Tips For When You Sit The HSC Exams

Posted on October 5, 2012 by Matrix Education

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Here are helpful tips for when you sit the HSC exams:

  • Try not to stress or panic about the exam. Don’t doubt your ability and stay confident.
  • Use the 5 minute reading time effectively. Skim through all the questions to assess which questions will require more time to solve.
  • Do not forget to attempt all questions. Students often fail to realise how many questions there are in an exam or forget to return to any missed questions later.
  • Read all questions carefully, underlining key words and phrases.
  • When answering questions in the HSC examinations, pay attention to the mark allocation – if a question is worth 4 marks then this means your answer must have at least 4 steps of working.
  • Keep an eye on the time and make sure that you answer all the questions you know first. Don’t ponder over a question for too long. If you can’t think of an answer, move to the next question and come back to the ones you’ve left out.
  • Write clearly and draw big, labelled diagrams to support your answers whenever appropriate (not only when required).
  • In written response questions, write short sentences including only one idea per sentence. Make sure these sentences follow a logical sequence.
  • Always perform your calculations twice to avoid any mistakes.
  • Use a pen and write clearly. If you make a mistake, cross it out with one clear line across the work you don’t want the examiner to mark and start again. Do not use liquid paper… It’s a waste of time!
  • Be meticulous about going over your exam until the final minute allowed. Search for errors in your interpretations of questions, calculation errors, and ways to improve your written answers.

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