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Transitioning to Year 11 - 3 Tips to Help You Succeed

Posted by Elizabeth H with photographs by Cara L | Found in: Secondary

The transition years 10 to 11 is the biggest jump student’s will go through during their schooling years.

Here are 3 tips to help you get started:

1. Find your own way to study

Everyone has their own study method. Whether it’s educational videos, reading out loud, jotting down key points on sticky notes, Spotify podcasts, colourful illustrations, highlighting key words, online or hand-made palm cards, summary charts or just simply reading, it’s important to find what works best for you.

Different subjects will require different ways of studying. Most human Biology ATAR students use palm cards to learn because it’s a content-based subject, whereas in Modern History, summary charts would usually work better to understand the bigger picture. Finding a technique that will produce quality over quantity study time will help you to make the most of your time and help you to find a way that you enjoy too.

2. Time management over procrastination

Give yourself a time limit to get a task done, the worst thing you can do is leave it till the last minute. Get the task over and done with rather than procrastinating it till the night before as it will help you to maintain consistent results throughout the year.

Keep a school diary to track when your next assessments are and prioritise certain tasks over others in your study time. This will help to not feel overwhelmed by upcoming tasks, but instead create strategies to avoid last minute situations by focusing on a couple tasks to do each day. Even just setting up to do 5 minutes of good study can help you get started if you know how long and boring the task will be.

It’s very important to give yourself breaks, so reward with yourself with just one episode of your favourite tv show or allow yourself to go on your phone for ten minutes to help you complete the task more efficiently. Create the habit of giving yourself time to complete a task, even if it’s just reading through and creating a plan. It will help you break down tasks and not overload yourself by putting things off.

3. Motivate yourself

Obtaining lower marks and failing a few tasks in year 11, particularly in the first semester, is normal. It takes a while to readjust to the ATAR system and pressure, and figure out studying strategies, so don’t be discouraged if you get off to a rough start or the work seems overwhelming at first.

You’ll find that many students will excel at the start, whereas others will slowly progress. Don’t get discouraged if it takes you longer than others to achieve grades you’re happy with. It’s better to make all the mistakes and learn the do’s and don’ts before year 12!

Finally, always remember to work set new goals for yourself and balance study with breaks and extra-curricular activities to help you enjoy your last two years in school.