Tips and tricks for nailing HSC Biology
The time before your Trials is so crucial; it is in your best interest to revise the main topic areas and go through any information which is troubling you.
It’s true, Biology is a very content-heavy subject, but this doesn’t mean that you need to memorise large amounts of information to do well in your Trial Exams.
The key to getting a Band 6 in Biology is having good examples to back up the theory. We highly recommend going through all the points of the syllabus, and making sure you have some examples on-hand for the major points. The best answers in Biology are not necessarily the ones that regurgitate theoretical content – don’t forget this!
Using diagrams and tables is also a great way to memorise all these points, since it keeps it fresh in your mind. Once you get into the exam, feel free to write down as much as you can. You can always look back on this later on into the examination.
Depend on your notes
This is why note-taking throughout the year is so important! We highly recommend making notes at the end of each week throughout the term – it makes it so much easier to look back and revise before your assessments and examinations.
If you don’t have a good set of notes, now is a good time to start creating them. Tie your notes into specific points from the syllabus – this ensures you have covered all the necessary dot points before the exams.
The best way to put your theory and note-taking to into practice is to try taking tests in examination conditions. There are a few different roads you can go down through this method:
HSC Past Papers
Practice papers from your school
Exams at the end of your textbooks
Tuition papers and holiday courses focusing on the final exams
Here at Talent, we’re also running a July Holiday Program which is essential in preparing you for HSC Trials and the final examinations. We will run through Modules 5-7 with you, then on the final day will go through real questions written by our team of experts for each part of the syllabus.
Once you’ve completed a paper, the most important thing is to get it marked! Whether it’s your friend, tutor or a teacher from school – make sure that you find someone to look over your work for you. This is the only way you can learn from your mistakes, and progress with your study.
Depending on the best way you retain information, watching Biology being playing out in video format is a great way to break up your study, and learn in an interactive way.
This works especially well if you’re a visual learner, and find it easier to understand and memorise content in the form of images, graphs, tables and solutions.
Take a holiday course
Use the holidays to your full advantage and sign up today to our Biology HSC Preparation courses at Talent 100.
We’re always updating our Holiday courses page, so click here to find out what we currently have on offer for Year 12 Biology students. Along with offering courses in centre at Chatswood and Epping, we also have online options so you can revise from home!
All online tutoring classes are live and delivered on Zoom, so you can feel like you’re in a Talent class. You are encouraged to ask any questions you like, either directly or through the chat function during the class. Year 12 HSC online tutoring courses typically run from 1.5 – 3 hours (depending on which subject you choose) and are offered for Biology and many other classes.
Click here to find out more about our HSC online tuition classes in 2020.