Catch Up With

Top Achievers

2020 HSC and Beyond

"The authors' suggestions range from the general - stay organised, manage your time - to the specific." 

- The Sydney Morning Herald

Have you ever wondered what makes the top students stay at the top? We can tell you that not all of them were born smart. In fact, all of them had to put in countless of hours to perfect their study abilities. As a result, not only did they become the best in the classrooms, they also excelled in other areas such as sports and art. But what did they do to accomplish these tasks.


In 2020 HSC and Beyond, twenty of the best HSC performers outlined their personal stories as well as study secrets for you. It is now your time to shine!

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What You Will Get When You Invest In This Book

2020 HSC and Beyond

Learn methods and systems to help your child become more organised, focused, and disciplined. 

This book covers the following key areas:

#1: HSC State Rankers Life Stories 


#2: Effective Planning


#3: Goal Setting


#4: Staying Organised

#5: Finding a Purpose

#6: Independent Learning


What's Inside

Notable Contributors

Wenquan Lu

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1st in Physics 

4th in Chinese Literature

10th in Mathematics Extension One

Jesse Caminer

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1st in English Advanced

1st in English Extension Two

1st in Chinese Continuer 

Adam Gottschalk

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1st in Biology

1st in Visual Arts

1st in French Extension

Who is 2020 HSC and Beyond for?

We designed this book for

  1. Students aged 13 and up, all the way through university

  2. All parents whose children are students

  3. All teachers whose students are teenagers 

This book is easy to read, so students from the age of 13 should have no issues with understanding the content and the message being delivered.

Most teenagers require additional guidance, which is why we designed this book for parents and teachers. 

So if you’re a parent or a teacher, you’ll find this to be a handy resource as you equip your children/students with the skills for academic success.

"They were born smart,"

                                           - a clueless student.

We think differently

Catch Up With Top Achievers: 2020 HSC and Beyond is a collection of articles written by the best performing HSC students in the State - HSC State Rankers. In our study guide, each author outlines their unique and results-driven study strategies. They also provide specific advice towards succeeding in their area of expertise. The practical study methods presented in this book are by no means conventional. Instead, they reflect the reality of what it is to be a student in 2020, and how to best succeed in the HSC whilst still maintaining a sense of balance.

In it, we answer many key questions faced by students and parents, such as: 

WHAT were their strategies for success?

HOW did they cope with the stress?

WHY did they work so hard?

Many of these students were not top achievers before Year 12, and do not represent an unattainable level of work ethic or intelligence.

If they can do it, you can too!

2020 HSC and Beyond

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This Edition's Contributors

Classroom Lecture

Jesse Caminer – 1st in NSW  for English Advanced and Extension Two

Adam Gottschalk – 1st in NSW for Biology

Lachlan Tran – 1st in NSW for Geography 

Emma Scroope – 1st in NSW for PDHPE

Finn Vercoe  – 1st in NSW for Standard Mathematics

Wenquan Lu - 1st for physics

Zair Ahmed – 2nd in NSW for Legal Studies

Adam Robey – 2nd in NSW for Engineering Studies

Seohyeong Lim – 3rd in NSW for Modern History

Patrick Nah – 3rd in NSW for Economics 

Sophie Howard – 4th in NSW  for Ancient History 

Nicholas Fakira – 4th in NSW for Science Extension

Tallulah-Rose Adams - 4th in NSW for Standard Mathematics

Lara Hather – 5th in NSW for Society and Culture

Julia Lo Russo and Christopher Farag – 5th and 6th in NSW for Studies of Religion

John Wang – 8th in NSW for Economics 

Daniel Monteiro - 8th in NSW for Physics

Matthew Drielsma – 9th in NSW for Earth and Environmental Science

Sarah Kanuk  - IB Top Achiever, Cornell University. 

Bonus of 2020 HSC and Beyond

Subject Cheat Sheets 

  • Each HSC State Ranker summarised their chapter down to one page at the end of their chapter

  • Convenient to revisit key areas

  • The purest and most down-to-earth advice you will ever find on the HSC. 



Subjects Included

English (Advanced/ Extension)

Ancient, Modern History

Biology, Physics, EES



Society and Culture

Science Extension

Legal Studies


Standard Mathematics 

Studies of Religion

International Baccalaureate

Media Coverage


'Delete your apps': How to blitz the HSC, by those who did

Jordan Baker - The Sydney Morning Herald

September 1, 2019



Donnay Torr - Skills Road

30 September 2019   

Adam Ma

Adam is founder of Catch Up With Top Achievers and Computer Science student at UNSW. Right after high school graduation in 2018, he founded Catch Up With Top Achievers to address some of the fundamental study issues such as subject selection, note-taking, essay writing, planning, time and stress management that are faced by the students in their senior years. In June 2019, along with twelve other HSC state rankers, he self-published his first-ever never-before-seen study guide, documenting the lives of these top achievers as well as their unique personal approach to maximising their results. Since its publication, Adam and his contributors have been involved in education discussions in the media and the 2019 Edition became an Amazon Education best-seller in October 2019.

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