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Studying for success – Part 4:
Preparing for high-stakes tests

#4 in a 4 part series for the Education Review – the leading source of educational resources for teachers and administrators in Australia.

With HSC exams quickly approaching in NSW, it’s timely to refresh our knowledge of how to prepare for high-stakes tests – in many ways, they can set the foundation for the rest of our professional lives.

In his final installment of the Studying for Success series, Dr Steven Greene explains the importance of high-stakes tests and some strategies to effectively prepare for them.

These strategies include rigorous planning, identifying your strengths and weaknesses and practising tests beforehand.

More on Dr Greene’s expertise on studying for success can be found here.

Dr Steven Greene shares his tips about what note-taking is, why it’s important and some strategies for doing it well in the third installment of our series on studying for success.

Greene says effective note-taking should be “an accurate record of the class” and will help guarantee success if done correctly.

You’ll learn multiple techniques for note taking and academic record keeping and information management.

  • Why is note-taking important?
  • What are some great note-taking techniques?
  • How will note-taking help me ‘make the grade’?


On Sept 11, 2019, Dr Greene was interviewed by Luke Cuccurullo, founder and

 head man at Currurullo Conversations.  Luke interviews people who pursue their passion in business and life.  Reach Luke on instagram @lukecukes and find more interviews at

Steven Greene – The Success Doctor – is an author, educator, and founder of Make the Grade, a tutoring/education/training company. A lifelong educator, Dr. Greene holds teach

ing certification in comprehensive science and has taught math and science at the middle school, high school (public and independent) and university level.

Over the past 23 years, Steven has worked with over 11,000 students and their families. He has also worked with entrepreneurs where he helped them achieve personal success and assisted them in reaching their personal goals.