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    HSC how to

    Hey,

    I am starting my HSC next term, and I have performed very poorly in my yearlies. I am looking for advice on how to up my game these holidays and for yr 12 in general also would appreciate tips on how to prepare for multiple exams at. I would appreciate any and all advice

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    3u maths
    Business studies
    advanced English
    physics
    chem?
    eco?
    (still deciding which to keep between chem and eco)

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    Re: HSC how to

    As for what you shoukd do these holidays, you don't have to do all of this but here's what you could do:
    - read your prescribed texts for English
    - get a head start on each of your subjects (doing this for physics and chem helped me a lot so I was always ahead of my class) by reading textbook and watching online videos covering the syllabi

    Well tbh that's pretty much all I did
    HSC 2017: English Adv - Maths Ext 1 - Maths Ext 2 - Chemistry - Physics
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    Re: HSC how to

    I would recommend using these holidays to go over old exams, to look at where you went wrong so you can improve in these areas and maximise your marks! This is especially important in maths where content from prelim carries on through to HSC. It is important to make sure you have a strong foundation before starting the HSC course so make sure you understand the solutions to questions you got wrong in exams. In other subjects this can give you an idea of what will be most beneficial to work on. Say in chem/phys if you always lose marks in long response questions you could spend some time these holidays creating scaffolds for answering specific types of questions. Or if its calculations you lose marks in, is it because of silly mistakes? Or do you have trouble transferring the words of the question into an equation? Asking yourself these types of questions will help you focus on the areas where you are losing marks and sorting these issues out now will help to improve your marks for next year!

    In terms of content, depending on how much time you are realistically prepared to put in these holidays, getting a head start is always going to help. As Sp3tre said reading your prescribed texts for English now is definitely a good strategy. Possibly even starting to think about additional material (especially for discovery) would also be a good idea. For other subjects reading ahead (in the textbook or using notes you find online) will definitely help you once you go back to school. I never really did this during my HSC year (I waited until content was taught in class before making notes/doing questions) but I know many people who did this and found it very helpful.

    As for preparing for multiple exams at once, this is something I always struggled with. Think back to how you prepared for exams this year. Did you spend too much time on some subjects and not enough on others? Did you not devote enough time to the subjects you found most difficult? Did you feel rushed and unprepared leading into the exam period? Learning from things that haven't worked for you in the past, being prepared well in advance of exam periods (working consistently throughout the year, including regularly attempting past paper questions, making notes, writing essays, etc.) and working out a study timetable in the lead up to exams is the best advice I can give for this.

    Hope this all helps! Remember the HSC is a marathon, not a sprint. While working these holidays will put you in a good position for the start of year 12 it is also important not to go too crazy and to take some time to enjoy yourself so you don't burn out. Best of luck for your HSC year!

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    Re: HSC how to

    Thank you very much Izzy_m, this has really helped me to develop a clearer vision for these holidays

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    Re: HSC how to

    Thank you Sp3ctre. Can you please link the videos that cover the syllabus?

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    Re: HSC how to

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypebeast300 View Post
    Thank you Sp3ctre. Can you please link the videos that cover the syllabus?
    LetslearnScience on youtube
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    Re: HSC how to

    Thank you Jaxxnuts

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