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Exactly how the mythical HSC works is a constant source of confusion for parents and students - sometimes even for those currently undertaking HSC subjects. Hopefully all of the following information - explained for you by a HSC survivor! - will clarify the key points of confusion.
The HSC works on a “units” system. Most classes are two units (English, Math, Chemistry etc), but extension subjects are only one unit (English Extension, Math Extension etc).
In year 11 you are required to take a minimum of 12 units (for most people this is 6 subjects).
In year 12 you are only required to take 10 units. Regardless of how many units you take, only the 10 best units will count towards your ATAR. Each unit is worth 50 marks and therefore for the standard 2 unit course you will receive a mark out of 100.
For every course, regardless of the units, your final grade is made up of:
Except it’s slightly more complicated than that. Your internal marks are never given to NESA (The New South Wales Education Standards Authority). What gets entered is your rank within your cohort at your school.
These two systems are used to calculate your final ATAR which you receive at the end of Year 12.
The HSC system can be quite complex, and understanding what's going on can be very daunting for new students and parents. If you ever need some assistance with HSC studies or subject specific help, KIS Academics tutors have a thorough understanding of their subjects and can assist in understanding curriculum requirements. Our tutors are able to provide materials and teaching on how to prepare for HSC internal and external assessments. Learn about our HSC tutoring and book a free study skills consultation with a KIS Academics tutor.
As a year 11 student doing ATAR, I was looking for a tutor that could help me with French. KIS Academics was incredibly helpful and fast at finding me someone who could assist me with my studies. My tutor Eliza Carey over the past few months has helped me so much not only in French but in biology and maths as well. I’m incredibly grateful for the effort and commitment she has put into helping me be more comfortable and less stressed about the subjects I was having difficulty with. It’s been nothing but an honour to be tutored by Eliza and I strongly recommend her as a tutor
My name is Emma and I am keen to get to know you and your study needs!
Throughout high school I was your typical perfectionist, I was never satisfied with doing just ok. I worked my butt off to get to where I am and found myself looking back at high school thinking “why didn’t they tell me [insert profound knowledge here] sooner!”
That’s where I want to help you! I want to make sure you don’t have to do the hard yards of searching for those magical ‘ah ha’ moments alone. Hopefully, I will be able to pass on the things I so painstakingly learnt whilst making sure you get your content down.
My lessons are catered to what you need and I am always here if you need to ask questions, get stuck on something or just want to rant about school! I was in your shoes not too long ago, so I get it and am here to help.
I am also the State Consultant for NSW here at KIS as well as a sales professional and the Events Manager for KIS. I keep myself super busy but I love being so involved with KIS because I truly believe in our mission to help students
Hello! I’m Navleen, I’m currently studying Medicine at the University of Newcastle and am extremely excited for your consideration to be your tutor. I’m your avidly involved med student – when I’m not binging Netflix you’ll see me playing soccer, volunteering at the hospital, or baking my favourite chocolate-filled desserts (they are a must-try!!). You may recognise me from some MedEntry ads, having got a UCAT of 99, I help inspire and lead many students to get into their dream course of medicine. And now, I’d love the opportunity to be your tutor and help get you the marks to your dream course too.
My teaching is completely individualised to you - I make sure to understand where you are at, your learning pace, strengths, and weaknesses – and tailor my lesson to your specific needs. As your tutor, I find and address the gaps in your knowledge in the foundation of each topic, which allows complex concepts built upon it to be understood a thousand times easier. I also make sure to cover loads of exam style questions and quizzes, which students have found to be the most help in each lesson.
I strongly believe that each student’s best potential can be reached by working smart, not hard. Through my own experience, I have gained lots of tips for navigating the life of a high school student, and I would love to share them with you and see you succeed too!
Keen to talk to you soon :)
My name is Warren Du and I am a provisional medicine student currently undertaking my Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics with a current GPA of 6.9.
A little about myself,
✔️ Currently studying Mathematics and Medicine
✔️ 99th UCAT Percentile
✔️ 99th GAMSAT Percentile (100 Section 3)
✔️ Achieved ATAR of 99.15
✔️ Sydney Boys Graduate
✔️ Have 3 years of Private Tutoring experience
While I am all of the above, this is far from myself back in high school. I had to work through trial and error to see which studying habits work and what didn't. Furthermore, I was caught off guard by the changing syllabus. I also didn't really know what I wanted to study at the time, but I wanted options to be available.
But I pulled myself from being ranked 125 to a Top 10 student in a Top 10 selective highschool in NSW to averaging a 6.65 GPA in one of the most competitive universities in Australia.
Realising that taking notes and brute forcing them into your memory a few days before the exam is not only highly inefficient but also stressful. Understanding the principles and absorbing the content via active recall principles.
I'll be constantly testing you and giving you my cues and tips - exam time management, weekly time management, avoiding careless mistakes and written responses.
It's incredibly important that your learning is supplemented by a encouraging and empathetic teacher that can understand what you are going through. However, a student's success is determined 70% by the student and 30% by the teacher. I guarantee my 30% but you must give me your 70% and together we can succeed.
Well, there are many factors that can help you answer this question. The main one is to really know yourself and which areas you might be struggling with. If you recently got an unexpected mark for an exam, but you knew it was because you didn’t study properly as opposed to not understanding the content, then perhaps you don’t need a tutor for that HSC subject. However, if you are feeling as though you do not understand the content in a particular HSC course, even when your teacher and perhaps peers have explained it to you, it might be a good idea to consider getting a HSC tutor.
A good HSC tutor will have a variety of qualities, but here’s the top 3 things that makes a fantastic HSC tutor! Compassionate: A good HSC tutor will understand the struggle that comes along with sitting the HSC, and can empathise with the stress that you may be experiencing at a given time. Understanding and patience: A good HSC tutor will understand that some topics are just difficult to grasp on the first go, and will be more than happy to work with you to ensure that you understand each and every topic in full capacity. Friendly: A good HSC tutor will not really have the distant relationship you might have with some of your teachers – they will be more like a friend who can offer support whether this be emotional or academic, and help you along with many aspects of school other than academics such as organisation and extracurriculars.
When deciding what subjects you want to get a tutor for, it is always a good idea to sit down, and take a look at the subjects you are struggling in the most, or the ones that you feel are your weakest. Based on this, you can try to assess whether you feel as though you will be able to pull through during the year and fill in any gaps in your knowledge on your own, or whether you would prefer to have a mentor to help guide you through the process. If you resonate with the second option, then maybe it’s time to start searching for a tutor for that subject!
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