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Been running hot here lately…

16 Oct

Some of you will know why.

A record 67,189 students are to sit for the HSC this year, up by more than 1000 over last year. The HSC is the most rigorous school finals exams on offer in Australia, Mr Della Bosca said.

English is the only compulsory HSC subject. The first of the English exams will be on Friday, when the number of students starting their HSC exams will rise sharply. Maths remains the most popular elective subject, followed by business studies and biology.

Almost one in 10 students studies a foreign language. French is still the favourite, although fading in popularity. It is followed closely by Japanese and then Chinese. Almost half of HSC students are enrolled in at least one science course. Thirty per cent are studying history. Ancient History continues to lead Modern History in popularity.

The top 10 most popular elective subjects remain unchanged this year, although visual arts ranks ninth, pushing physics down to 10th. Of the most popular vocational courses, hospitality is followed by information technology, business services, construction and retail operation.

One interesting fact earlier in that report is that “one in three Higher School Certificate students are now studying vocational courses such as hospitality and business studies.” Certainly true of my coachees.

You can see some effect of the upcoming HSC on visits here. The Sitemeter graph below is day by day for the past thirty days:

 

hsceffect

 

Top posts visited in the past seven days have been:

 

Rank

Post or page

Number of individual hits

1

Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys

211

2

Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems

208

3

SBHS Trial HSC 2007 Paper 1 Question 1: Examiner’s Comments [password protected]

103

4

Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte?

97

5

How should I write up a Science experiment?

96

 

Pretty much tells the story, doesn’t it?

So to all you HSC students out there:

Good luck! 🙂

 

Wednesday 17 October

Still running hot. In the past 30 days that password-protected Examiner’s comments page has had 290 visits. 210 students have the password! The past seven days to 7.00 pm tonight now looks like this:

Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 356
Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 323
SBHS Trial HSC 2007 Paper 1 Question 1: 155

Thursday

By 7 pm today it looked like this:

Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 502
Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 474
SBHS Trial HSC 2007 Paper 1 Question 1: 192
How can I write better short stories? 126
Workshop 03 — Creative Writing (Year 12) 105

Around midnight 18 October

Now look at the Sitemeter daily visit count — visits, not page hits. Today is a new record. 🙂

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Friday morning: HSC English Paper One

Last note on the HSC effect here: the graph below reflects WordPress counting in GMT days. The peak on the left is the previous record, the day the Catholic ESL teachers had their workshop.

 

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Posted by on October 16, 2007 in HSC, site news

 

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