- Talent 100 Mentor
- Saaj Shah
- ATAR / UAI
- Learning Centre
- Chatswood, Epping, Hurstville
- School Attended
- Garden International School Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Bachelor of Commerce and Laws at the University of Sydney
- Completed the Duke of Edinburgh to the Gold Level standard
Sixth Form Scholarship student (Years 11 & 12)
Deputy Head Boy
Deputy Head Prefect
Talent 100 has set up the perfect environment for HSC students to study in. What better way to ace the HSC than hear it first hand from someone who has already been through it not long before you? The sense of understanding and ability to relate that Mentors can offer is rare in such a teaching environment. Mentors can offer support and give students the inside scoop on what examiners look for and what exactly they need to learn and practise. The youthful team also adds a vibrant atmosphere to the classroom making learning more enjoyable and fulfilling for students. Classes relieve students from the pressures of school but also enhance learning at the same time. Having been a part of Talent for a few months now I have seen students' abilities and interests develop that can really help them excel in their HSC exams and futures.
A graduate of the Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saaj is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at The University of Sydney. His accolades include completing the Duke of Edinburgh to Gold Level standard, being a Sixth Form Scholarship student and being both House Captain and Deputy Head Boy at high school. His interests include travelling, diving, rock climbing and he especially loves playing board games, "it brings out all our inner fires".
His strategies for HSC success? Collate and organize your notes before the study period begins - that time is for exam practise and review of key concepts, not flipping through the textbook and learning concepts. Don't study in groups all the time. Work in isolation to make sure you have your own understanding rather than memorising others' answers and often getting distracted. And "practise papers, practise papers, practise papers."
Top 5 Study Tips
1Collate and organise your notes before the study period begins - that time is for exam practise and review of key concepts, not flipping through the textbook and learning concepts.
2Don't study in groups all the time. Work in isolation to make sure you have your own understanding rather than memorising others' answers and often getting distracted.
3Balance is key. Work for longer effective periods of time to stay sharp and productive, and take long breaks to really feel relaxed.
4Past papers! Get familiar with exam style and the required content. It keeps you focused on what you need to learn and allows you to dominate the paper once you walk into the exam hall.
5Let your future motivate you. Work hard now to pursue that ATAR, degree or job you want to get to. There's nothing worse than regretting not working hard enough and having to struggle to get back on top.