HSC students: how we study effectively at home

We asked Year 12 students to share how to study effectively at home. Their advice: remove distractions, do practice papers and break things down so they're manageable.

Read their responses below as well as some tips of our own.

Student voices

Get a quiet space, put your phone away and try and study in time slots, breaking it up into different subjects.

- Grace P, Cronulla High School
I think the best method is to simulate the exam environment or some form of unfamiliar conditions. Perhaps sitting in a different room, keeping your phone somewhere else and not having food and drink next to you. Having your work set out in front of you and using a checklist for getting things done really helps with studying effectively.

- Ashwin C, Normanhurst Boys High School
Making sure to remove any distractions such as mobile phones, and deconstructing syllabus content into smaller sections allows for an easier understanding. Also asking teachers for feedback on your revision or practice papers is very helpful.

- Patrick A, Ulladulla High School

More tips

  • White noise. Studying in total silence can be unsettling and distracting. Add a little background noise or 'white noise' at home by studying in the backyard, living room or playing the radio at a low volume. There are even studies that suggest white noise can help with thinking and memory.
  • Know your peak hours. If you're tired after school or sleepy after dinner, don't force yourself to study during those times. Listen to your body and consider when it's most alert and primed for learning. That's studying smarter.
  • Hydrate. Keep your water intake up. Feeling dehydrated may cause headaches, hunger and restlessness, which can interfere with your mood and ability to study.
  • Take breaks (go out). Staying at home during your break can sometimes feel like you haven't had a break at all. Go for a short walk, do some stretches at the park or connect with a friend.

We're wishing all Year 12 students the best of luck for their final exams!

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