Ma­nip­u­late your Marker dur­ing the HSC

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THE Higher School Cer­tifi­cate can be stress­ful for many stu­dents, but it’s all about prepa­ra­tion says Mitchell Grotte, au­thor of Ma­nip­u­lat­ing Your Marker.

Mr Grotte gave sem­i­nars on tech­nique anal­y­sis, es­say writ­ing and cre­ative writ­ing at the Grafton li­brary to help HSC stu­dents pre­pare for as­sess­ments and fi­nal ex­ams.

“In the cur­rent land­scape there is a lot of noise, like on­line re­sources, and every­one fishes from the same pond in terms of re­sources, quotes and de­con­struc­tions of texts,” he said. “When you do that you have no chance of mean­ing­fully stand­ing out as an in­di­vid­ual.

“The prob­lem with mark­ing is teach­ers have the im­pos­si­ble job of read­ing through hun­dreds of sim­i­lar re­sponses. When they read the same thing over and over you can un­der­stand the re­sults blend into one.”

Mr Grotte’s pas­sion is to em­power stu­dents to an­swer ques­tions us­ing their in­di­vid­ual flair and cre­ative ex­pres­sion.

“It is the ul­ti­mate prod­uct of the en­tirety of school­ing, but at the end of the day it doesn’t need to be feared.

“One of the main prob­lems I have iden­ti­fied is be­cause teach­ers have 30 stu­dents within a class, they need to make sure they get the bare bones in their lessons so the stu­dents can take ad­van­tage of that.

“The prob­lem there is when deal­ing with mis­be­hav­ing stu­dents or some­one who hasn’t done their home­work, there isn’t enough time for a lot of the most so­phis­ti­cated in­for­ma­tion to get put across.

“The rea­son I wrote Ma­nip­u­late Your Marker is to make sure those stu­dents have the abil­ity to ac­cess that. It’s a study sur­vival guide be­cause then they can look at these so­phis­ti­cated ideas at their own pace and in a ac­ces­si­ble way, so any stu­dent of any abil­ity can pick it up and learn from it.”

PHOTO: CAITLAN CHARLES

STUDY TIPS: Mitchell Grotte wrote Ma­nip­u­late your Marker to help Year 12 stu­dents bet­ter pre­pare for the Higher School Cer­tifi­cate.

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