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Supporting students with the inevitable ‘post trials slump’

Supporting students with the inevitable ‘post trials slump’

It is inevitable that once students put down that pen after their last trial exam that they are going to want to run away from the HSC and have a (well deserved) break.  BUT before you throw in the towel on Mount HSC - this is the most important time to demonstrate your GRIT, and utilise your vision to motivate you into finishing this last leg of the climb to the peak of Mount HSC. After 4500 + days of school since kindergarten, HSC students have less than 90 days until it is all over. We...

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Tips to get you ready for the exam room (Part 1)

Tips to get you ready for the exam room (Part 1)

Preparing for the exam room  Being ready for the exam conditions requires a number of steps rather than simply walking into the exam room and miracuously performing at your highest level in your HSC Trial Exams or Final HSC Exams.    The first step to move a...

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Tips to get you ready for the exam room part 2

Tips to get you ready for the exam room part 2

When it comes to time spent studying, many students will measure their success based on how long they were able to spend at their desk. However, effective study is all about quality over quantity, and the students who perform best in exams are the ones who study most...

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Conquering your Mount HSC

Conquering your Mount HSC

Conquering your Mount HSC    At CoWorks, we often use the metaphor that the HSC is like a mountain. We break the mountain up into four basecamps - term 1, term 2, term 3, term 4. After you’ve hit the basecamps you get the opportunity to summit the mountain with...

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Adapting to virtual learning

Adapting to virtual learning

Over the past year, and more recently the past few weeks, students have been forced to move their learning online. At CoWorks, we think this is an incredible opportunity to build resilience, flexibility, grit, and adapt to the changing world around us!    Virtual...

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How to succeed with essay writing in HSC English

How to succeed with essay writing in HSC English

English, whether Standard or Advanced, is the only HSC subject required to be completed by every student in NSW. As a result, many students tend to find themselves in a negative ‘away state’ about English, in particular essay writing. This often boils down to students...

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100 Days to go!

100 Days to go!

After approximately 4200 days of schooling – you only have 100 days to go! Yes, the next 100 days will be tricky and challenging, but with only 100 days to go, make sure you finish with no regrets. Having perspective through visualising this final stretch as one last...

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How to stay motivated ahead of the trial exams

How to stay motivated ahead of the trial exams

With the delay of Trial Exams in Sydney thanks to the Lockdown, maintaining motivation and momentum to continue your exam preparation is certainly a challenge! Motivation is the key to HSC success – but it’s not so easy, especially during a lockdown. At CoWorks we...

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welcome to the world of virtual university

welcome to the world of virtual university

A typical week of virtual uni Although it often feels a bit isolating, a typical week of ‘virtual’ or online university is much less frantic than attending university in person. Instead of travelling across town in peak-hour traffic, rushing from one end of campus to...

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Stay motivated. engage your vision!

Stay motivated. engage your vision!

One of the biggest challenges for a year 11 and 12 student is getting and staying motivated to put in the hard yards to produce their best possible results. At HSC CoWorks, motivating students to work even when they don't want to is embedded in everything we do. From...

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What is ‘rescuing’ and why you should avoid it

What is ‘rescuing’ and why you should avoid it

  Developing resilience and a sense of curiosity in students is one of our primary missions at HSC CoWorks! We encourage students to use the HSC to develop the skill of "Owning it" so that they can ultimately take responsibility for their own success, including...

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Developing the skill of essay writing

Developing the skill of essay writing

Fergus Gardiner, Founder of HSC CoWorks + an English and Modern History Teacher, outlines the secret to writing a strong HSC Essay in this video and also highlights WHY essay writing is a critical skill for students to develop at school and take with them into the...

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WHY MINDSET IS SO IMPORTANT IN ACHIEVING A GREAT HSC RESULT

WHY MINDSET IS SO IMPORTANT IN ACHIEVING A GREAT HSC RESULT

  Why mindset is so important in achieving a great HSC result! In this video Jesse outlines the importance of mindset in achieving your desired HSC result.  In order to unleash your full potential, you must first free yourself of any limitations, and realise the...

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Why Virtual Learning is here to stay

Why Virtual Learning is here to stay

FERGUS ON VIRTUAL LEARNING  In this video, Fergus (our Founder) explains the incredible benefits virtual learning has had on students. He notes that it has been a major breakthrough in supporting students individually rather than as a mass.  HSC CoWorks provides HSC...

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How our ‘ZOOM AN HSC EXPERT’ Functionality works

How our ‘ZOOM AN HSC EXPERT’ Functionality works

  FERGUS ON ZOOM AN EXPERT In this video, Fergus (our Founder) explains our 'Zoom an Expert' function and its incredible benefits for students and teachers alike. On top of 5 hours face to face coaching a week and 24/7 online support, students can book in to one...

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Why some students underperform in the exam room

Why some students underperform in the exam room

Why do some students underperform in the exam room despite putting in hours and hours of hard work?   This is something we see when students arrive at HSC CoWorks. There is a lot of frustration and occasionally feelings of being demoralised because a student has put...

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Why eating your frogs is so important

Why eating your frogs is so important

  Why eating your frogs is so important! In this video Jesse outlines what a frog task is and why they are so important. For an HSC student, frog tasks are the hardest or most challenging tasks that they do not want to do, such as a practice essay or working on...

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Why is grit so important?

Why is grit so important?

Why is GRIT so important? In this video, Jesse discusses the importance of displaying grit in the form of perseverance and resilience when faced with obstacles. It is inevitable that HSC students will face setbacks and challenges along the way, but they should embrace...

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HSC CoWorks Founder speaks to the AFR

HSC CoWorks Founder speaks to the AFR

Debate runs rings around figures for schools Australia’s debates over falling standards of education seem endless and circular despite the constantly increased funding. Why is it so hard to get the right answers? Sarah Mitchell is blunt about the failure of...

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Introducing the CoWorks Achievement Badges

Introducing the CoWorks Achievement Badges

We are excited to announce our latest engagement feature of the HSC CoWorks student portal with the introduction of ‘achievement badges’!  Students are now awarded achievement badges for reaching specific milestones with their output produced and overall engagement...

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