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Advice for Surviving Year 12 (in style)! January 26, 2009

Filed under: Life ideas and advice — bessabariangirl @ 2:30 am
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So, gearing up for Year 12, I’ve been hearing and hearing mountain loads of advice on what to do, what not to do, how to achieve that highest possible glittering gold enter.

So, in sum, I shall collate it here:


Study! Study! Study!

Study! Study! Study!

Qualification: Just finished Year 12 with an Enter of 93

“dont think of it as a whole year, it feels overwhelming, just look after the current day and it will work out

and do it in the interests of education rather than enter score

so if your enjoying what you do as much you can then it should be a good year”


Qualification: A Camp Leader of mine who has some great advice

“The best thing I did for year 12 was to have coffee with my friends once a week”

“Read all your English books in the summer holidays”

Nicholas Mannering

Qualification: Kwong Dow Lee Young Scholar

“You’ll see the HSC is a test on you as a person, where you are what you want to be and if you’ve got the guts to hang in there.”


Qualification: Kwong Dow Lee Young Scholar

“Definitely maintain your social life. I personally think you shouldn’t drastically change it because your brain needs ‘break time’ to take in and process the information you’re studying (which is the same reason why sleep is important). For me, I actually decided to commit myself to an hour’s study a night. However you all know as well as I do that it’s not the hours, it’s how you study.
And if you have a hobby or something, or regularly go out somewhere different every weekend, that’s always a good distractor.”

Xavier Snell

Qualification: Kwong Dow Lee Young Scholar
“Just a couple of tips I found useful last year, and yes keeping in the theme of ‘balance’

Sleep is important and cannot be compensated with caffeine, staying up to 1am may get some homework done, but it will be of poor quality and the next day you will be tired and this will cause your workload and stress to increase.

Find a group of like-minded (ie study orientated) who are doing some of the same subjects, being able to talk with friends is a great help, for you and them, and if you share subjects you can draw paralells between the subjects and study effectively

Use your school’s facilities as much as possible, most teachers are willing to help students who want to learn at lunch time and after school, and the school library (or other areas that are quiet and have resources) is a great place to study, if you feel your not getting study done at home or a friend’s house.

But with that, you need balance. Year 12 is not entirely about studying, you have to take time out to enjoy life, friends, family, a party every now and then, a good book, that isn’t on the text list, or just watching the odd movie or favourite tv show are always great relaxation and stress relievers.

But no matter what you’ve got to remember that it is your year, not your parents’ not your teachers’ or a future uni’s year, you have to find a balance, and how you want to work, and within a few weeks of year 12, the euphoria and excitement of the final year wear off and hopefully you will find your niche and enjoy the year.”


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