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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.

Page 2

RESULTS-FOCUSED

TEACHING.

PERSONALISED

LEARNING.

UNMATCHED RESULTS.

© Talent 100 20091

Page 22

© Talent 100 200921

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.

Page 23

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+”

© Talent 100 2009 22

Page 43

© Talent 100 2009 42

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.

Page 44

Gain an

UNFAIR

Advantage.

30%of our 2008 Students

scored over 99 UAI

60%of our 2008 students

scored over 97 UAI

Call us on

02 8003 6887 NOW!

Find out how

CONTACT US

EPPING

BRIDG

E STR

EET

Epping Branch (2121)

Shop 24, 74 Rawson Street (Genesis building)

Chatswood Branch (2057)

Level 1, 457 Victoria Avenue

RAILWAY STREET

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(02) 8003 6887 talent-100.com.au

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.

Page 2

RESULTS-FOCUSED

TEACHING.

PERSONALISED

LEARNING.

UNMATCHED RESULTS.

© Talent 100 20091

Page 22

© Talent 100 200921

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.

Page 23

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+”

© Talent 100 2009 22

Page 43

© Talent 100 2009 42

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.

Page 44

Gain an

UNFAIR

Advantage.

30%of our 2008 Students

scored over 99 UAI

60%of our 2008 students

scored over 97 UAI

Call us on

02 8003 6887 NOW!

Find out how

CONTACT US

EPPING

BRIDG

E STR

EET

Epping Branch (2121)

Shop 24, 74 Rawson Street (Genesis building)

Chatswood Branch (2057)

Level 1, 457 Victoria Avenue

RAILWAY STREET

PACI

FIC H

IGHW

AY

V

ICTO

R

IA

AV

EN

U

E

H

ELP STR

EET

TH

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M

A

S STR

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CHATSWOOD

NEW

CENTRE

RSL

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Situa

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