Tutors Field Blog

Education Blog

Success Tips from a Top ATAR Student

We talked to someone who achieved an ATAR score of 99+ and is currently studying a Bachelor’s degree at USYD, here are some insights and tips from her preparation:

In Year 10:

  • When choosing subjects for Year 11, she recommend selecting those you excel in rather than solely based on university prerequisites.
  • Keep in mind that future requirements may change, or you might develop interests in other fields.
  • Universities like Sydney (USYD) offer bridge courses for students who haven’t studied prerequisite subjects, so focus on improving your grades in high school and consider bridging courses before starting university. Additionally, opt for subjects with high scaling, such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics ext1/2.

In Year 11:

  • Year 11 is a good time to adapt to the assessment and exam processes and to catch up on subjects you’re not strong in.
  • Compared to Year 10, the timetable is more flexible but the difficulty increases. If your initial exam results aren’t great, don’t give up easily; few people perform flawlessly from start to finish.
  • Reflection is crucial; identify issues in areas where you didn’t perform well and find solutions to avoid similar mistakes in the future.
  • Avoid overstudying, such as staying up until 11 PM, as Year 12 will be more challenging. Overstudying now might lead to a lack of motivation later. Study moderately, for example, 6-7 hours per day on weekends, to gradually adjust to longer study sessions.

In Year 12:

  • She studied approximately 45 hours per week during term and 8-10 hours per day during holidays. However, the key isn’t the duration but studying efficiently at your peak performance times.
  • Consider tutoring for certain subjects in the final stages to deepen your understanding.
  • When choosing university courses, use the university’s “find a course” page to explore relevant majors. Search for the major name followed by “unit table” to find detailed yearly course information. For more details like exam formats and teaching staff, search for “course code + unit outline”.

Author: Sim K


Sim K


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top