Year 11 Students: Why should you prepare for the HSC now?
Term 1 assessments have already been marked, returned and Year 12 is just around the corner. Are you ready for what lies ahead?
Where did the time go? Now that we’re in Term 2, Year 11 typically marks the time when the workload and level of difficulty for students ramps up significantly, particularly with the uncertainty caused by the new HSC syllabus implemented for Maths, English and the Sciences this year.
We have compiled a few suggestions for current Year 11 students which will help to maximise their time now, and get into good routines by the time they transition into Year 12 towards the end of the year.
Practice makes perfect
What sets us apart from other tuition centres in Sydney is the emphasis we place on the system of three repetitions. At Talent 100, topics are taught ahead of school to get in that first repetition. We believe that each new concept must be experienced 3 times to truly be learnt:
In class: With a qualified Mentor who teaches the theory and concepts, worked through with examples and Q&A.
In class and at home: Exam-style questions and Online Homework (marked each week) to ensure the theory is practically applied.
In-centre and online: Specific exam preparation, small tutorials and holiday revision courses offered all year round to reinforce the learning process.
We also provide regular feedback for parents and students to identify areas of weakness and ensure continuous learning.
Try our program yourself and take up our special offer of a FREE 2 Week Trial in any of our Year 11 courses recommencing this week. This will ensure that you start Year 12 prepared and ahead of your peers! Click here to find out more information, or call 1300 999 100 and speak to our Student Services team.
Start revising your notes
One major tip our past HSC students wish they could tell themselves in Year 11 is to start revising earlier. It’s never too early to revise your notes, starting on a weekly basis. Sit down at the end of each week (when everything is still fresh in your mind) and revise your subjects, focusing on your weaknesses first. We also recommend reading ahead of the syllabus so you know exactly what to expect during the rest of the term.
Depending on the best way you study and retain information, this can be done through some various different techniques which include visual, social, logical and so much more. Assign some time to this at the end of each week, and we promise it will make life so much easier for you when you need to sit down and study for an exam, or evaluate your notes for the next assessment.
Don’t forget about English
Most students often don’t place enough important on one subject: English.
English is the only compulsory examination for all students sitting for the HSC, and therefore will count towards your final ATAR mark. What we’re trying to say is that you shouldn’t forget about studying just as hard for English as your other subjects, since it will always contribute to your final ATAR score.
Due to the success of our Creative Writing and Essay Writing Workshops in the April School Holidays, we’ll be running them again for students during the July School Holidays. Taught by our Head of English Dr Jenny Wells, these workshops will help to further refine your skills and elevate your writing style. We also have a 1-1 tutorial offered each term, with marked homework and exams with detailed feedback so you can really succeed in English.
Looking to get ahead of your fellow students?
Want to learn ahead of your school and only revise during the school holidays? At Talent, all of our content is taught at least 1 Term ahead of school, giving you an academic advantage to your peers.
For those students who want to accelerate in the July School Holidays, we will be offering classes to complete Year 11 content before Term 3 starts. This is an excellent option for those who wish to excel and use their time wisely.
One of the most exciting announcements is that we’ve created a brand new A-class acceleration program for Mathematics starting in Term 4. In order to be eligible for this class, students will have to sit for an aptitude test. If this is something you’re interested in being part of, please contact our Student Services team today.
Understanding the new HSC content
Since this the first major change to HSC content which will affect current Year 11/12 students, we have also adapted our courses which have been specifically designed by NESA experts and academics with unmatched credentials.
The Talent 100 Preliminary course builds on the basics to cover Year 11 topics more comprehensively and in greater depth, in a way that targets the syllabus more closely. Commencing the Preliminary Program from Term 4 (One Term ahead of your school), you’ll move past learning the broad conceptual basis for each Year 11 topic, to a razor-sharp and syllabus-specific focus on the finer points of each subject. By the time you cover the topic in school, you will be revising rather than learning it for the first time.
Students will cover every single syllabus dot point to a full marks standard, and learn how to answer the toughest HSC questions with sample solutions and marking guidelines from our top state-ranking Mentors. The superior learning system at Talent 100 has been designed to help students like you not only understand the subject matter inside out, but to translate this knowledge into exam excellence.
Find the right Mentors for you
Looking for the right academic fit in the final and most crucial years of high school? We do things a little differently here at Talent 100; we have 3 generations of Mentors which range from experienced teachers from top schools, PHDs and post-grads and 99.95 ATAR recipients.
Led by Richard Chua, Talent 100’s ‘Subject Heads’ are subject matter experts and experienced leaders in their respective fields. We’re proud to have built a team of high calibre educators, PhD Academics, Masters qualified teachers (ex Heads of Sydney’s top Private Schools) and a Cambridge University Text Maths Book Author.
Click here to find out more about our 2019 Mentors.
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Burwood: Level 1/52 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW 2134
Chatswood: Level 5, North Tower, 1-5 Railway Street Chatswood NSW 2067
Epping: Shop 24 and Shop 20 (Upper Ground), 74 Rawson Street Epping NSW 2121
Hurstville: Level 3, 12 Butler Road Hurstville NSW 2220
CBD: Level 10, 2/225 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000