3 TIPS ON HOW TO SCORE A STATE RANK
Adib R 7TH IN THE STATE FOR ECONOMICS 99.35 ATAR (HSC 2015)
Constantly remind yourself of the bigger picture. This is one way I avoided burning out — realising that maximising my efforts in this one year will pay off immensely in the long-run. You also need to have a clear goal that you want to achieve, whether it be getting into a specific course, or attaining a certain ATAR, and again reminding yourself why you want to achieve your goal. Also, surround yourself with motivated people who have a clear goal themselves. This constantly kept me going.
MY TOP THREE TIPS
Choose subjects you genuinely have an interest in or are passionate about You’ll find yourself putting more effort into these subjects, as well understanding the intricacies that lie outside of the scope of the syllabus which can enhance your responses (although mastering the syllabus is your first priority). In my opinion this approach can lead to the higher marks necessary to achieve a state rank, as opposed to choosing subjects purely for the prospect of high scaling despite having no interest in them.
Get ahead and accelerate in the subject early Always stay a step ahead of school. I personally used to try learn economics content ahead of time, and then these concepts that I had already taught myself were reinforced at tutoring and school - allowing me to master the content. I took advantage of the summer holidays after Term 1 to accelerate, and this resulted in me finishing the 3rd topic of economics on my own, before we had even started Topic 2 in school. This also applies to past papers and questions — get into these as soon as you finish topics. You’ll notice that the more papers you do, the more questions you see constantly getting recycled, and you’ll be able to improve your answers the with time. Another method I used to learn how to answer questions was to study the ‘sample answers’ as it provides you with a range of ways to approach questions and diversifies your knowledge. So in summary, accelerate and learn the content ahead of time + do practice questions.
Monitor your progress A crucial pointer is to continue monitoring your progress throughout every HSC assessment task to ensure that you’re ranking near the top, if not 1st. Although it’s not impossible to achieve a state rank if you’re not ranked 1st, the goal becomes a lot more achievable if you are. To ensure you’re ranking near the top, you need to understand what kind of marks you need to be achieving in each assessment task, as well as paying attention to the weighting. You also need to keep in mind the general raw-mark you’ll need to attain in the actual HSC exam to achieve a state-rank, and it is a positive sign if you are constantly getting around this mark in past papers.