What the boys say

Find out what our graduating boys say about how they got through their final years of school and what advice they would give to others.

Matt Dyster (ON 2018) ATAR 95.45

A tip is to make sure you use your teachers as much as possible as they know what is needed and ultimately act as a means of improvement.

Setting up a calendar really, really helped me. I remember when I was younger, in Years 7 or 8, and people said, ‘Get a calendar because that means you can map out everything’, I always thought, ‘Oh I can just keep it in my head’. But as soon as I put a calendar up I could see what I had going on. Sometimes I surprised myself, thinking I had more time than I did, then I caught a glimpse of the calendar and realised I had to get moving. It maintained where I was and where I needed to get to.

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Raymond Huang (ON 2018) ATAR 98.6

Working at home was a big issue for me. There are a lot of distractions, especially with Wifi. Finding the right environment was a big part of my success in terms of being productive and working hard. My friends and I went to the Sydney Uni Law Library, and I found that environment was really good because you’re with friends, but it’s too quiet to chat, too quiet to be distracted. That environment really helped me to knuckle down and do my work. I could go out and have lunch with friends and get some balance, whereas at home, you’re in silence and all you can do is text.

Jarrah Lindhout ON 2017 walks through the student tunnel on Valedictory Day

Jarrah Lindhout (ON 2017) IB score 44 (ATAR equivalent 99.85)

In an age of technology where everything we do is on computers, being able to handwrite is so much better for memory. It really makes you think about what you’re writing and how to make the best notes possible. It was really effective for memorisation and when I looked at my notes, I could see what was important in the course.

I remembered the feeling of a bad assessment. I made a promise to myself to never feel that way again by preparing as best I could for all my assessments. I used a failure to push me.

- Taylan Behayi (ON 2016) ATAR 98.60

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Stephen Zinonos (ON 2016) ATAR 93.40

Studying with mates is always a good option and sharing notes. Its not a competition and you all need to do well so collaborate and collate because you are helping each other in the end. Also, go the extra step and inundate teachers with past papers, don’t feel embarrassed to do that!

Sam Mehmet (ON 2016) ATAR 98.70

My results have definitely exceeded my expectations from when I started Year 12. However in saying that, those who put the effort in over the year will reap the rewards at the end. Personally I would never of thought that I’d receive a band 6 in each of my subjects, and this was something that I can be proud of. Although the HSC can be daunting from the outset, I can truly say that many of you will be surprised by just how far you can go.

2017 IB boys chat during their morning tea gathering

Eric Sheng (ON 2016) IB Perfect Score ATAR 99.95

Instead of slavishly writing down notes or letting the facts wash over you, always read with attention to what exactly the author (of any text) is saying, how s/he is saying it (e.g. evidence cited, methodology, literary style), what s/he is trying to do by saying it, how it relates to other ideas or topics, and what can be said against it.

Especially with academic writing, try to summarise a text after reading it and think of some possible counterarguments.


Connor Tran (ON 2016) ATAR 92.85

I would advise the younger boys to make the most of their time at the college and participate in all aspects of school life as it will not only develop them as a person but it will determine the man they become when they leave the school.