After months of learning, assessments and study, Year 12 students across the region were relieved to get their first HSC exam out of the way.
The Advanced and Standard English exams were sat on Thursday, October 13 by students all over NSW.
While most students were glad to have got it out of the way, some Shoalhaven High School students were surprised by the structure of the exam.
“The structure was a bit weird, it’s not what we prepared for but it wasn’t too bad,” Meg Dunnett said.
“Normally the questions are structured in 2, 3, 3, 5 marking weight but the exam followed a 2,3,4,6. I think the four mark question threw a lot of people because we’ve never had a four mark question before.
“Thankfully the essay question was really good for the texts we did. So overall I’m happy with it.”
The first exam was daunting for students but with the right preparation and attitude most got through the questions relatively happy.
“It was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be,” Jessica Green said.
“Some of the questions weren’t what I was expecting but I prepared for tricky questions in my study and I think I did alright.”
Study is a vital part of exam preparation and every student has their own methods for retaining information. Meg sticks to the norm, taking notes and remembering quotes whereas Jessica has a sweeter method.
“I hide chocolates at the end of each chapter in my textbooks as motivation,” she said.
“Each time I finish a chapter or answer test questions right I reward myself with sweets.
“It’s worked pretty well so for me so far so I’ll continue to use it through the coming weeks.”
Both girls have their sights set on university in the future and are aware of the many pathways that lead there.
“I recently acquired early entry to UOW for Pre-medicine so I just have to maintain my grades and I’ll be there next year,” Meg said.
The HSC exam period will continue until Friday, November 4.