Why Unseen Exams Aren’t Totally Unseen

Why Unseen Exams Aren’t Totally Unseen

Many students fear the external exams as they feel they have little control over them. But in fact, they have a surprising amount of control. Focusing on what you CAN do to prepare for the exams will remove much of the stress and fear that surrounds them.
Stressed student

How to Cope With Stress

Almost 1/3 of teens report feeling stressed and overwhelmed. But a little bit of stress is necessary to keep us motivated, focused and healthy. The trick is to learn to manage your stress levels and use it to your advantage.
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How Naps Can Help You Study

Many students engage in all-night study sessions in an effort to stay on top of their heavy workloads. But sleep is actually an important part of the study process, providing an opportunity for the brain to consolidate, categorise and store new information. Without enough sleep, no amount of study will enable us to improve our results.
5 Common Myths About ATAR

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

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?
I’ve lost count of the number of diaries I’ve bought over the years. Notice I said bought – not used.
If I look through any old ones I can see that at the start of the year I ...
5 Ways to Score Bonus Marks In Exams

5 Ways to Score Bonus Marks In Exams

You’ve spent weeks studying and revising and have stuck to a rigid preparation system.
You’ve had a good night’s sleep and eaten a proper breakfast. You’re well hydrated, calm and focussed.
At least, you are while you’re outside of the exam room. But once you walk through that door quite often that’s when things start to fall apart.
Your mind goes blank, you panic, you rush through the paper hoping to get the ordeal over quickly and you
75 Words to Ace Your English Exam

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.
How to understand what an exam question is actually asking

How to understand what an exam question is actually asking

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.