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HSC trials are approaching so it’s important to get into a good study routine as practice for the final exams. Our 7 tips on how to prepare for HSC exams will help you start productive study habits and focus on your strengths and weaknesses, what you need to study a little more of to make sure you’re well prepared for final exams.

  • Start Early

It’s important to start preparing early to save cramming and stressful rushing. Getting everything in order with a clear starting point in advance will make you feel much more organised, comfortable and ready to kickoff studying.

  • Make A Study Plan

The next few months are precious so time management is key. A well-structured study plan will help you stay on top of your work and mentally prepare for what needs to be done each week. This will benefit your efficiency and organization to avoid procrastination and the feeling of being lost or confused as where to start or what to do, so make sure you plot out your subjects, assignments and exam dates in a visual plan. Have the plan in plain sight where you can easily see it each day, maybe at your desk, on your phone or in your notes folder.

  • Organise Your Notes

Summary notes are your best friend for the next few months. Having each subject broken down into concise syllabus notes will help you remember crucial and key points and significantly benefit your revision. Having your study notes in an organised fashion will reduce stress and make you feel in control of your HSC journey.

  • Set Up A Study Space

Another essential aspect of your organisation is setting up a clear and suitable study space where you can study quietly and have everything you need in sight to help you focus and stay motivated. This should be your space, it should be private, free from distractions, comfortable with sufficient lighting.

  • Reward Yourself

It shouldn’t be all work and no play, you need to have a balance and take care of your mental health as well. Having a set time to study can improve the efficiency of your time management and allow for breaks – remember to reward yourself for productive work! If you study from 4-7pm, when you finish, take the time to have dinner with family or friends, watch TV, read a book or have an early night. It’s important to still see your friends, spend some time outside and exercise. Make sure you take the time to do things that make you happy and maintain a balanced lifestyle – keep a regulated sleep pattern with 8 hours of sleep each night, you won’t be productive if you’re not at optimum brain function

  • Take Practice Tests

Practice tests are a big help in preparing yourself for exam style questions in a timed setting. Find out the types of questions you might be asked and have prepared answers for each topic. How to prepare for HSC exams? Practice, practice, practice – you’ll get better at remembering key points and learn to answer quickly, so get a hold of some past exam papers and practice tests or create your own questions!

  • Study Sessions With Friends

Study sessions can be really beneficial by sharing information and supporting each other. It’s good to have people to practice with, testing each other when memorising information and notes will help jog your memory and see how much of your notes you know and remember.


If you need help getting started, our tutors can guide you on your HSC study journey.