Ready to ACE Chemistry? Study Tips for HSC Chemistry This Year!

Ready to ACE Chemistry? Study Tips for HSC Chemistry This Year!

This article has been written by Nicole Galhardi, a Years 7-10 English, Science, Maths, HSC English Adv/Std/ESL, HSC Chemistry, HSC Physics, HSC Spanish (Beg/Cont/Ext.1) and HSC Japanese Beginners Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Nicole then please check out her page here.


The HSC Chemistry exam is almost here! Make sure you maximise your chance of achieving your personal best! Here are a few tips that personally helped me alleviate the stress and allowed me to feel more confident before my exam.

  1. Understand before memorising:

I have seen plenty of students spending countless hours trying to perfectly memorise every aspect of the syllabus. Even though it is significant to remember key points and formulae, understanding them is more important! The HSC exam is designed to test your knowledge, which means that most questions require you to apply what you know rather than just repeat it.

An example of this are questions relating to hypothetical scenarios or experiments. When facing these questions, memorising something won’t help you, since you need to apply certain topics/concepts to the given scenario. If you don’t understand how the chemistry of that concept works, you won’t be able to answer those questions properly.

  1. Test yourself:

A great way to ensure you understand a complicated concept or process, such as the depletion of Ozone in the atmosphere, is to ask a friend to hear you out. It must be someone that doesn’t know about the topic in detail. Proceed to explain how the depletion of Ozone works, what caused it and the significance of it for our society/environment. If by the end of your explanation they understand it and you were able to talk about it confidently and concisely, congratulations! You have understood and memorised the concept!

After a study session, you can draw a mind map without notes. Write the topic, then draw arrows coming out of it, start with definitions and key words. The second arrow should describe key aspects. The third one the chemistry behind it, etc. This will help you visualise how much you know about the topic and which areas you need to reinforce!

  1. Base your notes around the syllabus’ dot-points:

HSC Science subjects require students to know the respective syllabuses inside out. This is crucial, because all questions are derived from them! Chemistry is no exception. This means that if you centre your notes on the syllabus and cover every single point, no question can take you by surprise!

I personally organised my notes following the dot-points, writing the corresponding information below them.

  1. Colourful, handwritten and organised notes rock!

Despite them taking longer, it has been scientifically proven than handwriting your notes can help you memorise them faster! Adding different colours for topics, key points, formulae and descriptions can go a long way, since it’s easier for your brain to locate and recall important information when you’re re-reading your notes! Add diagrams, drawings, anything that helps you to understand!

  1. Practice, practice, practice!

Once you’ve finished your notes, understood the topics and memorised important formulae, it’s time to practice! Get your hands on as many past papers and practice questions as you can. Ask your teacher and your tutor to give you questions. There’s no such thing as too much practice! The more you practice, the easier it becomes for you to answer questions. Practice makes perfect, remember? Keep in mind that questions derive from the syllabus, therefore most questions are similar! So, there’s a chance you’ll get questions that you’ve answered before, making the exam less stressful!

 

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How to balance the HSC and Life!

How to balance the HSC and Life!

This article has been written by Nadia Hurst, an HSC Standard and Advanced English & HSC Society and Culture Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Nadia then please check out her page here.


With such busy schedules, it is no wonder that students get stuck trying to balance everyday lives and study during the HSC. It is important to establish early on how you will manage your time efficiently and reward yourself afterwards.

 

  1. Identify your learning style early on during Year 12. Maximise your efficiency in order to spend less time on study with better results. If you are a visual learner, keep lots of mind-maps on hand. If you prefer auditory learning, record your notes and listen to them on the bus or train commute. We tend to write all of our notes because it is convenient, but this might be a time-waster for some people.

 

  1. Create a schedule with key dates. This will enable you to pencil in classes, assessment deadlines and important events so that you can organise time around them. You can also add long-term goals, such as being accepted into your university of choice or travelling to another country, which will motivate you to work hard during HSC.

 

  1. Never study when you’re stressed or sleepy. The truth is, you won’t be able to retain as much knowledge anyway. Organise to go to a natural place to relax like the park or the beach. Spend some time mindlessly watching television or with family if you need. Only come back to study when you are ready and alert.

 

  1. Join a club or society and have some time where you all participate you find really interesting. Your school might offer them, otherwise there’s always the local community.

 

  1. Be flexible with your time. If friends want to meet up or hang out, try and turn it into a study-date or agree to eat and relax first, before going to someone’s house or the library to study. Try and surround yourself with friends who are motivated, and they will keep you on track without much effort on your part.

 

  1. Get lots of sleep. We’re told this constantly, but the truth is, your mind cannot help you to the best of its ability unless it has been successfully recharged. If you struggle with time-management, try to give yourself a deadline when studying at night-time and turn off all electronics before you go to bed.

 

  1. Use your holidays as a reward for smashing out a term of study and organise holidays or save up money to really enjoy them. Enjoy time with the friends you make during the HSC, because you’ve experienced so much together.

 

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If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: 5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!,The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Year 12: It’s Not What You Think and Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

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Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

Study Tips for HSC English This Year!

This article has been written by Samantha Black, an HSC English Tutor.


With HSC getting closer, this can be a pretty stressful time of year. And for a lot of students, English in particular is quite daunting, as it’s not only the first exam (and there are two of them!), but there’s also a fair bit of content to cover. But I’ve got you covered! These tips, whether you’re a Standard, Advanced, or Extension student, will help you get prepared for the English papers.

  1. Know your quotes! One of the most important things in any English essay is having plenty of textual evidence to support your argument. But for a lot of students, remembering a bunch of quotes can be a challenge. The best thing to do is to start learning them now – you’re much more likely to remember things that are locked away in long-term memory than to try to pluck them from short-term memory if you’ve been cramming the night before. Try to go over your quotes every day – write them out, read them out loud, listen to a recording of yourself saying them, even tape your quote list to the outside of the shower door! Not only will you feel a lot more confident heading into the exam, but remembering the quotes in the order you plan to structure your argument will help you remember what you want to say next.
  2. Know the rubric! The AOS and the modules all have their own rubrics which can be found online on the NESA site. If you haven’t already done so, spend some time familiarising yourself with these! Not only will this help you to deepen your understanding of each topic, but it’ll actually help you to prepare for the essay question you’ll get in your HSC. The questions they give you have to come from the rubric (although Module B is a little more broad because it can be anything from the text you’re prescribed), so if you know the rubric and how it relates to your prescribed and related texts, you’ll be good to go!
  3. Do practise essays! You can find past HSC questions on the NESA site, and your school might be able to provide you with past trial papers too. Use these questions and write practise essays under timed conditions. This will help prepare you for the exam and also give you a sense of how much you’re able to write in 40 minutes. Plus, you’ll start to notice patterns/recurring themes in the sorts of questions they generally ask for each section. Most importantly, though, get feedback! Whether it’s a teacher, tutor, family member, or friend, get someone to read over your essay and give you advice on how to improve!

While these tips might seem basic, they were absolute lifesavers to me when I did my HSC in 2016. If you follow them, and constantly put in the effort, you’ll be putting yourself in a solid position for your exams.

Good luck!

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5 Ways to Best Prepare for the HSC!

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This article has been written by Jenson Barker, a BSSS/HSC English, Geography, Legal Studies and History Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Jenson then please check out her page here.


The HSC is more than a test of intelligence – it is also a measurement of a variety of other factors such as self-control, time management and calmness under stress. Success in the HSC depends on your ability to balance your own particular lifestyle with the academic demands of assessments and exams. To achieve high results in the HSC, you must prepare in a variety of ways.

  1. Create a timetable

Timetables are among the best ways of managing your time. This method allows you to both organise the times when you will be completing school work, assessments or studying and the other times when you will be doing leisurely activities. Timetables will hopefully structure your life in a way that enhances your productivity while reducing stress.

  1. Practice a Variety of Memorisation Techniques

The HSC will require you to take in allot of information and process many abstract concepts. To meet the demands of the HSC it is necessary to hone in on your own ways of memorising information. The integration of techniques such as mnemonics and memory palace (also known as method of loci) would be highly beneficial to your own information retention as a student.

  1. Become Familiar with Each of Your Syllabi

Knowledge of what is contained in each of the syllabi in your courses is paramount to success in the HSC. It is essential that you structure your notes around the core topics and ideas outlined in the syllabus in order to increase your own knowledge of what the course requires you to do.

  1. Constantly Practice your Essay Writing

Essay writing may be an important part of most of your HSC subjects. Therefore, it is necessary that you are writing regularly based on topics outlined in your syllabus or past essay questions from HSC papers.

  1. Seek Feedback Regularly

High achievers consistently seek feedback about their work from teachers, peers and tutors. The key is that you must learn how to best incorporate feedback into your current work. This will allow you to improve over time and increase your performance just in time for the final HSC exams.

To get in contact with HSC tutors and other tutors in Sydney from LearnMate, please learn more here.

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How to Study for HSC English & HSC English Advanced – The Three Common FAQs!

How to Study for HSC English & HSC English Advanced – The Three Common FAQs!

This article was written by Mitchell Thomas, a HSC English & HSC English Advanced tutor. You can see more about Mitchell's tutoring services here.


  1. How do I get my responses to an A range?

Look at the marking criteria. Teachers give this out for a reason. Look at the requirements for a high level response. It’ll take a good deal of patience and time until you master it because this sort of thing isn’t easy. You have to shake your old habits and form new ones all while answering a given question or writing a response to a given statement.

Think about what you want to say. Think about how you will say it. Think about quotes, techniques or the like that support what you are saying. Placing a quote in your essay that has nothing to do with your central point will bring your mark down. Many students make this mistake so avoid it at all costs.

2. How can I do better in exams?

Pick up your pen and start practising your handwriting. It sounds like something you’d expect a primary school student to do. But given that more and more students now type their notes and assignments up on computer, handwriting is slowly becoming a lost art. The amount of time it takes to handwrite a sentence could take as long as it does to type out an entire paragraph! Despite this, your exams are still handwritten.

Practicing under “exam conditions” is the best solution. You need to recall as much information as possible in an exam under a timed scenario. Time is either your worst enemy or your best friend in an exam. As the old saying goes, “practise makes perfect”.

3. How do I express my ideas in a concise manner?

Students who have great ideas and insights will want to express them in the best way possible. Some fall into the trap of expressing a complex idea in an all too complex way. Ever had the experience of reading something you wrote and it make sense to you, only to be told it “makes no sense” by your friend or tutor? Fear not. Keep remembering that English isn’t just about ideas. How you express them is just as important.

Always express complex ideas simply. This will beat simple ideas expressed in a more complex way all the time. Once you’ve nailed that concept then you can start looking at “jazzing it up”. This is the trick to keeping your writing concise. Remember the difference between passive voice and active voice as well.

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