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    Study tips please!!!

    I've just started year 9 and want to study ahead. For math is it good if I study ahead all of year 9's content in a few months and then start on year 10. (I'm already in accelerated)? Science is the subject in which I have to write loads and loads of notes. I don't really know how to study for science tbh. Any tips? Lastly English is alright. I read books to improve vocabulary and practise comprehension grammar etc. if you have any advice drop a reply thanks.

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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Don't waste your time in Years 9 and 10. It's admirable that you want to study ahead but you run a real risk of burning out if you try too hard, too early. Only do as well as you need to; enough to get the prerequisites for your courses in senior school.

    However, that being said, this is the time to hone your study technique. Other than typing your notes to save time, it looks like you're doing all the right things.
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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Thx for the advice

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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Asianboy02 View Post
    I've just started year 9 and want to study ahead. For math is it good if I study ahead all of year 9's content in a few months and then start on year 10. (I'm already in accelerated)? Science is the subject in which I have to write loads and loads of notes. I don't really know how to study for science tbh. Any tips? Lastly English is alright. I read books to improve vocabulary and practise comprehension grammar etc. if you have any advice drop a reply thanks.
    Maths:
    School made us do this for maths we did year 9 maths on school days and then had "optional" Saturday school where we did year 10 work, was already in accelerated class and then had even more extra classes the school loves maths.

    Science:
    Memorise everything mainly definitions idk that's what I did as well as understand the key notes/topics.

    English:
    Didn't do much study in year 9 for English still managed to get good marks, just read books to expand vocabulary.
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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Study Less Study Smart

    Break your study time in chunks with breaks
    ― most students lose focus at 25 minutes
    ― it’s a mistake to keep going once you do, since you won’t actually learn anything and you’ll hate every minute of it
    ― so when you start losing focus take a 5 minute break
    ― do something nice like talking to someone or listening to music
    ― it’s something you practice so with time you’ll be able to work for more time without losing focus
    ― in the end of the study session have a big reward you look forward to

    Create a study area
    ― environment highly affects the way you act. Bedrooms are for sleeping, kitchens for eating: you’ll feel sleepy in your bedroom and hungry in the kitchen. So if you have a study area, it’ll be easier to start studying and staying focused.
    ― study in a specific room like an office or school library if you can
    ― if you have to study in your bedroom use a specific object you only use for studying: a lamp/desk. Make it a no-distraction, away from your bed, blank walls area.

    The more active the learning, the better
    ― 80% active learning 20% passive
    ― ask yourself: is it a concept or a fact?

    learning a concept: understand/grasp/know it
    ― put it into your own words
    ― really think about the meaning of it
    ― relate it with something you already know
    ― teach somebody else. Recapitulate what you’ve learned. Talk out loud even if you don’t have anyone to teach - talk alone. Or at anyone that listens.

    ― learning a fact: memorize it
    ― use mnemonics
    ― Acronyms (e.g. colours of the rainbow RoyGBiv – red orange yellow green blue indigo violet)
    ― Coined sayings - anything popular or sayings you’ve heard since you were a child.
    ― Interacting images – work even better if they’re weird. Creative associations make you never forget specific details. (e.g. 1 gram of fat has 9 calories: picture a fat cat – each cat has 9 lives)

    ― any time 2 things are highly similar but not the same you will get maximal interference!! USE mnemonics!! (e.g. afferent vs efferent neurons: SAME - Sensory Afferent Motor Efferent)

    Be a part of study groups
    ― surprisingly others can help further your study

    Recognising VS Remembering
    ― never confuse the two
    ― while reviewing a chapter you may recognise concepts but not actually know them
    ― and when you get to the test you won’t be able to remember any of it
    ― so quiz yourself without looking at it
    ― or stop in a page of your notes/textbook and ask yourself what is the concept immediately after and before it

    Get your Sleep
    ― get ~8 hours so you don’t undo your studying
    ― this is how your brain stores permanent memories
    ― without it you’re ability to remember seriously decreases
    ― most people don’t even begin to take the advice but it’s simple: sleep better. Do better.

    There’s 162 hours in a week. There is time.
    ― reflect on what you are doing with your time and what activities you have to prioritize to succed as a student

    Ask your questions to class mates and teachers.
    ― teachers want you to succeed and it’s more than ok to ask your question in the teacher’s office or in the next class

    How to use a textbook: SQ3R technique
    Survey Question Read Recite Review
    ― Survey: skim through the entire chapter in a couple of minutes.
    ― Raise questions: e.g. what is osmosis? What is this graphic about? What is a prototype?
    ― it causes you to look for answers and you’ll find the information better once you actually study it after. If you intend to find something you learn it better.

    Start studying for tests early.
    ― don’t undo yourself. You should only be reviewing the days before the test. don’t leave it till the last minute!
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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Thanks

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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Wow that's helpful thanks

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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    you're welcome
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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Maths: Do practice and practice. There is no other substitute for maths other than practice. Also focus on what you're weak at and work from there. Practice questions in which you make lots of silly errors and practice questions you'd otherwise struggle to understand at times. Remember to ask for help whenever you need it because that way you learn

    English: Always have the syllabus at the back of your head. When analysing texts it's important that you take the syllabus into account. When writing essays it's crucial that you use lots of descriptive words. Don't memorise essays but rather memorise all prepared essay paragraphs
    when you walk into an exam room. For your creative, memorise it word for word and adapt. Practice essays and always get feedback from your teachers. Always take the marking criteria into account

    Science: it's all about understanding. Focus primarily at what your weak at, if you are weak at memorising a large amount of content, make worksheets (and notes) and photocopy them and re-do them several times until it's indented into your head. If you have a conceptual weakness at a specific dotpoint it is crucial that you have either a) a super detailed paragraph with a diagram or b) watch youtube in order to actually visualise what's going on better. If exam technique is your weakness, practice exam questions and get feedback on whether or not you are addressing verbs in the right manner

    Hope that helps

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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Some solid stuff above, just thought I'll expand on areas not addressed

    Maths: Not sure if the same applies to you, but for me (a non accelerated maths student) maths classes at my school did not change for Yr11 and 12, so once you got into 'top'/'second'/''third'... etc class you got stuck with that for 2 years. Usually the head teacher/vice head teacher would take the first two classes so you were basically guaranteed a 'good' teacher-so if that's what you are looking for I would recommend putting some effect in Yr10 (yr 9 for you) to ensure you get what you want. I would also recommend learning 4U ahead and not waiting for school (if you are doing 4U that is) because at school they essentially leave you for dead (not really just a lot of practice on your own) at the pace they go at-so I believe early exposure does help (if you already understand you won't get left behind)

    English: Yr7-10 is a whole world away from Yr11/12 English, so my personal recommendation for you is looking up proper HSC English essay structure and examination technique either on this forum or through a private tutor and applying it to the essays you write in yr9 and 10 (if the yr9 and 10 courses include essay writing they are basically baby 'warm-up' practice for yr12 where essays written by the cohort sound like movie reviews). So many people don't successfully transition from yr10 to yr11 English it's not funny (bad teaching doesn't help either) so there's never a bad time to start. You might also find that your yr9/10 marks skyrocket because your light years ahead of your peers in term of what the teacher is actually looking for when marking. Don't look past this early opportunity.

    Science: Funnily enough I found yr9/10 science a lot harder than yr11 and 12 lmao, partly because I was on cruise mode and left to last minute study all the bio (I swear 90% of the yr9/10 syllabus), but I won't recommend that-instead I would suggest using these years to practice note taking and memorisation (you will need 100x more of this throughout HSC)-you can also considering going to an accelerated tutoring course for yr11 phys/chem/bio to see which subject is really for you (and to see if I was right about yr9 being harder)-just don't lock yourself into any long term contract with a large firm
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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    Science-
    Get the syllabus from the BOS website. All the things you need for gr 11-12 on there.
    I recommend making detailed notes based around the dot points listed there, and doing practice tests.... well you know, for practicing.... for tests (and learning how to answer the questions).
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    Re: Study tips please!!!

    How to excel in senior year studies (yr 11/12)-99+ ATAR graduate -tips for senior studies will probably be helpful to you too

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