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    Question Is studying all three sciences hard for the HSC?

    All three sciences as in Physics, Chemistry and Bio.

    Currently, I'm in Year 10 and I have subject selections this week.
    I've gotten a fairly good half-yearly report in science this year (90%, which is an A in my school).
    I've talked to my science teacher during parent-teacher meetings and he thinks I have the right attitude and what-not.

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    I'm choosing Adv English, Ext 1 Maths, Engineering Studies and the three sciences. (Legal Studies if I only end up doing two sciences).
    My school is ranked at around 60~70, lowest being 100.
    Additionally, I don't know if this is helpful but the average mark for science in my grade was 75%.
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    Re: Is studying all three sciences hard for the HSC?

    As a year 10 student myself, I don't know but if you do end up I would recommend definitely picking Physics as it complements Engineering Studies. Also, I've heard that taking all three sciences is very content heavy and that you need to be dedicated to revising as often as you can. As long, as you are interested and can cope with the subject, I'm sure you do well. I hope I helped at least a bit

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    Re: Is studying all three sciences hard for the HSC?

    You're only in year 11 so I would honestly suggest picking all 3 and dropping one for HSC (so you only do 2 sciences). Taking 3 sciences is definitely a committment but you seem to have a drive to do it! I'm doing 3 for prelim rn, and the workload isn't honestly that bad imo. But if you have a passion for science, do all 3, and drop whichever you aren't good at in year 12, because honestly, I don't know many people who are consistently good in all 3 as they are quite different. I'm a lot better in Chem and Bio but I'm doing pretty bad in physics HAHA but the transferable knowledge between chem and phys is really good so I'm doing it for fun this year, and dropping next year.

    I think as long as you have a good work ethic to keep up to dat with notes, assignments and tests, you will be fine. However, I wouldn't recommend it for HSC since most people aren't good at all 3 if you know what I mean. They do get specialised with biology including a lot of essay writing and content to remember (more like a humanitiy) whilst physics is a lot more formulas, calculations and practical knowledge. But year 11 doesn't contribute to HSC anyways, so take all 3 and you can drop 1 in year 12 if you don't like one (which happens more frequently than you think) or if you think that you can do better in another subject.

    So yeah, go for it if you have an interest in science! I would NOT recommend 3 sciences for HSC unless you are very good at all 3 (quite rare tbh) but taking it for prelims is definitely fine (you can mess around and see what you're better in to make a better decision).

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    Re: Is studying all three sciences hard for the HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Makeone View Post
    All three sciences as in Physics, Chemistry and Bio.

    Currently, I'm in Year 10 and I have subject selections this week.
    I've gotten a fairly good half-yearly report in science this year (90%, which is an A in my school).
    I've talked to my science teacher during parent-teacher meetings and he thinks I have the right attitude and what-not.

    Other information that may be helpful:
    I'm choosing Adv English, Ext 1 Maths, Engineering Studies and the three sciences. (Legal Studies if I only end up doing two sciences).
    My school is ranked at around 60~70, lowest being 100.
    Additionally, I don't know if this is helpful but the average mark for science in my grade was 75%.
    Dude, doing three sciences is easy if you are good at maths because the new syllabus for chemistry and physics is a lot of maths based content. I do three sciences (Chem, Phys, EES) and it's not even hard. Those who cannot cope are weak! I'm in Yr 11 BTW

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    Re: Is studying all three sciences hard for the HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wet_Lettuce View Post
    Dude, doing three sciences is easy if you are good at maths because the new syllabus for chemistry and physics is a lot of maths based content. I do three sciences (Chem, Phys, EES) and it's not even hard. Those who cannot cope are weak! I'm in Yr 11 BTW
    That's great! I'm pretty good at maths. I'm in the top 5.3 and I got 90% for my half-yearly report.

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    Re: Is studying all three sciences hard for the HSC?

    Quote Originally Posted by doggossigh View Post
    You're only in year 11 so I would honestly suggest picking all 3 and dropping one for HSC (so you only do 2 sciences). Taking 3 sciences is definitely a committment but you seem to have a drive to do it! I'm doing 3 for prelim rn, and the workload isn't honestly that bad imo. But if you have a passion for science, do all 3, and drop whichever you aren't good at in year 12, because honestly, I don't know many people who are consistently good in all 3 as they are quite different. I'm a lot better in Chem and Bio but I'm doing pretty bad in physics HAHA but the transferable knowledge between chem and phys is really good so I'm doing it for fun this year, and dropping next year.

    I think as long as you have a good work ethic to keep up to dat with notes, assignments and tests, you will be fine. However, I wouldn't recommend it for HSC since most people aren't good at all 3 if you know what I mean. They do get specialised with biology including a lot of essay writing and content to remember (more like a humanitiy) whilst physics is a lot more formulas, calculations and practical knowledge. But year 11 doesn't contribute to HSC anyways, so take all 3 and you can drop 1 in year 12 if you don't like one (which happens more frequently than you think) or if you think that you can do better in another subject.

    So yeah, go for it if you have an interest in science! I would NOT recommend 3 sciences for HSC unless you are very good at all 3 (quite rare tbh) but taking it for prelims is definitely fine (you can mess around and see what you're better in to make a better decision).

    Good luck
    Thank you for the tip! Also, I'm in Year 10, not Year 11.

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    Re: Is studying all three sciences hard for the HSC?

    I did all 3 in Year 11 but I pretty much crammed the Bio the night before to gain a respectable mark (I think I aced the theory component but got exposed in the practical exam ~40%) because I didn't really have time to study for it. I personally believe it is hard studying all 3 and slightly not as worth as dropping 1 subject and spending all the time you get spare on English would probably be a more wise decision. However, if you do find that you can manage doing this in Year 11 and enjoy doing so then I encourage you to keep it
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