When I was in high school I had to play the clarinet in an orchestra, and whenever we had a major performance I’d be practising.

While I was practising, I’d often identify parts of the pieces that I was making mistakes in and would just focus on those parts. 

Instead of practising the whole piece, which would take a lot of time, I’d just focus on the key areas that I knew I needed to improve on. Then, once I’d aced that part of the song, I’d add the rest in and practice it as a whole.

Particularly in music and sport, this is how we practice and improve our performance. We know that to get better at something, we need to identify our weak areas and focus on improving those.

This is called the Traffic Light System, a concept that we’ve actually coined ourselves at Art of Smart.

So, let us take you through why you should be applying the Traffic Light System to your school studies!

What is the ‘Traffic Light System’?

The Traffic Light System is a study method which helps you focus solely on your weaker areas.

This method can help enormously in making your study time more effective and improving your HSC marks more quickly.

When you sit down to study, don’t automatically start with the easy areas that you’re confident with, go straight to your weak areas and focus on those.

The easiest way to identify the areas you’re confident in and your weak areas is to use the Traffic Light System.

The Traffic Light System

Step 1: Grab a copy of your syllabus and print it out.

Step 2: Go through each syllabus dot point and mark each one based on your confidence and understanding.

Red is for dot points you’re struggling with or have no idea about!

Orange is for dot points you’re okay with, but need to work on a bit more.

Green is for dot points you’re confident about and don’t need to spend much more time on.

Let’s apply this to the Ancient History syllabus core content as an example. Your syllabus will probably end up looking something like this:

The point of using the traffic light system is that it helps you identify the key areas of weakness you need to be focusing on and spending the most time on.

Remember you should be reusing the traffic light system a couple of times during the year so you can figure out which areas you’ve improved in and what you still need to focus on.

This is because as you study and revise, dot points that were once red will become orange or green over time, so make sure you’re keeping it updated.

And that’s how simple it really is to improve your HSC marks for school. Now you’ve got to actually do it!

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Isabella Hanley loves science. She loves science so much she’s making it her career. While completing her Bachelor of Medical Science she is also a Coach and Digital Content Manager at Art of Smart. She is super passionate about sharing her knowledge on surviving the HSC since completing the HSC herself in 2014. In her downtime she enjoys Netflix binging like a pro, singing in the shower and hanging out with her awesome rescue dog, Ruby.