Four 2-Hour Lessons: HSC Exam Preparation – Skills and Practice
  • 10.00am-12.00pm
  • Monday-Thursday, 1-4 Oct 2018



  • Year 12 English Advanced Spring Holiday Course

    • Get ahead in the school holidays
    • Extra preparation for HSC Exams
  • Students Will Receive

    • 4 x 2 hour intensive practice lessons
    • Comprehensive work booklets
    • Fully worked solutions
    • Detailed feedback
  • Students Will Achieve

    • High level of confidence in topics learned
    • Ability to minimise careless mistakes
    • Maximised ATAR results

Discovery for the HSC exam through Year 12 English Advanced Spring Holiday Course

Getting Closure for your Area of Study

All your work on your Area of Study: Discovery should already be complete – all your study notes written, your personal thesis figured out, rubric memorised, several narratives drafted and edited, your additional material choices finalised. Theoretically, all that should be left to do between now and the HSC exam for Paper 1 is more essay and exam practice.

If you are not confident that you could sit for the Discovery part of the HSC exams right now, you are behind in your work and need to devote this holiday to bringing your personal study up to date. In this holiday program, there will be a brief recap of what you need to have accomplished for new students, then we will devote our time to refining our skills and exam practice.

We will cover:

• What to study for Discovery
• The Rubric and Key Concepts
• Guide to Writing Thesis Statements
• Structuring the essay and story
• A Paper 1 Discovery Exam

What to study for Discovery

Know your syllabus rubric

The rubric that the Board of Studies provides about Discovery is more than just a description of the subject. It outlines the ideas you are expected to be able to write about, just like the syllabus dot points for science or math subjects, and it is also where the essay questions for the HSC exams come from. You should memorise the whole description and keep re-reading it to analyse it for further possibilities of meaning. You should also summarise the major points or ideas in the rubric into a dot-point list as these are the ideas you have to be able to find and discuss each of your texts.

Write Study Paragraphs on the aspects of Discovery

The five major aspects of discovery are physical discovery, intellectual discovery, emotional discovery, creative discovery and spiritual discovery. There are also many other questions to consider – is it a new discovery or a re-discovery? There are roughly 14 aspects and questions in total that you need to consider for each text. Each study paragraph should have a subheading like ‘emotional discovery of the impacts of entrenched violence in ‘The Meatworks’ and should contain your analysis, and all the relevant techniques and quotes that you know. These paragraphs will eventually become essay paragraphs in your exams. You should have over 40 study paragraphs like this written, covering every aspect for every text, even when an aspect might not seem to be a prioritised theme in the text.

Compile a 1-2 A4 dot-point list of extra techniques and quotes for each text

You should know more quotes from your prescribed and additional texts than you ever intend to use. These extra quotes need to be attached to a technique and a brief explanation, and are supposed to help you in the event than none of your 40+ prepared paragraphs really answer the exam question – so they should be updated and consulted before assessments and exams.

Methodically edit all practice essays you have written on Discovery

Edit old assessment tasks and practice essays to improve their structure, content and sophistication, making sure they’re as perfect as you can make them. Then ask a tutor or teacher to take a look. Even though you can’t get any more marks once an assessment is over, applying the feedback straight away will increase your sophistication and your first draft next time will be better for it. Save a copy of all your fixed-up essays on your computer – a similar essay question may be asked in the future.

Write and Edit 3-5 narratives that cover the 5 aspects of Discovery

Each story should be a small, realistic narrative based on real people or events you are familiar with, follow a plot structure that explores ONE discovery theme, and give description that makes use of metaphors, similes, personification and symbolism. Edit these until they are sophisticated and attempt to memorise them for use in exams.

Area of Study Rubric: Discovery

Discovery can encompass the experience of discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed. Discoveries can be sudden and unexpected, or they can emerge from a process of deliberate and careful planning evoked by curiosity, necessity or wonder. Discoveries can be fresh and intensely meaningful in ways that may be emotional, creative, intellectual, physical and spiritual. They can also be confronting and provocative. They can lead us to new worlds and values, stimulate new ideas, and enable us to speculate about future possibilities. Discoveries and discovering can offer new understandings and renewed perceptions of ourselves and others.
An individual’s discoveries and their process of discovering can vary according to personal, cultural, historical and social contexts and values. The impact of these discoveries can be far-reaching and transformative for the individual and for broader society. Discoveries may be questioned or challenged when viewed from different perspectives and their worth may be reassessed over time. The ramifications of particular discoveries may differ for individuals and their worlds.
By exploring the concept of discovery, students can understand how texts have the potential to affirm or challenge individuals’ or more widely-held assumptions and beliefs about aspects of human experience and the world. Through composing and responding to a wide range of texts, students may make discoveries about people, relationships, societies, places and events and generate new ideas. By synthesising perspectives, students may deepen their understanding of the concept of discovery. Students consider the ways composers may invite them to experience discovery through their texts and explore how the process of discovering is represented using a variety of language modes, forms and features.

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(A) Mon-Thu, 01-04 Oct, 10.00am-12.00pm