A Terrible Turn of Events For my HSC Life - HSC Society and Culture (1 Viewer)

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Alright... It's the night before trials, and I'm freaking out as I realise that SOO much content from within the syllabus hasn't even been taught in class due to an "excellent" teacher. I'm literally looking through all the work we've done, and I'm finding prime concepts that are being shown in the syllabus, which haven't even been mentioned in the limited amount of resources/documents provided... The worst thing is, my teacher is SUPER lazy, and isn't even very confident with the content itself 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

I never wanted to choose Society and Culture in the first place, and really needed an extra subject (Which I why I ended up choosing it...). A teacher managed to convince me into doing Society and Culture, explaining that you will learn how to "read minds" and learn about "psychology". Well... If you do Society, you know this is definitely not true. I am looking at practice papers and the limited amount of content online and absolutely have no idea what to do... This is my last extra for trials, and I think I've done pretty well in my other tests (Band 5 & 6's), but I know Society will pull me down

My issue with the question starts for something as simple as, "Discuss the effects of modernisation on ONE society" - The answers from NESA don't even choose a specific society, and what makes it even worse is - I DON'T KNOW WHAT A SOCIETY IS CHARACTERISED BY. For a subject like PDHPE, they make it clear in the syllabus what societies you should be talking about (ATSI, Rural and remote...), but in this subject, the syllabus just has a bunch of drawings, and also is in a completely different layout compared to other subjects... WHATTT.

Even worse, something like, 'Which of the following is an example of the role of authority in transformative change?', makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE, since we NEVER learnt about transformative change... The only thing we learnt was that it was a word since a post was sent named, "transformative change", which simply provided an article which we were supposed to analyse for transformative change and write about... They kinda missed the whole step of learning what it was first 🤦‍♀️😭


So yea, I'm in a sticky situation, and the only thing I wanted to do was to rant about this, in turn, gaining a few opinions (hopefully) on what exactly my situation is REALLY like, from an outsiders perspective... These practice papers are quite scary, and I'm really wishing I bought a few ATAR Notes books for my subjects :(

I wish I could have dropped Society, but business studies had some major issues with both the teacher and some people in the class, making it impossible to learn anything there... I was actually sustaining a decent rank even without learning anything in class (top 20's), but I HAD to drop that subject...

Ugh, I know this was long, but I'm really curious to see what anyone has to say about this... Even if I wrote this for no reason, at least I got this out now :)

^^ Also, I rly hope my teacher doesn't magically find this post
 

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If this a problem with your teacher, I'd assume others would be in a situation similar to yours. If so, the average will likely be lower and so your rank could possibly not be affected as everyone is equally affected.

Luckily even if trials is your last internal you still have the hsc to relearn (or in your case learn) the content in time to pull up your mark. I know what it's like to do a subject in which you are completely lost in, and even know what it's like to do such a subject and not be able to drop it lol. Hopefully you can pull through after trials though as usually that's where people make serious gains, and you do still have time to learn the content for the HSC
 

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If this a problem with your teacher, I'd assume others would be in a situation similar to yours. If so, the average will likely be lower and so your rank could possibly not be affected as everyone is equally affected.

Luckily even if trials is your last internal you still have the hsc to relearn (or in your case learn) the content in time to pull up your mark. I know what it's like to do a subject in which you are completely lost in, and even know what it's like to do such a subject and not be able to drop it lol. Hopefully you can pull through after trials though as usually that's where people make serious gains, and you do still have time to learn the content for the HSC
Thanks for the reply. I really couldn't agree more, and I must say, I fortunately haven't learnt NOTHING in the test, and have learnt parts of each topic, and I will only need to go through the process of filling in the gaps within my knowledge of the subject

I'm just curious, what subject did you want to drop? You mentioned that you also had a subject which you didn't like and wasn't able to drop it
 
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Thanks for the reply. I really couldn't agree more, and I must say, I fortunately haven't learnt NOTHING in the test, and have learnt parts of each topic, and I will only need to go through the process of filling in the gaps within my knowledge of the subject

I'm just curious, what subject did you want to drop? You mentioned that you also had a subject which you didn't like and wasn't able to drop it
Physics haha It's the absolute bane of my existence I can never pick up the concepts and have absolutely no idea why I didn't drop it when I could :(
 

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I was sort of in the same boat as you last year - I was thinking that the subject was so vague and dumb and airy fairy. I was also annoyed at my teacher for choosing depth studies that weren't interesting (science fiction television - why?) and wasn't happy with all the topics being looked at from a 'white saviour perspective' especially when we learn about cultural relativism. But for now, you just gotta get through the exam.

Ok so the art of the society and culture exam is making up BS and linking it to the concepts. Moderate PEEL paragraphs are sufficient - as long as you answer the question, chuck some syllabus language in and back it up with an example (which you can pluck out of the air), tie it in with a dot point, and reiterate why your example relates to the question, you should be fine. Thankfully essays are only 15 marks so length shouldn't be a big issue - 2 body paragraphs is fine.

Yes the multiple choice questions are annoying but don't get hung up on them - pick with your gut and move on.
 

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I was sort of in the same boat as you last year - I was thinking that the subject was so vague and dumb and airy fairy. I was also annoyed at my teacher for choosing depth studies that weren't interesting (science fiction television - why?) and wasn't happy with all the topics being looked at from a 'white saviour perspective' especially when we learn about cultural relativism. But for now, you just gotta get through the exam.

Ok so the art of the society and culture exam is making up BS and linking it to the concepts. Moderate PEEL paragraphs are sufficient - as long as you answer the question, chuck some syllabus language in and back it up with an example (which you can pluck out of the air), tie it in with a dot point, and reiterate why your example relates to the question, you should be fine. Thankfully essays are only 15 marks so length shouldn't be a big issue - 2 body paragraphs is fine.

Yes the multiple choice questions are annoying but don't get hung up on them - pick with your gut and move on.
What's most ironic about your advice is that you posted this at the time which I would have approximately just about been moving onto the extended response for the second depth study haha

Everyone else gave up during the test... Some finishing an hour earlier and just sitting there... I was the only one left, meaning that I'm expecting a major increase in rankings - I think I actually did pre well
 

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