Study tips

Study and finding your rhythm

The key to making the most of your senior schooling is striking the right balance early. A structured routine will ensure you make the best use of the time you have for learning. It is important to balance your time between your studies, social life, family, sleep, work, sport and other activities.

Find the right environment

The fewer distractions you have around you, the easier it will be to focus on your studies. Think about where you study best, whether it's in the school library, your bedroom, or elsewhere. Switch off your phone and avoid social media to help minimise disruption while you study.


Make a list of your priorities; it will help you manage your time more effectively. As you work out your study schedule, remember to make time for catching up with friends, participating in sport or other activities, or just watching TV and relaxing.

Look after yourself

Exercise and a healthy diet can help improve your concentration, reduce stress levels, and improve general well-being. Getting a good night's sleep is also important in helping you to concentrate and feel alert when you study.

Ask for help

Help is always available if you are feeling overwhelmed or particularly stressed. Family members and friends can help test your knowledge, and teachers can advise you about which areas of study you need to concentrate on. Family and friends can also provide support and advice if you do feel anxious or concerned.

headspace is an excellent service that provides young people and their families with information about mental health issues. has lots of tips about studying, managing stress, and life in general — from everyday issues to tough times.

Tips and tricks for study preparation

The following tips may help you to manage your study time.

What works best for you?

Work out what study habits work best for you and plan around this. Some people find writing summaries of topics helpful for revision. Dot-point form is also a great way to summarise information, making it easy to review later. You also may find speaking out loud to a friend or family member helps you to remember your notes.

Make a timetable and stick to it

Create your own study timetable. Divide your work into small pieces rather than one large chunk, so that it feels achievable. Spread the tasks out so that your revision is varied between simple and challenging tasks. Set yourself achievable weekly goals and try to stick to this schedule.

Don't put it off!

If something unexpected happens and you don't achieve what you had planned, revise your timetable and get back on track as soon as possible.

Set and answer questions

After you have summarised a section of your work, ask yourself some questions about it. If you find this hard to do, the past examination papers on the SACE website can help. You can find these in the 'support materials' section of the relevant subject minisite.

Examination papers may ask you to solve problems or give essay-type answers. For subjects that have numerical problems, try to work with a friend and check your separate answers together. For essay questions, note down a plan of how you would prepare a written answer or how you would construct an essay.

See what past assessors have said

Chief Assessors' reports from previous years are an important source of information. They give an overall picture of student performance in previous years' subject assessments. These reports can be found in the 'Support materials' section of each subject minisite.

Find out about examination conditions

The front pages of the examination question booklets are made available on the subject minisites early in September, a few weeks before the examinations begin. The front page of an examination includes important information such as the number of questions you have to answer, the duration of the examination, and whether calculators or dictionaries are permitted.

Think positively

If you follow these tips, keep up with your revision schedule, and stay focused, you should feel confident. This is important. Tell yourself that you can do it, you can succeed.

Research advice

Conducting research is a critical learning skill that is promoted in the SACE, and is an essential part of the learning process. Documents have been developed to provide support to students and teachers when undertaking research for SACE subjects. These include advice on conducting ethical research, and writing and referencing conventions.

For more information about writing, referencing, and study tips, please see the Research advice pages in the learning section.

Help and counselling services

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