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HSC students will benefit from study day


Zoe Satherley
16 June 2006
Organisers predict all Higher School Certificate students and their teachers will benefit from attending a study skills and HSC information day being held at Southern Cross University's Lismore campus on Thursday June 22.

The jam-packed day will focus on giving students and their teachers up-to-the-minute advice and insights into exactly what the examiners are looking for in terms of subject knowledge and how questions should be prepared for and answered.

Many areas will be covered from core subjects like English, Maths and Senior Science to Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Legal Studies, Retail, Visual Arts, Music, Business Studies, Physics, Biology and Modern and Ancient History.

There will also be sessions on topics as diverse as understanding how marking and the UAI index work, to a range of general study skills to assist students to maximise their opportunity for success in the HSC.

Admission to the sessions for students is via a pre-paid ticket available for $25 from any school with Year 12 classes. Last minute tickets can be purchased on the day from the Summerland Credit Union in Goodman Plaza at Southern Cross University. There is no charge for teachers.

All of the presenters are experts in their subject field with a distinguished teaching career. Many have a consistently high record of teaching the state's top students.

Their qualifications range from being current examiners and marking supervisors with the Board of Studies to being syllabus developers, HSC question setters, and advisers for the HSC Advice Line.

Up to 1000 HSC students and more than 100 teachers from Port Macquarie north to the Queensland border, and west to Glen Innes and Tenterfield, are expected to attend the sixth annual event, a joint initiative of Southern Cross University, the Department of Education, Employment and Training and Catholic Education.

HSC Day co-ordinator Marilyn Chaseling, director of projects at SCU's School of Education, said studying for the HSC was a particularly stressful experience for most students and that pressure was also felt by teachers who were keen to ensure that they were adequately equipped to give their students the best possible guidance.

“Teachers also feel under pressure at this time as they strive to ensure they are providing the right information to their students. These sessions can give them that extra confidence they need,” she said.

“Past student evaluations indicate that about 86 per cent of attendees believe the day is effective in assisting them to prepare for the HSC.”

Any students interested in attending should contact their career adviser, Year 12 adviser or school principal for further information.