When I was in my early years of high school, I kept hearing teachers talk about the difference between homework and study, but I never fully understood it until I started Year 12 and began to work towards my exams. What I realised was that the biggest differentiator between these two concepts was the fact that homework is compulsory and study is by choice.

Homework is the work that the teacher sets you

While the idea of ‘homework’ sounds pretty horrible to most students, it’s actually really important to improve your understanding of the concepts you’re starting to learn or currently learning. When you’re new to a topic, let’s say in Maths Methods, your teacher will set you a range of questions that need doing so that you can learn the concept.

Hopefully, though, if you’re spending your class time effectively, you won’t actually have any homework. You should be trying to knock it all over in class so you don’t have to take work home. Woohoo!


Study when you want to extend yourself

There’s a difference between homework and study. Study is great if you want to succeed in Year 12. Now, after reading that you’re probably thinking that you’ve had enough of reading this and you’re going to get up and go watch some Netflix. I completely understand, but try to resist the urge!

If you’re still reading, awesome. Let’s keep going.

Studying is the extra work you do around your homework, the work that you do to keep your skills sharp and hone your weaknesses. It’s your tool to produce better results this year. When you’re coming up to a SAC or exam, it’s your responsibility to determine what your strengths and weaknesses are, and work out how to best approach your vulnerabilities.


Why it’s great

Reason #1: Self-improvement. Studying allows you to identify your own weaknesses and improve on them – a trait that is present in all successful Year 12 students and people in general.

Reason #2: Luxury of choice. Studying is such a broad concept as a whole, so you can pick and choose the best way to study based on what feels natural to you. Studying for a SAC or exam can be approached in many different ways, but choosing to study means that you can pick up the way that works most effectively for you.

Reason #3: You’ll get higher marks. I’m sure this goes without saying, but studying actually improves your grades (shock, right?!) and will contribute to a more successful school year.


I know how to complete homework, but how do I study?

There are sooooo many ways that you can study for a SAC or exam. Personally, when I was in Year 12, I made sure to complete every single question in my textbook for any given topic, then attempt every single practice exam that I could. The best way to do this is to find practice exams (for example, in Maths Methods) and as many resources as humanly possible.

I believe that this is the best way to study for a Year 12 SAC. I’m sure you’ll figure out a way that works well for you, but this is what worked for me. Using a timetable creator can really help with creating your study timetable too.

Hopefully this has given you a bit of context on the difference between homework and study, and why they’re both as important as each other. Please let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer anything that you’ve got!