More than 72, 000 NSW students are counting down for the big day when the Board of Studies will release the 2013 Higher School Certificate results. December 14 marks an important moment in these young lives because the HSC results will help determine their future tertiary education. Whether they have chosen to attend TAFE, undertake an apprenticeship or convert their HSC mark to ATAR for university, the HSC results are important to every student.

**79% of Matrix Education’s Year 12 Students Achieve an ATAR of More than 90 in 2013**

Students look forward to seeing their names in the Merits List, and for most students an ATAR of 90 or higher would be great. At Matrix Education, they will help HSC students prepare and practice for it to achieve results above expectations. Every year, more than 79% of their Year 12 students from different high schools obtain more than 90 in their ATAR. Their specialised and advanced coaching curriculum in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology makes them NSW students’ best choice for a HSC tutoring school. They provide innovative teaching practices, state-of-the-art technology, skills mastery techniques, and other services, such as the ATAR calculator, accelerated curriculum, and supplementary resources.

**Matrix Education Offers Math Acceleration Courses**

If you’re one of the thousands of students who will be sitting for the HSC exam in the coming years and will be taking one of the Maths courses, then let Matrix Education assist you with their Year 9 and 10 Math Acceleration Courses.

For current Year 9 students who are accelerated in school, are highly ranked in their school’s Math group, or mastered most of the topics in Stage 4 Mathematics, Matrix Education’s Year 9 Math Acceleration Course provides them with a structured and rigorous course incorporating most of the core topics covered in the Stage 5.3 Course for Years 9 and 10 in five school terms. This will prepare them for Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 1 at the end of Year 11. At the end of this Acceleration Course, students are expected to learn and master the following concepts:

• Term 1 – Rational Numbers, Binomial Products, Algebraic Fractions, Indices and Surds

• Term 2 – Algebraic Factorisation, Linear Equations and Inequalities, Trigonometry

• Term 3 – Quadratic Equations, Coordinate Geometry, Geometry

• Term 4 – Simultaneous Equations, Trigonometry, Data Analysis

For current Year 10 students who are accelerated in school, are highly ranked in their school’s Math group, or are high performing students considering Maths Extension 1 or 2 in Year 11 and 12, Matrix Education’s Year 10 Acceleration Course provides students with a structured and rigorous course incorporating topics covered in the Stage 5.3 Course as well as topics from the Stage 6 Preliminary HSC Course. This will prepare Year 10 students who plan to sit for the Year 12 HSC Advanced Mathematics Course at the end of Year 11. At the end of this Acceleration Course, students are expected to learn and master the following concepts:

• Term 1 – Graphs, Curve Sketching, Functions and Logarithms

• Term 2 – Circle Geometry, Quadratic Polynomial

• Term 3 – Polynomials, Probability

• Term 4 – Roll over to Year 11 Mathematics Extension Course: Absolute Values, Inequalities, Trigonometric Ratios

These Math Acceleration Courses are intense programs, but they are suited for Year 9 and 10 students who find Math easy, want more challenges, and are going to choose to take HSC Mathematics courses.

**How hard would it be and, What would be the HSC scores for the following you’d need to achieve to get a >99 ATAR.
Biology, Chemistry, Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, English Standard
Thanks just curious **

**And by the way, would getting 2 Units of a VCE subject done before entering Year 11 necessarily help?. My friends say so
**

*Answer by Elektra*

Wait, are you talking about VCE or HSC? Are you in Victoria? (HSC isn’t used here…instead you’re given a study score for each subject, these scores are then scaled to form the ATAR). I’ll just presume you’re in Victoria – if not, ignore everything I say.

With those subjects, you’d have to get a study score of roughly 44 in each subject to get an ATAR of over 99. In case you don’t know, study scores represent your ranking compared to all the other students in Victoria who did the subject (people often get confused and think that the study score is your grade, but that’s not the case. Eg. someone can get a study score of 50 without having gotten 100% in all the assessment, if they’ve done the best in the subject out of everyone in Victoria).

Try putting possible scores into the ATAR calculator here: http://www.atarcalc.com/

And I would say it definitely helps to get VCE subjects out of the way as soon as possible, provided you’re prepared to put in the amount of study and work that is required. I’m in an accelerated learning program and my entire class had to do Legal Studies Units 1&2 in year 9. This year I was in Year 10 and did Legal 3&4 (with study score of 45!!). Even if you do badly, it definitely helps because you have one subject out of the way. So it means you can either do more subjects in total to improve your ATAR, or you can take less subjects the following year so there’s less pressure.

Good luck!

More than 72, 000 NSW students are counting down for the big day when the Board of Studies will release the 2013 Higher School Certificate results. December 14 marks an important moment in these young lives because the HSC results will help determine their future tertiary education. Whether they have chosen to attend TAFE, undertake an apprenticeship or convert their HSC mark to ATAR for university, the HSC results are important to every student.

**79% of Matrix Education’s Year 12 Students Achieve an ATAR of More than 90 in 2013**

Students look forward to seeing their names in the Merits List, and for most students an ATAR of 90 or higher would be great. At Matrix Education, they will help HSC students prepare and practice for it to achieve results above expectations. Every year, more than 79% of their Year 12 students from different high schools obtain more than 90 in their ATAR. Their specialised and advanced coaching curriculum in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology makes them NSW students’ best choice for a HSC tutoring school. They provide innovative teaching practices, state-of-the-art technology, skills mastery techniques, and other services, such as the ATAR calculator, accelerated curriculum, and supplementary resources.

**Matrix Education Offers Math Acceleration Courses**

If you’re one of the thousands of students who will be sitting for the HSC exam in the coming years and will be taking one of the Maths courses, then let Matrix Education assist you with their Year 9 and 10 Math Acceleration Courses.

For current Year 9 students who are accelerated in school, are highly ranked in their school’s Math group, or mastered most of the topics in Stage 4 Mathematics, Matrix Education’s Year 9 Math Acceleration Course provides them with a structured and rigorous course incorporating most of the core topics covered in the Stage 5.3 Course for Years 9 and 10 in five school terms. This will prepare them for Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 1 at the end of Year 11. At the end of this Acceleration Course, students are expected to learn and master the following concepts:

• Term 1 – Rational Numbers, Binomial Products, Algebraic Fractions, Indices and Surds

• Term 2 – Algebraic Factorisation, Linear Equations and Inequalities, Trigonometry

• Term 3 – Quadratic Equations, Coordinate Geometry, Geometry

• Term 4 – Simultaneous Equations, Trigonometry, Data Analysis

For current Year 10 students who are accelerated in school, are highly ranked in their school’s Math group, or are high performing students considering Maths Extension 1 or 2 in Year 11 and 12, Matrix Education’s Year 10 Acceleration Course provides students with a structured and rigorous course incorporating topics covered in the Stage 5.3 Course as well as topics from the Stage 6 Preliminary HSC Course. This will prepare Year 10 students who plan to sit for the Year 12 HSC Advanced Mathematics Course at the end of Year 11. At the end of this Acceleration Course, students are expected to learn and master the following concepts:

• Term 1 – Graphs, Curve Sketching, Functions and Logarithms

• Term 2 – Circle Geometry, Quadratic Polynomial

• Term 3 – Polynomials, Probability

• Term 4 – Roll over to Year 11 Mathematics Extension Course: Absolute Values, Inequalities, Trigonometric Ratios

These Math Acceleration Courses are intense programs, but they are suited for Year 9 and 10 students who find Math easy, want more challenges, and are going to choose to take HSC Mathematics courses.

In 2013, there were more than 70,000 students who attempted the Higher School Certificate (HSC) exam. 70, 448 students received a result in at least one HSC course; 65, 146 students were awarded the HSC; and 54, 242 students were eligible to receive the ATAR. There were 107 individual students who received awards for coming first in 108 courses; 7 of these students placed first in two courses.

For 2013, a record number of 72, 391 NSW students have taken the HSC exam. Who will make the All-Rounders List, Distinguished Achievers List, and Top Achievers in Course List? Everyone’s anticipation is growing as the release of results approaches on December 14th with ATAR calculators at the ready.

Effective Study Habits: For Better HSC Mark, ATAR and Uni Life

The key to achieving a top score is to “study smart, not hard”. If you have been studying effectively, you will definitely achieve a higher mark. Your study habits and skills for the past years are your keys to success, not just in taking the HSC exam but also throughout your tertiary education. You have to follow your own study techniques based on your learning style. There are several ways to study but it’s best not to copy other people’s studying style because it may work for them, but not for you. So choose the process which works best for you. A good combination of following your schools class schedule, effective self-study habits, efficient time management, and a quality tutoring school like Matrix Education will prepare you for the rigors of school life – and even give you an added edge in discipline and organisation when you eventually join the work force.

Becoming a high achiever takes time, practice and diligence.

If you’re committed to your goals, you’ll have to work for it. Here are some general study techniques which you can adapt or modify to suit your learning style:

• Study Schedule

o Proper time management matters because every hour counts.

o A well planned schedule saves time as you balance your school, social, personal and study life.

o A good study period is the time of day when you’re well rested and alert.

o Don’t be afraid to change your schedule if it helps develop your study habits.

o Allocate time in the most productive manner because free time can end up as wasted time.

• Study Environment

o Choose a comfortable place that’s not distracting. Avoid crowded and noisy areas if you’re easily distracted by sound and movement around you.

o Avoid getting interrupted during your study period by turning off your phone, your social media applications, and your TV.

• Study Strategies

o Build effective thinking skills that suit you.

* SQ3R method – Survey what you have to study; Question the what, why, how, when, who and where of your subject matter; Read actively by taking note of the bold, italicised or specially emphasised text, tables, graphs and illustrations; Recite what you have read to recall what you have read and studied; Review what you have covered and go over your notes to clarify points you don’t clearly understand.

* Note-taking – Take accurate and concise lecture notes. Jot down key words or phrases instead of long sentences. After the lecture, reorganise them into your own words. Revise your notes accordingly for easy review later on.

Study skills are not developed overnight. But having good study habits will get you through your student life achieving the results you desire, and will set the standard for your future career.