How I Scored An ATAR Of 99.30 – Chris Koikas
Posted on January 9, 2014 by Chris Koikas
Crystallise your goal
You have a goal, now be smart about how you achieve it
1. Approach each of your subjects with tact
- English (Advanced) is a demanding subject to say the least. I personally found that entering an exam with a pre-prepared essay gave me an unparalleled advantage. Having a clear vision of an essay allows you to save time thinking- allowing more time for putting your wrist through an ordeal, but most importantly allows for ideas to be fluid and uncomplicated. However, many teachers advise against memorizing essays as they lack faith in our ability to manipulate essays to fit the question. Perhaps a valid source of stress, however, if you are confident in your ability to mould an essay to fit a question then its a risk worth taking. (I managed a 96 in Advanced because of my ability to force a prepared essay to answer the given question)
- Physics/Chemistry should be tackled by making notes that stem from dot-points. The resources provided by Matrix are ample for creating some great summations.
- Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 requires practice, practice and more practice. Past papers are your new best friend. Don’t believe me? Ask your teacher.
2. Take full advantage of your teachers/tutors.
- Teachers and tutors are an invaluable resource that are crucial to your HSC success. They want to help you, so let them. They come with a plethora of resources (notes, past papers etc), can offer indispensable feedback and can often quickly simplify an otherwise complex concept. Use them at will! Also, make an effort develop relationships with your teachers. Surprising bonds can be forged that make year 12 a whole lot more bearable.
3. Invest in a nice pen
My life took a turn for the better when I sat an English exam with a slightly more elegant pen than your run of the mill Kilometrico pen for the first time. My pen flew across the page- indelibly marking it with (for once) surprisingly legible words.
Don’t be a workhorse
Have an ATAR goal but no plan?
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