In this post, Pramudi Acharige shares the tips that helped her succeed in Year 10.
Pramudi has been slaying it at school. In this post, we share her Year 10 High School Hacks for Macquarie Fields Students.
Macquarie Fields High School
Year 10 (2017)
I love swimming and have competed at the regional level multiple times. My family and I travel a lot. So, I have also developed a passion for travelling and photography. I am also an avid reader with a library of over 400 books, the majority of which I’ve read more than two times. Currently, my favourite book is “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan.
My ATAR goal is 99 +. I aim to study medicine and become a surgeon, dermatologist or dentist.
I’m Pro At:
My strongest subject is Mathematics. I usually get more than 95% in my exams and have ranked 1st in the grade for topic tests, half yearly and yearly exams.
I am able to perform well as I complete class work, do my extension study, revise weekly and study before a test. I also have a liking towards Maths as it is logical, straightforward and always has a set answer.
Science is my weakest subject. I used to get full marks in the first semester but they have plummeted. I’m trying to figure out my mistakes now before Year 11.
I try to relax as much as possible during school holidays, but only AFTER I complete at least 3-4 hours of studying.
My mum implemented this system when I started high school and I hated it… but I’m grateful as it helps me to be ahead of the class. This system is effective, as it motivates me to get up earlier so I can complete my studies and have the rest of the day to relax.
I don’t have a set timetable for the holiday, but I get up at around 10am and start studying by 11am. I do one hour blocks of studying with 10 minute breaks in the middle.
After I finish all my hours, I sit back and relax by sleeping or watching a movie.
Studying includes holiday homework, extra questions on certain topics and brushing up on content from the term.
I try to do this every weekday but yes, sometimes I spend a couple of days just sleeping in and doing absolutely nothing and that’s okay 🙂
In term time I use this rhythm to stay on top of my Macquarie Fields High School subjects:
This is a rough version of my current timetable. It does not include my extracurricular activities because I quit swimming and gymnastics earlier in the year.
My phone is my biggest distraction.
Recently, I figured out that the best way for me to not get distracted by my phone is to Bluetooth music to my speaker, turn my WiFi off, and keep my phone away from me. As a result, I have music to help me concentrate and my notifications won’t distract me either.
I like to motivate myself by studying in one-hour blocks and then reward myself by having a 5-10 minute break where I watch YouTube or go through social media.
These are the rules I adhere to when I study –
My proudest achievements this year are:
I wish someone told me earlier that organisation is key and helped me become organised. As I was disorganised, I would stress and cry thinking about the massive workload I had. This was bad for my mental health and affected me a lot until I made a rough timetable and set days to do certain tasks.
If I could start the year again I would not drop any of my extra-curricular activities and I would implement a timetable at the start of the year. My biggest regret is dropping all my extra-curricular activities. It was a stressful time as I couldn’t balance them with school. My endurance has significantly reduced and I no longer feel fit and healthy. I also regret not implementing a timetable earlier in the year as it would have helped me stay organised and improve my school marks.
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