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“You don’t need to start taking things seriously until you are in Year 12.”

We think differently.

Catch Up with Top-Achievers: 2019 HSC edition is a new type of study guide designed for high school students, teachers and parents.

Catch Up with Top-Achievers: 2019 HSC edition is composed of a series of articles written by past HSC Top-Achievers. They explain their unique approach to their studies with the aim to enlighten and set students on the right path to be better.

Unlike many other study guides, which aim to teach the contents of the syllabuses of each subject, the aim of Catch Up with Top-Achievers:2019 HSC edition is to educate students on the processes of studying/learning.

Instead of teaching students the contents (specific syllabus points) of a specific subject, the Top-Achievers will explain their general approaches to studying different subjects as well as interpersonal skills. The aim of this book is to encourage the readers to choose and experiment different study strategies and eventually create their own way of studying and reach their maximum potential when performing in the HSC.

Each Top-Achiever will:

1. Share key strategies to achieving great HSC results
2. Debunk common myths when it comes to studying
3. Provide you with personal study skills tips (i.e. Time Management)
4. Guide you to answer common exam questions

Most importantly, you will learn from those Top-Achievers directly.

These tips will not only help you to achieve better HSC results, and they will set you onto the right paths to become a life-long learner.

It’s time to take control of your academic life.

Chapters written by HSC Top-Achievers in ‘Catch Up With Top-Achievers: 2019 HSC Edition’

1. The key to successful Biological study by Alexandra Christopoulos
2. Business studies and General tips from First in the State by Tim Yang
3. Physics: Is there are dream too big? by Jesse Wright
4. Modern History by Zoe Zhang
5. Becoming a Drama Queen by Drew Ireland-Shead
6. Success with Economics by John Bivell
7. Be a Top-Achiever in Geography and Chemistry by Eleanor Lawton-Wade
8. How to put the Study in Legal Studies by Jenny Wang
9. Surviving and Conquering HSC General Mathematics by Lucinda Krek
10. How to Ace Music 1 by Varun Mahadevan
11. Major Keys to Music Successby Belinda Thomas
12. PDHPE and Earth and Environmental Science by Lucy Stevenson

eBook: Catch Up With Top Achievers: 2019 HSC Edition


    Great book on top performers


    Debo - Verified reviewer from Booktopia

    Overall, I really liked the book, underlined the various strategies on what the top performers did to master each subject and will use the same when helping my daughter with her school lessons.
    Please find a summary of the pros and cons (which is solely my opinion only)

    Pros for this book
    + Great content
    + In depth discussion for each subject
    + Lots of practical tips to masters of these subjects
    + Must read for any HSC aspirant, but also good for students in their senior school areas
    + Great editing done by the young authors

    Cons for this book
    - None
    - However, I would recommend a cheat-sheet for each subject could be glanced in one go for easy revision

    Very helpful for high school students


    Tree Fang - Verified reviewer from Booktopia

    First Hand high school students study guide shared by bright young peoples freshly graduated from high school. Easy to follow and full of inspiration. I love the book.

    Extremely Helpful, with a great amount of detail


    ADAMMBQ - Verified reviewer from Booktopia

    As a parent, I loved it. It contains so many useful and personalised tips for studying. My children are in high school and they loved it too because it so relatable to them!

    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   

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