What are 'decks'?
Decks are just sets of flashcards. They are made up of question cards that ask multiple-answer questions and term cards that are essentially double-answer questions when studied both ways.
Do you follow the Australian Curriculum?
We base all our study material on Australian textbooks and resources that follow the Australian Curriculum. For each deck, a minimum of 6 well-respected and commonly used resources are used to compile the content and cross-reference with each other to ensure accuracy and completeness.
What state/territory does your study material apply to?
All states and territories. Different states/territories may study different subjects in different semesters/years, but the details studied in each topic are the same. For example, the names of different volcanoes are the same in every state/territory (and indeed, most of the world!) and animals are all classified in the exact same way, etc. Differences are sometimes seen in the terms used across states/territories, in which case both are used in the Study Hacks material. Case studies can also be specific to each state but we do not reference case studies in our flashcards - just the facts.
How do I know if the deck I purchase is the right one for my exam?
Teachers generally give out exam notices which detail the topics and sub-topics of the upcoming exam. They also tend to discuss what will be expected of the student in the exam; most of them will allude to even more specific detail if you pay attention. For instance, they'll say something along the lines of, "Pay attention to this - you will be asked it in the exam.". So, armed with this knowledge, it is very easy to determine which deck you need. If it's not obvious by looking through the library, use the search bar for any specific terms and you will be directed to any and all decks containing that term. Remember, our decks focus on the facts only and not things like case studies. The tags listed on the product page give great detail as to what the deck is about so it is unlikely that incorrect decks will be purchased.
Why don't you do study aids for years 11 and 12?
There are copious amounts of study aids out there for these years as demand is high. Years 7 - 10 are overlooked in favour of years 11-12. At Study Hacks, we believe that good study skills need to be developed early on so that by the time Year 12 comes around, studying is second nature and students aren't trying to learn how to study at this point. With our study aids, students will discover an effective way to study, get used to passing exams and become confident in their studies and exams. This confidence will serve them well in years 11-12.
Why paper flashcards?
Paper flashcards beat online flashcards for a number of reasons.
The biggest advantage of paper flashcards is that there are no distractions from electronic devices. There are no Facebook or Instagram notifications popping up all the time. There are no phone calls or text messages to deal with and there are no easy paths to your favourite online games. Paper flashcards are totally separate to any screens and can be studied far away from them. That's half the battle won, right? It's hard enough to focus on studying without all the fun stuff constantly tempting you away.
Also, with paper flashcards, you don't need to rely on an internet connection or worry about draining your phone battery - we know how major that is - save the battery for the important, fun stuff!
Another great thing about paper flashcards is something that we can all relate to; getting physical is fun. It's like reading a paperback versus an e-book. It's fun to sort your flashcards into piles and to flip them over.
Paper flashcards make it easier to study with friends too. You can play games that make studying feel like less of a chore. For example, take the flashcards and lay them out randomly, question up (or term/description up) on the floor, table, bed, whatever and take turns to pick and answer them. If you get it wrong you put the card back down; if you get it right you keep it. The person with the most cards in the end wins. It's like a weird version of Trivial Pursuit or something. Or just play the same game but from a single pile so that you don't get to choose which card you answer - next level stuff.
Finally, one of the best things that we like about paper flashcards is that you can also scribble notes or hints on them, or highlight bits to make them more tailored to your studies and way of memorising. You can even create and add your own flashcards to your deck by printing the free flashcard template here. Own them!
What do I need to make up the flashcards and where do I get it all?
Besides the obvious printer and paper needed to print out the flashcards, you will need scissors, glue, a single-ring punch and binder/card rings. These are available at any stationery outlet such as Officeworks, as well as online on e-Bay or Amazon, etc..