Yeah, we know this one sounds a little counter-intuitive… but seriously, it’s important! The fact is, contrary to popular belief, even the best students aren’t machines who spend every waking minute glued to their notes.   Everyone is human, and as humans, we all need to work to the limits of our attention span!   […]

Procrastination is the arch enemy of productivity; somehow, most people have a tendency to fail to work efficiently and effectively until the very last minute. If this sounds like you, don’t be embarrassed! Some amount of procrastination is somewhat inevitable, simply because of the way that we irrationally evaluate the pros and cons of doing […]

  So far in our procrastination series, we’ve discussed the importance of creating a study environment that minimises distraction and maximises focus, and the necessity of having a concrete plan.   Here, we’re going to break down what a “concrete plan” means – it needs to be written and recorded, so that you will be […]

The underlying cause of procrastination is essentially that we find work an unpleasant and arduous prospect. However, while you’re probably never really going to ever get really excited to write yet another Hamlet essay, breaking down your work into manageable chunks and coming up with a concrete plan can really minimise the chances you’ll put […]

The 24 hours leading up to an exam can often be the most daunting, and it is important to be able to deal with the inevitable nerves appropriately, and prepare yourself to be as composed and adept as possible on the day.   Everyone has their own routine and coping mechanisms, and should adhere by […]

I like to think of the HSC as a vast canyon that you need to somehow make your way across. You start off with nothing, and are somehow expected to build yourself a bridge strong enough to cross it. This bridge is built from ropes, and each rope is built from fragile, thin threads. For […]

In Year 12, it rained the day before the start of every exam block. “Pathetic fallacy,” I used to jokingly tell myself as I stared out of the window, books and sticky notes scattered all around me. Yet though it didn’t seem like it then, Year 12 wasn’t all study and no play. I graduated […]

If you’re a student (or parent of a student) that’s taking the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) any time soon, something you’ll inevitably hear about is HSC ‘scaling’. So what is it, and how does it work? There’s a lot of mythology out there, and many differing opinions. For example, schools frequently tell […]

    In previous articles, we’ve already talked about how avoiding hunger while studying is a great way to minimise procrastination by keeping your energy levels up – but what kinds of things should you be eating and why?   While this is as much a matter of personal preference as anything else, there’s definitely […]

  It’s a phrase that’s repeated so often that it can become meaningless: “Answer the question”. But what do teachers really mean when they tell their students this time worn maxim?   To think about what ‘answering the question’ really means, it’s important to get into the mindset of a marker looking at hundreds or […]