Area of Study: Belonging

Surviving the HSC Trials

In an act of supreme mercy on the part of our educational system, you don’t just sit the HSC once, you get to sit it twice. Yes, celebrate good times, come on, you’ve got the HSC trials coming up!   Now is a good time to work with a tutor to quickly identify exactly how…

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Define a Thesis Statement

Being able to define a thesis statement is an imperative skill in the HSC. The success of your English essay almost entirely hinges on how good your THESIS is. Your essay should be understood as an extended exposition of your thesis, with every point being a further piece of evidence in favour of it. All our…

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The Secret to Superb Creative Writing in the HSC

Creative Writing in the HSC is the skill that is least conducive to pre-planning, and in contrast to a strong essay, eludes precise, mathematical understanding. This is because the success of your creative writing piece will depend heavily on how spontaneous and genuinely expressive it is of your concerns and ultimately your own self. Sadly,…

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HSC Success Tips: Starting Early and Achieving Success

Studying Success Start Early

Success can mean many things to different people. Whether it is our personal goal or where we want to be in life motivating us, there are a few key ways to get through the HSC victorious. Different subjects have different methods of study, so let’s go through the 3 main ones you will come across…

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Analysing Visual Texts

Analysing visual texts can seem daunting… Especially when it comes to essays. How can a simple image or picture book be broken down into a long-winded analysis? It’s easier than you think. Following are some techniques you can use when breaking down images to their basic elements: Body Language/Gaze This is for images with people…

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BELONGING AND PLACE – Oliver Twist

(with close reference to Chapter 8 – Oliver Walks to London, and Encounters on the Road a Strange Sort of Young Gentleman) The Area of Study requires students to explore the ways in which the concept of belonging is represented in and through texts. Lucky for us, belonging is an open-ended term that can be…

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