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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.

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.

Sometimes it’s really hard to find the motivation to study. We might be feeling tired, unwell, or maybe just apathetic. But, whether we feel like it or not, the work still needs to get done. So, lets look at the most effective study techniques to help you boost your motivation.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.