Physics and Chemistry Past paper questions Write notes! Understand the different concepts Ask questions, use all your resources Know what is on the formula sheets and know what the different symbols stand for.
Business Studies Know the SYLLABUS. Even if you are not 100% with all the content you will score extra marks for knowing a few points on the syllabus related to that question. Learn things that can get you a few extra marks, for example- the financial ratios. Apply them by doing past papers. Relate things you learn to real life examples, for example- when learning about hedging- relate it to Qantas’ fuel hedging. By doing this, you are not remembering pages and pages of information, but rather you will actually understand how concepts are applied in the business world.
Studies of Religion SOR is simple if you know your content. If you learn all the information under each syllabus point you will do well. This is because they usually ask questions directly off the syllabus (so do practice questions off the right hand of the syllabus). Be enthusiastic. Learning about another religion is interesting. Find out some extra facts about your significant person, ethics or practice to differentiate your essays apart from others.
PDHPE Know MEMORISE the SYLLABUS. If you find it hard to remember every point on the syllabus make up acronyms, for example- HOMERS (the physiological adaptations in response to training) and DSCRB (the Ottawa Charter). Don’t just depend on the information you get in class. Read the black text book. Understand what you’re learning, e.g. it’s useless to know that stroke volume and cardiac output are physiological adaptations unless you actually know what they mean.
Economics Keep up to date with current figures, e.g. inflation, TWI, interest rates and unemployment. Know other information such as the exact deficit/surplus figures in the fiscal budget. You don’t need to know everything in the text book- look at pat paper and pick out the main ection Essay- always about monetary OR fiscal policy, macro OR micro policy or one of the economic issues. Other topics: CAD, Trade, Protection, Exchange Rates, BOP Know formulas for economic growth, TOT, Inflation etc. Multiple choice: Be careful of the two tiered questions. PAST PAPERS
Legal Studies Know at least 5 legislations & cases – you definitely need these to back up your essays. Use recent new articles because the law is always changing and evolving – it’ll make you look smart and up to date. Criminal Law Short Answers: Need to memorise syllabus- Essay: Before trials write out the perfect essay for both your options- add cases, LOTS of examples and legislation. Relate it back to the essay. Get teacher to mark and check.
English Prepare your story beforehand- show not tell. Use lots of techniques. Make the characters realistic – better yet model them after people you know. Belonging stories don’t need a big dramatic climax, its more a slice of life showcasing various themes of belonging and not belonging. HSC markers will know if you’re being insincere. Keep story in frame of one day. Do not mention the word belonging. Memorise at least 4 quotes for the themes of your prescribed text. Know techniques other than the common ones such as syntax and use of diction. Follow the structure: Assumption, evidence, technique and impact- what does it say about your assumption and how does that relate to the question? Keep to the time limit- 40 minute for each ection.
General Do your notes early and keep them up to date. Group work: Google docs. Don’t do all nighters. Use LOTS of terminolgy. PAST PAPERS. Ask teachers to mark your work and get LOTS of feedback. When studying, set yourself short term goals. You can’t go all at once. 2 hour of study, then a fifteen minutes break. Do stress relieving thing like listen to music. Get rid of distractions. Have a clean and quiet study area. Sit with your friend before the exam to study Find motivation whenever you can- whether it intrinsic or extrinsic. Prioritise!