LITERACY HAS FALLEN: How to Rescale the Learning Ladder
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LITERACY HAS FALLEN: How to Rescale the Learning Ladder

“The fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” – Aristotle   Today I write to you about something that worries me deeply. Literacy has fallen. Aussie kids are meant to be living in a place that gives them the opportunity to have one of the best standards of education in the entire world….

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Context for a HSC English Essay: How to Guide

Context. There’s a great word! But what is it? If you are an Advanced or Extension student, you have probably been wondering about how to use context for a HSC English essay. Let’s start with the basics. Regardless of the complexity of a topic, every piece of learning in the study of English as a…

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How to Prepare for the HSC English Trials

One of the great sadistic joys that a teacher can feel each year is watching students dodge, dip, dive, duck, and dodge away from their responsibilities as the exam period looms closer and closer.  Where I see most students falter is in their dismal lack of planning for the HSC English trials. The Higher School…

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Video Lesson – SparkNotes vs reading texts

There is no denying  that reading sure can be a chore. Before 1990 or in other words ancient history, people didn’t have the internet freely available to give them a video lesson or information by the bucket. In this age books were the obvious choice for the consumption of ideas. Thankfully, we no longer need…

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HSC Notes – Take Note!

It’s a trope of this postmodern century and millenarian End-Times world that just about everything is designated as an “art” or “art-form”. Think “sandwich artists”, as if a stuffed roll, toasted or not, could suggest anything about your meagre existence other than its primal appetitive drives. Do we really think that munching on leavened bread…

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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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HSC Stress Management

The HSC is sometimes, unhelpfully, billed as one of the most significant years of your life, a year that will determine the outcome of your ENTIRE life, and its success and happiness. Stress, a peculiarly human psychological phenomenon, is frequently the result of seemingly unbearable pressures imposed on us.   The success of your HSC,…

Memory Retention and learning in HSC English

Memory Retention and learning in HSC English

I can’t forget, but I don’t remember what… The psychology of Memory Retention In your final year of High School you’ll come up against more than just your fellow students’ ambitions, parental pressure, the expectations of bureaucrats (your princi-“pal”) and the cryptic code of the Board of Studies syllabus. You’ll come up against yourself. Like…

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Learning Styles

The way we learn isn’t always straightforward – our personalities and learning styles have a lot to do with how we process and retain information. According to the VAK Learning Model, there are three main types of learning: Visual Visual learners go by a basic concept: “Show me and I will understand”. This means that…