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More than your ATAR: Good luck!

By October 19, 2020No Comments

With the Year 12 final exams now here, we want to remind you that your ATAR rank isn’t the be all and end all.  And despite this being your high school career finale, it’s not all down to this one performance – your assessments from the year make up 50% of your final mark.

However, for the next few weeks, we do encourage you to stay focused, keeping these three key considerations in mind;

  1. Know your timetable – you should have received your personalised timetable (in NSW) from Students Online. Other Year 12 final exam timetables for other areas are available from here: the ACT, Queensland, the NT, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria.
  2. • Clear a space – dedicate a quiet, distraction-free and clean area to be your study nook. Get a comfy chair and ensure you’ve got all the equipment you need in this one place.
  3. • Discuss exams with those close to you – let your family or household know your exam timetable and inform your boss when you can and can’t work.
Extra help from the More Than Your ATAR series:

Keep calm…from here on in, write a daily and weekly to-do list:

  • LIST

Routine is essential. Make sure you factor in revision, sport, fitness, friends and part-time work. Most important: stick to it. Study in chunks with regular breaks. Without all this, you’ll end up getting behind and wasting precious time.

 ALSO, you need to be:

Realistic with your expectations, and

Allow for change (the last six months have probably drilled that into you).


Mindset is important: focus.

Relax in the morning, set your intention for the day.

• Double-check you’ve got all the equipment you’ll need for the exam.

Be organised: get to the school or examination centre with plenty of time.

Key Tips:

Focus on one thing at a time (there’s no such thing as multi-tasking when it comes to studying).

Set alarms on your phone and break your study into chunks.

Plan small breaks away from devices and screens, you’ll be overwhelmed otherwise. Examples are pacing the room, walking around the block, stretches, cooking, folding the family washing or stacking the dishwasher.

Set your phone to busy or turn it on silent and out of reach when studying.

Change things up: variety is the spice of life, so keep it interesting by studying different subjects each day.

You can’t learn everything. Grill your teachers, friends and tutors for advice to study priorities!

From the CEF family, we wish you all the best in your exams and look forward to hearing from you when it’s all over! Don’t forget to apply for a grants to support your 2021 study. Find the foundation who can help you access further education here.


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