Humanities Study Tips

Aboriginal Studies, Ancient , Modern and Extension History, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies

In his book, The Art of War, the ancient Chinese general, military strategist, philosopher and writer, Sun Tzu, states “….if you know your opponent and you know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” Sage advice indeed. As you approach the final stages of your HSC journey, the question is:  What can you now do to enhance your prospects of success?

With Sun Tzu’s advice in mind, thorough preparation provides the key to success; know your own strengths and weaknesses, and study your opponent carefully to learn more about him and anticipate his moves……bringing this into the realm of HSC preparation, know where you need to improve and familiarise yourself intimately with the nature of past papers; study the questions and wording carefully, look for patterns and trends and, above all, write practice responses. This is the best form of preparation that you can do in the lead up to the Trial HSC and the HSC itself.  Class time may well have been set aside to do this. Even so, set aside your own time to practise answering questions to past papers. Your teachers are more than willing to mark these and, importantly, provide valuable feedback. Study the NESA syllabus documents that you should have for each subject. These documents are crucial as you prepare for the examinations which lie ahead. They provide you with an outline of what you need to know. They are your checklist. It’s time to revisit these syllabus documents and ensure that your study and revision notes have covered the dot points listed. 

Sun Tzu’s Art of War has influenced military commanders and military campaigns from ancient times to the present. It has also delivered resounding results in politics, sport, business, and the HSC.