These are the subjects that will shape your Preliminary and HSC studies, so it is vital that you choose the right ones that you will enjoy and maximise your results. Consider:
- What you like
You hear teachers telling you about the importance of liking your subjects so much that enjoying your subjects have almost become a cliché. However, it is so incredibly beneficial to do so! It is not an easy path ahead – heavy work load, massive amounts of content, many new skills to learn. If you enjoy the work, you will feel more motivated to do the work, procrastinate less, and understand the content with greater depth. Motivation will be something very easy to lose the next two years, so do not choose something you do not like!
- What you are good at
This is fairly self-explanatory. You want to aim for the best marks, so consider your strong subjects. For instance, if you enjoy writing essays, pick the humanities (Legal Studies, Economics, History).
- What you want to do at university
Some courses at university have “prerequisites”, i.e. a subject you have to study in Year 12 before being accepted into the university course.
There are also these subjects:
- “recommended” – doing that subject may be useful for the course
- “assumed” – the course will assume that you have done this subject although it is not required. Bridging courses are usually available help you “catch up” with that subject
- Thinking ahead
You are now picking 12 units for Year 11, but you only need 10 for Year 12. Keeping this in mind will be useful for smooth transition to Year 12. Some people take “filler units” (subjects they took up to make up 12 units but will drop in Year 12) in Year 11 because they think they are sure which subjects they want to do in Year 12. However, I would suggest that you avoid these, as it is very possible that you change your mind about which subjects you want to do by the end of Year 11. Subjects may be too boring, too hard, etc, and you will not know until you do them.
- Work load
Try and minimise work load! Some subjects like Ext 2 Maths are notorious for being content heavy, so assess what you think you can handle.