Welcome to the second term of Year 12!
At this point in the Year 12 journey, you’ve already completed your first internal assessments for the HSC and are probably looking to improve your ranks over your next assessments this term. To save you some time and let you get into your studying, we’ve compiled all the resources you need to build momentum this term.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get into it!
Week 1: Setting the Stage
It’s only the first week of the term, but there’s already so much on your plate!
If you haven’t already been evaluating your progress from the previous term, now’s the time to do so. You’ll be getting your first assessment results back, which could bring a mix of emotions, but regret shouldn’t be the thing to focus on — it’s building momentum to do better in this term!
First Assessment Results
Sift through the feedback, understand your areas for improvement and lay out new goals for the term ahead. Here are some resources to help you work through those not-so-favourable marks:
Major Work Check-in
As you settle in, if you’re doing a subject that requires you to complete a major work, it’s time to check in on your progress, refine your ideas and ensure you’re on track for success.
The resources below will help you manage your time better throughout the term:
Decided that you no longer want to do those extra units on top of the mandatory 10 over the summer break? Before you completely cut off that subject for good, here are some resources you might want to take a look through before doing so:
Forgotten some content over the summer?
After the summer break (and potentially no study done), some concepts may have faded from your long-term memory. You may have a lot of study notes to catch up on, but we’re here to make sure you keep those notes updated!
Build your study note habit back up with these resources:
Week 2: Embracing New Challenges
Thinking about whether you should continue participating in extracurriculars or joining a new one? Even considering a part-time job?
These activities will give you that much needed break in between studying, but it’s all about balance. Consider what aligns most with your goals and aspirations for making Year 12 a fulfilling experience.
We’ve got the resources to help you find the right balance:
- Handling a Part Time Job During The HSC
- Should You Have a Casual Job During the HSC?
- Should I Consider Quitting My Part Time Job During the HSC?
- How 99+ ATAR Scorer Anika Maintained Her Co-Curricular Activities During Year 12
- 5 Simple Tips to Finding a Balance In Year 12 To Reduce Stress
- The How-To Guide to Keeping Your Sanity in Year 12
English Text Catch Up
Didn’t actually read your prescribed text over the school holidays? You’ve still got time to catch up!
Lucky for you, we’ve got summaries of a range of Module A and Module B English texts so you can get a general understanding of what you’ll be learning throughout the term.
Check them out below:
Standard English Module A: Language, Identity and Culture
Advanced English Module A: Textual Conversations
Standard English Module B: Close Study of Literature
Advanced English Module B: Critical Study of Literature
General English Resources
Week 3: Starting New Modules
By this point in the term, you’ll be settling into your new modules. This term you’ll be focusing on Module 6 for most subjects and Module A or B for English.
If you want a refresher on the content of Module 5, you can check out our Term 4 guide for Year 12 students!
Check out our guides for different subjects below:
- Chemistry Module 6: Acid/Base Reactions
- Physics Module 6: Electromagnetism
- Biology Module 6: Genetic Change
- English Standard Module A: Language, Identity and Culture
- English Standard Module B: Close Study of Literature
- English Advanced Module A: Textual Conversations
- English Advanced Module B: Critical Study of Literature
Week 4: Navigating Assessment Notifications
The week we’ve all been dreading has finally arrived. You’ll be starting to receive your notifications for your assessments this term.
It’s time to whip out your calendar and add in all those due dates so you have a better understanding of how spaced out they are (and when you can cram — just kidding!). You might also be feeling anxious about ranking well in these assessments.
Our advice is to start preparing for these assessments as soon as you can, so that if you didn’t do so well in last term’s assessment, this is your chance to recover!
English Texts and Their Quotes
To give you a bit of an upper hand with your English assessments, we’ve compiled quotes from a range of Mod A and Mod B texts, which you can use to strengthen your English essays. Check them out:
Finding and Memorising Quotes
Week 5: Tackling Procrastination
We know you’ve only JUST received your assessment notifications and you don’t exactly have to start working on them now.
BUT, it’s important to not get too carried away with this “freedom” because before you know it, it’ll be the night before your assessment is due!
To help you navigate the temptation that is procrastination, check out the following articles:
Week 6: Improving Time Management
If you haven’t started working on your assessments by this point, it’s time to start breaking down your assessment tasks section by section. This is where time management comes in.
Now that you have a better idea of what needs to be done to complete each of your assessments, prioritise your tasks based on urgency and importance and allocate specific time slots for each one.
The articles below will help you with prioritising and time management:
Week 7: Guides to Navigate Second Year 12 Assessments
This week you’ll really be under the pump with the different assessments you have on your plate. To help you get through them, we’ve got a range of guides for various assessment types.
- HSC Science Depth Studies: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough
- How to Write a Band 6 HSC Business Studies Report
- How to Write a Kickass Band 6 HSC English Essay
- How to Write a Band 6 HSC Creative Writing Piece in 8 Steps
- How to Get a Band 6 in Your Modern History Historical Investigation
- How to Write a Band 6 HSC Economics Essay
You can also check out our subject guides for achieving Band 6s in the following subjects:
Week 8: Managing Stressful Assessment Periods
With a whole bunch of assessments due and some in-class tasks to work through, the tail-end of the term can be one of the most stressful periods.
You’re not alone during these times of stress. Make sure to lean on your support network and remember to take breaks when you need them.
We’ve got a bunch of tips in the resources below to help you deal with stress:
Week 9: Getting Through Your assessments with Confidence
Throughout this week, you’ll still be trying to get through all your second internal assessments. To do your best in these, make sure to do the following:
1. Stay Focused: In the midst of assessments, maintaining unwavering focus is paramount. Create a conducive study environment, minimise distractions, and commit to the concentration needed for successful outcomes.
2. Prioritise Wisely: With multiple assessments on the horizon, prioritise tasks based on urgency and importance. Allocate your time strategically, focusing on the most imminent assessments first. This ensures efficient use of your study hours.
3. Review and Reflect: After each assessment, dedicate time for reflection. Analyse your performance, pinpointing both strengths and areas for improvement. This reflective process enhances your understanding and informs adjustments to your study strategies.
4. Seek Valuable Feedback: Don’t shy away from seeking feedback from your teachers. Their insights provide valuable perspectives on your strengths and areas needing refinement. Utilise this feedback as a guide for fine-tuning your approach and elevating your performance.
5. Maintain a Positive Mindset: In the face of challenges, maintain a positive mindset. Understand that assessments are integral to the learning process—they offer opportunities for growth. Embrace each assessment as a stepping stone toward academic success, reinforcing your belief in your capabilities.
Week 10: Wrapping Up Term 1 of Year 12 in NSW
It’s the last week of Term 1! Congrats on getting through the whole term.
You might still have one more assessment task to work through, but hopefully all of them are now completed.
Throughout the past few weeks, you might have fallen behind on your study notes. If there isn’t too much going on for you, now’s the perfect time to catch up so you can end the term on a high note.
The guides below will help you write effective notes for a range of subjects:
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