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Thread: Any tips for starting Year 11?

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    Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Hi all!

    I'm going to be in Year 11 next year, and before the year ends I wanted to prep for the final two years! Is there anything that students going into Year 11 and 12 should just know in general? Study tips? Routine? Organisation?

    Oh and I will be doing the following subjects; if there are any good textbooks or prep materials please let me know!
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    English Ext 1
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    Biology

    Thanks!

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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Focus from day 1 for sure, if you have time to spend over the summer break read your English books and if you want to get ahead for Maths you could do some algebra practice 1-2 weeks before school starts.
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Firstly, I recommend that you try and set yourself some goals, as in ranks and marks you would like to achieve in your subjects. Try to be realistic, meaning everyone always says I'm aiming for 99.95, but that is a very off chance for most people, so that you have goals that you are working toward throughout the year.

    Main thing though is to have consistency throughout the year (not as important in year 11 as they probably mark easier and you have less exams), but just try to do constant study as in like a few hours a week (doesn't have to be like every single night working all night, as you should have some balance with like playing a sport, exercising, or just spending time on Facebook, youtube etc.), and you won't have to worry about the struggles of cramming and just trying to know the basics because you don't have enough time left. However, when you come to like 1 to 2 weeks before the exams that is the time you have to try focus a lot as small details in answers are the difference between getting a band 5 and band 6 in many subjects especially the sciences.

    If you do that and have some intelligence honestly you can easily get above 95 ATAR, and much higher if you are talented in your subjects.

    Lastly, after you learn the content from textbook, videos etc. make sure to attempt past paper questions and mark yourself or ask your teacher to do it. A good way I found was to study with friends like we would send each other questions we saw in exams that were tricky and it helped improve us as a cohort. Also, after you get an exam result back if its not great, don't just try to forget about it and not look at it again. Analyse why you lost the marks (might be good to ask the teacher for a copy of the marking guidelines and to read your friends' responses that might have scored well)

    For subject specific advice:

    maths:do textbook questions to learnt the basic content, and then move onto past papers to improve your overall ability to approach exam style questions and your exam speed as finishing some ext 1 exams can be difficult if you haven't already practiced working at a fast pace. for tutoring you might want to get one, but as long as you do the above things and work with your teacher probably not necessary.

    Adv English: Unless your teacher will mark like a lot of your essays for you consistently, then I would probably try to get a private tutor for this subject if you are trying to aim for a 99+ atar. For English I did a lot of research on the texts (not just what teachers say to read it twice or whatever) like looking at ideas and analysing it in a way that flowed well with good language and specific quotes and techniques, wasn't generic (everyone tends to use the same type of arguments for example like in mod A that texts show the value of the context, but you have to try and show it in a way that addresses different parts of the rubric like the importance of techniques specific to a text type i.e. camera and lighting stuff for movies and for a play like asides and stuff, making direct distinctions between like the type of language used. for instance in Shakespeare King Richard he uses christian imagery and demons and stuff, while Pacino in looking for Richard looks at the same theme of manipulation and power but addresses it through the characters becoming politicians so he can relate the text to his specific audience which is American people, while in Shakespeare's its English 16th century. So pretty much by paying attention to these kinds of things, no matter what the question is on the exam day you should be able to adapt ur essay to the question because you have based on essay on the rubric and the ideas that link to that rather than just random themes that might link, because the question most of the time is just a straight sentence from the rubric with maybe a quote from somewhere else

    For short answers, honestly didn't do that much study apart from memorising techniques and knowing key phrases from the discovery rubric, because if you have already like written essays from scratch using quotes and techniques for other sections, you already know how to analyse a text and just have to do that on a smaller scale with the texts they give u.

    For biology, I didn't do the subject but I did do the other two sciences and I found that making your own notes using like textbooks and other band 6 students notes, based on having a dot point as a heading and then writing information beneath worked well. Past papers are pretty important too as you see the type of detail you need in answers to get good marks

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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Year 11 is your trial period and you're allowed to mess up during this time, it's the time where you begin to properly seek your interests, motives and most importantly your study skills. Whether you begin to write your notes every week or do it last minute before exams or write your notes or type them up, it's up to you to decide which method is most comfortable for you. Just try to be organised this year because you'll most lilry carry on your habits into year 12 so try and be as organised, precise and motivated as possible. In saying that please do not burn out before HSC's even begun, use this time to effectively apply study methods, studying with your friends and making study groups can extremely aid your motivation to study, eg in study groups you can ask each other questions and solidify the concepts and theories and whatever in your particular subjects. Just try your best this year but not to the extent in which you would burn out and perform horribly in y12. Not sure what else to say but hopefully others will comment too, good Luck buddy!
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    It may seem like odd advice and people will probably object to it but treat it as the HSC. Because after all practice makes perfect doesn't it?
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by HoldingOn View Post
    It may seem like odd advice and people will probably object to it but treat it as the HSC. Because after all practice makes perfect doesn't it?
    Yeah I agree with this, you should be putting in the same type of effort, but if you get a bad mark it is a good chance to learn from it and improve without impacting your ATAR, because at the same time year 11 doesn't count to your actual ATAR, it will give you some indication as to what range of ATAR you can expect, even though you will anyway tend to do more work in year 12 cause of the bigger syllabus and more assessments.
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Thank You Martin_SSEDU! Really helpful advice! I'll ask my teachers about the prescribed texts for next year!
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Wow! Thanks so much jazz519 for this really good summary of the subjects I'm choosing for next year and just advice in general! Hopefully I will stay consistent and organise a study group with some classmates.
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    I hope I don't burn out, I know a couple of my friends have talked about burning out before the HSC! I think you're right, in Year 11 i'll try my best to find what works for me and develop a good study routine with some good study habits! Thanks Frostguard! Good Luck with your HSC!
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Great advice! Practice really does make things perfect! good luck in your HSC, HoldingOn!
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by diemcarpe View Post
    Great advice! Practice really does make things perfect! good luck in your HSC, HoldingOn!
    Thanks!
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Just my 2 cents - develop the utmost disciplined and quality form of study habits from here on, then when you reach those key moments of the HSC year (trials period, before hsc etc..), you won't have to worry about bad marks, cramming, procastination or being demotivated/"burnt out".
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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by jjHasm View Post
    Just my 2 cents - develop the utmost disciplined and quality form of study habits from here on, then when you reach those key moments of the HSC year (trials period, before hsc etc..), you won't have to worry about bad marks, cramming, procastination or being demotivated/"burnt out".
    jjHasm, thanks I really appreciate that advice! I think it's definitely true throughout high school just developing good study habits before an examination does prevent bad marks and procrastination! Definitely starting to practice and refine them now before the final years! Btw good luck with your HSC exams!

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    Re: Any tips for starting Year 11?

    Quote Originally Posted by diemcarpe View Post
    jjHasm, thanks I really appreciate that advice! I think it's definitely true throughout high school just developing good study habits before an examination does prevent bad marks and procrastination! Definitely starting to practice and refine them now before the final years! Btw good luck with your HSC exams!
    Thankyou!
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