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Catch Up With Top Achievers
2020 HSC and Beyond
Written together by 20 HSC State-rankers, for students.
17 chapters & 320 pages
Average ATAR 99+
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This Edition's Contributors
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.
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
1st in Physics
4th in Chinese Literature
10th in Mathematics Extension One
1st in English Advanced
1st in English Extension Two
1st in Chinese Continuer
1st in Biology
1st in Visual Arts
1st in French Extension
"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!
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.
copies of 2019 HSC Edition were sold to parents, students, teachers, schools and libraries.
of our writers achieved at least one HSC state-rank.
positive feedback from our readers.
English (Advanced/ Extension)
Ancient, Modern History
Biology, Physics, EES
Society and Culture
Studies of Religion
Who is 2020 HSC and Beyond for?
We designed this book for
Students aged 13 and up, all the way through university
All parents whose children are students
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.
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.