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HSC Geography: How to smash the Exam

Geography in Stage 6 is one of those subjects which actually is quite difficult in terms of content. Like HSC English or Mathematics, which is the polar extremes of either analytical or methodical; the reality is… Geography has it all. The Multiple Choice Skills questions uses calculation and logic, being primarily mathematics based. It is then, in the consecutive sections of the paper where a large variety of evidence based examples and successful essay writing techniques are required. S...

August 15, 2019

The Tempest & Hagseed: Textual Conversations

It can be argued that Atwood’s postmodern text ’Hag-seed’ is a modern day extrapolation of Shakespeare’s seminal text, ‘The Tempest.’ Atwood's reinterpretation aids in illuminating Shakespeare's underlying themes by reinterpreting them for modern audiences.  Context'The Tempest' was written amid the Jacobean period where there was a shift from medievalist ideals to Renaissance humanism. With this shift, came a transformation in respective values. Prospero, the pro...

March 21, 2019

Billy Elliot - Quotes and Analysis

Texts and Human Experiences Welcome back to another CLEAR blog post. In this post, we will be exploring Stephen Daldry's film 'Billy Elliot', and discussing its relevance to the 'Texts and Human Experiences' rubric. Billy's restricted human experience is initially dictated by his heteronormative social context. However, once Billy subverts such gender assumptions, he is able to embark on a more fulfilling and liberating human experience.  Context:Daldry draws upon the restrictive social cod...

March 21, 2019

Rosemary Dobson - Texts and Human Experience

Welcome back to another CLEAR Education blog post!Today we will be exploring the Common Module of the new English syllabus, "Texts and Human Experiences". Specifically, we will be looking at Rosemary Dobson's prescribed poems and breaking three of them down.To start with, it's important to know a little bit about Rosemary Dobson's context, and the key values she represents in her poetry. We can see that Dobson’s poems “Cock crow,” “Young girl at a window,” and “Amy Caroline...

February 14, 2019

T.S. Eliot: Preludes - Quotes and Analysis

Welcome back to the CLEAR Education blog. Today's blog focuses on some of the more obscure poems of T.S Eliot as part of Module B; such as Preludes (written in 1910) Context: Preludes was written during the evolution of Modernism, amidst an interwar period distinct in its instability and magnified by the excessive gentility of Victorianism. In this way, it is a poem which exposes a vexation with modern Victorianism; critiquing its fixation with decorousness and artificiality. Eliot critiques the...

February 20, 2018

T.S. Eliot: 'The Hollow Men' - Quotes and Analysis

Welcome back to the Clear Education Blog! Here we will explore further into another of T.S. Eliot’s poems for Module B, The Hollow Men. In this poem, Eliot’s portrays the confronting spiritual and psychological isolation of the hollow men in order to reflect the feelings and struggles of the modern man in a continuously evolving world. ContextOne aspect which Eliot focuses upon is the futility and mundanity of life in a world whereindividuals are forced to conform to society’s artificial c...

December 8, 2017

T.S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - Quotes and Analysis

In this blog we will talk about one of T.S Eliot’s poems for HSC’s Advanced English Module B: The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock. We’ll talk about context and key values as well as analyse some examples to help you for your essay. Specifically, we’ll talk about the way Eliot explores the idea of an individual’s ambivalence and isolation in society, enhancing the notion of the futility of life within an increasingly modernist context. ContextEliot wrote this poem after the First World Wa...

December 8, 2017

Henry Lawson - Quotes and Analysis

Welcome back! Throughout this blog post, we will focus on the work of Henry Lawson and his use of the distinctively visual to provide readers with an understanding of his perception on the harsh, inhospitable nature of the Australian outback and the effects this has on individual dwellers. Remember, when writing about the distinctively visual, we always want to acknowledge that the author is trying to ‘position’ the responder to view their relative insight on a certain place or ide...

December 8, 2017

Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours - Quotes and Analysis

In this section of our blog, we are going to analyse the paired texts, Mrs Dalloway and The Hours. Let's get into it. Delving into context and values:In Mrs Dalloway, the notion of female oppression is seen through the dissatisfaction ofwomen in their stereotypical roles as housewives due to the lack of development during thepost-war era. Woolf thus critiques the conservatism of the traditional Victorian views ofwomen and instead explores their changing roles and the struggles for women’s righ...

December 4, 2017

Romeo and Juliet - Quotes and Analysis

We are going to take a break from Year 12 texts and look at the popular Shakespearean text that many school students study prior to Year 12 - Romeo and Juliet.  Specifically, we are going to look at the overarching theme of 'love.' This theme can be changed to 'forbidden love' or 'eternal love' depending on the question and, of course, what you want to write about. Finally, we are only going to look at examples from Act 2 Scene 2 where Juliet appears on the balcony and Romeo is 'swept away'...

November 29, 2017

Richard III and Looking for Richard - Quotes and Analysis

Welcome back to the CLEAR Education blog. In this post we will take a close look at the two HSC texts: Shakespeare’s play King Richard III and Al Pacino’s ‘drama’ documentary Looking For Richard. We will take a closer look at the contexts of these two texts, along with some quotes, techniques and analysis from each. Specifically, we will be examining how studying the differences and parallels between the texts shows how the key values of the Shakespeare’s texts are universal, and still...

September 11, 2017

Standard, Advanced and Extension Maths: HSC Exam Strategies

In your HSC maths exams, be time weary, but don't rush! Don't spend copious amounts of time on any one question, come back to it later on and look at it with a fresh mind and you will probably notice something you didn't before. Questions near the start of the paper ARE WORTH THE SAME MARKS as questions towards the end that usually take significantly more time. Best to devote time to easier questions than rush them and lose marks on harder ones at the back that are designed for the top tier stud...

September 8, 2017

1984 and Metropolis - Quotes & Analysis

In this part of our blog we are going to closely analyse intertextual examples from two of the prescribed HSC texts in Module A: George Orwell’s 1984 and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.  Let’s dive into it. Looking at these texts, it is clear that the composers are relaying the same warning to humanity about freedom and control. Orwell through his text however, gives a bleaker perspective of the future, while Lang, through his text, remains hopeful for the future of humanity. Although not hi...

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