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Can someone explain when school actually finishes? I'm so confused, I have trials now, after trials I go to school like normal for a few weeks and we have 2 week holidays, after that do we go back to school or does HSC start and how much time is there of no school before HSC exams?
we get basically STUVAC? I think it's called?? like maybe a week or 2 onto of our holidays to study. and after trials we still go back to school cus not every subject is done with its content and ofc we have graduation week etc etc.
 

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which schools usually have typically "harder" trial examination papers for chem or phys for instance?
 

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which schools usually have typically "harder" trial examination papers for chem or phys for instance?
usually the top 20 type schools have harder exams but normally it differs between each year. luckily most of thes eexams (typically from old syllabus tho) have their past papers online and aren't too hard to find
 

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Hi everyone. This is a little bit out of discussion but I am currently in the process of choosing subjects for my HSC. I have decided on what I want to choose but I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on subjects I should change or ones I should pick up.
 

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Hi everyone. This is a little bit out of discussion but I am currently in the process of choosing subjects for my HSC. I have decided on what I want to choose but I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on subjects I should change or ones I should pick up.
what did you choose? in the end it's up to you- everyone has their own interests and trust me if you work hard in subjects you like you can get a great atar, regardless of what those subjects are.
 

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what did you choose? in the end it's up to you- everyone has their own interests and trust me if you work hard in subjects you like you can get a great atar, regardless of what those subjects are.
Thanks. I have currently decided upon:

English Advanced
Maths Extension
Maths Advanced Ext
Economics
Business Studies
Legal Studies
Modern History
 

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My principal and my deputy talked to me and said that I should drop business studies and take religion. I thought about it and considered it I take religion in year 11 and then drop it in year 12 for History Ext. Any thoughts? My science teacher also recommended to me that I take physics because I am good at it but personally I enjoy the humanity subjects the most.
 

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My principal and my deputy talked to me and said that I should drop business studies and take religion. I thought about it and considered it I take religion in year 11 and then drop it in year 12 for History Ext. Any thoughts? My science teacher also recommended to me that I take physics because I am good at it but personally I enjoy the humanity subjects the most.
if you like humanities, stick with those- play to your strengths. physics scales better than most other subjects but scaling DOES NOT matter if you're gonna get 50%. it won't turn a 50% into a band 6. instead it's better for you to do as well as you can in the subjects you chose- I've seen people get 97-99 atars w only humanities subjects cus they chose what they're good at. keep in mind though- all the subjects you chose are pretty content heavy and there's a lot of essay writing. this isn't really a problem for me personally but I know a lot of people take issue w the note writing and memorisation- I feel like this applies to every subject either way though haha.
I'm not sure why your teachers are trying to influence your decision- ultimately it's up to you and you can also discuss w your parents if you're stressed or confused. I can't personally speak for business or religion because I haven't done either- I think business may have some overlap w economics though.
btw if you like humanities have you considered picking up english extension 1? I don't recommend 14 units but you could always drop it.
 

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if you like humanities, stick with those- play to your strengths. physics scales better than most other subjects but scaling DOES NOT matter if you're gonna get 50%. it won't turn a 50% into a band 6. instead it's better for you to do as well as you can in the subjects you chose- I've seen people get 97-99 atars w only humanities subjects cus they chose what they're good at. keep in mind though- all the subjects you chose are pretty content heavy and there's a lot of essay writing. this isn't really a problem for me personally but I know a lot of people take issue w the note writing and memorisation- I feel like this applies to every subject either way though haha.
I'm not sure why your teachers are trying to influence your decision- ultimately it's up to you and you can also discuss w your parents if you're stressed or confused. I can't personally speak for business or religion because I haven't done either- I think business may have some overlap w economics though.
btw if you like humanities have you considered picking up english extension 1? I don't recommend 14 units but you could always drop it.
The head of english said I shouldn't do english ext because I would get bored and I partially agree. By doing english ext that make me do 14 units and I think that's to much. My principals said I should drop business studies because as you said it overlaps a lot with economics and it would just be to much commerce but I like commerce a lot and I think all of these subjects would intertwine well.
 

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The head of english said I shouldn't do english ext because I would get bored and I partially agree. By doing english ext that make me do 14 units and I think that's to much. My principals said I should drop business studies because as you said it overlaps a lot with economics and it would just be to much commerce but I like commerce a lot and I think all of these subjects would intertwine well.
yeah 14 units is a lot. personally what I did was I picked up maths and english ext 1 both for a few weeks of year 11 to see which one suited me, then I dropped maths ext. and you could always drop business after a few weeks and pick up religion (I'm not sure if the rules surrounding picking up/dropping subjects have changed since then) if you found it too similar to eco. I'm sure what you picked is the right choice for you!! best of luck w your studies, don't stress about this too much, just try your hardest in whatever subjects you end up with. good luck w your studies :) :)
 

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yeah 14 units is a lot. personally what I did was I picked up maths and english ext 1 both for a few weeks of year 11 to see which one suited me, then I dropped maths ext. and you could always drop business after a few weeks and pick up religion (I'm not sure if the rules surrounding picking up/dropping subjects have changed since then) if you found it too similar to eco. I'm sure what you picked is the right choice for you!! best of luck w your studies, don't stress about this too much, just try your hardest in whatever subjects you end up with. good luck w your studies :) :)
Thanks I think that is a good idea. I should test out both english ext to see if I like the subject. In terms of religion though I don't really want to choose the subject and it's more my principal advising me because they say that all the best performing students take 11-12 units but I think I should go with what I feel is right.
 

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Thanks I think that is a good idea. I should test out both english ext to see if I like the subject. In terms of religion though I don't really want to choose the subject and it's more my principal advising me because they say that all the best performing students take 11-12 units but I think I should go with what I feel is right.
btw if you're going to try out both- the workload might be a lot. I only kept both for about 5 weeks of yr 11. if you end up dropping maths ext 1 you'll have a bit of catching up to do for advanced maths- don't get discouraged if your scores drop a bit for the first term or so- it happens to a lot of people!!
 

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how you guys feeling a few weeks before the hsc? tbh i need to start working agian but then again i wanna celebrate graduation and the last week of schoo lol
 

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