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Study Skills Part 2


  • Complete past papers!! This will allow you to become exposed to the different potential questions that can be asked in your exam.

  • There are a lot of topics and formulas in maths so ask your teacher to explain formulas or concepts that you are unsure of, before they pile up.

  • When reading a question, distinguish what the question is asking, and if all numbers/information are relevant to the solving solution.

  • When studying for maths and you are unsure of where to begin, start with topics you are unsure about to determine where your strengths and weakness lie.

  • Write down explanations of the formulas/equations/graphs, and write down 1 or 2 examples as to how the formula/equation can be used, graph could be drawn. It'll almost be like a cheat sheet....

  • There are books you can purchase for mathematics and for other subjects, which have culminated past exam papers from early years to the most recent HSC examination.


  • search for other past papers for trials and HSC online that can be accessed/downloaded.

When answering a maths question, make sure your solution is neat and and written down vertically so your calculations don't get mixed up.


If you are stuck on a multiple choice question, try using the answers provided and work backwards, if you know what formula/equation to use.

Website with HSC past papers



  • Recite out loud in your own words until you don’t need to refer to your notes

  • Write down and memorise any chemical equations or formulas. Use different coloured pens for the symbols as a visual aid in remembering the equations.

  • When answering a question, try and include any relevant chemical formulas to support your answer. At times, you can answer a question with a chemical formula relevant to what it is asking, if you're not confident with your explanation.

  • During exams, for a comparison question, draw a table of what you are comparing onto the lines provided, and make dot points that answer the questions. So, the question is answered directly and efficiently.

  • Use the 'look, cover, write, check' method to help memorise important definitions.

  • Teach someone else the information you have learnt.

  • Answer practice questions related to the topic you are learning, and hand in to your teacher for feedback. This way, you are assessing yourself on the topic you are learning, as you go along the term.

  • DON'T FORGET! Revise all your experiments, and have an understanding of them as they will be assessed!

  • Use your syllabus as a guide to completing the course. When writing notes, write down/ copy and paste the syllabus points, and underneath write down your notes for that point. At the end of the page, answer the point, as if it is an exam question, to consolidate your understanding.

  • Number the 4 main topics from 1-4.

  • Number the content using letters.

  • For each dot point, use roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, v, etc)

For example: (From biology syllabus) Module 1: Cells as the Basis of life. The Content: Cell Structure. Students: "investigate different cellular structures, including but not limited to:...."


  • Module 1 is labelled as '1'.

  • Content: Cell.... is labelled as 'a'.

  • the dot point for Students: 'investigate...' is labelled as 'i'.

So, your notes would look like this





Cut out the point from the syllabus, stick it on your page, and answer the point with your information.


Copy + paste the syllabus point onto your notes for structure.

  • Write down possible exam questions (or use the syllabus) and answer them as a form of revision.

  • Drawing out mind maps, use colours and images as a visual way to remember information

  • Use youtube to search up videos on difficult topics to help with your study.

  • Be aware of the creator of the video. Ensure it is coming from a reliable source; a teacher/professor, a university, etc.

  • Some examples of videos found on YouTube: Biology: Protein synthesis or Chemistry: oxidation-reduction equation.

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