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How to become an effective H.S.C. English writer?

The essential subject of English is obviously based around the innate need to write copious amounts of essay and creative pieces of writing. The method of producing such complex pieces of writing forms from continuous practice. Though this practice is something that needs to be guided through private one on…

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Excelling at Creative Writing: English HSC Paper 1

The prospect of creative writing tends to both excite and terrify HSC students. On the one hand, this is the chance for students to assume the role of author. They have almost full creative license on their plotline and are able to show-off their personal flair for the English language.…

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Get Ready for the Opportunity Class Exam in 2018

The OC (Opportunity Class) is aimed for academically gifted & talented students for a two year program in year 5 and 6. The placement test is done in year 4 (July or August), testing student’s mixed ability in English, Mathematics and General Ability. Currently, there are 75 schools with OC…

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Ideas to Implementation

Ideas To Implementation is often the third topic taught by school teachers. Whilst it may be no more difficult than the previous topics, students can often struggle to grasp some of the concepts that are at the core of its theme. Ideas To Implementation looks at how scientists in the…

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How to Improve Your Legal Studies Essays

The ability to write effective essays is an important skill for success in both Preliminary and HSC Legal Studies. In the HSC exam, Legal Studies students are expected to write three essays, one concerning the core topic Crime and the other two Option Topics selected by each school. Accounting for…

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Student motivation throughout the final year of schooling

During the Higher School Certificate (HSC) many students struggle with the same questions and types of concern that forms considerable concern throughout the HSC. These questions can include: “Why are we doing this?” or “What is the point of the HSC?” or even “Why is there so many things to…

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How to excel at Economics topic 3 – Economic Issues

The study of the subject of economics in general can be considered one of a complex yet exciting prospect. This is because economics in general mixes together culmination of both English, maths and social sciences. Thus, economics builds its foundations on the premise that students will have a basic understanding…

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Master Coaching Selective School Preparation Course

Term Two Program, 2015 The term two program follows on from the introductory lessons in term one. These lessons gave each student an initial exposure to the type of Mathematics, Reading, Writing and General Ability questions that are part of the Selective School test each year in March. As students…

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Achieving your best for English paper one

Students inevitably have to handle the concept of sitting English paper one a minimum of two times (trial and HSC) throughout the course of year 12. This inevitable sitting of the paper must be approached with considerable practice. The paper one exam is student’s first examination and forms 5-% of…

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Economics is the essential culmination of humanities

Economics is the essential culmination of humanities. It is a subject that requires an understanding of the way society runs as well as a simplified understanding of graph reading. This subject also allows for students to be well aware of the content that is further essential to excel at this…

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Master Coaching Hurstville Tutoring for HSC English Students

Students undertaking English tutoring at Master Coaching can expect high quality service, which is personalised and delivered by coaches that are passionate and genuinely care for the students that are under their mentorship. We understand the transition from Year 11 to Year 12 English can be overwhelming – whether you…

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Techniques for HSC English Study

Techniques are an essential aspect of English from Year Seven to Year Twelve, yet it is arguably the most common area where students throughout their high school education consistently lose marks. Most students struggle to identify techniques in texts studied in class, let alone include techniques in an essay or…

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The HSC English Paper 1 – the first HSC exam paper

The HSC English Paper 1: Area of Study (‘Paper 1’) will be the first HSC exam paper that over 58,000 students will encounter. It is a two hour long triathlon of unseen textual analysis, creative writing and an essay component. Each one of these sections are worth equal weighting (that…

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Discovery – the new area of study topic for Standard and Advanced English

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 multitude of related texts in which are chosen by the student. The ability for a student to fully comprehend the area…

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Discover how to master AOS: Discovery

Being part of the first year to take on a new Area of Study can be daunting. There are no notes to refer to. No past papers, no sample responses. Discovery is brand spanking new. However, it isn’t really. There are key aspects of the syllabus that have defined the…

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Discover how to master AOS: Discovery – HSC English

Being part of the first year to take on a new Area of Study can be daunting. There are no notes to refer to. No past papers, no sample responses. Discovery is brand spanking new. However, it isn’t really. There are key aspects of the syllabus that have defined the…

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ESL – Great Care for ESL Student at Master Coach

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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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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Special Relativity by Zachary Karantonis

There is no doubt that within the ‘Space’ topic, students struggle most with Einstein’s Special Relativity. It is perfectly normal to be confused by it and definitely expected! It is a complex theory with conclusions that seem to contradict our basic and intuitive understanding of Physics. On top of that,…

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HSC Economics

HSC Economics in general can be considered a subject in which combines the influence of a whole list of subjects including Maths (in graphs), English (articulating answers) and even History (remembering and researching previous trends that have occurred). Once the student has made the choice to study Economics, they must…

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What you can do throughout the term to succeed in HSC Physics

Students often ask what they can do throughout the term to succeed in HSC Physics. The truth is, every student has their own learning style, but from my experience there are basic things that ALL students need to do to stay on top of their game: UNDERSTANDING DIFFICULT CONCEPTS One…

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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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Master Coaching Selective School Preparation Course

Term One Program, 2015 The term one introductory lessons give each student an initial exposure to the type of Mathematics, Reading, Writing and General Ability questions that are part of the Selective School test each year in March. The educational standard in these subject areas is quite high, in my…

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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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OC Exam Preparation

In preparation for the OC Exam, the course of my lessons begins with tailing individual student’s weaknesses and their knowledge on all topics in maths, for example Perimeter & Area, Shapes, Angles, Money etc. These lessons are designed to fill in as well as consolidate any lacking knowledge in the…

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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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