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How To Study: A Guide For HSC Students

Sarah Crossing

Sarah Crossing

Sep 4, 2019

Believe it or not, there’s more to “studying” than just reading and highlighting some stuff. Here are some top tips we've collated from students and our specialists here at Studiosity. 

1. Routine is everything. Establish a routine by setting aside a particular time each day for study and revision and stick to it. Try to start and finish at the same time each day, which will help you have some stability in your day. Make sure you don't finish too late at night, either - sleep is key to memory and focus! 

2. Create a study environment that fosters productivity. We know how tempting it is to have a quick scroll through Instagram (which, let's face it, is never quick), or turn on Netflix to 'have on in the background' when you're meant to be studying. Set up your study space away from the tv and other distractions and make sure the space is well lit and ventilated, to keep you feeling fresh and focussed. Everyone studies best in their own way, decide how you study best and go with that.

3. Set a timetable.  Get super organised with a study timetable (you can download a free one here)! You can plan to cover all your subjects in an organised way, allotting the appropriate time for each subject without becoming overwhelmed.

4. Study smarter. Be prepared, don’t cram. Cramming = stress. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare and attempt to learn an entire chapter or Term in one or two days. Break the material into smaller, manageable chunks and your future self will thank you. 🙏

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5. Look after yourself.  Drink plenty of water, and eat healthy foods, your body and your mind will thank you for it. Keep sugary foods to a minimum and make sure you get enough sleep each night (8-10 hours is recommended). Regular physical exercise makes you feel great, boosts your energy and helps you relax. 

6. Reward yourself for studying. Ok, so we said no Instagram scrolling or Netflix when you're meant to be studying - but it's ok to give yourself a reward for your hard work! Set a goal (e.g. to finish your draft essay) and after you've achieved that goal, reward yourself. It might be something small, like playing some music, or maybe you could spend time with friends or go out and get a coffee.

7. Have variety in your study program. You know what they say, variety is the spice of life! 🌶 Study different subjects each day and do different types of work and revision in each study session to keep it interesting.

8. Get in the zone and avoid interrupts. Have all the appropriate materials with you before you start a session of study to minimise distractions.

9. Test yourself and test yourself again. Ask your parents or family members to quiz you on what you have learnt, use draft questions from books, past assessments, or major exam papers. You can never do too many practice tests!

10. If you need help, just ask. Support is available, whether it’s from your teachers, parents, friends or - of course - our expert Subject Specialists. :)


Best of luck! 

If you're studying for your HSC and you're stuck on a question or would like someone to review your essay, connect with a Subject Specialist now to get expert help.

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