that year 11 is for building up the skills required to succeed in the HSC and not so much the marks you receive. I regret not having been a little calmer throughout the year and taking a break now and then. In saying this, all of my achievements throughout the year have been a result of hard work, which sometimes means sacrificing things that we love to do.
If I could start the year again, I would make sure that I did not let doubt or fear compromise my self-confidence.
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