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Pre-Trials --> What Did You Do?
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:43:58 pm »
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Hi Everyone! :D

I am currently preparing for the Trial HSC exams and was just wondering what others (who has gone through the Trials) did before their trials. Did you focus more on past paper questions or more on notes? And do you have any tips?

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Re: Pre-Trials --> What Did You Do?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2020, 09:09:45 pm »
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Also on that note, I think it would be nice to hear people's experiences of how they spent or are spending the Term 2 holidays before trials, and any tips for making the best use of this time.
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Re: Pre-Trials --> What Did You Do?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2020, 10:04:27 pm »
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Hey there,

During the holidays, I did a mix of finishing off my Major Work (since it was due on the first day of Trials) and past papers. I will probably say to focus more on the past papers over notes but after Trials, use that to develop your notes to prepare for HSC. This is because you don't have a lot of time leading up to Trials, in comparison to HSC.

The way I structured my study time was to study for the "opposite" subject the next day. For example, I might study Advanced English on Day 1, and then on Day 2 I'll study for Mathematics. This just keeps my brain a bit more refreshed, especially since they're both completely different subject.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Pre-Trials --> What Did You Do?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2020, 11:14:31 pm »
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Hey, just wanted to pitch in as well :)

I did a lot of relaxing during the holidays, especially in comparison to the amount of study people usually associate with Trials - mainly to maintain normality and familiarity. Also, by treating it as just another exam block despite the clear difference also helped with reducing stress :)

When I was studying I mostly used subjects I was good at (maths and maths basically) as a sort of backup when I felt I was being unproductive with my other study. Especially with how 3U was a 2 hour exam that I could smash out quickly, it did the job really well - perhaps there's some similar subject and task you can fit into a similar timeframe to do a similar job :)

Hi Everyone! :D

I am currently preparing for the Trial HSC exams and was just wondering what others (who has gone through the Trials) did before their trials. Did you focus more on past paper questions or more on notes? And do you have any tips?

Thanks!
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I mainly focused on notes for English - but past paper questions for everything else. I was totally lost with English at the time and spamming notes wasn't bad - but especially where you could get quick and repeatable exam practice (past papers!), definitely do that for Trials, exactly for the reasons owidjaja said :)

Also on that note, I think it would be nice to hear people's experiences of how they spent or are spending the Term 2 holidays before trials, and any tips for making the best use of this time.

There's no tried and tested formula that works for everyone, and to be honest there isn't really enough time to both work something out for yourself then employ it. If possible, look to first try what you've done to make yourself successful in the first place (don't fix what ain't broke!), trust yourself and believe in yourself - trust that your strats work! If not, maybe there's going to be something that comes up in this thread that'll help you out :)
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Re: Pre-Trials --> What Did You Do?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2020, 06:12:06 pm »
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Hey there,

During the holidays, I did a mix of finishing off my Major Work (since it was due on the first day of Trials) and past papers. I will probably say to focus more on the past papers over notes but after Trials, use that to develop your notes to prepare for HSC. This is because you don't have a lot of time leading up to Trials, in comparison to HSC.

The way I structured my study time was to study for the "opposite" subject the next day. For example, I might study Advanced English on Day 1, and then on Day 2 I'll study for Mathematics. This just keeps my brain a bit more refreshed, especially since they're both completely different subject.

Hope this helps!

Hey, just wanted to pitch in as well :)

I did a lot of relaxing during the holidays, especially in comparison to the amount of study people usually associate with Trials - mainly to maintain normality and familiarity. Also, by treating it as just another exam block despite the clear difference also helped with reducing stress :)

When I was studying I mostly used subjects I was good at (maths and maths basically) as a sort of backup when I felt I was being unproductive with my other study. Especially with how 3U was a 2 hour exam that I could smash out quickly, it did the job really well - perhaps there's some similar subject and task you can fit into a similar timeframe to do a similar job :)

I mainly focused on notes for English - but past paper questions for everything else. I was totally lost with English at the time and spamming notes wasn't bad - but especially where you could get quick and repeatable exam practice (past papers!), definitely do that for Trials, exactly for the reasons owidjaja said :)

There's no tried and tested formula that works for everyone, and to be honest there isn't really enough time to both work something out for yourself then employ it. If possible, look to first try what you've done to make yourself successful in the first place (don't fix what ain't broke!), trust yourself and believe in yourself - trust that your strats work! If not, maybe there's going to be something that comes up in this thread that'll help you out :)

Hi owidjaja and fun_jirachi!

Thankyou for your insights and experiences about Trials study, this was really helpful.
My Trials start mid-August, and was wondering if you think it's a good idea to continue revising over notes, then do a couple (or few) weeks of past paper questions?

Thanks again,
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Re: Pre-Trials --> What Did You Do?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2020, 09:52:57 pm »
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This is going to sound like a terrible answer, but it depends. You could be that 24/7 grinder type of student or that intuitive learner or anywhere in between. Different things work for different people.

That being said, if you have the time, definitely! More importantly, though, you need the drive to grind out those notes weeks in advance - there's no point bogging yourself down now (6 weeks is that touchy timeframe where it's not close enough but not far enough either). And most importantly, it needs to work for you - don't just look at the person next to you and copy them because it works for them :) If you find that it works and in particular if it has worked for you in the past, keep at it! Don't suddenly change things up for the sake of it - one person could see past papers as efficient but not really take as much away from them as someone else.
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Re: Pre-Trials --> What Did You Do?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2020, 03:17:18 pm »
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This is going to sound like a terrible answer, but it depends. You could be that 24/7 grinder type of student or that intuitive learner or anywhere in between. Different things work for different people.

That being said, if you have the time, definitely! More importantly, though, you need the drive to grind out those notes weeks in advance - there's no point bogging yourself down now (6 weeks is that touchy timeframe where it's not close enough but not far enough either). And most importantly, it needs to work for you - don't just look at the person next to you and copy them because it works for them :) If you find that it works and in particular if it has worked for you in the past, keep at it! Don't suddenly change things up for the sake of it - one person could see past papers as efficient but not really take as much away from them as someone else.

Hey fun_jirachi

Thankyou for your reply, this is great advice I appreciate it :)

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