How I got into my desired University Course

Before you take my advice, I encourage you to ask yourself a few questions - what it is I want to get out of the HSC? What courses might I like to study at Uni? What is my goal ATAR?

I guess I am one of the lucky ones in that I had a fairly good idea of the answers to those questions above, before I embarked on my HSC journey and I understand this may not be the case for everyone. However, try to have think about this and come up with a couple different options, even if you aren’t 100% sure on things.

From these answers, I was able to do a little bit of research into the different university requirements for the course I had hoped to get into. Key things to look at are rough ATAR requirements, any prerequisite requirements and possibility of applying for bonus points. This certainly helped me in terms of subject selection, setting goals and understanding what the HSC meant for me.

Being mindful of this throughout the year was a great help for me as it helped me stay on top of the workload because I was able to see value in my output. I put in work here, I will be rewarded by getting straight into my desired course, so it was a great motivator.

How I used the HSC Study Buddy resources

I signed up to HSC Study Buddy’s long term all access package as I wanted to get on top of things early. The notes allowed me to stay ahead, as I could quickly look over things before we started studying them. It didn’t take long and the main benefit was that when it came time to cover things in class, I could ask relevant questions and contribute. I definitely feel that this helped me as I didn’t find myself getting lost and falling behind. Instead, things were sinking in and I was able to move on to the next topic feeling confident.

I mainly used the video tutorials to prepare for exams, in particular, the final HSC exams. These are the external exams, which contribute 50% to your final mark, so I knew I needed to go in prepared. I found it helpful having tutors go through past papers, showing me how to approach each section. This really aided my understanding of how to answer the questions being asked of me.

I do want to say though, each person is different, so try and find a way of studying that works best for you.

Managing stress through activities and social life

It’s easy to get bogged down in HSC life and let it consume your thoughts. I can tell you from experience that this is not helpful at all. You will begin to overstress and over complicate things. I really encourage you to remain active, whether that means staying committed to your sporting goals or just going for a run. This will help you step back and will actually be good for your brain. One last thing, year 12 is a unique year and many close friends will take different paths to you afterward, so enjoy the challenges with them and help each other throughout.

I hope that you as the reader found this helpful and you not only set goals for yourself but also go on to achieve them.