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Why You Shouldn’t Let Your First Assessment Results Define Your Year 12 Journey

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Feeling disappointed with your first Year 12 assessment results? Trying to make an academic comeback this term?

Now’s not the time to get caught up in what could’ve or should’ve been. This is the term to build momentum for the rest of the year.

There’s a lot you can do this term to make the rest of Year 12 work out in your favour!

Now let’s get into why you can’t let your previous assessment results define your entire Year 12 journey!

Reason #1: 90% of Your Marks Are Still Up For Grabs If You Didn’t Do Well
Reason #2: This is the Term For You to Minimise Your Study Debt
Reason #3: It Takes 66 Days for a Habit to Become Automatic

Reason #1: 90% of Your Marks Are Still Up For Grabs If You Didn’t Do Well

While you may not have done well in your first internal assessments for a bunch of subjects, there’s still a whopping 90% of marks that remain untapped and give you an opportunity to improve.

90% of marks left over

Dwelling on your results from the previous term won’t really help you get the marks you’re wanting to achieve. It’s okay to reflect on your marks, but use them as fuel to motivate you to do better in your next assessments.

By the end of this term, you’ll have completed assessments for 25% of total marks. Your ranks will begin to solidify, and as the year goes on, there’ll be less marks for you to improve upon, leaving less opportunities for you to turn things around.

Hence, it’s imperative to put in the effort THIS term to help you build the momentum you need to do well throughout the rest of Year 12.

Reason #2: This is the Term For You to Minimise Your Study Debt

Have you already noticed that your study habits aren’t so great and you’re behind on notes and practice essays?

That’s a lot of stuff to catch up on — essentially your STUDY DEBT.

Repaying study debt

The ideal situation is for you to not have any study debt at all, but as the term goes on, there’s always going to be some level of study debt especially as you learn new content. This is why you should aim to MINIMISE your study debt this term!

By accumulating a lot of study debt, you’ll need to “pay it back” at some point, meaning that there will be a lot of learning gaps you’ll need to address. 

This isn’t something you’ll want to be worrying about right before you start your Trial exams — where your ranks are locked in for good.

Chipping away at your study debt now means investing in a smoother academic journey in the long run, and building those necessary study habits for momentum to keep going throughout Year 12.

Reason #3: It Takes 66 Days for a Habit to Become Automatic

At this point in the year, you’re 2 terms away from your Trial exams. It may seem like a while away, but here’s something that may put things into perspective:

Developing a habit takes 66 days. What else essentially equates to 66 days? A school term! 

66 days of building a habit timeline

This means that you have 2 terms left until your Trial exams to build up those necessary study habits. So this term, it’s important to reflect on what didn’t work for you last term and fix those habits!

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

If you aren’t going to actively change the habits that weren’t working from last term, you can expect similar assessment results to what you got last term.

Not sure where to start when it comes to building better study habits? We’ve got you covered!

Check out our #transformyourstudy challenge below and build the momentum you need to do well this term!

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By putting the right habits in place, you’ll be able to maximise the amount of marks in your next internal assessment, which will contribute to 25% of your overall HSC marks.

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