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    Subject Selection Issue

    Hello,

    I am a Year 10 Student attending a top 5 selective school. I am unsure of what subjects to pick. My heart goes to English Extension 3U Maths Economics Legal Studies and Modern History. I am accelerated in Business Studies, and I also plan on doing Chinese Heritage. However, there are a few complications:

    Picking 3 HSIE Subjects (4 if Business is band 6) is extremely heavy and would require me to write ~6 essays per exam block. These subjects are tied pretty well into each other, thus it would be logical to pick one for the other.

    Legal Studies- There have been arguments that Legal Studies is not an optimal selection as although the content is overwhelmingly interesting, it scales badly and that if your parents do not have a lawyer background/private school you would not do as well. Getting a 90 in Legal would be the equivalent of 70 in Chemistry as an example.

    TLDR: Would it be wise to branch out my 3 HSIE subjects into 2 HSIE and a Science, or is it ok as it is?

    All opinions appreciated

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    Re: Subject Selection Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by neobility View Post
    Hello,

    I am a Year 10 Student attending a top 5 selective school. I am unsure of what subjects to pick. My heart goes to English Extension 3U Maths Economics Legal Studies and Modern History. I am accelerated in Business Studies, and I also plan on doing Chinese Heritage. However, there are a few complications:

    Picking 3 HSIE Subjects (4 if Business is band 6) is extremely heavy and would require me to write ~6 essays per exam block. These subjects are tied pretty well into each other, thus it would be logical to pick one for the other.

    Legal Studies- There have been arguments that Legal Studies is not an optimal selection as although the content is overwhelmingly interesting, it scales badly and that if your parents do not have a lawyer background/private school you would not do as well. Getting a 90 in Legal would be the equivalent of 70 in Chemistry as an example.

    TLDR: Would it be wise to branch out my 3 HSIE subjects into 2 HSIE and a Science, or is it ok as it is?

    All opinions appreciated
    Do what you think is right (obviously)

    If you feel that 3 HSIE subjects is too content heavy I would suggest the "worksheet method"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxxnuts View Post
    Ask yourself how are you studying?

    Are you just using notes and memorising them continuously? Are you not doing past papers (not doing enough)?

    If that is the case then you will need to change your ways of study (I'm not saying it's bad, I'm just saying change to something that would seem more reasonable) even if you're doing well. That's when studying smart comes in

    Studying smart is about studying all your content in a not so long time frame whilst getting really high marks. In my opinion studying smart comes from the following: 1. How you study your content 2. How you study your weaknesses

    Most of your subjects should either require conceptual understanding, rote memorising or mathematical calculations

    Conceptual understanding mainly comes into the sciences (and maths I guess) and to actually conceptually understand something you should explain it to someone without looking at notes. Conceptual weaknesses should also be studied via watching videos and/or having super detailed explanations with a diagram. To understand something you would need to understand why.

    Rote memorisation occurs in English, sciences and the humanities. One of the most effective methods with rote memorisation I've been told is that there is a "finite" amount of content the NESA can ask in your HSC. Also there is also a "Worksheet method" in which you make worksheets (but cut out a few words), print it out then fill it in a few times a day everyday

    To succeed in mathematical calculations, practice and perfection is the crux of succeeding in maths. If there are certain aspects in maths you struggle with you should learn from your mistakes by asking for help and repracticing those mistakes from time to time

    Of course one of the most important things is "memory retention". This can be done by applying the knowledge you learn on the day e.g. if your teacher taught you word war 1 in modern history, I'd recommend making notes right after and then doing necessary exam questions. If you struggled with something conceptual on the day you were taught it (e.g. newton's laws) my recommendation is watching videos and looking at how science is applied to the real world

    Hope that helps

    Good luck
    On the other hand if you believe you have a strength in understanding conceptually then feel free to do a science subject and if Legal studies scales badly, don't worry, just ace the subject and get a high band 6 and that will set you up for a high ATAR

    Best of luck

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    Re: Subject Selection Issue

    Im not sure how having parents of a legal background would even help in legal studies and why thats relevant to your dilemma. You as a student are doing the work on your own - and shouldn't rely on this in subject selection. Law at a university/graduate level doesn't even relate much to legal studies as a whole anyway.

    Many would argue that a majority of HSIE subjects don't scale well in comparison to the science subjects (because a lower mark in chem or physics will usually be better than a higher mark in a HSIE subject). But the important thing to note is your strengths and interests. If HSIE is what your interested in - that's great - you'll probably go better in that stream of subjects than you would in science anyway so scaling plays less of a role. The reason teachers often prefer not to talk about scaling is because if you enjoy what you do - then it is largely irrelevant and at the end of the day, it's your effort which will determine how well you go in the HSC and no magical algorithm can scale you any better if your results just aren't up to scratch.

    Don't think that just because you need supposedly lower marks in science than in HSIE that it will be easier or that it'll scale well or that it'll be more rewarding (i.e. boost your ATAR). This is just a sign that its a harder subject and that it might be even difficult to reach that *70*

    Sorry if thats confusing but what I'm trying to say is don't rely on scaling, because if you do, you might be surprised.
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    Re: Subject Selection Issue

    Thank you for your opinions

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