Aaron Smith
Study Skills Speaker / HSC All Rounders Award 2016 / University of Sydney Graduate

I completed the HSC in 2016, receiving a HSC NSW Premiers Award for All Round Excellence. I achieved a mark of 90 or above (a band six result) for every subject I completed. I received an ATAR of 97.65.

Since then, I have spoken for over 200 hours about study skills, to over 100 schools across New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, with Elevate Education.

I have also completed a Bachelor of Commerce(liberal studies) majoring in Management & Philosophy at the University of Sydney, with a distinction average.

MY STORY

In my last parent teacher interview before Year 12, my Economics teacher served me some honest words."Are you sure you want to do Economics? You might be best changing subjects". "No - I really like Economics" I sheepishly replied. "Well you need to do something different to what you are doing now" he calmy asserted. I gulped... he was 100% right.

And so , do something different was exactly what I did. I ended up jumping from 46th in Economics in Year 11, to 4th in Year 12. I would come 2nd in my HSC Economics trial exam - 2nd to a fellow student who would score a 99.85 ATAR. I did this all the while surfing, playing school sport, doing a musical and making the most of high school life.

Perhaps enjoying yourself and doing well didn't have to be in radical opposition as I may have once thought.