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New HSC area of study topic 2015 – Discovery

Discovery is the new area of study topic common to both the subjects English Advanced and English Standard. It encompasses the compulsory study of a prescribed text and a multitudeof related texts in which are chosen by the student.

The Board of Studies define the concept of discovery as:

“Discovery can encompass the experience of discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed. Discoveries can be sudden and unexpected, or they can emerge from a process of deliberate and careful planning evoked by curiosity, necessity or wonder. Discoveries can be fresh and intensely meaningful in ways that may be emotional, creative, intellectual, physical and spiritual. They can also be confronting and provocative. They can lead us to new worlds and values, stimulate new ideas, and enable us to speculate about future possibilities. Discoveries and discovering can offer new understandings and renewed perceptions of ourselves and others.”

The ability for a student to fully comprehend the area of study takes place through a careful consideration of the students prescribed text. Through a consideration of this text it can be seen that an effective link can be found between the contextual framework in which the text has been written and how this fits into the wider ethos of the topic. Therefore the new area of study forms as a basis for a multifaceted view upon how specific texts fit into the world around us.

Students must consider ultimately the Perceptions and ideas presented in texts that are constructed through a variety of language techniques, forms, features and structures. These perceptions may be represented within a historical, social, personal, cultural framework and therefore impact upon individual interpretations of the text. At Master Coaching we are well prepared to help a student individually in the interpretation and consideration of these key concepts in the prescribed texts student’s are studying. Thus, with individualised help, students will find that they can delve into their prescribed text in great detail. Students will therefore build their knowledge through analysis and build further confidence through personalised feedback.


Being a newly introduced topic to the English syllabus Master Coaching is aware of the importance of students to build confidence in areas of the unknown and therefore has developed fantastic resources to assist students to fully achieve their best. This is mainly achieved through the one on one help given to every student allowing for specific areas to be targeted. This targeting of key areas ultimately allows a student to achieve their full potential and continue on a path of success in the area of English.

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