Centre for Continuing Education

Years 10-12 Course: Study Methods

Years 10-12 Study & Essay Skills. The smart way to prepare for your HSC.

This Study Methods course for Years 10 to 12 provides a comprehensive overview of study methods and exam preparation. Students develop strategies for time management and independent study for all subjects. It begins with how to confront and overcome distraction and procrastination – a common difficulty for students in Years 10 to 12.

The course then defines the higher order thinking that underpins HSC syllabuses and marking guidelines. Time management is explored – a major need for success in study. Recent theories of learning and memory are explained and applied in order to extend skills in critical thinking and learning. Students put their learning into practice in self chosen areas of study. Other topics include revision throughout the year, final revision and the exam period; examination papers and practice for exam conditions. The range is wide and the course is varied, including online resources.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Confront and deal with procrastination.
  • Plan and maintain time management, including timetables for the session, week and school term.
  • Understand and apply key theories of cognition and learning that underpin HSC syllabuses and marking guidelines.
  • Practice improved study methods for individual study using recent theory about memory and learning in order to improved both learning and critical thinking.
  • Plan for study and revision throughout the year.
  • Prepare for the examination period.
  • Improve understanding of research and online resources.
  • Deal with examination papers and examination timetables.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

Syllabus reference: The Higher School Certificate Program of Study statement provided at the beginning of the Syllabus for all subjects – including English, Mathematics and Business Studies.

  • Overcoming procrastination.
  • Understanding and developing the critical thinking skills necessary for success in Years 10 – 12 including analysis, evaluation and synthesis in higher order thinking.
  • Time management for the day, week, term and year.
  • Understanding and developing study methods for different individual needs, abilities and interests using recent theory about memory and learning.
  • Practical application of learning and study methods in relation to self- chosen topics and courses.
  • Research resources including online learning resources.
  • Study of exam papers and preparation for exam conditions.

Delivery Style

The course delivery includes presentation by the teacher and interactive group discussion. Sharing issues and solutions is a major part of this course. Students apply the study methods to self chosen subjects and texts and need access to self-chosen texts and other school study material during the course.


A Course Booklet including examples of previous examination papers and questions.

Course Evaluation

This course will be evaluated via an online student questionnaire delivered in class.

Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide

While you progress through this journey and also the conclusion of your schooling life, we know you’ll have a lot on your mind – exams, future study, careers – but remember, while keeping focused on these bigger goals and aspirations, it’s also important not to forget your own health and well-being.

For tips on staying motivated and keeping focused, dealing with anxiety, keeping healthy, relaxation, pre-study exercise and more, read our article Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • I enjoyed the course and found the tutor to be very helpful. The use of memory and mind manipulation techniques helped me to study formulas and link them to images and colours. Also the weekly agenda has kept me on track.

Years 10-12 Course: Study Methods

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