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Language Techniques – the Foundations of HSC English

Metaphor, simile, imagery, alliteration, allusion, assonance, rhetoric, pathetic fallacy …. what do all these words have in common? They all fall under what is known as language techniques. Language techniques are terms used to describe the different ways in which language can shape meaning to persuade, challenge, comfort or touch…

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About ESL in Senior Studies

Before undertaking ESL in senior studies, a student must consider their eligibility for this course as prerequisites and rules must be adhered to. These rules have been set out as: The English (ESL) course may be studied by any student who has been educated overseas or in an Australian educational…

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Discovery Workshop Outline – Part Two by Lilian Ma

Discovery 1001: How to choose killer related material Part 2. Visual Texts: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Analysis of these visual texts is good practice for Section 1 of the AOS HSC paper, and can also double as a second related text. For texts 1-6, describe how the…

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Discovery Workshop Outline Part One by Lilian Ma

Discovery 1001: How to tackle section 1 (easy peasy) - identify, analyse and evaluate techniques for different mediums - time management and how much writing is expected for each question - how to structure the last question – a mini essay - practice questions under exam conditions - exam technique…

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Expectations of Year 11 English Students

The preliminary English course for both standard and advanced is designed to mimic the HSC course program in order to ensure students become familiar with the content and standard of work expected in year 12. The English tutors at Master Coaching aim to introduce the concepts learnt in year 12…

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Tutoring Year 10 English by Astrid von Hackewitz

Year 10 English is a crucial stage in which students develop the core skills needed to excel in preliminary and HSC English. The English Syllabus states that “students [in year 10] must read, listen to and view a variety of texts that are appropriate to their needs, interest and abilities.…

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How to Master Hamlet

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a name that is often met with dread by HSC students. Being one of the most iconic texts in the Western canon, and also the most complex in its sheer breadth of ideas, it is certainly a big ask for students to be able to…

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Tutoring Stage 5 English Students by Astrid von Hackewitz

Stage 5 in English (grades 9 and 10) is a crucial stage in which students develop the core skills needed to excel in Stage 6 (preliminary and HSC) English. The English Syllabus states that “students in Stage 5 must read, listen to and view a variety of texts that are…

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How to Prepare for HSC Legal Studies in Term One

Leading up to the half yearly exams in April, Legal Studies students finish the core topic of Crime and progress onto studying the second core topic Human Rights. The syllabus for Legal Studies is vast and complex, thus it is challenging for students to summarise concepts covered in class at…

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Back to School: How to be Prepared for HSC English in Term 1

The half yearly exams in April may seem a while off yet but once school goes back students often struggle with managing time amidst summarising concepts covered in class and learning new material. With just a couple of weeks left before school starts for 2015, here is a checklist you…

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Back to School: How to be Prepared for HSC Ancient History in Term 1

The Ancient History syllabus is vast, with Year 12 students covering all aspects of life in as many as four ancient civilisations. Summarising concepts covered in class at the same time as learning new material is challenging for students, particularly leading up to the half yearly exams in April. With…

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How to Write an ‘Area of Study’ Essay for the HSC

Your exposition should follow the normal essay format: Thesis – general statement, answer question, outline Arguments – point, example, evidence, link Reinforcement – answer question, outline 1. Thesis In your first paragraph you must do the following: Show your point of view on the topic by answering the question (the…

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Guidelines to Writing an Imaginative Composition for the HSC

Writing an effective creative writing piece is developed through continuous practice. However, below are some helpful guidelines that will assist you in achieving maximum marks in the creative writing component of the HSC. Question Format Take note of the question format. It might look like this: Respond to a stimulus…

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How we prepare students for success in HSC English

At Master Coaching Hurstville we endeavour to give HSC English students of all levels personalised tutoring to best suit their needs. HSC English is the only compulsory course in Year 12, with every student in the state sitting either the Standard or Advanced English exams. Capable Advanced students may also…

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An Open Letter to Parents

It is normal for parents to want their child to do well at school. Each parent will have their own definition of the term ‘well’.   Whilst some parents expect their child to excel, others just hope that their child does not suffer the frustration and the lack of self-esteem that…

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