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Heading into Year 12? Start the year right with these life hacks

Congrats on making it to Year 12, now’s the time to get busy with life hacks to help get you through

There’s no easy way to say this, Year 12 is rough for most people. But starting the year with a few goals and some handy life hacks could make a big difference to how you feel about it come exam time.

Here’s a checklist of Year 12 life hacks to help keep you in the zone.

#1 Set clear goals

These can be both personal and for your studies – be it the grades you want to get in first semester, or the number of parties you reckon you can realistically go to without wrecking your studies.Understanding what you realistically want to achieve and having your end goals in sight will help keep you motivated throughout the year.

#2 Manage your time like a boss

Much of the success you’ll have in life will be about just showing up. Mastering time management is the key to ensuring you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed and giving up. Start each week by allocating time to study and personal activities, and be sure to break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps to avoid feeling like it’s all too much.

#3 Ask for help

A bunch of the people we talk to at Careers with STEM tell us they wish they’d asked more questions in Year 12. Don’t be shy — this is the last year you’ll have to tap the knowledge of your teachers and peers at school. Take advantage of any support services on offer, and if you’re not clear on something always ask for clarification.

#4 Look after yourself

Year 12 is a marathon, not a sprint, meaning it helps to have a consistent regime. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet will help your brain work better, helping you stay focused and alert during study sessions.

#5 Remember: Your race, your pace

Understand that success is not solely defined by comparison to others. Your progress and growth matter more than arbitrary benchmarks set by external standards. Focus on understanding concepts thoroughly, even if it takes more time than you initially anticipated, and don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back for meeting your own goals.

Slay your STEM subjects

Excelling in STEM subjects requires a unique approach, so here’s some tips many students have found useful in STEM study.

1. Get the basics down

STEM subjects often build upon foundational concepts. Ensure you have a solid understanding of the basics, as these will form the building blocks for more complex topics later in the year.

2. Put it into practice

Engage in active learning methods, such as solving problems, conducting experiments, and participating in discussions. Practical applications of theory enhance your understanding and retention of STEM concepts, and let’s face it, using what you’ve learnt in real life is also super motivating.

3. Study with your classmates

Form study groups early on so you can get different perspectives and insights, helping you grasp concepts more thoroughly. Teaching others can also reinforce your own understanding.

4. Use all of the tech

In STEM, technology is ever-evolving, so find a way to use it to your benefit. Tap online resources (even TikTok can be useful), attend virtual workshops, and play with new tech tools to stay ahead of the curve.

5. Be resilient

STEM subjects may have you tearing out your hair with their complexity, but resilience is crucial. Embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth, and approach challenges with a positive mindset. Perseverance often leads to breakthroughs in understanding, and remember a pass in a really difficult subject is just as good as an A in an easier one.

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