Focused HSC Workshops

Focused HSC

Sit with expert HSC teachers and exam markers in the lead-up to the final exams

For the last 14 years, our focused workshops have helped tens of thousands of students just like you improve their results in the final exams. These workshops are held across 22 of the largest HSC subjects.
As each exam is worth 50% of your final mark, we can provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve your potential in these vital exams.


Workshop Features

Each subject-specific workshop will allow you to:

  • Receive personalised help with the most qualified and passionate HSC teachers/markers

  • Comprehensively address key content within each topic/module

  • Improve your exam skills by practising, and receive feedback, across a range of potential exam questions

  • Approach each exam with greater confidence and understanding on what HSC markers are looking for

Students who work with
us achieve an average
improvement of 17%


Our Teachers

The secret of our workshop success lies in the expertise, experience and passion of our teachers. Here is a sample of who you will have a chance to work with to get the marks you want:

  • Dr Bruce Dennett

    Modern History
    Phd, B.A; M.Ed; Dip. Ed; MACE

    With over 45 year’s teaching experience, Bruce is the author of 11 textbooks and the recipient of 3 NSW Premier’s History scholarships. He has been a member of the NSW History Syllabus writing committee and has fulfilled the role of Senior Marker and Supervisor of Marking.

  • Nikki McDonald

    M.Ed, B.Ed

    Over 20 years experience as a Senior/Head Teacher across Independent, Catholic and Government schools, Nikki is currently Head Teacher (Science) at Kambala. She was recently awarded the Premier's Award for Innovation in Science Teaching has extensive HSC marking experience.

  • Neil Kusi-Appauh

    B.SC, B.Economics, Grad. Dip. Education

    Neil has had over 30 years experience as Teacher/Head Teacher of Legal Studies. He is an accomplished university lecturer, has published multiple Legal Studies textbooks and recently held the position of Supervisor of Marking. Neil is also a reviewer on the Independent Schools Legal Studies committee.

  • Michael Reid

    Studies of Religion
    B.Ed, M.Ed, M.Ed.Lead

    Currently Deputy Principal at Holy Cross College, Ryde (Teaching and Learning), Michael has over 20 years experience as as SOR teacher and Senior HSC Marker. He is a valued Advisor to Sydney Catholic Schools and is the Secretary for the Association of Studies of Religion. Michael has been presenting with InspirED since 2004.

What our students have to say

  • "The program enabled me to enhance my studies by providing me with extra skills and resources that allowed me to have an deeper understanding of the concepts I was learning about. Through this, I was able to have an upper hand over my peers because they showed me the expected requirements and ways in which I needed to achieve a Band 6. The program is what obtained by result and I would strongly encourage students to participate in this program."
    Victoria | Marist Sisters College, Woolwich | ATAR: 90.10
  • "The InspirED program was the best thing I did and helped me increase my marks dramatically. Thank you so much!"
    Lucy | Kincoppal Rose Bay
  • "Great!  Both my courses with InspirED got me a Band 6 and a high Band 5."
    Luke | CBHS Lewisham | ATAR: 86.10
  • "I really enjoyed the program - the revision lectures were really engaging and covered the content in concise detail.  I also found the printed revision guides extremely helpful throughout my studying process.  As well as gaining more knowledge on each subject, I also greatly appreciated the useful study tips and tricks from the lecturers that school teachers hadn't told us. These revisions definitely helped me achieve the ATAR I got. Thank you."
    Oceane | Freshwater Senior Campus (Northern Beaches) | ATAR: 94.95
  • "The InspirED program enabled me to gain a greater insight into what is expected when answering specific styles of questions in the HSC, and the ways in which we can apply our knowledge to the exam question.  I gained access to booklets and exam questions and insight from HSC markers and teachers.  This, I feel gave me an extra boost of encouragement and confidence.  The lecturers interacted with individuals allowing us to learn effective study techniques to utilise when answering exam questions. I feel the lectures had a significant impact on my subject marks and ATAR, and overall HSC experience.”
    Ashleigh | Newtown High School of the Performing Arts | ATAR: 90.50
  • "I found the InspirED program to be incredibly helpful in boosting my potential throughout the HSC. They assisted in clarifying information which I may have been unsure of and provided additional material to set me apart in my exams, ultimately improving my marks and ability to express myself in the HSC!  I would highly recommend this program to all HSC students looking to achieve their full potential or looking for some extra clarification before their exams."
    Harriet | Mt St Benedict’s College | ATAR: 88.85
  • " I feel that the InspirED program was extremely helpful as it not only gave me extra tools to study more effectively in the periods before trials and the HSC, but it also motivated me to use these tools during the holidays. It was very helpful as it was able to show me which parts of each course I needed focus on and which parts of the syllabus I fully understood.  I feel that the program contribute significantly to my great ATAR result, as it also gave me a wider idea about the state wide competition.”
    Ben | Davidson High School | ATAR: 97.40
  • "InspirED provides free HSC resources that are very helpful for studying. Their notes are in-depth and reliable as they have been cross-referenced by professional teachers. I could not have done as well if I did not have access to these resources.  Every single syllabus dot-point is covered, providing useful insight for each topic.  Furthermore, their lectures are presented by qualified teachers/ lecturers so you know it'll be worth it.  I'm glad my friend recommended me because it was a great help during the HSC.”
    Jennifer | Fairvale High School | ATAR: 90.80
  • " I found that participating in the lectures and workshop gave me access to well-presented tips and information that aided my studies, and provided a suitably interactive environment.  I believe that the experienced advice presented made a positive impact on my mark.”
    James | Newington College | ATAR: 94.15
  • " I believe the InspirED program made a huge difference in my Advanced English and Business Studies mark because the teachers were extremely helpful in providing knowledge of what we should look out for in the exams and providing examples of previous questions and how to answer them effectively.”
    Sarah | McKillop Senior College | ATAR: 92.00


Isn’t it too late to improve my results?

Not at all! It’s important to remember that 50% of your final result will be from this last exam. Additionally, your school, or internal, mark will be moderated (positively or negatively) by your performance in this final exam. Every mark in this exam is vital, so the more you can do, the better.

Where are these sessions being run?

All workshops are held at our university partner campuses: UTS (city), Macquarie University (North-West Sydney), UOW (Wollongong) and UON (Newcastle), during the Term 3 school holidays.  Please click here for our timetable

What subjects are the workshops being run in?

All of the major subjects! Please see below a list for each Key Learning Area (KLA):

English – Advanced and Standard

Mathematics – Standard 2, Mathematics, Extension 1 & Extension 2

Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics

HSIE – Ancient History, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies & Modern History


Studies of Religion – 1 & 2 unit

Visual Arts

How long does each workshop run for?

Each workshop runs from 9am – 5pm, including a 45 minute lunch break in the middle, and a short tea break in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

What does a sample day look like?

Sample Day: 

9-10:45am Topic/Module 1


11-12:45pm Topic/Module 2


1:30pm-3pm Topic/Module 3


3:15pm-4:45pm Topic/Module 4

Wrap up & evaluation

What if I don’t know anyone?

Most students who attend our programs come by themselves, so our team and our presenters are well experienced in making our workshops a welcoming and friendly environment. Once you’re in your workshop, your teacher will establish a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere to make sure you get the most out of your day.

If you’re really worried about coming alone, also consider asking a classmate to come along with you.

Will you be addressing all new syllabus components?

The presenters will be covering content specific to each subject’s current (2019) syllabus. If the new syllabus components are relevant to potential examination questions, they will be covered.

My school studies specific texts. How will you address these?

The workshops are focused on examination techniques and strategies. Hence, they are not focused on specific texts but rather how any text should be applied to exam-style questions in order to maximise marks.

Across the day, presenters will make reference to the most popular texts as examples to demonstrate their knowledge, but this will be applicable to all texts.

If you would like, you can ask your presenter about your specific texts throughout the day.

What if I participated in the July program. Are these not the same thing?

Our July Trial Preparation Lectures were two hour sessions based on preparing students for the most commonly asked question types in trials/HSC exams. As lectures, these sessions provided little opportunity for students to interact with our presenters.

The workshops are full-day sessions based on thorough revision of syllabus content prior to exams and practicing exam-style questions with personal feedback. In an intimate classroom of 20-30 students, students will have the opportunity to ask as many questions to our presenters as they wish.

What’s the difference between these workshops and other programs offered?

Our workshops are the only opportunity you have to sit with our team of senior teachers and exam markers for a full day before the exams. The expertise of our presenters specifically about the HSC examination process is second to none. 

While other programs can offer subject knowledge, at this stage of the HSC preparation there is no better program to prepare for exams than with us.

Will we receive notes and or materials I can take home with me?

Your ticket for each workshop includes a comprehensive work booklet for the day, which includes questions, summaries, notes and exemplar answers including and beyond those that your presenter will go through on the day. After the workshop has finished, you are welcome to take this booklet home.

Supported by the major
universities, these
workshops have proven
to be the most successful and
effective way to boost
your HSC & ATAR



We are so confident that you will receive benefit from attending these workshops, we offer a full money-back guarantee.

If you spend the day participating in all activities and don’t feel that what is covered will help you improve your results, we will refund the workshop cost in full.

For the last 14 years, we have helped over 40,000 students achieve better marks in their final HSC exams!


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