To really reach your ATAR goals, you need to ace English Advanced. In this guide, we give you the step-by-step advice you need to get Band 6 results.
This Beginner’s Guide to Acing HSC English is designed to make the study of English practical and straightforward. We want to take the mystery and ambiguity out of Stage 6 English for you.
You can navigate through the different parts of this Guide using the panel on the left if you are on desktop, or the chapter drop-down at the top of your screen on mobile.
In this guide, we will show you how to approach the study of English for HSC success including:
The journey from Year 11 through to Year 12 is called Stage 6 by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES). Stage 6 is meant to be a steady transition from learning how to engage in an advanced study of texts in Year 11 through to a confident and more complex application of these skills in Year 12.
Many students feel that English is ambiguous or requires innate skills. This isn’t the case.
The study of English is as practical and straightforward as other subjects, like those from STEM subjects. You just need to be methodical in how you approach the subject. The most difficult part of studying English for Stage 6 is allocating enough time to the subject to study effectively and thoroughly.
Students need to be systematic in their approach to the subject if they want to succeed in Year 11 and then in Year 12 English. This means engaging with the subject in a step-by-step manner. This is why we’ve used step-by-step processes throughout this guide.
Students Currently in Year 12 will still find much of this guide very useful. In fact, the only part they should skip is Part 1: The Year 11 Modules.
The process we will guide you through can be visualised like this:
Each Section of this guide focuses on an important aspect of Stage 6 and the process shown in the flowchart above:
Before we get into the steps of the guide. It may help you to understand the structure of English in Years 11 and 12.
Current 2018 Year 12 HSC students will be on the following HSC Journey.
Those students currently in Year 11 or starting Year 11 after 2018 will take the following journey through Stage 6 from Year 11 to the HSC in Year 12:
From teaching over thousands of students in the last 18 years, we have identified the common issues that Year 11 and Year 12 English students struggle with. Some of these issues stem from organisation skills, others from their approach to the subject.
Below is a list of these common issues, if you have a specific concern you need help with, click on the text below and that will take you to that specific part of the guide:
This guide is meant to be practical. To that end, it follows the journey of Stage 6 English through to the HSC Exam. Wherever possible we have provided detailed examples and step-by-guides that utilise the experience that we have developed over the past 18 years in helping thousands of students realise their academic goals.
Next, in part 1 we’ll give you insights into how Matrix students are taught to analyse their texts for Year 11 and 12.
However, if you are in Year 12 you will want to jump through to Part 2: Reading and Analysing Texts.
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