How to EFFECTIVELY study Engineering Studies for the HSC


The following will explain how to effectively study content from the four areas of Engineering Studies:

Mechanics - for example, method of sections problems

Materials - for example, heat treatment of carbon steels

Communications - for example, drawing orthogonal drawings from pictorial drawings

History, Scope and Impacts - for example, historical developments of civil structures (bridges)


Notes:

When you see ‘actively learn’ as mentioned below it means to use the 3 senses of sight, touch, hearing when learning content ie. SEE, WRITE, SPEAK which is explained on page 14 of The Study Buddy.

It may be helpful to view the marker’s comments from the BOSTES website on each question in past Engineering Studies HSC papers.

Examination technique is extremely important in the HSC. A full description of an effective examination technique which ensures you will not run out of time in the exam is provided on page 88 of the Engineering Studies Typical HSC Questions & Solutions Workbook.

YouTube videos of Engineering principles and processes are excellent resources to assist understanding.


This quote from Mark Twain may help with your studies:

‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog!’


Mechanics - for example method of sections problems

Check the study register on page 89 of the Engineering Studies Workbook for the number of times you have already revised this section of work.

Go to your copy of the Engineering Studies syllabus (downloaded from the BOSTES website) and check on page 25 the column ‘Students Learn to’ so that you understand what you must be able to do in relation to method of sections problems.

Go to page 96 of the Engineering Studies Workbook and actively learn the theory and steps of how to complete these types of questions. You should use the Workbooks as well as any annotations you have made in them during lessons as your study summaries because you tend to remember content more easily from one set of well ordered notes that you use regularly throughout the 2 years - not from texts or scrappy, disordered notes.

When satisfied that you understand the concept, complete the relevant exercises on page 97 of the Engineering Studies Workbook and from Unit 6 in the Engineering Studies Typical HSC Questions & Solutions Workbook. Also it is important to complete questions from past HSC papers but make sure you have the solutions for maximum benefit.

When you have completed this study session (about 1 hours duration) record the study register on page 89 of the Engineering Studies Workbook and page 46 of the Engineering Studies Typical HSC Questions & Solutions Workbook.

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Materials - for example heat treatment of carbon steels

Check the study register on page 42 of the Engineering Studies Workbook for the number of times you have already revised this section of work.

Go to your copy of the Engineering Studies syllabus (downloaded from the BOSTES website) and check on pages 17 and 28 the column ‘Students Learn to’ so that you understand what you must be able to do in relation to heat treatment of carbon steels.

Go to pages 48, 49, 50 and 51 of the Engineering Studies Workbook and actively learn the content of this section. You should use the Workbooks as well as any annotations you have made in them during lessons as your study summaries because you tend to remember content more easily from one set of well ordered notes that you use regularly throughout the 2 years - not from texts or scrappy, disordered notes.

When satisfied that you understand the concepts, complete the relevant exercises on page 63 of the Engineering Studies Workbook and from Unit 3 in the Engineering Studies Typical HSC Questions & Solutions Workbook. Also it is important to complete questions from past HSC papers but make sure you have the solutions for maximum benefit.

When you have completed this study session (about 1 hours duration) record the study register on page 42 of the Engineering Studies Workbook and page 21 of the Engineering Studies Typical HSC Questions & Solutions Workbook.

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Communications - for example drawing orthogonal drawings from pictorial drawings

Go to your copy of the Engineering Studies syllabus (downloaded from the BOSTES website) and check on pages 15, 17, 20, 22, 26, 29 and 33 the column ‘Students Learn to’ so that you understand what you must be able to do in relation to constructing orthogonal drawings from pictorial drawings.

Go to pages 2 to 9, 11 and 13 to 17 of the Engineering Studies Communication Workbook and actively learn the content of this section. You should use the Workbooks as well as any annotations you have made in them during lessons as your study summaries because you tend to remember content more easily from one set of well ordered notes that you use regularly throughout the 2 years - not from texts or scrappy, disordered notes.

When satisfied that you understand the concepts, complete the relevant exercises on pages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 23 to 27 of the Engineering Studies Communication Workbook. Also it is important to complete graphics questions from past HSC papers but make sure you have the solutions for maximum benefit.

You must continually practise graphics questions (by drawing solutions during each study session) as this is the only way you can develop skills in this area so that you can satisfactorily complete the questions within the required time in the HSC examination.

When you have completed this study session (about 1 hours duration) record the study register on page 2 of the Engineering Studies Communication Workbook.

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History, Scope and Impacts - for example historical developments of Civil Structures (Bridges)

Check the study register on page 41 of the Engineering Studies History, Scope & Impacts for all Modules Workbook for the number of times you have already revised this section of work.

Go to your copy of the Engineering Studies syllabus (downloaded from the BOSTES website) and check on page 24 the column ‘Students Learn to’ so that you understand what you must be able to do in relation to questions related to this area of content.

Go to pages 42, 43 and 44 of the Engineering Studies History, Scope & Impacts for all Modules Workbook and actively learn the content of this section. You should use the Workbooks as well as any annotations you have made in them during lessons as your study summaries because you tend to remember content more easily from one set of well ordered notes that you use regularly throughout the 2 years - not from texts or scrappy, disordered notes.

When satisfied that you understand the contents, complete relevant questions from past HSC papers but make sure you have sample answers for maximum benefit.

When you have completed this study session (about 1 hours duration) record the study register on page 41 of the Engineering Studies History, Scope & Impacts for all Modules Workbook.


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