Your HSC Exams are approaching and you’re starting to panic because you don’t know where to start studying! What should you do to maximise your HSC marks, increase your study load and achieve the best without stressing and forgetting everything you have ever studied in the past 13 years of your schooling life? We have just the solution! Read on and you will have realised that this plan is the best plan to tackle your HSC Exams!

Get Organised

Time is running out and there is no better plan than to get organised when you have so many subjects to study in such a short amount of time! This makes sure that you’re not constantly searching around your room while you’re meant to be studying for your HSC! So be sure to have everything you need in front of you before you decide to commit to studying because that commitment will be broken sooner or later without preparation!

Get Organised: Create a HSC Exam Timetable

Creating a study plan to match the requirements of your HSC exam period and allocating enough time to study certain subjects is a must! However, you must not forget that you also need to revise and do practise papers even for the HSC subjects you are great at! Surely, there has been something you have missed or forgotten about over the months of starting Year 11 and Year 12. Although you should allocate some time to your best performing subjects, remember not to neglect the subjects which need your attention and are vital to your overall performance in the final HSC Examinations! This should be catered to the order of your exams because the closer HSC exams are more important!

Prioritise Your Time

The countdown is narrowing down and you have so much study left to do, but what do you study first? What do you study last? Make sure you are prioritising you subjects of importance you have according to the amount of units you have. BOSTES (or now referred to as NESA) only accepts the top 10 units of your HSC Examination marks to take into account scaling and hence those with and without 10 units must take a different approach in prioritising.

For HSC students who possess more than 10 units, the extras are considered and referred to as ‘spare’ or ‘backup’ units. These units allow for errors and unexpected occurrences to not impact your final results. Perhaps, one exam would have focused on your weakest topic and you scored much less than any other subject. This subject would be ignored and the top 10 units will be used to calculate your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). This means that your study schedule should aim to average out your performance across several of your lowest performing subjects in order to give the student a peace of mind that the lowest performing subject won’t be taken into account, whichever the subject is.

However, in the case that you have decided to drop subjects because you are simply not good at it, no interested in it or think it’s a waste of time to devote precious time to something that won’t count… It is a given that you should work hard for all of your 10 units knowing that you have no backup subjects to rely on. This will allow for more time to focus on perfecting your skills in each of these subjects and actually have a bigger impact on the ATAR you receive by investing time into only what matters.

Prioritise Your Time: Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses

By doing so, you are improving your efficiency and the fulfilling most of what needs to be done for your HSC in the short time frame you have! In this case, your weak points are more important than your strong points. You have to be realistic and target the subjects or topics that you have to invest more time into.


You can identify these subjects or topics by asking yourself honestly:

  • Which HSC Subject/Topic are the worst (Lowest marks)
  • Which HSC Subjects/Topics need attention?
  • Which HSC Subjects/Topics have I neglected?
  • How can I improve?


Start Studying ASAP!

Do not leave things till last minute! This is a no-brainer, the earlier you start getting organised and start studying for your HSC, the better. It would be even better if you were consistent, but realistically it only works for a handful of students who don’t have a social life. So, now you are in a bit of a mess… start studying for topics and subjects that you have identified above! The most difficult aspect to studying is sitting down and actually starting and getting into the content.

Look After Yourself!

The most important attribute is you when you prepare for your HSC exams! Make sure you take regular study breaks and revitalise yourself with a cool drink or a walk down the street! Also be sure to ask your parents to make nutritious brain foods such as avocados that will give you the energy you need to tackle the HSC Exams! Without a full stomach, no one can study well! Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and relieve stress when you need to so you can prolong your study session without burning out! You must have a full 8-10 hour sleep (say from 10pm to 7am) to ensure you have energy to burn throughout the day! This also helps with improving your memory and solidifying the content you have studied over the past study session! But also remember not to maximise your time by studying and sacrificing sleep because this will lead to memory loss or even confusion in the content studied which means that your study period really was not as effective as it should have been! Do not sleep too much because then you will wake up to a lazy start to the day and not look forward to study. Your efficiency is already down and you have to spend a bit more time getting up and being ready to study, by the time you start, the day is over and so you late start to the day lead to a not-so-motivating ‘morning’ which is the ultimate time waster!

Wrap Up Your Day By Writing Down What You Have Achieved!

Writing down a list of achievements or HSC topics and subjects you have revised really helps with keeping things on track. Besides, being proud of your achievements is the perfect way to end the day, right? At least this way you know whether you have done enough, or you could have done more and you will feel a lot better about how you utilised your HSC study period!

And that is how you should prepare for your HSC exams!


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