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Are you a past HSC student with strengths in Maths and/or Chemistry? Do you want to be play an important role in this year's BoS Trials? :bosman:

Every year we host the BoS trial exam events in early October (see the 2020 and 2021 threads). This is usually an in-person event where we invite students to practice an unseen trial paper (written by us) under simulated exam conditions (with the exception of last year where we hosted it online due to the lockdown situation). In the past two years, we ran the BoS trials for Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 and Chemistry.

Behind the scenes there are multiple people who volunteer time out of their busy lives to write the trial exam content, run the event and mark student responses. These people are crucial in helping make the event a success to the benefit of the HSC student community every year. Unlike many other sites that may have commercial/monetary interests, the BoS trials are run by a team that are all about helping the student community.

This year, we need a bit of help.

We are looking for people to fill the following volunteering roles in the BoS Trials team:
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1. Author (and marker) of the Chemistry BoS trials
The Chemistry BoS trials only began in 2020 for the first time, with jazz519 and CM_Tutor playing a key role authoring the trial papers in the past two years. Unfortunately, our previous authors are not as available to commit to a leading role this year, but may be able to provide support for another author who is able to take that lead.

We are looking for a trial exam author who will:
  • Come up with questions and develop this year's trial paper (with our guidance on how to design the questions, but the ideas are all yours!)
  • Write up the solutions to their questions
  • Mark student responses to the questions (usually no more than 20-30 students) with support from us where feasible
Ideally, we would like someone with the following academic background and experience:
  • achieved a comfortable band 6 in HSC Chemistry;
  • tutored students in HSC Chemistry; and
  • studied/studying Chemistry (or something related) at university
You will need to be available to develop the BoS trial paper throughout August and September (we will provide guidance on how to do that) and be available to mark student responses from the (anticipated) early October event.

If you are able to fulfil this role, then your own questions will officially form part of the BoS trial papers resource, which not only helps future HSC students, but also has the visibility to be seen and referenced by teachers/tutors!

How to apply:
If this sounds like you, please send me a PM here outlining your expression of interest, including academic background/experience and availability before 31 July 2022.

PS: Note that if we are unable to find someone suitable by then, then we will unfortunately not be running a Chemistry BoS trial exam this year...
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2. Markers for the Maths BoS Trials
For the Maths BoS trials, there is often a short time between the event and the actual HSC Maths exams. This makes the marking and solution writing process quite intensive and is limited by the number of people who are available to help with that. We anticipate the availability of existing markers could be constrained this year and recognise that the amount of marking involved is not something that the exam authors can do themselves.

We are therefore looking for markers who will:
  • Read and understand the student responses provided (usually around 30 students for each subject)
  • Assess and determine the marks awarded in line with the provided solutions
Ideally, we would like someone with the following academic background and experience:
  • achieved a comfortable band E4 in HSC Mathematics Extension 2;
  • tutored students in HSC Maths; and
  • studied/studying Maths (or something related) at university
You will need to be available throughout the first half of October to receive and mark the student responses. We will provide solutions to the questions and guidance on how to do this.

How to apply:
If this sounds like you, please send me a PM here outlining your expression of interest, including academic background/experience and availability before 31 July 2022.
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In summary, if you are suitably qualified and want to contribute substantially to helping our HSC student community with a short-term project then you are highly encouraged to apply. Look forward to hearing from you. :)
 

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