Hi, a majority of my subjects are humanities, I do 5 units of history, 3 units of english etc.All of my subjects were humanities. I can't really say much about the sciences!
Do some extra reading. If you want that extra edge, I recommend you read widely so that you grasp the writing style of academics (historians, critics). For English, read some novels over your summer break. You don't have to read like day-in day-out e.g I'd read in the toilet/15 mins before bed... I mean like, unless you're totally engrossed by what you're reading. Good places to start are academia.edu (usually free PDF articles) and jstor.org. JSTOR lets you read 3 journal articles for free (not all are free), but they only expire after about a fortnight. I had multiple accounts so I could save articles for Romanticism, History Extension, Frankenstein, and Hamlet. I can't stress enough how helpful (and interesting) these entries are.
Quotes and techniques first (until mid years), generic essays second (trials and HSC). Get the hang of flexible thinking with ideas and snippets of evidence before you walk in with a prepared essay that you can't even mould to the question. Your integration of the question will look seamless after a few practice runs. This personally worked for me.
Do 2-3 hours of study a weekday, including homework. 5 hours for Saturday and Sunday. Yes, you will still have time to socialise. Some people like to separate homework and study, but they're pretty much the same thing. Leave Friday as your break.
Don't spite a subject because you flopped in one assessment task. You just need to pick yourself back up and start again. Each assessment task usually had a 15%-25% weighting. You still have other opportunities to pick up your rank.
Finally, as someone mentioned above, competition is healthy in moderation/ You can't forgo friendships, no matter how nihilistic your perception of 'fleeting highschool friendships' is, because you need a healthy and coherent learning environment in order to succeed. Don't make enemies, because you're all in this together. /cue HSM
A new poster here, but I also read quite widely for Ancient History which might've helped me get my final Ancient mark of 95. Wider reading depends on your units of course, but for my elective Sparta, I consulted Paul Cartledge a lot which gave me tons of very useful quotes. Consider getting past students' summaries as well- not to use as your own summary, but to see what quotes they used for each syllabus dot point to bolster your own quotes as a form of 'wider reading' haha.Hi, a majority of my subjects are humanities, I do 5 units of history, 3 units of english etc.
For Creative writing, Romanticism, how did you get to write in the style of the romanticist? How long did it take?
Also, for Modern, ancient history: what types of books did you read when you say you read widely.
You seem to have gotten a pretty high atar. Congrats!
This. Massive respect to what you were able to achieve.This advice is more for students suffering some form of adversity during the HSC: don't give up. Fight for your marks. I was diagnosed with a very severe psychiatric illness during the HSC - I spent the time period between trials and the actual HSC in hospital, doing barely any study. I was experiencing hallucinations and delusions during my HSC exams. I was told by several doctors that I was not fit to complete the HSC. I was so shocked to get All-Rounders and an ATAR of 98.10 with no bonus points and no tutoring, considering how most teens with my diagnosis don't even finish school. I am very proud of my results, even if they aren't in the 99+ range. The moral of the story kids is that life can surprise you in positive ways, and you are far more capable than you can imagine, even when bad things come your way.
The more study-oriented advice I would give is: focus on the areas you DON'T know. Do past papers under timed conditions. Do timed essays, and do them again and again. Don't stop consistently building your knowledge until you KNOW your shit. For English, use your critical thinking skills to actually consider your texts, and come up with an original response to the question. Despite what people may say, markers do favour original thought. Come up with the most outrageous arguments if you will, and if it's backed up with solid evidence, you'll get that goddamn Band 6. Take initiative for your own learning, because at the end of the day, only YOU are sitting that exam. Make it count.