Making sense of the marking criteria

The marking criteria can be hard to follow when it uses words that are hard to understand. Luckily, there is a glossary of key words for you to help you understand what you have to do.

Say for example, you have to write an essay and it asks you to critically analyse or evaluate part of your text. The glossary tells you that this means you have to add a degree or level of accuracy depth, knowledge and understanding, logic, questioning, reflection and quality to (analyse/evaluate). This means when you have to critically analyse something, you have to discuss your understanding of a concept and argue that through evidence (techniques).

Click here to access the glossary.

Looking at the Board of Studies syllabus can also help you to understand the marking criteria. Simply pick your subject and open the syllabus. Page 97 also has a glossary of important terms. For tips on how to utilise the syllabus handout, see related article Research tips & shortcuts.

It’s important to follow the marking criteria, these sites and tips should help you to do just that!

 

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Useful sites: essay examples, techniques, text summaries and more!

Navigating your way through the HSC, with all the texts you have read and all the concepts you have to understand, it can feel like it’s all too much.

So here are a list of handy websites that can help ease your way through the HSC, focusing mainly on ESL English:

  • Save My HSC – this guide includes sample essays, tips on how to write essays, and understanding the syllabus (this is from 2014 and focuses on Belonging).
  • Spark Notes – the ultimate saviour. For English (Shakespeare/books) this site gives you summaries, character analyses, concepts, techniques (themes, motifs & symbols), key parts of the play/book, explains quotes and provides essay topics. It also has notes on other subjects, including biology, health and history. You can access them here. This is an American website, so best to use them mainly for English and stick to Board of Studies syllabus for other subjects.
  • Matrix Education – this site provides a list of techniques you can use for English. It is very helpful for poetry or analysing a text!

Now you can get started on that essay with all these helpful sites to guide you through!

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