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August Ronggani of Bertram and Georgina Hodges of North Coogee.
August Ronggani of Bertram and Georgina Hodges of North Coogee.

North Coogee resident Georgina Hodges claimed a course exhibition award for topping the State in biological science and dually claimed a certificate of distinction, which were given out to the top 0.5 per cent of finishes in the course.

Lakeland graduate August Ronggani was also rewarded for his efforts, taking home a certificate of commendation for achieving at least 20 ‘A’ grade results, on top of his course exhibition and certificate of distinction awards for integrated science.

Chatting to the Gazette, the pair said they put much of their success on exam day down to the study methods they used in the lead-up to the tense period.

‘It really is about finding something that works for you,’ Georgina, who plans to study a bachelor of science at Curtin University later this year, said.

‘I’d tried palm cards, handwriting my notes and even typing them up, but there comes a point when I would go for runs just to stop thinking. It can get really overwhelming.’

August’s planning actually started at the end of each school day, when he would type up summarised notes of each class. This meant he was compiling relevant revision sheets as the year progressed.

‘It took a little while for me to come to using this method but it really helped, especially when I made the transition from Year 10 to Year 11 and the intensity went up’ he said. ‘

August will study business law at the University of WA.