StudentsWelcome to the Society and Culture Association website eTutorial section for students.
Navigating your way through this introduction you will find material designed to support you as a student of Society and Culture. By the time you reach the HSC examination period you should have a thorough knowledge of the Stage 6 Society and Culture syllabus and be ready to apply your new knowledge to unseen questions developed by the BOSTES.
The tutorials in Society and Culture on our website are intended to extend and support your knowledge by guiding you through specific examples for some of the syllabus content.
This introduction section contains study tips to help support you as you prepare for the HSC examination. You will find ideas for organising and summarising your class notes, activities to check your knowledge of examination key terms and web links to help you prepare for the examination.
To assist the process of completing your Personal Interest project you will also find web links to support your planning and writing.
In this section you will find study tips to help support you as you prepare for the HSC examination. You will also find ideas for organising and summarising your class notes, activities to check your knowledge of examination key terms and web links to help you prepare for the examination.
Below you will find depth study tutorials that are intended to extend and support your knowledge by guiding you through specific examples for some of the syllabus content.
Six Study Suggestions to prepare for the exam:
- Have a thorough understanding of the syllabus which is available from the NSW Board of Studies:
- To gain a thorough knowledge of the Society and Culture content and to be exam ready, an understanding of the syllabus is needed.
- You need to be very familiar with each bullet point of the syllabus. If you don't have a copy of the syllabus, download one.
- Click here to find the syllabus
- Have a good understanding of the layout of the exam paper for Society and Culture:
Understanding the layout of the examination for Society and Culture helps to prepare you for the exam. You will need to follow the recommended times for completing each of the three sections of paper e.g.
- Section 1 allow about 40 minutes
- Section 2 allow about 40 minutes
- Section 3 allow about 40 minutes
- For section 3 construct an answer of around about 800 words
Past examination papers are available from the NSW Board of Studies here.
- Organise and summarise your class notes:
To help organise, summarise and revise your class notes select the following links to download a table for the core, methods and each depth study.
- Core - Country Study
- Popular Culture
- Belief Systems
- Social Inclusion and Exclusion
- Social Conformity and Nonconformity
Each table contains syllabus bullet points for that area of study.
- Summarise your class notes for each bullet point in the table.
- Remember examination questions are generated to assess your level of understanding of these bullet points.
- Practice answering multiple choice questions:
Be very familiar with answering multiple choice questions as this will help you prepare for the examination.
- All answers for multiple choice questions are usually plausible however; there is only ONE correct answer.
- In each question you must select the most appropriate response from a list of alternatives.
- Incorrect answers are usually based on common student misconceptions or misunderstandings.
- For information of answering multiple choice questions select Academictips.org
- To practice answering multiple choice questions for Society and Culture, go to the past papers section of The Board of Studies website.
- Access to the ARC web site also helps with understanding multiple choice questions here or here
- Familiarise yourself with the Board of Studies glossary of key terms.
- For success in the Society and Culture examination you will be required to apply your knowledge to answer any combination of syllabus bullet points selected.
- Each question asked may have an instructional verb chosen from the Board of Studies glossary of key terms.
To check your understanding for some of the key terms complete the Click and Drag activity.
- Practice answering exam type questions - short, structured and extended:
- Once you have revised sections of your work then choose a syllabus bullet point and practice how you would apply this knowledge using your understanding of a key word from the Board of Studies glossary.
- After completing this type of activity you will notice how you are beginning to apply your knowledge of the syllabus content.
- In the extended response section of the paper you will be assesses on how well you have achieved the rubric. Check your understanding of the rubric click here
- Practice planning your response and writing around 800 words or about six examination booklet pages for responses in section III.
- An important part of your revision routine should be looking at the marking guidelines for any past question and heeding the advice of the marking centre.
Go to the Board of Studies for past Society and Culture HSC papers and their marking guidelines.
- Look closely at samples of student work judged at the performance band standards
Students responses to past examination questions and tasks are found on the Assessment and Resource Centre website. Go to the ARC web site and explore examples of student work judged against the standards of performance bands:
To read more about standards referenced assessments go to "frequently asked questions": http://arc2.bos.nsw.edu.au/page/faq/course/15350 Student performance in the Higher School Certificate examinations is reported according to standards (or levels of achievement). HSC marks for non-extension courses are divided into 6 performance bands to understand more about the standards go to:
Now you are well on your way to being exam ready!
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