Welcome back to the Connect Psychology 3&4 Blog! Today we’ll be discussing some tips as you all head back into school!
It’s great to hear that you can all start physically returning to school; hopefully things stay on track and there won’t be any more disruptions before your exams (touch wood)!
1. What is left to do?
As the school holidays finished and Term 4 began, I first evaluated what I still had left to do.
For example, for Psychology, I made a list of:
Any content questions or holiday homework I had to finish/redo
Practise exams that I didn’t finish
Areas of content I still wasn’t confident with
I’d also outline what objectives I needed to set for Term 4. For example:
1. Finish the most recent VCAA exams (e.g. 2015-2019) 2. Go through all content notes 3. Find hard questions in the External Exam Papers (e.g. NEAP) 4. Content questions - given by teachers 5. Attempt textbook questions
2. Create a weekly timetable
Just as I suggested making a timetable during the holiday period, I did the same thing when I returned back to school. Only this time, I started planning some BROAD goals for each week.
These goals completely depend on how many 3&4’s you have, what your extra commitments are and how much time you have. As I was a Year 11, I set much larger goals than a Year 12 student would have had the time to for.
Week 1 - complete x3 external practise papers
Week 2 - complete x2 external practise paper + finish content questions • Week 3 - VCAA 2016 & 2015, as well as any difficult areas of content • Week 4 - VCAA 2017 and 2018, plus meeting with Psych teacher to cover hard content
Week 5 - VCAA 2019 + read the textbook
Note: I’d recommend leaving the best exams until later in the revision period, when you’re feeling your most confident.
3. Balancing other 3&4’s
If you’re a Year 12, and have around four or five 3&4 subjects, then balance will be key in your revision period.
When I was in Year 12, although I had already done Psychology, I also had to juggle lots of 3&4’s with content subjects.
Deciding which subjects would be in my top 4, and which subjects I need to work harder on, were all factors that I considered. However, I never discarded or gave up on a subject as I never knew what could happen to my scores.
Some tips for balancing your subjects:
Plan and create timetables
Outline what you need to get done for each
Be smart in your study and revision methods
Doing less practise exams, but doing then thoroughly
Focus on things you’re weak at, not your strengths
4. Make use of your teachers
During the final weeks of revision, I found my teachers to be a great resource when clarifying difficult content and going through difficult exam questions.
I’d book times in with my teachers (rather than just bombarding them), so that I’d have a designated time for just me and them.
I’d always make sure that I had:
A written list of questions
Flagged exam questions that I struggled with
Specific areas of content to go over
5. Handling the stress
I definitely found the final weeks of revision extremely stressful and overwhelming. If you ever feel the same, try out some of the things I did:
Remember to have rests and breaks, to avoid burnout
Find strategies that make you feel organised and in control
Get help and support from your teachers and friends
Don’t stay up all night; sleep is super important (remember the restorative theory of sleep)
Eat well and exercise
6. Practise, practise, practise
As discussed last blog, I found that practise questions and exams were the KEY to a good score in Psychology.
Whenever I had a free moment during exam time, or wasn’t sure what to do, I focused on practise questions.
In the next blog, we’ll be looking in-depth at how to answer Psychology questions!
Good luck with your return to school! I wish you all the best luck for this final revision period.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be covering lots of useful topics such as how to answer exam questions, exam timing and order, stress management and final revision tips.
See you all in the next one!
Have a question?
In the final weeks before exams Ashleigh will be hosting 2 Live Q&A sessions to help everyone get fully prepared for exams. If you have a question on how to best get prepared, have been stuck on an exam question or want to clarify an area of content send it through here, and Ashleigh might answer it live!