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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    But what if it DOES help me with my Uni course that i want to do, but the subject is one that i HATE and cannnot understand. in this case it's Chemistry. I am stuck...no idea what to do.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by jameeeeeeeey View Post
    But what if it DOES help me with my Uni course that i want to do, but the subject is one that i HATE and cannnot understand. in this case it's Chemistry. I am stuck...no idea what to do.
    If you seriously don't get / failing Chemistry, there is a large chance of failing you're preferred Uni course entirely. BTW what do you want to do at uni?

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    yeah sorry for interrupting but subject selection is looming and im in trouble. the catholic school that I have been *shudder*weightlisted for because im ' not catholic' currently has my subject selection and I have to wait until september to get confirmation of my enrollment. so now im really apprehensive for what to put down for my current public school. any feedback on the choices?

    Catholic School3U english 3U maths bio chem and 2U SoR
    Public Schooladv.english mathematics bio chem modern and PE

    the teachers at my school are so hopeless Im not going to bother doing the extensions but am i shooting myself in the foot by not doing them?

    btw i want to go to usyd- bachelor of science(molecular biology and genetics) then onto grad med.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    thankz heaps!

    i needed that 4 my subjects...
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by firstneg View Post
    yeah sorry for interrupting but subject selection is looming and im in trouble. the catholic school that I have been *shudder*weightlisted for because im ' not catholic' currently has my subject selection and I have to wait until september to get confirmation of my enrollment. so now im really apprehensive for what to put down for my current public school. any feedback on the choices?

    Catholic School3U english 3U maths bio chem and 2U SoR
    Public Schooladv.english mathematics bio chem modern and PE

    the teachers at my school are so hopeless Im not going to bother doing the extensions but am i shooting myself in the foot by not doing them?

    btw i want to go to usyd- bachelor of science(molecular biology and genetics) then onto grad med.
    I think they are good choices. I don't think you're shooting yourself in the foot by doing Extensions. if you're capable, then take them. don't let the crap teachers influence what you choose to take. It's your HSC and your life.
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by ninetypercent View Post
    I think they are good choices. I don't think you're shooting yourself in the foot by doing Extensions. if you're capable, then take them. don't let the crap teachers influence what you choose to take. It's your HSC and your life.
    thanks for that, I just got my enrollment letter so i'm currently updating my signature to my 2010 subjects

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    I should have given so much more thought to my subject selection!
    I hate them so much and I want them to die.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    hey I have suddenly become really concerned about my choice of subjects!! Have I set myself up to fail?? I am suddenly tripping out because of the subjects I have chosen!!! Please help me I have chosen:

    2math-general don't see any other option
    2 ancient
    2 business
    2 PDHPE
    1 RE
    2 English adv
    2 Woodwork

    I am thinking of changing woodwork.. I'm like stressing out because others view timber as a bludge subject.. my older siblings have got UAI's of 99.95 and 98.9.. I have no pressure by my parents to achieve such results but I am aiming for at least band 6 in all subjects.. is this possible!!! ARRGH help

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    I need help choosing courses for year 11!
    The career adviser at my school said I could choose any subject because I have the ability to do any, but it's so hard.
    She gave me a list of subjects, which add up to 23 units but I can only choose 13. Which ones scale good? I don't really know about the process.
    Here's the list:
    3 English
    3 Maths
    2 PDHPE
    1 SoR
    2 Modern History
    2 Ancient History
    2 Economics
    2 Legal studies
    2 French
    2 D.T
    2 Physics/Chem/Bio

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by hyperr View Post
    I need help choosing courses for year 11!
    The career adviser at my school said I could choose any subject because I have the ability to do any, but it's so hard.
    She gave me a list of subjects, which add up to 23 units but I can only choose 13. Which ones scale good? I don't really know about the process.
    Here's the list:
    3 English
    3 Maths
    2 PDHPE
    1 SoR
    2 Modern History
    2 Ancient History
    2 Economics
    2 Legal studies
    2 French
    2 D.T
    2 Physics/Chem/Bio
    Do the subjects that you think you will enjoy and that you're good at. Don't worry too much about scaling.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Do Phys/Chem/Eco/3English/3Math

    OR alternatively

    Do what you will like.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    My advice to Yr 10's-

    1) Firstly decide on your English level.
    2) Decide if you want to do maths and if so, what level. (My suggestion for one and two, if in doubt take the higher level, I sometimes wish I'd at least tried Ext Maths)
    3) For the rest of your subjects, pick a mixture of what you like and are good at. Ask older students, some subjects are very different once you hit Yr 11.
    I think one of the hardest to decide is your maths/eng level and after that, whether you want to do a HSC language course. Also it can be hard if you like science deciding how many/which to take. And history buffs, that question of which history or doing both is hard.

    What I personally did was immediately cross all offered subjects off in the subject selection book that I DEFINITELY would never take and slowly whittled my way down to suitable number of units.

    Generally I recommend a mixture of subjects-most people don't like being slogged w/ all science/maths even if they do like them, but then again most humanities students don't want to be cranking out essays non stop because of the subjects they pick.

    Also, after all your meticulous planning, you tend to need to re evaluate when your school lines come out (like I did). But overall, I'm pretty content with what I'm doing even if they're not all my favourites, they're the best on each line for me.
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    May i add

    Never pick subjects just because they are easy, you will learn to hate they and you will do bad, do subjects you like and maybe would like to do when your older.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    It is my belief there is never such a thing as an easy subject EXCEPT when you pick a too easier levelled maths or english. But things like history and such can never be considered easy, because you should be putting more effort in.
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by LoveHateSchool View Post
    It is my belief there is never such a thing as an easy subject EXCEPT when you pick a too easier levelled maths or english. But things like history and such can never be considered easy, because you should be putting more effort in.
    Well i should of done advance english, i find standard really easy, i though sincei was never the best english student i should do standard, now i am finding i am getting the same marks as the Advance

    But there are easy subjects, Food Tech is one, it really is common sense, woodwork, drama all subjects i see as inferrior to real subjects like Maths, English, HSIE and science subjects

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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    If you don't know what you want to do, pick pretty general subjects, like one in every area

    E.g.

    English Advanced
    Mathematics
    Modern History
    Chemistry
    Italian Continuers
    Music 1
    Studies of Religion 1 (compulsory)

    I picked those but couldn't do Mod. Hist so ended up with Bio instead, which I love. Also dropped Chem after the prelims because I got 38%.

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    Re: Prelim Subject Selection Guide

    TIP: Rememberrrrrrrrr.....................

    Your prelims mean NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTHINNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG......... ...................
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    ^Are you doing Jap Ext next year, ChiMidori?
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    With maths, pick the highest level that you think you may be capable of. If you find it too hard, you can always drop to a lower level of maths. It's much easier to drop down than to move up.

    Also, I echo what has been said about not picking subjects "just because your mates are doing them". If anything, it is probably better to pick subjects your mates aren't doing, as the temptation to talk and muck around isn't there.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    When abouts do we select our HSC courses? later on this term or?

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Why is there a thread on this? I'm pretty sure your teachers have all told you to do what you LIKE!

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    I have known what subjects I want to do for so long that I can't remember if I actually want to do them or just think I do.
    Economics, chemistry, extension 1 maths, extension 1 English, 2 unit sor (my school mandates it for year 11)

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Do you think 14 units would be too much for Year 11? I'm getting a little worried because I'm not entirely sure what about my last 2 units and whether I should just take 14 first...

    So far I've decided on:
    3 unit English
    3 unit Maths
    French
    IPT

    And I don't know whether I should do Chemistry or Modern History. I didn't do Elective History in Years 9&10, will that make it too difficult to do it in Years 11 & 12? And I'm not great at Chemistry/Science/practical skills, which I find harder to improve on. I guess I could not do IPT (really don't like the theory parts) but the practical parts are kind of fun and it's one of my better subjects. Thoughts?
    Last edited by Wonder; 9 Jun 2012 at 1:52 PM.

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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by Wonder View Post
    Do you think 14 units would be too much for Year 11? I'm getting a little worried because I'm not entirely sure what about my last 2 units and whether I should just take 14 first...

    So far I've decided on:
    3 unit English
    3 unit Maths
    French
    IPT

    And I don't know whether I should do Chemistry or Modern History. I didn't do Elective History in Years 9&10, will that make it too difficult to do it in Years 11 & 12? And I'm not great at Chemistry/Science/practical skills, which I find harder to improve on. I guess I could not do IPT (really don't like the theory parts) but the practical parts are kind of fun and it's one of my better subjects. Thoughts?
    You dont need to have done elective history in years 9 and 10 for modern. Many people who do well in modern havent done history in stage 5 - it probably wouldnt give you much of an advantage anyway. If you dont like chemistry and dont feel strong in it, then its probably not a good idea to do it. So Modern and IPT would probably be a better idea.

    14 units is quite a bit for year 11, but its certainly managable with a good work ethic and motivation. Just remember, if it becomes to much, you can drop to 12 units at any time
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    Re: Guide to selecting your HSC Courses

    Quote Originally Posted by enoilgam View Post
    You dont need to have done elective history in years 9 and 10 for modern. Many people who do well in modern havent done history in stage 5 - it probably wouldnt give you much of an advantage anyway. If you dont like chemistry and dont feel strong in it, then its probably not a good idea to do it. So Modern and IPT would probably be a better idea.

    14 units is quite a bit for year 11, but its certainly managable with a good work ethic and motivation. Just remember, if it becomes to much, you can drop to 12 units at any time
    Thanks for the input!

    I'm not bad in Chemistry and I don't dislike it, it's just that the Stage 6 content seems a bit more daunting than with other subjects, from what I've seen of the syllabuses. Guess I still need to think over this in the time I've got.

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