You know that somewhere over the last six years of studying English at high school (and for that matter, before) you've learned about metaphors, and figurative language, and structure, and purpose and ..... well, all that stuff.
But, how do you actually remember it all when you need to??
Make the most of the last remaining weeks of school and read on for my list of 10 tips for being prepared to face that HSC English exam with confidence!
How do texts communicate meaning? Analysing concepts and language features.
2. Have a range of related texts for each module - Read more HERE for tips on selecting suitable related texts.
3. Summarise the language features of each of your prescribed AND related texts. Use my easy guide 1-2-3 Guide to Analysing Text Types.
General Tips for HSC Success
5. Make time for extra revision: Ideally, you've developed a routine of home revision and study by now. But, if that routine has only consisted of changing out of your school uniform and turning on your Facebook, well, as they say, better late than never. Do some serious scheduling to allow for some concentrated blocks of study time. Read more tips for effective studying HERE. And if finding time means getting up early or limiting your time socialising, then do so. You know you will have an extended break to look forward to shortly.
7. Illness or other issues getting in the way of trying to study? Seek help. If you are experiencing health or other issues that may affect your HSC, then let a teacher or school counsellor know. There are provisions for situations that severely impact your exam success - even if disaster strikes during the exam period. Don't suffer in silence and don't let circumstances get in the way of doing your best.
8. Use your teachers. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Each of your subject teachers are experts in their fields. Ask them for an appointment to talk through any problems with your school work. Take advantage of any study evenings/afternoons that your school has organised. Be responsible for YOUR learning.
9. Use online resources: You young whipper-snappers have no idea how easy the HSC is these days - not like when I was a girl ;-) Seriously though, while it's arguable that today's HSC requires a more sophisticated analysis of texts, there is a greater range of easily accessible resources that can help you prepare for it. For example:
Schoolatoz: This site is created by the NSW Department of Education, and includes lots of ideas aimed specifically at parents and how they can help their student prepare. It is general in nature and covers more than just English. However, I've highlighted the link to English resources.
BoredofStudies: This is a student online community, not to be confused (obviously :-) with the Board of Studies.
Charles Sturt University's HSC Online - offers a multitude of general study and subject-specific resources.
10. Practice, Practice, Practice - Make notes, plan practice essays, browse past papers HERE.