Hsc English Essay Lengthener

Some seven million years ago, our human ancestors jumped off the primate family tree, leaving their chimp-ish ancestors in the African dust. Striding along their new evolutionary pathway, they made simple stone and metal tools, and all is good and well, until the human brain got a major circuit upgrade.

Long gone were the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ at breaking open a shell, and in came intellectual creativity. Crowded around a fire, they told stories, sang songs and wrote poetry, leaving their mark in world history.

And it is exactly this creativity, this lasting impact, these ways of thinking upgrade that the English Extension 1 course requires of its participants.

English Extension 1 is a highly rewarding course that challenges students creatively and logically. The HSC exam consists of an essay and imaginative writing piece, each worth 50%. However, the creative component of the Extension 1 exam is unlike the English Advanced Area of Study creative writing task!

The English Extension 1 HSC exam has a 1 hour allocation for the essay, and for the creative. As a standard, students are expected to write 1200 words! This extra time, and by extension (no pun intended) word limit, means a lot more is expected of students.

If you’re interested in getting a holistic grasp of what is expected of you, then I strongly recommend reading the ‘Notes from the Marking Centre – English Extension 1’ for your respective electives from the various years. If you wanted to use the HSC questions for practise without having seen them before, then I recommend not reading the notes, as they are the epitome of ‘spoiler alert’!

Personally, I only chose English Extension 1 because I thought it’d help me improve in Advanced. I mean, the same logic as Maths should follow, right? By doing Maths Extension 1 you’re putting yourself at an advantage at Maths Advanced.


Trust me in saying that the same logic doesn’t lend itself to English.

That’s why coming into Year 12, I promised myself that I would focus on English Extension 1 more. To be honest, it is that one subject that you can just neglect over the year saying to yourself, ‘Oh, I know my texts and the rubric, that’ll be enough.’

My experience with the subject – which may not reflect your own! – has been a little shaky. That’s why I intentionally set aside time in Year 12 to work on English Extension 1. I didn’t want to walk out of my exam not knowing which end of the polar mark spectrum I’d end up on. I wanted some security, especially with my creative.

Personally, I’m a very logical and straight-thinking type of person. I admire and logical art form of Maths and Science! That being said, I do struggle with my creative side, especially with writing a 1200 word creative for English Extension 1.

I knew I had to focus on my creative for Extension, but I just wasn’t sure how.

That’s when my teacher brought the entire class fancy notebooks labelled ‘Creative Writing Journal’.

RIP to the chemistry text book that I tore apart for my title page for my Creative Writing Journal.This is the secret weapon to acing the imaginative writing section of the exam! Here’s how it works:

Here are three easy ways you can use your English Extension 1 journal to ace your exam!

Step 1. Nail the Basics

I’m sorry to all the trees that have suffered at my hands. While I do not advocate the wastage of paper, for me, Ineed things in hard copy. If there is some file on my laptop, I assure you it’ll happily sit there unopened until I stumble upon it years later – cue the internal groan of regret.

That’s why the having a literal journal works best for me.

On my laptop, I’ve got about three different documents with remnants of creative brain dumps splattered on it. However, if I continued digitally, then I’d simply open up a new document and all my old ideas would get lost within layers of files. I wouldn’t even try to dig them up come HSC!

If you’re more of a technocrat, then I recommend using Evernote. It’s a free app that allows you to store all your notes in one place. I find that it gives you a little bit more freedom to type, note-take and actually draw/sketch your ideas in a single document rather than the traditional Word or Pages.

But if you’re a little behind the times and still prefer hard copies, then this idea is perfect for you.

Looking at your hard-copy journal will remind you that you’ve got to work on your creative – you can’t just hide it within layers of folders and documents!

Step 2. Be Artistic

I’m not an artistic person at all. I barely scraped a C in Year 8 Visual Art after breaking my clay teapot three times.

But recent scientific studies have shown that simple artistic activities like colouring can help alleviate stress and the onset of numerous mental disorders. The HSC is an extremely stressful year, and while we just need to grit our teeth and keep pushing on, we do need a take time off. For ourselves, for our family and our mental wellbeing.

Let us never forget that our mental and physical wellbeing comes before the HSC.

The journal, similarly to my bujo, provides me with this escape. After doing some structured study, I like to just work on some simple art pieces in my journal.

For example, here is work-in-progress that I created for the ‘After the Bomb’ module:

Well that’s all dandy, but how does that help me with my creative writing?

That simple artistic piece, other than helping me de-stress, is a compact reflection of my understanding of the ‘After the Bomb module’.

  • The brightly coloured writing amid nuclear hell is the hope and faith in humanity that kept humanity afloat within existential questioning and doubt in the purpose of humanity.
  • The flowers represent two different aspects:
    • The drooping flowers demonstrate the degradation of the natural world amidst exponential scientific and technological human advances (e.g. the atomic bomb).
    • The single upright flower symbolises the resilience and source of escape humanity sought during the Cold War. I had a friend who drew skulls on the stems rather than flowers to represent the loss of hair (and faith in humanity) caused by the Hiroshima bombings.
  • The dead bird is symbol of the human cost of the war. Since birds are often associated with freedom (physical, social and belief-wise), a dead bird clearly demonstrates the loss of them.

I hope you can see from this that a simple diagram that help consolidate your understanding of the module and let you have a little down time. What could be better than that?

Step 3. Track Your Work

I inherently find creative writing to be hard. I love science and maths. Things with definite solutions and logical reasoning appeals to me.

English offers none of these securities.

I really do question why I do this subject sometimes. I’ve contemplated many times dropping English Extension 1, but being on 10 units is something that I don’t think I can come to terms with yet.

So being able to track my work and progress is reassuring.

Whenever I’m having doubts about the course, I flip open my journal and think ‘I’ve put in [this] much work already; I’m sure I can push along to the next assessment and rethink this then.’

Other than that, the Creative Writing Journal is almost like an extensive set of notes. Within it, you can put:

  • The rubric, broken down and analysed (like in the mind-map image above).
  • Creative brain dumps – personally I use an A5 notebook since it’s small and easy to carry around with me anywhere. You really never know when inspiration will hit.
  • Quotes – There are an amazing addition to your Creative Writing Journal; they are a compact embodiment of the atmosphere and political/social/economic/scientific (paradigms!) ways of thinking of that time.

Here’s are some more examples of a ways I like to jazz up my journal!

  • Artistic doodles – Are you that person who’ll be swayed into doing work for a subject they don’t even like simply because it’s aesthetic? Because I am for certain! That’s why having cute After the Bomb related doodles around my journal helps. Not only goes my journal look pretty jazzy, but it also motivates me to work on it. An added bonus? You might just inspire your friends to get into journalling too! Don’t forget: if we all do well, then we all do wellHere are some doodle ideas:
    • Visually represent context – It’s no secret that the markers love context, especially in Ways of Thinking essays AND creatives (that’s After the Bomb, Romanticism and Navigating the Global). One way I like to remember my context is to draw it (okay… fine, I trace it). An E4 creative must show evidence of research and references to the context of the time.
      • For example, to remember the world leaders during the Cold War, I’ve drawn each leader on a page and surrounded him with significant things he has said, contributed to the war effort, and any other political / social / philosophical / economic changes caused or influenced by him.
    • Key ideas – While this isn’t the launch point for the ever recurring to-memorise-or-not-to-that-is-the-question debate, I personally remember the key ideas only for my creatives. By the time trials will come around, I’ll have multiple creatives that I’ll be able to pull bits and pieces from to extensively engage with the question. However, with all my other subjects, remembering all the details can get very tough, so I create silly doodles that I associate with certain parts of my creative.
      • For example, in my preliminary creative (our topic was Existentialism), I drew a gnome/Santa hybrid as my Existential representation of a God who has lost his sense of surpose of meaning. For others it may not make any sense, but for me it was enough to trigger a cascade of ideas!
  • Creative drafts – Having hard copies are great, but if you’re anything like me, then you’re going to be pulling our hair out every time you make a mistake and grudgingly have to put a strike though a word… or worse, a sentence! So, I generally type up my creative, making edits and fixing it up. Once I’m happy with it, I copy it down into my journal (writing slowly and consciously to make no mistakes!) and submit it for feedback. I love getting my journal back with handwritten comments and feedback all along my creative. I really helps in making my next draft an even stronger one.
  • Reflections – Anytime you can flip back to older drafts and see how you’ve improved and how your ideas have changed over the year! Before the HSC, you could skim all your ideas and have them at the back of your head ready to pull bits and pieces from each to suit the question.

That’s all from me this month! If you try the Creative Writing Journal, then please comment down below how you’re using yours; we’d love to know!

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As the only compulsory subject in the HSC, English is pretty darn important. Writing essays seems like all you do throughout the senior years, so by the time HSC rolls around you should be able to smash out an awesome Band 6 response!

Of course, sometimes things don’t go exactly the way we plan.

Maybe you started studying late, or you never quite understood STEEL, or maybe your teacher’s style of teaching doesn’t quite suit you. Or perhaps you just want some revision!

Whatever it is that’s holding you back from that perfect Band 6 responses – this article is here to fix it in 5 simple steps!

Step 1: Understanding Band 6

Bands are how your HSC exams will be graded – instead of receiving a B+ or a mark out of 100, your exam results will be placed in a specific band. Essentially bands are categories used to identify how well a response fulfils specific criteria. There’s Band 1 through to Band 6, with Band 6 being the highest and most sophisticated band to achieve.

  • Band 6 – 90-100 marks
  • Band 5 – 80-89 marks
  • Band 4 – 70-79 marks
  • Band 3 – 60-69 marks
  • Band 2 – 50-59 marks
  • Band 1 – 0-49 marks

Obviously we’re aiming for a Band 6 here, so the first thing we need to do is check out what’s actually required of us to achieve that mark. The best place to get that kind of info is Board of Studies! The Board of Studies describes the HSC English Band 6 criteria as follows;

“Demonstrates extensive, detailed knowledge, insightful understanding and sophisticated evaluation of the ways meanings are shaped and changed by context, medium of production and the influences that produce different responses to texts. Displays a highly developed ability to describe and analyse a broad range of language forms, features and structures of texts and explain the ways these shape meaning and influence responses in a variety of texts and contexts. Presents a critical, refined personal response showing highly developed skills in interpretation, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of texts and textual detail. Composes imaginatively, interpretively and critically with sustained precision, flair, originality and sophistication for a variety of audiences, purposes and contexts in order to explore and communicate ideas, information and values.”

Now that is a lot to take in, so let’s break it down into some terms and phrases that actually make sense.

Demonstrates extensive, detailed knowledge, insightful understanding and sophisticated evaluation of the ways meanings are shaped and changed by context, medium of production and the influences that produce different responses to texts.You show that you have a strong, very detailed understanding of exactly how time and place (context), text types (medium of production) and other influences can shape meaning in a text. You can also evaluate these things (analyse them) in a sophisticated way.
Displays a highly developed ability to describe and analyse a broad range of language forms, features and structures of texts and explain the ways these shape meaning and influence responses in a variety of texts and contexts.You show that you are very skilled and practiced at describing and analysing in detail many different text types, literary and visual techniques. You can then explain how they create meanings or ideas in different texts and contexts (time and place).
Presents a critical, refined personal response showing highly developed skills in interpretation, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of texts and textual detail.You show that you can write a detailed, sophisticated analytical response with your own, developed ideas. You can effectively analyse and evaluate different texts and literary themes/techniques.
Composes imaginatively, interpretively and critically with sustained precision, flair, originality and sophistication for a variety of audiences, purposes and contexts in order to explore and communicate ideas, information and values..”You write sophisticated analytical responses (ignore the imaginatively part for this section) confidently, using your own, detailed original ideas and with strong structure. You’re detailed in answering different questions about different texts, while looking at many different ideas.

As you can see, the Band 6 is all about sophistication and refinement. Sophistication isn’t only about using fancy words, however, as the criteria points out that your actual ideas and analysis must be detailed and sophisticated as well. Therefore you want to look at different, out of the box ideas, comparing and contrasting your texts in an effective way and structuring your response so that it all flows smoothly. This basically means that if your response can answer with question with detail and highly sophisticated language and structure, you’ll be able to get a Band 6!

Of course, this only tells you what your finished product needs to be, not how to get there. Luckily, the rest of this article will have you on your way to smashing this criteria out in no time!

Want more? For our full article on Understanding English Bands 4/5/6 click this link!

Step 2: Using TEE Tables

TEE Tables are based on the middle 3 letters of the STEEL acronym, standing for Technique, Example and Effect. These are essentially the ‘filling’ of your essay body paragraphs, including the evidence that proves your point (your examples and techniques) as well as the points themselves (your analysis).

By creating a TEE Table you pretty much break this section down into an easily filled out set of columns that will build up to a super extensive collection of evidence for your essays.

TEE Tables are mainly useful for preparing for essay writing, as they allow you to get all your info, evidence and analysis down simply in one place. Plus they make it way easier to figure out which quotes or examples are the strongest, or best suited to your essay. That said, they’re also useful for once you’ve finished preparing your essay, as studying off TEE Tables makes it super easy to remember just your key points and quotes (rather than memorising an entire essay!).

So what first? Well, you’ll want to start by downloading our TEE Table Template here, or making your own.

Once you’re ready to start writing you need to focus on the first two columns. Our effect/analysis will come later based on our area of study, topic or question – what we really need to start with is our examples and techniques.

Generally most people start by finding a strong quote or one that works for their topic and work backwards to find the techniques within it.

Now that we know the quote we want to use, we need to fill it into our Example column and pick out a technique or two for our Technique column. This is usually pretty simple, as most common techniques (similes, personification, etc.) are fairly easy to spot.

The purpose of your effect/analysis column is to very briefly and simply get down what point or idea you’re proving with the technique and example you’ve already listed. Maybe they give insight to the overall topic you’re studying, or perhaps they’re a bit more niche and highlight an idea that would suit a devil’s advocate answer? Just focus on linking everything back to the point your essay will be making.

Example TEE Table

Generally you’ll want to have about 6 techniques/examples/effects per text, giving you 3 for each paragraph of a comparative essay. So all you need to do is rinse and repeat and you’ll have your table filled out in no time!

Want more?For our full article on Using TEE Tables click this link!

Step 3: Playing Devil’s Advocate 

This section is optional, because you can write a Band 6 essay using the question exactly as it is, or by simply agreeing with what it’s saying! If that’s what you prefer, then jump down to step 4 – but if you want to know how to give your thesis and essay a real edge, keep reading!

There are a whole bunch of reasons to play devil’s advocate when it comes to responding to an essay, most of which boil down to just not doing what’s expected! You need to remember everyone who does the HSC ends up with the same questions, so putting a twist on it or arguing against it completely can really help set you apart. That said, there are plenty of other reasons to play devil’s advocate too.

For each of the following reasons we’ve included an example statement that may be part of a whole question and how to play devil’s advocate and argue against it!

Reason 1: It sets your essay apart

Reason 2: Markers wont expect it

Reason 3: You’re creating your own thesis

Reason 4: Your ideas will be more complex

Reason 5: You’re showing a greater understanding of the text

We’ve told you why devil’s advocate essays are great, but we haven’t quite explained how to do it yet. When it comes to developing your own devil’s advocate answer there are a few different ways to go about it based on what and how you like to write, but a few things stay the same as well.

Answer the Question! 

The biggest mistake rookies can make when it comes to playing devil’s advocate is forgetting to actually answer the question. This happens in two ways;

  • Your thesis becomes too complex and you lose the original point
  • You ignore the question and make a totally new thesis

The biggest thing to remember when it comes to playing devil’s advocate is that you still have to answer the question – you’re not ignoring it, just twisting it. This means that no matter what you do the question should always be focussed on the same idea or concept, just looking at it in a different way.

Create a Response

When you’re coming up with your devil’s advocate response there are heaps of ways to go about it, and most of the time it’ll come to you naturally. That said, it’s still good to know the main two categories of devil’s advocate responses; arguing against, creating a new thesis or twisting the question.

Arguing against is simply refusing to agree with the question – this may involve arguing that the statement is wrong, or that’s it’s not always right, or even saying that the complete opposite is true. Twisting the question is more about giving it an edge or different spin by adding an idea, limitation or ‘twist’ to the original question and/or idea. These can take a little longer to think up but they’ll almost always be more complex and encourage you to tackle some tougher concepts as you write your response.

Develop a Thesis

When it comes to playing devil’s advocate you can’t just jump in and start arguing the question because your markers will have no idea what you’re on about. You want to surprise your markers, not confuse them.

The best way to make sure your devil’s advocate ideas get across flawlessly is to develop a really solid thesis for your response. This means coming up with a new statement based on the original question and arguing that statement throughout. Remember, your thesis doesn’t have to be long and complicated (in fact you want to avoid that) it just has to state exactly what point you’re planning to make.

The best way to do this is by following a checklist like the one below;

  1. What is the original idea/concept?
  2. How can I argue it differently? (argue against, put a twist on it, etc.)
  3. How can I turn that into a snappy, succinct thesis?

It’s then just a case of going through and answering each of the questions for yourself!

Example – Devil’s Advocate Theses

Question statement: Discovery is always shocking.

Devil’s advocate thesis:Whether or not a discovery is shocking depends entirely on what is discovered.

Question statement: Not all discoveries are made for the first time.

Devil’s advocate thesis:First discoveries are the most important, even when they aren’t recognised as discoveries.

Question statement: Discovery is a process of careful planning.

Devil’s advocate thesis:The only true discoveries are those that are unplanned.

Want more? For our full article on Playing Devil’s Advocate click this link!

Step 4: STEEL

STEEL seems to be the structure that can make or break an essay, as paragraphs that use it are always kickass, while those that don’t tend to flop. The thing about STEEL is that it’s so simple, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be using it!


We want to immediately take a stance on the question, so our statement has to show what position we’re taking and hint a bit at how we’re going to go about arguing it


Technique + Example

While this is where you’ll be bringing in your literary techniques, it’s not as simple as listing them off. Try to introduce your technique with the quote that acts as your example, as this makes your response smoother and more sophisticated.



Here’s where you’re going to start talking about just how the techniques and examples you’ve chosen actually reflect your argument. This is the ‘why’ – why you’ve included them, why they’re relevant and why they prove your point.



Now you need to link back to the question as well as the other text if you’re writing a comparative essay.


Of course, STEEL isn’t just about structure – it’s also about content! Without STEEL not only will your paragraphs have lame structure, they may not even have all the info you should be including. When you don’t created structured paragraphs it’s easy to end up with a recount rather than an analysis, where you tell the reader what’s happened in a text, but not why it’s important or what it means.

Check out these two example paragraphs. The first one used no structure, while the second one uses the STEEL structure – which sounds better to you?

Non-STEEL Paragraph

“In The Hobbit by Peter Jackson shows that Bilbo feels a sense of belonging in the Shire, because he spends much of the film in his home. In the beginning Bilbo is seen in the Shire, where he appears happy and content, even though he knows a lot about the world outside the Shire. He doesn’t seem to need to leave the place he calls home, because he feels like he belongs there. He wears clothes that look like things in his house, with the same colours and materials, and he is shown doing things in his home, showing he belongs there. This just proves that Bilbo is happy where he is because he feels like he belongs there.”


STEEL Paragraph

[S] “The Hobbit looks at how one’s perspective of how they fit into the world can bring about a sense of belonging, as seen through Bilbo’s love of the Shire. [T] Props are used throughout the first few scenes of the film to establish that Bilbo has read widely of the world outside the Shire, [E] shown symbolically through his collection of maps and books on foreign places. [T] The fact that he is so interested in the outside world yet has no desire to leave the Shire clearly demonstrates that he feels he belongs there, and recognises that leaving his home would lead to severe alienation. This sense of connection to his home is cemented in Bilbo’s costuming, his clothes made of materials with the same worn textures and earthy colours that are seen throughout his home, Bag End. [L] Through this a visual link between him and his home is established and proves to the viewer just how connected to it he feels. These techniques are therefore used to demonstrate that while Bilbo is curious in his perspective of the world, he also recognises and is comfortable with where he belongs in it.”

As you can see, the STEEL paragraph has a much better structure, but it also has much better information because we know exactly what to include! Those techniques and examples that are missing from the first paragraph is what really fleshes out the STEEL paragraph, while the analysis is much more advanced because of following the structure!

Step 5: Draft, Rewrite, Polish

Editing is one of those things that literally everyone could benefitfrom but very few people actually do or do well. The process of actually going over your own work with a critical eye and figuring out how you can improve it helps you in lots of different ways.

For one, editing allows you to improve on the task at hand, be it a class essay, a practice response or just something you’ve written for fun. It also allows you to look at your work critically and identify any issues or weaknesses with your writing and work to fix them. This in turn makes you more aware of where your writing needs improvement and therefore allows you to be more aware of these things and hopefully improve on them in the future.

First Draft – Planning

The quickest route to a lame essay is to just write it off the bat without doing any planning or thinking ahead. While it’s true that some people can just come up with awesome ideas on the spot, you need to do at least a little bit of planning if you want them to come together neatly. Plus planning ahead makes it way easier to actually get started on your essay and can help kick procrastination’s butt!

You can start by reading over the question and creating an essay plan dot-pointing the key elements of what you’re planning to say if your response. You can include everything from what themes you plan to explore, what techniques you’ll analyse, author context, etc., if you think it’s important stick it in there! Because this is the first stage of the essay it doesn’t have to be anywhere near perfect, it’s just about getting your ideas down on the page.

Second Draft – Writing

Now it’s time to start doing the actual writing. You don’t have to worry about getting things perfect, this is all about taking your notes and putting them into an essay format!

That said, this definitely isn’t the time to slack off. You still want to be putting your best foot forward, so make sure to pay attention to things like spelling, grammar and sentence structure. That will just make it easier for you to edit and improve your writing later in the process.

For now you’re aiming to turn dot points into full paragraphs of around 250 words, which can seem like a task and a half. It doesn’t have to be though! By using the STEEL method to turn your notes into an essay you can quickly and easily develop some super awesome body paragraphs and just fit the introduction and conclusion around them.

Third Draft – Editing

It’s time for you to look over your essay with a critical eye and figure out what isn’t working. I’m not saying you need to tear your essay to shreds, but the most important part of editing your essay is being honest, so if something doesn’t sound quite right don’t let it slide.

Generally it’s best to go over and edit your essays in the morning, as your mind will be bright and awake and you’ll be way less likely to miss any silly things. Plus you will have had at least 8 hours away from your essay while you slept, so you’re looking at it with fresh eyes.

When it comes to the actual editing there are lots of ways to do it.

  • Read your essay out loud and circle anything that doesn’t sound right
  • Use the ‘Review’ feature in Microsoft word to track changes you make
  • Go over it with a highlighter and pick out things that need improvement

It’s really up to you how you edit, but the main idea is that you’re picking up on things that need changing or want improvement. Things to pay particular mind of include spelling, grammar, sentence structure and the overall flow of the essay. You should also look out to make sure all your elements of STEEL are coming across, your themes make sense and you’re really answering the question.

Final Version – Polishing

When you’re writing an essay it’s easy to forget that the marker won’t always know everything you know, so you may be leaving out vital information because you already know it. At the same time, you always know exactly what you’re trying to say, but there’s no way of knowing if it’s actually coming across clearly unless you get someone else to read it. That’s why we get peer reviews.

Basically all you have to do if give your edited essay to someone else to read and have them give you feedback on it. Now, if you’re giving it to a tutor, teacher or even a classmate they probably know what they’re looking for, but sometimes the person you give your response to won’t be sure how to review it. For cases like that we’ve put together a handy checklist of things to look out for.

Peer Review Things To Note

  • Sentences that are too long, too wordy or don’t flow well
  • Overt repetition of words/phrases/ideas and rambling
  • Poor spelling/grammar
  • Text titles not underlined, quotes not in italics
  • Lack of quotes/literary techniques
  • Paragraphs that seem much longer/shorter than 250 words
  • Anything that doesn’t make sense (sentences, phrases, etc.)
  • Doesn’t seem to answer the question

Once you’ve had your response peer reviewed it’s time to go back in one final time and make any last changes to your essay. You probably won’t have as many things to change, as you will have already done some awesome editing in the last section.

Want more? For our full article on Drafting, Rewriting and Polishing Essays click this link!

And there you have it! Our full-on, kick-ass guide to smashing out theBand 6 English Essay you know you can write! We have tons more articles on different English related topics, from our English FAQ’s (Standard, Advanced and Extension) to tackling HSC Unseen Texts, we cover just about everything. So there’s no excuse – get reading, get writing, and be the best HSC English student you can be!

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Maddison Leach completed her HSC in 2014, achieving an ATAR of 98.00 and Band 6 in all her subjects. Having tutored privately for two years before joining Art of Smart, she enjoys helping students through the academic and other aspects of school life, even though it sometimes makes her feel old. Maddison has had a passion for writing since her early teens, having had several short stories published before joining the world of blogging. She’s currently deferring her studies until she starts her Bachelor of Communication at UTS in the spring.

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