HSC Business Studies is often known as the subject that’s relatively easy to understand but students can get overwhelmed with the substantial content in the course. Here are a few tips from Sharon, who scored an overall mark of 95 in the 2016 exams that will help you with your preparation and maximising your marks throughout the course.
Know your syllabus
By know your syllabus I mean memorise it, know it inside and out. What this will help you significantly with is understanding the whole course in a holistic way. My teacher used to say if you haven’t learnt anything and it’s the night before just memorise the syllabus! Of course I’m not condoning memorising the syllabus alone and having it as your ultimate end game, but it can greatly help in the exam with answering multiple choice and planning out Section III and IV responses. However, be careful not to neglect the ‘students learn to section’ at the front of the syllabus as these dot points are often even used for Section IV questions such as HSC 2014, ‘Assess the importance of using a mix of promotional strategies in the marketing of goods and services,’ taken from the Marketing syllabus.
I know I’m going to start sounding a bit repetitive here with the importance of the syllabus, but when writing notes, make sure you organise them under different sections in the syllabus. You will notice that each topic follows a similar structure: role, influences, processes and strategies, hence providing a great template for your notes. Do not go overboard with the notes! Even though it is a content heavy subject, don’t further complicate things for yourself by copying the whole textbooks into your notes. A few great things to include are definitions, formulas and tables (e.g. advantages and disadvantages – this can be great for answering Section II and even III and IV).
Do past papers
Knowing the content has only gotten you halfway, the other half is your practice in applying what you have learnt. In doing past papers, students often just complete the multiple choice and essays, but don’t forget to practice Section II as 40% of your exam marks will be derived from here. Section II can be critical in preparing your thought process for Section III and IV. It is important to practise under time conditions, if not at the start of your preparation, leading up to the exam to ensure you will be comfortable.