- Talent 100 Mentor
- Nikhil Vasan
- ATAR / UAI
- Learning Centre
- School Attended
- James Ruse Agricultural High School
- Bachelor of Science (Adv)/Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney
- Outstanding Achievement Scholarship at USYD.
Dean's List 2011‑2013.
Certificate of Performance in Standard and Contemporary Piano
Ranked 7th in the state in Physics (2010)
Ranked 4th in the state in Cosmology (2009)
Talent 100 has struck an important balance between learning, fun, support and inspiration. The structure of the notes are carefully designed to leave no stone unturned in the HSC syllabus. The classes do not run like a lecture, but rather are a stimulating discussion where students are encouraged to ask questions and share ideas. For someone who didn't go to tutoring during high school, working at Talent 100 has truly been an eye-opener in terms of showing me how a more structured and engaging environment (when compared to a school classroom) can really make students shine.
Nikhil's accolades include an Outstanding Achievement Scholarship, the Dean's List 2011-2013 at the University of Sydney, ranking 7th in the state for Physics, 4th for Cosmology in the HSC, and a Certificate of Performance in Standard and Contemporary Piano. With a Bachelor of Advanced Science tucked under his arm, he is now studying Medicine. He is also a neat freak and annoyingly picky about order and organisation.
His secret to HSC success? Saying iI don't know'. "There is no room to be scared of embarrassment. If there is anything you need to know, but you feel you don't know it 100%, admit it to yourself, and then take the necessary steps to get it to 100%".
Top 5 Study Tips
1Don't dedicate ridiculous amounts of time to study. You need time to relax too. For example, iI'm going to start studying when I get home, until I sleep, so I can finish this topic'. This gets used a lot. But really? 7 hours straight? Be realistic. That's something you won't be able to do, so setting that goal and failing at it is just demoralising.
2Study little bits at a time, for example, tell yourself that today, I'm going to do ithese 3 dot points' in the syllabus. That might only take you 30min in the entire day, but that 30 min should be 100% focused with no distractions. Make sure you know that little bit to a fault, and then you wont forget it. It's significantly harder to retain information when you try to do too much at once.
3Find a study method that works for you - preferably before you reach Year 12. Pacing yourself is recommended, however, cramming is a viable technique. If you cram for exams and are unable to get all your study done in time, then it is not working for you.
4The Pareto Principle: 80% of what you retain from study is done in 20% of the total time you spend studying. When you sense the other 80% of time creeping up on you, in other words, you find at some point during your study you are becoming noticeably unproductive, then stop studying. Go do something else. Come back when you feel the urge to get something done again.
5Past papers and practise questions are your best friends. There is nothing quite like familiarity with a question to help you get full marks for the answer.