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Advice On Year 10 Subject Selections 

 

It’s that time of the year again and all of you Year 10 students are most likely wondering what are the best subjects to go into Year 11 with. Recently, I’ve spent some time interviewing our tutors and academic resource developers, all of whom have achieved very respectable results in the HSC, on what their thoughts are on subject selections going into Year 11.

Basically, there’s more to choosing your subjects then what scales well in the HSC. We’ve all heard of the Asian 5, and if you haven’t heard of them, well they are a combination of subjects most commonly chosen in Year 11 and 12 due to the fact that they scale quite well in the HSC. They include:

  • English (Advanced)
  • Mathematics Extension 2
  • Economics (Sometimes swapped out for Biology)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Whilst there is nothing inherently wrong with choosing these lists of subjects, it’s also important to consider the enjoyment and interest you have in the subject other than it’s scaling. It’s definitely easier to remain motivated and disciplined throughout the HSC when you enjoy what you’re learning, and in most cases, that’s what it takes to be a better performing student.

I’m here to share advice with you from some of our tutors and academic resource developers on subject selections for Year 10’s going to Year 11 Preliminary. Hopefully, what they have to say about subject selections will help you consider some more factors when choosing your subjects to help you make the right choice. Now, onto the SSEDU team!

 

George Han-McEvoy

2015 Graduate of Sydney Boys High School finishing with an ATAR of 98.20 and achieving 1st in his cohort for English Extension 1 in the process.

 

Subjects Studied:

  • English Advanced
  • English Extension 1
  • Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • History Extension
  • Economics

Advice for Year 10’s choosing their subject selections for Year 11:

Take into consideration what subjects you will most likely be doing in the HSC and also what field in university you would like to specialize in and study. Don’t be afraid to choose something you are slightly unsure about, but think you might enjoy in Year 11. It’s always possible to drop the subject before Year 12. So, don’t be afraid to take risks for something you think you’ll like and want to actually study for.

 

Martin S Phabmixay

Graduated in 2013 with an ATAR of 98.85 from The King’s School. Currently, studies a Double Bachelor of Liberal Studies and Commerce at The University of Sydney.

 

Subjects Studied:

  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2
  • English Advanced
  • English Extension 1
  • Legal Studies
  • Economics

Advice for Year 10’s choosing their subject selections for Year 11:

When I chose my subjects for Year 11, I really based it off what I was interested in and excited about doing. I knew that if I could enjoy studying those subjects, then finding the determination and discipline needed to go well in them would come more easily. To make things straight forward, I do recommend choosing any extension unit for your subject selections as they do scale quite well. You can always drop the extension unit at a later date if it isn’t for you, but I’m always a big recommender of giving yourself a bit of a challenge and to give yourself the opportunity to test your capabilities as a student.

 

Austin Ha

Graduated in 2014 with an ATAR of 96.15 from Bossley Park High School. Currently, studies a Bachelor of Commerce at The University of New South Wales.

 

Subjects Studied:

  • English Advanced
  • English Extension 1
  • Mathematics 2 Unit
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Legal Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Advice for Year 10’s choosing their subject selections for Year 11:

When choosing your subjects, I know it’s hard not to be influenced by what your hearing about scaling and the affects It will have for your ATAR, but my recommendation is to go for subjects you’ll enjoy. The best way to get the best marks are to simply choose and study the subjects you are genuinely interested in. Staying motivated and keeping a routine is easier when you actually enjoy learning the subject itself as well as studying it. As for how your subjects will affect your university? I say, don’t worry about it too much. Your subjects in High School only form a minimal portion of what you will cover in university, and even then it’s done in about 2 weeks in the first semester of your first year.

 

Final words!

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed what some of our Stepping Stones Tutors and Academic Resource Developers had to say about subject selections. It’s clear from this blog post that whilst you should still consider the scaling of the subject when choosing them for Year 11, it’s also important to consider curiosity and interest that you have for a subject as it can greatly affect your performance and motivation throughout your preliminary and HSC course!

If you have any questions you would like answered by our tutors or academic resource developers, then please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We’re more than happy to share our thoughts and opinions in discussion with you.

Good luck Year 10’s!

Meet the team

Interested in learning more about the individuals in this blog post? Then don’t forget to check out our Meet The Team page where you can find more information about Stepping Stones Education’s Tutors and Academic Resource Developers.

By Lisa Beaumont


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