How I Achieved an ATAR Score of 99.95

Amanda

I WANTED TO GIVE MYSELF THE BEST CHANCE OF GAINING ENTRY INTO A MEDICAL DEGREE

Medicine is a highly competitive field - entry is incredibly difficult when considering the requirements of the UMAT, ATAR and interview. I wanted to maximise my chances of gaining entry and I wanted to achieve my personal best.

I MEASURED MY PROGRESS TO MAKE SURE I WAS ON TRACK

I checked my rankings at school and aimed to get first place in all of my subjects. I used online ATAR calculators occasionally, however I would not recommend excessively relying on them - this is because the marks you may receive at school aren't an adequate reflection of HSC standards. I also scheduled regular consultations with my teachers to ensure that I was on the right track.

HOW I STAYED MOTIVATED TO STUDY

I made sure to have snacks and take regular breaks to keep myself motivated. I would study for a period of time and reward myself by watching a bit of TV. At the end of the day, I reminded myself of what it was that I wanted to achieve and this helped me push through. MY SECRET STUDY TIPS

1. Start past papers early - once you finish a topic, get cracking through past HSC questions, consult the marking criteria to see if you are hitting all the right notes in your responses.

2. Find as many past papers as possible and practice! Lots of good past papers found online and on google drives. 3. Study in the library - this will help you minimise distractions. 4. Form study groups - studying in groups or form group chats. Discuss certain questions and exchange past papers and notes with other students. 5. Seek feedback - Ask your tutors and teachers to read over your essays and provide feedback throughout the entire year to help you prepare for the final exam.