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Public speaking, for some, it’s an exhilaratingly fun task that requires you to work a crowd and command complete attention. While for others, it’s a nerve-wracking ordeal which can lead become awkward and exhausting. Fortunately, we strongly believe that public speaking is something you can train, understand and at the very least, become extremely capable at. Whether you’re an aspiring public speaker or you’re just looking to get past the next school project, we’ve gathered 20 essential public speaking tips to help you get past the public speaking learning curve.

  • Public Speaking Tip 1 – Know your audience

Know who you’re talking to. There are no public speaking presentations or techniques that will work with all audiences. Making a funny, humour filled presentation might be perfect for a classroom of students, but maybe not so much for a business pitch. Learn your audience and devise the best way to engage with them.

  • Public Speaking Tip 2 – Rehearse (But remain loose)

You’ve probably planned out your presentation – and that’s great! Make sure to rehearse the steps and follow a logical order. If you’re doing a presentation on different types of pasta, talk about the different types one at a time – don’t jump from spaghetti to linguine and then back to spaghetti again. (Don’t mix the pastas!)

You also need to prepare for improvisation though. Sometimes you might receive questions or lose your way through the presentation. Thinking on your feet and talking about your topic naturally will help you immensely. So keep it in mind.

  • Public Speaking Tip 3 – Distract yourself

In order to get more comfortable, try practising your presentation in different scenarios. Play loud music, try to talk over youtube videos. Test and challenge yourself on how well you can stay focused. This will help you memorise your content better!

  • Public Speaking Tip 4 – Get comfortable

Make sure you know where you’re presenting. Prepare accordingly, but make sure you aren’t putting too much pressure on yourself by amping it up. It’s going to be fine. Just know your space, and know what you’re there to say.

  • Public Speaking Tip 5 – Use the right words

Choosing the appropriate language for your presentation and audience is key. It might seem like a good idea to include huge, smart sounding words, but more often than not it can alienate your audience. Keep things simple. Keep things easy to understand.

  • Public Speaking Tip 6 – Read it slow

I’ve found that people with little experience in public speaking don’t allow themselves the time and space to breath and deliver their lines slowly. So once you’ve prepared and practiced, try reading your presentation at half the speed. This will let find the perfect gaps to pause and allow your audience to take in your words.

  • Public Speaking Tip 7 – Read it fast!

On the flipside, read your content fast! Try to see how fast you can successfully deliver all your content, as if you’re giving your presentation to the most impatient people on the planet. Not only will you find a new way to memorise your content, but you’ll get a feel of the correct pace and timing to use for your presentation.

  • Public Speaking Tip 8 – Know where to look

When you’re faced with a large crowd, you’ve probably heard it’s best to look at the back wall. This gives the impression that you’re looking at the whole audience. However – it also pays to browse the crowd occasionally. Especially when making big points.

  • Public Speaking Tip 9 – Find the friendliest face

As an extension of that – find a smiley face in the crowd! Nothing beats nervous tension like finding someone with a good smile.

  • Public Speaking Tip 10 – Prepare for questions

Almost as important as preparing for your presentation is preparing for the questions that’ll follow! Knowing your content is key to delivering quality answers. But it pays to write up some of the big questions you see coming up after you finish.

  • Public Speaking Tip 11 – It’s not a race!

I know I said to rehearse your presentation fast before – but on the day, allow yourself the time to change your pace and speak slow when needed. If you rush through your presentation, you’re not going to engage anyone.

  • Public Speaking Tip 12 – Practice projection

Voice is the most powerful tool in a public presentation. By practicing how far your voice can reach, you can influence your audience’s emotion and understanding of your words.

  • Public Speaking Tip 13 – Think of emotion

What are you feeling? What is your audience feeling? Different audiences and different people will be feeling different things about your presentation. Just by being aware of their emotions, you can navigate your presentation to suit their current needs a little better. Are they looking for inspiration? Do they want a laugh? Do they want something to wake them up? Keep this in mind when presenting and you’ll go a long way.

  • Public Speaking Tip 14 – Ask questions

Throughout your presentation, ask your audience some questions. Whether rhetorical or not, this is a good way to grab your audience’s attention. Especially if they seem to waning.

  • Public Speaking Tip 15 – Observe and become your favourite public speakers

My favourite of these public speaking tips. I think it’s fantastic to find public speakers, actors or online personalities that you admire. By emulating their way of speaking and engaging with people, you can make sure relinquish a lot of the anxiety that might harras when you perform like yourself!

  • Public Speaking Tip 16 – Notes can hold you back

It’s important to know your content, but the best way to do that is authentic knowledge. Notes – while helpful for prompts and general direction, will hinder your performance and create a barrier between you and your audience. Which is never good for an engaging presentation.

  • Public Speaking Tip 17 – Not a performance

Like #16, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a performance. You’re not acting to a script. It’s more like you’re having a one sided conversation. You’re exploring thoughts, questions and content, not acting along the lines of a script.

  • Public Speaking Tip 18 – Empower your adrenaline

The feeling of preparing a presentation, the feeling of giving a presentation and the feeling after a presentation are three distinct and wildly different sensations. Every single person feels nervous when they’re about to present, but once you begin, you can use the adrenaline from starting to really deliver some strong points.

All eyes are on you, and you’re in control. If you enjoy the exhilaration of public speaking, use it to your advantage.

  • Public Speaking Tip 19 – Tell stories

Telling stories is one of the most engaging ways to communicate with your audience. We are by nature, storytellers. If you can fit an anecdote to fully communicate your content, do it! You’ll find that people become far more attentive and enjoy your presentation so much more.

  • Public Speaking Tip 20 – Move your body

Physical communication is just as important as verbal communication. Standing completely still in one spot will bore your audience. Even if it’s just small hand gestures, get used to using your body while you talk. You’ll see that you can draw better attention to yourself this way, and in turn, your audience will enjoy your presentation more!

Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, revisiting these public speaking tips will see you becoming a master at the art of communicating with large groups of people. It’s an impressive skill to have, and worth investing your time into.

Author Bio

Caroline Schmidt writes the blogs for Kangan Institute. She is passionate about education, careers, and giving advice to students of all ages.

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AMEB Exams preparation

The first thing music students need to know when preparing for an AMEB exam is their skill level. If you’re a beginner instrumentalist who has only been playing for a year, you’re not going to enrol for a Grade 8 exam; the repertoire is simply too advanced. Likewise, if you’re new to the AMEB examination syllabus after several years on your instrument of choice, there’s not much point in starting with Preliminary, as you will not find the repertoire challenging at all.

In general there are three grade levels in the AMEB music syllabus:

– Level 1 (Preliminary, Grades 1 – 4)

– Level 2 (Grades 5 – 8)

– Level 3 (Associate – Licentiate diplomas)

Each instrument has its own specific syllabus, which can be found on the AMEB website: https://www.ameb.edu.au/exams/practical.html. The website contains further resources, including the purchase of repertoire, study resources and more. Personally, I studied under the AMEB syllabus from Preliminary to Grade 8 in piano. Whilst the majority of the enrolment process was managed by my music teacher, I made sure to acquaint myself with the website in order to better understand the process I was going through. Students will also find that their music teacher will handle enrolment and pass on important exam information to the student.

Now, when it comes to preparing repertoire for the exam, music teachers will set certain goals for students to meet over the year. It is up to the student to ensure that these goals are met so that they are well-prepared for the upcoming examination. In my experience, it is ideal for a student to have their repertoire fully prepared a month before the exam date. There is nothing worse than spending the week of the exam trying to cram several pieces and various aural exercises to memory. No matter how good of a musician you are, you will only end up putting in a sub-optimal performance in the exam. Over the years, I have found that entering an examination feeling unprepared is perhaps the most stressful experience in the world. I used to suffer from performance anxiety which affected me even at the best of times, let alone my less-prepared performances. I will go into more detail about learning repertoire when discussing practice habits, but the key phrase here is this: know your limits, know your stuff!

AMEB Exam dates

Along with setting goals for exam prep, it is vital that music teachers and students are fully aware of exam dates, as well as enrolment deadlines. These can vary widely, depending on your choice of instrument. While I would say from personal experience that all of my exams took place between September and November, there simply isn’t a rule of thumb for this. Each state has a different timetable for different instruments, which alters each year. For music teachers who want to stay informed, the AMEB exam dates link at https://www.ameb.edu.au/exams/enrol-exam-dates.html is your friend here. You can specify your state and instrument, which will bring up a well-organised timetable that shows exam dates and enrolment deadlines. Exam enrolment must be submitted by teacher, parent or legal guardian. The only exception is when a candidate is over the age of 18. Enrolment fees will vary, depending on the type of examination – written, practical, etc. – and exam grade. Up to the deadline, enrolments are refundable for 50% of the fee.

AMEB Exam Practice

It’s an inside joke between musicians that “practice makes perfect” is wrong. In reality, perfect practice makes perfect. In other words, focused and purposeful practice will improve both musicianship and the quality of your repertoire. It’s no good to simply pick up your instrument and play the pieces through a few times before finishing for the day. You need to pick out sections, perhaps 3-4 bars that you’ve been struggling with for a couple of weeks, and run them over in short loops, paying close attention to the notes, articulation and any other techniques. Take this excerpt from Debussy’s Clair de lune, for example, one that I had trouble with for weeks:

At first, I would simply “fudge” the notes, trying to get an approximation of the correct rhythm while moving straight along to a more comfortable passage. In pieces with 100+ bars of music, it may seem tempting to let 1 or 2 less-than-perfect ones slip by. However, you would be doing both yourself and the music a disservice, sacrificing the overall quality of the piece as well as missing out on a valuable opportunity for improving certain skills. Not to mention, examiners have a copy of the music in front of them as you play and will be able to detect any imperfections instantly.

When you reach a passage such as this, one that you are simply not playing correctly, it is important to stop here and not continue on. Then, you must start breaking down the passage into something you can play confidently. Firstly, the notes: are you playing them all correctly? With this passage, I was having trouble getting all of those semiquavers correct, until I reimagined them as a broken 7th chord exercise. I set a metronome and slowed down the tempo. I found the fastest possible tempo where I could still comfortably play the passage perfectly and started from there. Slowly, I would increase the tempo, all the while ensuring that I was still playing the passage perfectly, splitting it up even more simply if needed. Eventually, I reached a point where I could play the passage properly at the designated tempo. However, I didn’t stop there. I continued increasing the tempo, playing the passage faster than recommended. Once I reached an extreme tempo and simply couldn’t keep up anymore, I set it back to the concert tempo and made sure that I could play it through perfectly. Being able to just barely play a piece at concert tempo is only half the battle.You can ensure a much more confident final performance if you are able to play it at a faster tempo in practice.

In terms of practice habits, I find that 1-2 hours a day is optimal. The time goes faster than you think, especially when you’re focusing on nothing else but good practice. Switch up your practice routine frequently. Don’t practice the same scales every day, or the same pieces. Your brain is just another muscle and will soon come to expect the routine. It won’t improve if you don’t test it out in different ways frequently. Your technical work should take up the first 20 minutes of practice. Scales, arpeggios, broken chords and ear tests are essential prep for your exam. Teachers should be setting 2 scales/arpeggios a week for students. I never enjoyed learning scales all at once. It had to be gradual and methodical learning in order to learn them properly. Teachers: remember to consult the syllabus so that you know which scales/arpeggios your student needs to learn for their exam. There’s no point in teaching a Grade 1 student an E-flat melodic minor scale if they’re not going to be examined on it that year.

The general syllabus for an exam includes 3 pieces from List A, B and C. These will comprise the bulk of the exam. However, it is equally important for students to be learning their technical work at the same time. As well as learning scales and arpeggios, students need to learn sight-reading skills. Sightreading is the one skill that is best left for the classroom. A teacher’s supervision is necessary for proper sight-reading development in the early stages. Simply having another person in the practice room will ensure that students will perform sight-reading tasks properly, removing the temptation to cut corners in solo sight-reading practice, as I tended to do. I find that giving students 3 separate sight-reading exercises in a lesson is ideal. Give students 30-60 seconds to peruse the piece, observing for key details: difficult passages that stand out, expression, dynamics and articulation. The best sight-reading performances include the little details, with a bit of leeway for the occasional missed note.

AMEB Exam tips

Go through a checklist in the lead-up to exam day. Having all of these things done beforehand will make a world of difference on the day.

– Ensure you have the right venue and examination time. Turning up early is crucial to minimise stress.

– If required, have a backup copy of the accompanist’s music. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

– Rub out all pencil marks in your music. This is required for all exams and examiners will be on the lookout for this.

– Have your music in order and ready to go. When you’re in a stressful environment like an exam, there’s nothing more embarrassing than out-of-order or missing pages of music.

– Mental preparation. Performing in a high-stress situation isn’t exactly going to bring out the best in your musicianship. It’s very likely you won’t even perform your exam pieces to your best possible standard. Accepting this is a huge step towards a more comfortable exam environment. This is why ample practice is essential, to ensure that your performance standard remains as high as possible, even in the face of an imperfect performance.

– Mistakes are going to happen. There is no such thing as a perfect performance, despite what our biggest supporters may tell us. And that’s okay. The important thing is to shrug off a mistake and continue on. If you hit a wrong note in the middle of your piece, keep going! Examiners won’t mark you on mistakes; they mark you on how well you recover. I used to go into exams with the mentality that I was starting off with 100% and that every mistake would drag my mark down. In fact, the opposite is true. Examiners start you off with 0% and give you marks based on how much you get right.

Common AMEB problems and reasons for failure

In the lead up to an exam, there are a host of mistakes and problems that you can avoid by simply being aware of them. I will list a few common ones, some of which I am guilty of myself:

Nerves can make us feel crippled and unprepared for an exam. In reality, nerves are great for you. It proves that you actually care about your performance, which is the most important thing. Going into an exam, you’re going to feel a build-up of adrenaline and nervous energy. It then becomes instinctual to channel that energy into your performance. Rethinking your stance on performance nerves can really turn around the situation in the exam room.

Cramming the week of an exam is a fruitless exercise. If you didn’t learn to play your instrument overnight, how can you expect to perfect exam repertoire overnight? Teachers should provide students with a practice book, for weekly progress updates and a long-term plan for exam prep. Stick to this plan! It will save you a lot of stress and a lot of tears.

Overpractising, believe it or not, is a thing. Just as you can be underprepared, it is possible for you to overprepare the week of the exam. It’s tempting to grab your instrument and practise for 5 hours a day in that final week. But if you’ve previously been doing 60-90 minutes a day, this overpractice is going to make you burn out come exam day. Even if you can play the pieces backwards by memory, keep your routine going. Zero in on small problem sections, work on improving them. Do you have to think twice before playing an F melodic minor scale? Then spend some time revising that particular scale. There is no reason to put your routine into hyperspeed simply because the exam is close.

– You’re there to be examined on your performance, so perform! The way you dress, present yourself, address the examiner, performance posture and musicianship, you need to express yourself with everything you do! An examiner doesn’t want a robotic performance. They want to see an expressive, polished performance. Just because it’s an exam, doesn’t mean you’re not able to get your personality across. I find that smiling and even the occasional mistake goes a long way to break the tension between you and the examiner. They want you to succeed, after all. They didn’t come to see a bad performance. They want you to enjoy yourself.

– Have you ever finished a performance, walked off the stage and think, “Could I have done that better?” I certainly have. As hard is might be, it’s vital to not dwell on mistakes. It’s in the past and thinking about it won’t change the mistake. The important thing is to be proud that you completed the exam. It’s an achievement that no result can take from you.

These are all extremely common problems that most students face when going into an exam. Being aware of them is very important for teachers. If your student is well-informed, they are wellequipped. Failing an exam often comes down to one thing: a lack of preparation. An examiner isn’t likely to fail a student who knows the repertoire but just falls to pieces on the day of. Preparation of repertoire is easy to identify and examiners are generally understanding of issues such as performance anxiety. Being underprepared is the most common factor for failure. Follow this advice, as well as your teacher’s, and your chances of success increase tenfold.

Good luck to all students!

— Isaac Bartels is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music director. With a Performance Diploma in Percussion and over 15 years of experience on piano, violin and music theory, he has recently received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Music from the University of Queensland.

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Hi everyone! My name is Corina Chire and I recently graduated from Macquarie University. My GPA was 3.8 out of 4 so I thought I could share some of my tips to help you with your studies this year!

1. Organize yourself

This is my very first tip, and especially if you tend to procrastinate, then, this is a must! Check the assessment section in all your unit guides and find out when the assignments are due. Write down the dates on a calendar, a planner, your phone or on a visible spot as I did, in a poster on my bedroom wall.
Try to use a different colour per unit and consider how long each assignment it’d take, for example, a week before submitting it. Once it´s done, you’ll have a better picture for what it’s coming.

2. Find out your learning style.

Not everyone learns the same way although some schools nowadays still believe so. We ALL learn in different ways. So far, there are 7 learning styles: visual, verbal, logical, musical, kinaesthetic, intrapersonal and interpersonal. Most people have two or more styles but not many know which ones. Find out if you learn better with pictures, images, colours (visual) or perhaps with spoken and written words (verbal). Maybe you can study with music and add rhythm to what you are learning (musical). Or perhaps you need to move to learn. See if you tend to use your hands or body to learn. Kinaesthetic people tend to ‘act things out’. Finally, do you like to share what you’ve just learned with others? (interpersonal) or do you prefer to work alone using self-study techniques? (intrapersonal). Get to know your learning style and studying will be easier!

3. Highlight your way

You must know that highlighting a text is a common practice when we read and we don’t want to forget the main ideas. But have you tried your own way?
I, myself, chose three colours and assigned meaning to each of them. Pink meant important terms, especially new terminology; green meant important information; and my favourite was the blue one, I used that one to simply highlight what I liked (a quote, an idea I agreed with, a saying, etc.)

4. Give yourself rewards

Studying can be often tiring if you do it non-stop for hours! Try breaking down the time in intervals of perhaps 20 or 30 minutes. And even better, give yourself a reward! It could be food, a drink, a snack, or maybe a 5-minute break to do what you feel like doing.

5. Find a cool spot

Most people may think of the library as the default place to study, but it should not be the only one, especially if you like to change your routine from time to time and make your study time more fun. Explore your uni and find out where else you would like to study, perhaps under a tree? Near a lake? On the grass? An empty classroom? On a sofa? Indoors or outdoors? You choose!

6. Share what you’ve learn with a classmate

And especially if you found out you have the interpersonal learning style! (tip number 2). As the saying goes, ‘to teach is to learn twice’. You’ll notice you’ll have a better understanding of the topic after sharing it with a classmate. You can also try with a friend or a relative. The point is to use your own words to explain what you have just studied. This technique, called paraphrasing, will be very useful when writing uni assignments.

7. Make sure your tummy is full

Actually make sure you’re not hungry, thirsty or sleepy. The reason is quite curious: we need to keep our reptilian brain satisfied! Have you heard about it? It happens that we all human beings have a primitive brain function driven by our ‘reptilian brain’. This is charge of all our body’s vital functions and our instinctive side. If it’s not ‘tamed’, it’ll take you greater effort to concentrate and digest information.
Make sure your emotions are stable too, not too worried, too nervous or too anxious. Take it easy.

8. Eat super foods

When it’s uni time, most of us are just worried about submitting assignments or studying for tests that we just grab fast food or we even sometimes forget to eat.
If you don’t have enough time to eat, that’s fine, as long as you eat properly. And super foods are the best option to give your brain a boost. For example, avocados help you recall information; you can have them before a test – in a sandwich or as guacamole. Blueberries are wonderful for studying. You’ll improve your capacity to store information. You can have it in your breakfast or with a smoothie. Dark chocolate, as well, is full of antioxidants which will increase your brain functions. Eggs and salmon are excellent for your memory. Oh and walnuts will help you concentrate! Take them with you when you go to the library and replace those fatty fast foods with healthy super foods.

9. Get enough sleep

Although that’s perhaps what we do less when we have an exam coming, it is vital that we sleep our 8 hours every night. Lack of sleep can cause tremendous consequences to us and unfortunately recovering sleep is not the solution. Not getting enough sleep can destroy a significant number of neurons and therefore cut synaptic connections. Your attention span can decrease and repetitive poor sleep habits could trigger mental health problems. Keep your sleep time healthy and try to stick to a sleep schedule.

10. Attend you classes and pay attention!

This must be obvious for uni students but it sometimes doesn’t happen. Several times I’ve heard my classmates say that they will skip class and study on their own. However, I’ve heard these same students say next class that they didn’t get anything. Also, I’ve observed that several students who decide to stay in class do whatever else but paying attention. They usually use their laptops or phones to chat, be on social media, play games, etc. My advice? Use those 2 hours or hour and a half to really focus on learning. Forget about social media for a while and just put your phone away.
After sharing 10 top tips for studying, I should admit that during school time and uni time I have almost never really studied for a test. What I did was to pay full attention in class, write down important ideas, discuss them with my friends after class, join study groups and before a test, just really recap.

Hope these tips were helpful! Wish you all the best this coming year!!

Corina Chire Rosas
Master of Applied Linguistics and TESOL

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Whether you are taking Standard or Advanced HSC English it’s inevitable… you are going to have to write a creative writing piece, and a good one, if you want to get a top band mark.

Instead of getting back into bed, curling up in the foetal position, and binge watching your guilty pleasure Netflix series, why not work on your creative writing skills now? With a little bit of effort, you can seriously improve your writing and ace the Paper 1 exam.

The ‘imaginative writing’ section of Paper 1 is stimulus based. Students are given a written or visual stimulus and are asked to write a piece that ties in with the Area of Study – Discovery. A broad, yet equally risky category that lends itself to some cringe inducing clichés.

If you take only one thing away from this article let it be this: when you first see the stimulus think… what is everyone else going to write about?

Then, DO NOT write about that!

I repeat… even if it feels safe, DO NOT write about that!

Every stimulus, whether it is written or visual, can be spun in some way. The whole point of ‘Discovery’ is to uncover unknown things. So there is no reason for an HSC marker to read the same story over and over in different hand writing.

Back at school I competed in a public speaking competition. The impromptu speech topic was simply “fire”. About ten students (myself included) rattled on about the danger and destruction of fire. However, it was the kid that told a hilarious anecdote that initially seemed to have nothing to do with fire, until the punch line “I was on fire”, that won. Most of us had interpreted ‘fire’ as the element, but he interpreted it as the idiom and captivated the audience.

This should be every HSC English students’ objective when writing creatively.

The spin on the stimulus could be symbolic. Google search practice creative writing stimuli. Rather than writing a full blown story for just a few, expose yourself to many different types of stimuli and spend just one-minute brainstorming what your plan would be if it were the exam stimulus and how it could be interpreted differently.

Say you were given an image of an apple rolling off a table.

Instead of wasting valuable time writing and hand muscle strength using every word in the thesaurus to describe what the apple looks and tastes like, consider what it could symbolise.

The rejection of healthy foods leading to childhood obesity?

Sin and temptation?

Whilst Discovery should still be at the forefront of every creative writing piece, these interpretations would inspire a much more engaging and unique story.

With these tips even the most unenthusiastic student can develop their creative writing skills and set themselves apart from the thousands of other students sitting Paper 1. Do your HSC marker, and in turn, yourself, a favour by allowing them to discover something novel!

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  • When I grow up, I will decide up whether I give it up or not. Ans: Memories

Explanation: Memories are something you can gain every day but not all of them, you can remember. You could be forgotten it or just simple not important.

  • I have feeling this for a longer time. But I feel it in a different way because the more pain that I will suffer, the more it will feel good. Ans: Love

Explanation: Yes indeed. People exerts a lot of effort when it comes to love.

  • My brain is full of knowledge and wisdom. I always stand up from the other and my friends kept on asking me how did I get that. Ans: Book

Explanation: You can learn a lot from book because it is full of knowledge and wisdom.

  • I woke up in the morning. The light from the sun is already out scattering everywhere. I am glad that the wall of the house’s gate is tall, protecting me. Ans: Child/ren.

Explanation: Light means mother and wall means father. Children or baby is the person that just woke up.

  • Even when it is already night, I kept on shining. I will just disappear if no one is looking for me. Who am I? Ans: Mother.

Explanation: Even it is already late, mothers kept on working and regulating the house.

  • No matter what will you do, you cannot separate me from my partner. Who am I? Ans: A pair of Slippers

Explanation: You can get out of from the house with one foot with slipper because it should be worn in pair.

  • The more I run, the more I become hot, but I never get sick from it. Ans: Car

Explanation: The engine of the car produces a lot of heat. When you travel far, It will become hotter but doesn’t damaged.

  • I will make sure that no one can escape it from the walls that I’ve made. That is only the place where you will feel safety. Ans: Father

Explanation: Fathers are always out there protecting their children.

  • You can sell fish and earn more, but you are not allowed to do it. Ans: Elevator

Explanation: In physics, when elevator goes up the weight of the fish goes higher causing you to earn more money.

  • I kept on duplicating even though I don’t move an inch away from what I am standing: Ans: Flower

Explanation: Flower are not able to walk, and bees and butterflies are in charge of their production, so flower doesn’t have choice.

  • I always feel empty but weigh heavy. There are only two seasons in our place; summer and winter. What a bizarre happening! Ans: Water Pitcher

Explanation: Water is transparent but weigh heavy inside the pitcher. When water pitcher is on the refrigerator, they can experience cold temperature when put outside, they can feel a warmer temperature.

  • The unique taste that I have is something that people avoid. I don’t know why. Ans: Bitter gourd.

Explanation: Bitter gourd is bitter and its unique taste cause people to avoid eating it.

  • In the few years that I have, I always assure to show the best of me, so I will be a good memory to my loved ones. Ans: Cellular phones.

Explanation: Cellphones have a limited lifespan. When you are using them, they kept on letting you see different things.

  • I ate a great amount of it, from morning to evening but gaining fats are still impossible. Ans: Popcorn.

Explanation: Popcorn have zero calories.

  • I kept on making sweet dreams as much as possible but sometimes, it will be the opposite of sweetness. Ans: Pillow

Explanation: Pillow is considered as dream maker for some people out there.

  • The more I hug it, the more suffering I will experience. Ans: Agony

Explanation: When you cling on agony way too much, you can feel a different pain.

  • People expect a lot from me that I will end up disappointing them. Ans: Future

Explanation: Future is something that you cannot expect that may sometimes discourage people.

  • From morning to evening before the midnight ends up, what will happen, will continue to happen. Nothing can stop me. Ans: Destiny

Explanation: Destiny is something people cannot stop, and it keeps on flowing.

  • The more you believe on it, the more it will come closer to you. Ans: Hope

Explanation: When you keep on anticipating, a good hope may come to you.

  • I cry until I completely dissolved but I will just regenerate as much I want to. Ans: Clouds

Explanation: Clouds is made out from water. When it rains, the water from it will completely back to the ocean and lands and just form again.

  • When I come, everything will be monochrome. You will never see a person’s smile. Ans: Rain/Storm

Explanation: When rain comes, many events will be postponed. No kids can play outside that’s why they will look sad.

  • It worth a great force, to make me get out. Ans: Smile

Explanation: Smile is something that you cannot immediately gain.

  • The only liquid that holds memories. Ans: Tears

Explanation: It worth a lot of memories to make you cry in tears.

  • In the morning, I have four feet. In the noon, I have two feet. In the evening, I have three feet. Ans: The Life of Human

Explanation: Morning means when you were child or baby. Baby kept on crawling and uses also their hands, so they can stand. Noon means when you were adult. You don’t crawl anymore, you just stand with two feet. Evening means when you become old. You used your two feet to stand plus a walking stick to support yourself.

  • I am not just pretty but also hold important things. Ans: Bag

Explanation: Inside the bag, where you can see a lot of different bank cards and other more.

  • In everyday lives, I am the most important part of your life. Ans: Clothes

Explanation: You cannot go outside of your room in fully naked that’s why you need to wear clothes.

  • My pouch is so small but even my child could fit in. Ans: Kangaroo’s Pouch

Explanation: kangaroo’s pouch is stretchable even though they are small that’s why their children could fit on it.

  • The beginning of everything starts within from me. Ans: School

Explanation: This is true. This is where you will meet the first person that you will trust aside from your family. This is where you can learn everything. School is a great place to shape up yourself.

  • When I am left in an open area, I’ll start crying, even there are many people around me, I’ll keep on crying. Ans: Loneliness

Explanation: people feel loneliness because other people don’t notice them.

  • I never stop running and it’s not like chasing someone. But when I try to run back, I can’t. Ans: Time

Explanation: Time is something you cannot go back because it will always run unless the battery will turn off.

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With exams coming up, one of the most common issues that most students face is they find that they do not have enough time to study.

Raina received an ATAR of 98.55 shares her top study tips.

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  1. Taking the time to arrange your priorities.
    You can give yourself the best chance of staying on track and organised especially during the exam period. It can help to reduce your stress levels.
  2. Make sure you study properly.
    The way I studied was looking at my notes and past papers at the same time rather than doing the past papers in the last minute. While I was doing my past papers and marking them, I could see what I was missing which means that I wouldn’t lose mark in the actual exams.
  3. Having a study plan.
    It doesn’t need to be too detailed, it can be as simple as four dot points a day and break it down into small amount per day so I wouldn’t be stressing before my exams.
  4. Choose subjects that you don’t hate!
  5. Have enough sleep.
    You may make lots of careless mistake if you don’t have enough sleep.
  6. Exercising and maintain your social life!

Hope you all do well. Happy studying!

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Steve graduated in 2014 and is now doing his bachelor of psychology give you an idea of what it’s like from high school to the university/ tertiary level.

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Tip 1: In terms of choosing University, I recommend students to look at as many option as they can because each university gives you so many different types of courses for the particular career choices. For example, I chose Monash because they are very research based and it’s a great way to see where the field especially psychology.

Tip 2: In terms of picking units, they are more specific than high school could you know ever try to be like high school.

Tip 3: Students will get the luxury of finding things that interest you and then as a result of that students feel more engaged in their first day of University, it was very different to the first day of high school because there are a lot of the focus is making socialising and you are just in charge of yourself.

Tip 4: University operates like any other public places like Airport or a shopping centre where is doing their only things.

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Chantele shared her own ATAR stories and tips.

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A brief summary:

1) Choose the right subjects, subjects that you are passionate about
2) Keep yourself well
3) Work hard
4) Support each other and accept the support you are given!
5) Always take feedbacks
It’s some of the best time in your life so enjoy it!

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The break over Christmas is a long one for school students. Especially those just transitioning over to the HSC – you could be starting to feel those pressures add on; or it could feel like the break is over way too quickly. It’s important to try and keep a balance in the holidays, specifically for you HSC students. Remember to relax, but there is an opportunity to really be prepared and even get ahead for the upcoming year. Here are 20 things to do to relax, and 10 things to get yourself ready for when the break ends/ school holidays.

RELAX! – Things to Do List
  1. Pick up a musical instrument.
  2. Find a job.
  3. Marathon some TV shows.
  4. Go on a hike or walk.
  5. Pick up a sport.
  6. Sign up for a cooking class.
  7. Go camping.
  8. Finally get a chance to read those books.
  9. Pick up meditation and mindfulness.
  10. Clean out your wardrobe or room.
  11. Go exploring in the city, or in towns near you.
  12. Get together with friends.
  13. Go to the movies.
  14. Volunteer to give back to the community.
  15. Go shopping.
  16. Learn to sew or crochet.
  17. Make a photo album.
  18. Decorate your room.
  19. Learn origami.
  20. Bake some yummy treats.
PREP! – Things to Do List

I’ve included these 10 things because I really do think there are some simple ways you can really help yourself for the year ahead. These can be done a week before school starts! It’s just all about getting you ready for what’s coming and making the transition back to learning a little bit easier. By the way, I’ve written these in order of what could be easiest to start with – the last few are not all that necessary but may be useful if you’re keen!

  1. Prepare all your notebooks and stationary.
  2. Make a motivation board, and get inspired. (see http://tutorsfield.com.au/articles/2017/03/27/motivation-studying-year-12/)
  3. Print out the syllabuses you need.
  4. Sort out a study schedule for the term.
  5. Read all prescribed texts.
  6. Find some potential related texts, if possible. (Area of study!)
  7. Read some articles on the HSC or on studying.
  8. Read ahead in textbooks.
  9. Get a head-start on writing some notes.
  10. Attend some free HSC lectures or watch some webinars.

Good luck and enjoy your school holidays!

For tutoring inquiries and questions, contact ash.negrone@gmail.com

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The essay is given to effectively judge the thought of students on a particular topic as well as to evaluate their abilities to express their acquired skills and considerations in a precise format.   In certain cases, the assignment load is very overwhelming, and students may not have sufficient time to write an essay.   Following the best techniques is as mart to produce an excellent piece of essay.

  • Get a perfect mindset

It is significant to fix a perfect mindset before start writing an essay. If you want to successfully write an essay within the deadline, you should banish all of your negative feelings and thoughts. It is essential to look positive.  Along with this, you can also try to understand the challenge. You can allocate sufficient time and keep your final objective in your mind. You can also try to trust that you are truly going to perform an excellent task as well as impress your teacher.  You can also go to prove that you can effectively take this kind of challenge and enjoy it. You can remain calm, take a deep breath and begin to attack your work logically and systematically.

  • Switch off the social networks and phone

The social networks and phone are things that affect students to concentrate on their work.   You can try to avoid using the social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook, WhatsApp, and iPlayer.   Instead of using a mobile phone, you can sit quietly and focus on your essay.  

  • Type the essay instead of writing it

Many students now type quickly than they use a pen to write an essay by hand. You can use your computer to type your essay. It makes it simpler to edit if any changes required.

  • Read your essay question carefully

Many students have limited time to write and submit their essay, so they fail to understand the requirement that leads to inappropriate work. If you want to avoid the unwanted hassles, you can read the question properly before going to develop an essay.  

  • Get the suitable books ready

You can prepare a study room by opening your books that you will require using the relevant pages. It not only saves time but also helps you to find the details without any challenges.

  • Sum up the argument in sentences

It is essential for setting out with a precise idea of what the argument is, as then everything you type subsequently will be actually working towards an objective of getting the particular argument across.  

  • Write the notes straight into your document

If you have less time, you need to double up the notes as the essay plan. You can begin by typing the essay into the document.  

  • Rewrite the notes into essay by using argument

Now, you have an essay outline in the form of notes.  You can turn them into an essay by properly rewriting them into the academic prose.

  • Save both introduction and ending part

The introduction and conclusion are the difficult portions of an essay, so you can give more focus on them.

  • Do references

If you need to add a bibliography and references to the essay, you can do it as you actually go along for saving time.

  • Proofread your essay

You can save more time on the proofreading task by checking over every paragraph or sentence for typos, spelling, and grammar.

  • Avoid copy & paste

The internet platform is equipped with lots of resources which probably match what you look for.  It attracts many students towards it.   You can try to avoid copying and paste information because it will create some negative impacts.

  • Avoid over-quote

Many students use lots of quotes and long passages to increase their word count as well as reduce the writing task.  You can try to avoid it while writing an essay.

  • Keep the style concise

You can try to avoid using long-winded sentences. Instead, you can keep the written style as precise as possible.

  • You can try a scene change

When you face any challenges while focusing on essay writer, you can change your working space. You can try to reach your favorite place that has the capability to push your focus on writing an essay.

  • Take a require break

It is highly helpful that brings your mind a refresh and helps you to come with new and unique ideas to write an essay.

  • Don’t worry about usual tricks

Some students strive to trick teacher by using various techniques that may irritate them.

  • Use Google for fast research

You can use Google to find useful details regarding your essay topic. It helps you to understand the topic.

  • Keep fed and hydrated

You can ensure that you consume enough water while writing because it aids you in staying alert.

  • Ensure the abstract of your essay is well-written
  • You can try to refer the new research that published in the highly preferred journals
  • Inspiration for your research can actually come from various places
  • You can attend seminars and conferences is essential to create an essay
  • You can communicate with other researchers
  • Get advice from highly experienced instructors
  • Avoid Words that You Don’t Know
  • Avoid meaningless and inappropriate filler words
  • Write and Revise
  • Get Feedback
  • You can reward yourself

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