How to Study Comparative Studies and Context | HSC English

Study Comparative Studies

Tegan explains about Study Comparative Studies.

  • Looking up Past Papers

    It’s important to realise that you must be self-directed about your studies and actively pursue practice papers and study opportunities outside of what is given to you by teachers and tutors. A great place to start is the Board of Studies past papers site: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc_exams/

    Even though the modules change periodically, you can still see the kinds of questions asked in comparative study and use them to construct some new questions for you to practice.

    It is also very important that you realise that a good English student – Band 5 and up – is not going to be reliant on one core essay for the exam – they are going to learn how to write essays on the spot, drawing from their study notes, rather than regurgitating a prepared essay.

  • Read and watch your ALL set texts

    Find out what all your remaining texts are, which module they are set for, and read or watch them. You’ll be able to get a copy from libraries or bookstores, or borrow (or download) most films. All poetry, speeches and short stories set are freely downloadable from the Board of Studies website.

    If you are having trouble finding a text, ask your teachers or tutors if they know where you can get a copy. This is the most important thing you can do. You should read your set texts more than once and become familiar with them before you start analysing them in class. You will pick up way more that way.

  • Begin looking for additional materials and academic notes

    For Critical study this might amount to critical essays, reviews or different productions or adaptations of your set text. For a thematic study like Discovery of Representation and Text, it’s simply a matter of finding two other pieces of literature which are suitable for your studies. Don’t wait until you start the unit – begin looking now.

  • Start to analyse the next topic

    Begin reading the module and syllabus descriptions and make mind maps or write analysis paragraphs on what you think the topic is about. It is expected that you memorise all your English syllabus rubrics. When you’re familiar with the set text you can start analysing it in terms of these module and elective ideas.

  • Come to the Holiday Program

    Prime’s holiday program is not considered a replacement for personal study, or an ‘extra’ to the in-term classes, but the practical component that complements the in-term lectures. More time and focus is given to essay writing skills and examination skills, and HSC- identical essay marking can also be arranged – ask when you book.

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