Quit studying and test yourself!
Students who do tests regularly have a better chance at improving their marks than those passively studying.
Recent studies published in the Journal of Science have summarised their findings to “support the theory that retrieval practice enhances learning by retrieval-specific mechanisms rather than by elaborative study processes.”
In other words - a test forces a student to retrieve the information that they have learnt. This acts as practice and will essentially improve their ability to succeed in formal tests. The formal test requires the student to simply repeat behaviour rather than doing something for the first time.
The research also established that those students who read a passage, then took a test retained about 50% more of the information.
What does this mean for you? Well, when you are studying for your ATAR you want to ensure that you maximise your efficiency. Your time, after all, is precious.