Some of the wackiest things in my life happened when I was in Year 11. I got behind the wheel for the first time, I went to my first protest, Avengers: Infinity War came out, I got two jobs (at the same time) and much more. Keeping your life, your studies and your extracurriculars in check is incredibly difficult, and Year 11 is certainly no exception. You will find that throughout Year 11, a wave of growth and new experiences will hit you like a truck. Here are 3 tips so that the Year 11 truck doesn’t run you over like it almost did for me.
“Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.”
Year 12 is just around the corner, so think like it. I know so many people, myself included, who didn’t take Year 11 seriously. I recall watching Netflix in Advanced English and dozing off during Latin, thinking to myself that these assessments don’t contribute to my ATAR, therefore why should I care? Fast forward two terms, I’m sitting my first internal HSC assessment in one week and I have no idea how to sit down, focus and study properly. Don’t do that. Use your breezy Year 11 assessments as practice for your internal HSC assessments.
Teach yourself how to study. Teach yourself how to manage time.
Entering Year 12 is stressful, so make it easier by getting into good study habits early. Another thing to keep in mind is that your preliminary courses often relate to your HSC courses. Perhaps not for all subjects, but for mine, most of the preliminary content was prerequisite knowledge for the HSC courses. Learn your Year 11 syllabus so you don’t have to learn it in Year 12.
“Fast forward two terms, I’m sitting my first internal HSC assessment in one week and I have no idea how to sit down, focus and study properly. Don’t do that. Use your breezy Year 11 assessments as practice for your internal HSC assessments.”
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Consider your subjects based on interest, not marks. Many people will tell you to take your highest-marking and highest-scaling subjects into Year 11 and Year 12. While there’s some truth to that, choosing the subjects you’re interested in will guarantee you better marks at the end of the day. Think of it like this; you can always study harder to get better marks, but you can never change how interested you are in a subject.
And by that logic, if you’re struggling to choose between two subjects, choose the subject which you enjoy the most, because your interest will ultimately charge your enthusiasm to study and revise. At one point during Year 11, I was struggling to choose between Latin and Ancient History. I had a strong interest in both and my marks were equally as good. I didn’t know which to pick. I turned to my Hero Education tutor and friend Michael with this issue, to which he replied: which subject do you enjoy studying the most? And the answer was obvious. Latin. Enjoying the study process is crucial to progressing efficiently in your own time, which is why I ultimately decided to keep Latin and take Latin Extension in Year 12.
“…if you’re struggling to choose between two subjects, choose the subject which you enjoy the most, because your interest will ultimately charge your enthusiasm to study and revise.”
So yes, there are many factors you should consider when deciding subjects, but the last question you should always ask is “which subjects do I enjoy the most?”
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done, than regret the things I haven’t done.”
Chatime is great, but there are other bubble tea cafes out there. I’ve loved Chatime for years. I was a Loyal-Tea customer frequenting Chatime almost every day in Year 8 and 9 (back when it was affordable and didn’t slowly bankrupt my savings). At one point, I was invited to private testing sessions thanks to the amount of points accrued on my membership card. Chatime pearls were literally pumping through my veins.
But one day, late into Year 11, a friend took me to Stochastic in Newtown – try it out if you haven’t already! I ordered Rose Milk Tea with pearls; I was having my first ever sip of non-Chatime bubble tea. Something clicked inside me. The pearls: they were actually tasty! And the milk? It felt as though I was sipping milk through a rose, with each petal kissing my tongue. Okay, the milk was a tad powdery, but that didn’t get in the way of the moment. I was gobsmacked. Why hadn’t I tried new bubble tea before? I left Stochastic that day as a changed bubble tea consumer; I wanted to try as many different teas as I could. I hit up Ten Fourteen, Coco, Gong Cha (not EasyWay), and many more, each time sipping on something slightly different. Yes, Chatime is still amazing in my eyes, but now, so are many other bubble tea outlets.
So what’s the moral of the story? Use your time in Year 11 to step out of your comfort zone and try as many new flavours while you can.
Those will be my top 3 tips for any fresh Year 11 students who are lining up at the starting mark for their 2-year long HSC marathon. And with that, I shall finish with the classic well-wishing of The Hunger Games: May the odds ever be in your favour.
On top of enabling Ryan’s bubble tea addiction with (a ton) of Chattime, we at Hero Education pride ourselves in helping him achieve his absolute best in Chemistry. With so many tutoring companies tunneled just on academics, at Hero we’re not only dedicated to guiding you towards your dream ATAR but also provide you with opportunities, advice and mentorship in areas (university, careers, extracurriculars etc.) that matter most to you. Check out how a class at Hero runs and how you can get a spot in one below!