4 Practical Steps To Achieve Your Dream ATAR
So here you are – at the final phase of your entire schooling life! We hope it will be an amazing and rewarding year for you culminating in you kicking some serious ATAR butt! At Band6, we wanna help make this happen and luckily for you, now’s the perfect opportunity to set yourself up for major 2016 success. So how do you go about planning for a major milestone almost a year away? Glad you asked!
Here are 4 very practical things you can do make sure you are on top of your final year in Year 12:
Set your BIG goal. Seems obvious but this is the most important thing you can do. Ask yourself what ATAR you want and why? Why that university course? Be very clear about this goal as this will guide your approach to the exams. Write it down and put it somewhere you will regularly see it to give you a constant reminder of what you are working towards.
Break down your ATAR to a subject level so you know how well you need to perform for each subject. You can use an ATAR calculator and apply marks to each subject based on your perceived strengths in each subject. This will give you an idea of how you should allocate your efforts for each subject. Try a few different ATAR calculators as they all vary but the key aim is to develop a rough guide and project your required performances throughout the year.
Identify all the exams/assignments you are likely to get over the course of the year. If you are not sure ask your teachers and put them all in a calendar that you will regularly see. You can have it on a wall, on your phone or computer as long as you regularly see it. Now you will have a birds-eye view and know everything that will come your way during the year and you can start preparing for the workload before it actually hits you.
Set mini goals for each of these exams and assignments equal to or above the mark you need for the subject to get the ATAR you are targeting. And write them all down so you can keep yourself honest. Having a plan and regularly measuring your performance is a highly effective way to maintain accountability and success in 2016!
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