What I learned about how to study in Year 12
1. USE THE SYLLABUS and make dot point summaries. Especially for my science and social science courses, making summaries under every syllabus dot point was so effective. If you are making a summary of relevant information from each dot point, then a) you can’t miss any of the information you need b) you have a better idea of what you may be tested on and c) you end up with concise, more organised notes you can better study.
2. MAKE YOUR NOTES CONCISE. Generally I would approach study by gradually summarizing information more and more until I didn’t need more than a few sentences to remind me of stuff before the test. So class notes>dot point summaries>flash cards>mind map.
3. Recognize the need to STUDY DIFFERENTLY for different subjects. Whilst summaries worked great for science, I never used them for English or maths. For English I would tend to focus more on practicing and refining my writing. And for maths, really you just need to keep practicing questions, possibly from past papers.Another thing that worked well for maths was to keep a little notebook with dividers in it and separate by topic. Then each time you encounter a new formula, write it down, provide definitions for what each term in the formula means ie. m=the gradient and also list a few examples. Its great to then use this as a handbook when studying!
And at the end of it all, remember school, even year 12, isn’t so important that it should take over the more important things in your life.