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Dr Claire Brown, National Director, AVID Australia, has researched within and written about the education landscape within Australia. Browse and read the articles below, published by The Conversation.

What’s the best, most effective way to take notes?

We tend to lose almost 40% of new information within the first 24 hours of first reading or hearing it. However if we take notes effectively, we can retain and retrieve almost 100% of the information we receive.
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What’s the best way to take notes on your laptop or tablet?

Understanding attention span and working memory capacity is important to learn how to take electronic notes more effectively.
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So you’re going to school online – here are 6 ways to make the most of it

Schools are online and many students may find this new learning environment challenging. But organising your time and taking effective notes can help students.
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I have an exam tomorrow but don’t feel prepared – what should I do?

If all you want to do is retain the information until tomorrow, cramming might help. But you will have forgotten it in a week.
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Teaching maths – what does the evidence say actually works?

Here are some strategies that can help boost both teachers’ and their students’ confidence in maths.
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ATARs – you may as well use postcodes for university admissions

For the next couple of months, young people across Australia will be sitting their final Year 12 examinations. For them, it’s the end of more than a decade of schooling looming large.
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University standards at risk from Group of Eight elitism, not students with low ATARs

This week’s statement by Group of Eight universities on the potential consequence of lifting the cap on places at university allowing more “low performing” students to enter courses reads like a cautionary tale.
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Ideas from abroad: reforming the Australian university admissions system

In determining a replacement for the ATAR, it will be essential to consider the impacts of any such change on the school and vocational education systems.
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Does My University make the grade?

Let’s be clear, anything that demystifies the complex processes of choosing and enrolling in tertiary education is a good thing.
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