I like to think of the HSC as a vast canyon that you need to somehow make your way across. You start off with nothing, and are somehow expected to build yourself a bridge strong enough to cross it. This bridge is built from ropes, and each rope is built from fragile, thin threads. For […]

In Year 12, it rained the day before the start of every exam block. “Pathetic fallacy,” I used to jokingly tell myself as I stared out of the window, books and sticky notes scattered all around me. Yet though it didn’t seem like it then, Year 12 wasn’t all study and no play. I graduated […]

If you’re a student (or parent of a student) that’s taking the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) any time soon, something you’ll inevitably hear about is HSC ‘scaling’. So what is it, and how does it work? There’s a lot of mythology out there, and many differing opinions. For example, schools frequently tell […]

    In previous articles, we’ve already talked about how avoiding hunger while studying is a great way to minimise procrastination by keeping your energy levels up – but what kinds of things should you be eating and why?   While this is as much a matter of personal preference as anything else, there’s definitely […]

For the first time in 17 years, the NSW HSC syllabus is being overhauled, and new school assessment standards will be introduced commencing in January 2018. If you’re starting Year 11 in 2018, you’re part of the group of trailblazers who will be learning the new content for the first time. This means you’re going […]

Your HSC study period, or ‘STUVAC’, can be a weird and wonderful time. It’s the awkward divide between when the last term of Year 12 finishes, and when the NSW HSC Exams take place. For many, it’s an odd combination of relief and stress, and freedom and restriction. Suddenly, you no longer have the structure […]

Teaching is one of the most important professions in our society today. Tasked with educating the next generation of minds, their role in nurturing talent and developing knowledge is an absolutely vital one. So, what qualities do the best teachers have? What sets them apart, and lets them bring out the best in our students? […]

If you’re in Year 10 going into Year 11, there’s some big decisions coming up! In Year 11, you start your Preliminary Higher School Certificate (HSC) courses. These continue into Year 12 where they become the HSC courses you’re assessed on to get your Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking, or ‘ATAR’. There are a few important […]