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HSC
STUDY
GUIDE

If you’re sitting the HSC in
2010 or 2011, you can’t
afford NOT to read this.
Find out how to score the best marks
in Advanced English, Physics, Chemistry
and Mathematics.

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RESULTS-FOCUSED
TEACHING.
PERSONALISED
LEARNING.
UNMATCHED RESULTS.

© Talent 100 20091

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Question Type

Calculations

Explanations

Research Questions

Practicals

Curve Balls

Weight

30%

30%

15-20%

15%

Up to 10%

Level of Achievement

Average Student

Above Average Student

Good Students – High
Achiever

High Achievers

High Achievers – State
Rankers/Talent 100 Tutors

What it involves

Almost everyone knows that a science
exam will invariably involve some level of
calculations, and they make up the bulk of
exams. For example, calculate the �nal velocity
of a ball dropped from a height of 10m. The
trick is to know how to calculate the answer
§awlessly, and even when you don’t know
how to, ‘scab’ as many marks as possible. You
should really memorise all the formulae that
are needed, and better students will take the
further step of ‘understanding’ the formulae
and develop a mistake-free process of
performing calculations.

Likewise, you should all know that a science
exam is going to ask you to explain, describe
or apply some key theory. For instance, explain
the di�erence between covalent and ionic
bonding. Most students know the general
principles, but better students will understand
all the �ner distinctions, exceptions, and how
to explain concepts clearly and concisely.

Research Questions ask for a more in-depth
answer to a speci�c topic area. Usually, these
questions are worth 6-8 marks and ask the
e�ect of science on society, environment or
history. Average students tend to consider this
the ‘§u�y stu�’, trivial and to be ignored. Good
students understand this is part of the game,
and an opportunity to distinguish themselves,
and have pre-prepared answers to ALL such
question types. These types of questions will
be exhaustively listed in the syllabus.

Many students fail to understand that
practicals make up a signi�cant portion of the
exam. Above-average students have some
idea of what goes on these double-periods,
but do not commit to memorising the
scienti�c method (Aim, Method, Approach,
Safety precaution). Top students understand
how theory is applied in practicals and even
know how to analyse their results in terms of
reliability, accuracy and validity.

Curve balls, or out-of-the-box questions are
become increasingly popular in HSCs, and
are designed to distinguish between those
truly gifted (or prepared) in the subject and
rote-learners. Often, they will take a ‘random’
magazine article, comment, or extract and
invite scienti�c comment. The best students
understand that they are asking you to apply
some theory you have learnt, identify what
that is, and concisely relate the theory to the
demands of the questions. You need to have a
strong understanding of physics or chemistry,
and have good written skills to answer these.

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Like English, almost all HSC students will
study some level of mathematics. The most
common questions confronting students are:

What level of maths should I study and
how do each of the different subjects
scale?

How can I improve my marks and elimi-
nate careless mistakes?

How difficult is Extension 2 Mathematics
and what strategies can I use to tackle
the course?

We address these questions below.


WHAT LEVEL OF MATHEMATICS
SHOULD I TAKE?
One of the first decisions you make when
considering your HSC is what level of
Mathematics you should study: should you
take 2 Unit, Extension 1 or Extension 2? In
deciding, you should consider both your own
ability in Maths, and the relative scaling of
each subject.

The Mathematics Extension courses are
scaled very highly. Obviously if you are strong
in math s, the Extension 2 course is a must.

The benefits of scaling can be significant. If you
compare the percentage of students getting
high scaled marks in Extension 2 to those in 2
unit, you find that just under 50% of students
get over 90 for their scaled mark in Extension
2 while only 2.5% of 2 unit students achieve
that level and the same level of disparity exists
in the percentage of students getting over 80.
In addition, by choosing Extension 2 maths,
your Extension 1 maths marks (which are simi-
larly high scaling) count for double the units.
Hence, when you take Extension 2, you are
really getting 4 highly scaled units instead of 1
well scaled unit if you take Extension 1.

The 2U Advanced Mathematics Course is very
similar in difficulty and in topic areas to the
Preliminary Mathematics Extension Course.

by Anthony Morris

MASTERING
MATHEMATICS

Anthony Morris is a talented maths student, who came 1st in the state in Mathematics
Extension 1 and 4th in Extension 2, was a member of the Australian Olympiad team. Anthony
attended Sydney Boys High and currently studies Advanced Mathematics at UNSW.

However, even if you are
average in the Preliminary
Mathematics Extension
course, Extension 2 may
definitely be worthwhile
simply because it is scales
very highly.

Remember, you only need
to be average in Extension
2, to be on track of an
ATAR of 99+”

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Q WHO WRITES THE COURSE MATERIALS FOR TALENT
100? WHAT MAKES THEM SO
SPECIAL?

A The Talent 100 course materials have been prepared by our notes development
team, which consists of students who have
scored above 99.9 or scored a state ranking. In
fact, for every subject that we teach, we have
the students who scored 1st in the state, i.e for
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English
overseeing the development of the notes.

Our unique team knows exactly what it takes
to achieve the top marks, and have translated
that into a very practical set of notes that cover
everything you need to know for the exams, in
the level of detail that you need to know it. The
notes are well structured and guide students
through the syllabus in a step-by-step fashion
that is easy to understand and follow.

Our notes are written with the central principle
of exam relevance – they cover everything that
is required by the syllabus in the level of detail
needed to score FULL marks. The notes are
thorough and comprehensive and designed to
make your study time efficient. For instance, in
Physics and Chemistry we include write ups of all
practicals with a discussion of reliability, validity
and accuracy which ensures that you are able to
answer questions, even if you did not perform
your practicals successfully.

Effectively, our system of notes and teaching
allow you to leverage the collective expertise of
the HSC’s top performers.

Q WHO ARE THE TEACHER’S AT TALENT 100?
A Our teachers are composed of exceptional individuals with a strong level of
commitment to helping students achieve
their highest marks. Whilst strong academic
achievement and expertise in a particular

subject is mandatory in becoming a teacher at
Talent 100, teachers at Talent 100 must also have
strong leadership and communication skills.

The Talent 100 academic staff includes a mix of
teachers with different backgrounds, including
graduates, undergraduates and professional
teachers. However, you can be certain that every
Talent 100 teachers have:

• Outstanding levels of academic achievement,
to ensure that our students receive the highest
quality of instruction

• Outstanding communication skills, to ensure
that the theory can be taught to the students
in a way that they will understand.

• Outstanding character and commitment, to
ensure that students always feel comfortable to
ask questions and are confident that they are
prepared and willing to guide them through
their latter years of high school.

Q I’D LIKE TO SCORE MY ABSOLUTE, HIGHEST ATAR.
HOW DO I JOIN THE COURSE?

A If you’d like to join the course, simply email us at [email protected] or
alternatively contact us on 8003-6887 to let us
know what classes you wish to join.

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