Entries by Dave

The Locus of Control

6 tips for students studying to change your focus of control.
You’ll see how can you shift your locus of control from external to an internal?
– Take control of your environment.
– Control your calendar
– Be self-disciplined
– Chunk your work
– Control your attitude
– Reward your success

5 Tips From Mock Exams

Many students fail to take mock exams seriously or to really look at their results. But they can be a great learning tool, providing valuable insights into where you need to improve your study habits and techniques in the lead-up to exams in order to get the best possible results.

How to Use the Lead Up to Exams

In an ideal world, you should have been studying and revising for ATAR exams all year. But if you have left things to the last minute, it’s no excuse to quit. There are still effective study techniques you can utilise to help you make the most of the time you still have in the lead-up to exams.

Why Unseen Exams Aren’t Totally Unseen

Many students fear the external ATAR exams and the unknown elements in them. Focusing on the best study techniques to put you back in control will remove much of the stress and fear that surrounds them.

5 Facts About Cognitive Verbs and Why they’re Important

If you or your child is in year 11 or 12, no doubt you will have heard of cognitive verbs and how important they are in the new syllabus. In order to respond to an assessment item, students need to have content knowledge. This is obviously subject specific and topic specific. The cognitive verb tells students how they are required to respond. So, what exactly is a cognitive verb and what role do they play?

5 Common Myths About ATAR

Whenever I talk to young people about school and their potential results, I am horrified to hear some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings they have about the ATAR system.

This is a final school grade that most students believe to be important, and about which many are worried. Yet few of them actually take the time to learn what it is really all about.

5 Ways to Make a Calendar Work For You

Most of us know that we need to be better organised. We know that organisation can save us time and energy.
Many of us would write ‘get organised’ if asked to list our goals for the year.
But what does this actually mean and how do you actually do it?
For many of us, calendars and to-do lists lose their effectiveness as the year progresses and become a record of what we fail to achieve! Follow these 5 techniques to use calendars effectively and stay in control of your life.

5 Ways to Score Bonus Marks In Exams

Even the most organised and conscientious students often leave easy marks on the table through nerves or careless errors. Learn some easy study techniques to ensure you get the bonus marks that many students miss.

75 Words to Ace Your English Exam

One way to improve your marks in the English exam is to use words that make you sound like a literary academic. But it’s not enough just to throw around some big words. It’s important to understand the meanings of these words (and learn how to spell them) so that you are able to use them appropriately and in context.
Here’s a list of 75 words that will instantly help you sound more sophisticated and knowledgeable.
Try to pick out some keywords for each of the key areas of focus and use them in your essay.

Why Memorising Prepared Answers Doesn’t Work

Have you ever received the feedback ‘You needed to answer the question more directly’?
Many students think that the solution to doing well in exams is to write a prepared essay, memorise it and then simply replicate it during the exam. But this is actually one of the most dangerous things you could do.
Let’s face it, you’re not going to be given the same question as the previous year. Or even in the last 5 years. Writing even a perfect essay that doesn’t address the question certainly won’t increase your marks.