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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2014, 09:20:01 pm »
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So Guys, last year I got into Suzanne Cory, but this year I really really want to get into mhs in year 10. The only thing I really need help on, is my persuasive essay. I get how the structure works but i clearly don't know how to start the introduction. For example, how should i like write my contention. i don't want to just write, therefore we should ban this or that, something catchy. And pls can someone provide like a full introduction of a random topic.
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2014, 11:10:21 pm »
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So Guys, last year I got into Suzanne Cory, but this year I really really want to get into mhs in year 10. The only thing I really need help on, is my persuasive essay. I get how the structure works but i clearly don't know how to start the introduction. For example, how should i like write my contention. i don't want to just write, therefore we should ban this or that, something catchy. And pls can someone provide like a full introduction of a random topic.

This is what I normally do for a persuasive essay, you're welcome to ignore this as this is just an example or something. I'm not sure if this example would help or not, but it's just an example. :D

So what I normally do is to first understand the topic which i would assume you know.
For my introduction I would break it up into three parts
-Introducing the main topic
-Then writing the contention
-Finally introducing the arguments that we're going to say in the body paragraphs.

Eg. We should ban toy guns because it introduce violence to kids at an early age. (i'm just gonna hurriedly do this, so any grammatical error, don't kill me)

Introducing toy guns to children at an early age is a very common thing event in life. Although it is common to introduce toy guys to children, it may commonly, though people are unaware of this, introduce violence to children as well. Toy guys which are created to look like real guns are a danger to the community. Toy guys changes the children's personality, puts the children's lives in danger and may even harm their future.

^So that is a rushed version of how I would structure a paragraph. So the first line was my short introduction. Normally I would do 1.2 sentences of this. The second line was the one where I introduced my contention. This is probably the most important part of an introduction so I would probably do it in 2-3 lines. Finally the last couple of lines introduce the ideas I was going to talk about in my body paragraph. Maybe do this in one line or something.

For the contention, make sure you clarify and be coherent, just try and get to the point.

As there is only 15 minutes for us to write essay for the MHS, I would assume there might be a chance people would want to rush the essay, this is probably a common thing when people get nervous (remember to get plenty of sleep the day before and relax), just try to include persuasive techniques (like tone, similes, metaphors, adjectives) and really TEEL (which is pretty important in a persuasive essay).  I think they mark you on your spelling, grammar, persuasive technique so these are important factors to review.
Remember there is only 15 minutes to write the essay, so if you don't finish or had to rush, remember the test were designed so there was little time for people to even check their work. So if anyone didn't finish it, it isn't the end of the world.

^Those are my advice and knowledge on persuasive writings. Once again, you're welcome to just ignore me because I'm not that great when it comes to persuasive writing as well. If you need anymore help you can PM me, or find someone who might be in a higher year level in this forum because these people normally give really good advice  ;)

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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2014, 06:20:13 am »
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Results came back today! How did everyone go? I GOT INTO NOSSAL! I'm over the moon, I really did not think I'd get into any of the schools.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2014, 05:13:31 pm »
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I made it! The thing is, my parents changed my chosen school to Suzanne cory, so cause the Werribee branch is closer. If I were to go to MHS, I would need to wake up at 4:30. So anyway, how did everyone else go?
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2014, 07:10:31 pm »
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I made it! The thing is, my parents changed my chosen school to Suzanne cory, so cause the Werribee branch is closer. If I were to go to MHS, I would need to wake up at 4:30. So anyway, how did everyone else go?

Whaaa? I went to MHS from Hoppers Crossing every day! It's really worth it, a 7.30 train gets you there on time, surely you don't need 3 hours to get dressed and whatnot?

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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2014, 11:16:05 pm »
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i got a first round offer into nossal, but also a principals discretion thing in macrob. I dont know if i want to go through the whole interview process. they check your reports and although my report for last year was really good, (only A's and A+'s) my report for this year wasnt very good (A's and A+'s in english and history stuff but some B's in maths and an occasional C in some subjects) I spent so much time studying for the exam that i kind of ditched school work and ended up getting B's and C's in my best subjects.
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2014, 07:59:38 am »
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i got a first round offer into nossal, but also a principals discretion thing in macrob. I dont know if i want to go through the whole interview process. they check your reports and although my report for last year was really good, (only A's and A+'s) my report for this year wasnt very good (A's and A+'s in english and history stuff but some B's in maths and an occasional C in some subjects) I spent so much time studying for the exam that i kind of ditched school work and ended up getting B's and C's in my best subjects.
There is a pretty large emphasis placed on co-curricular for principals discretion (Or it might only be the case in Year 10 entry?), but if your reports aren't straight A's then don't worry, I doubt your competition will have those.

Try to smash the interview! Good luck :)
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2014, 05:25:12 pm »
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Thanks Hannibal,

I'm not sure whether i should go to macrob or nossal though. Nossal is like less than ten mins away from my house whereas id have to travel three hrs a day if i went to macrob. im happy with either but going to nossal would be much easier for me  ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #38 on: August 15, 2014, 05:32:10 pm »
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thats great, extra curricular is my jam ;D
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #39 on: August 26, 2014, 07:02:13 pm »
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Why do I love your posts so much? :) Thank you for all the help Pi :D I recently got accepted in Elizabeth Blackburn and your forums really gave me a sense of direction of what to study for. THANKS AGAIN :) :)


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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #40 on: August 26, 2014, 11:07:22 pm »
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Why do I love your posts so much? :) Thank you for all the help Pi :D I recently got accepted in Elizabeth Blackburn and your forums really gave me a sense of direction of what to study for. THANKS AGAIN :) :)

No worries! Glad I could play a role in your success, keep at it! :)

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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #41 on: September 10, 2014, 08:38:27 pm »
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Nice post.  Also, for your creative/persuasive writing, I guess there's no harm in looking up 5-10 'big' vocab words and memorising their meanings (5-10 words shouldnt be too hard to memorise). Eg of words : tedious, meticulous, cumbersome etc.  Try to be descriptive and set up your character and story.

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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #42 on: September 24, 2014, 08:51:14 am »
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iirc, pi no longer actively browses atarnotes, but thanks to the major contributors of this thread, i was able to make it into MHS, so tenks.
Yeah I never really thanked him properly, all his posts about selective schools were really helpful and no doubt played a part in me getting accepted.

Thanks :).
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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
« Reply #43 on: July 26, 2015, 07:49:53 pm »
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Hey pi!
Thanks for all the information, it was really kind of you to do this. I'm just wondering, will this apply for the NSW Selective Tests in Year 9? I don't know if you know this school or not, but I'm applying for North Sydney Boys High School and I've been studying quite a lot. The test is pretty soon and will consist of Mathematics and Writing. So I'm wondering whether the information you've provided here on Maths and Writing will be relevant to the test in NSW.

Thanks in advance.

P.S I'm in year 8 at the moment.

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Re: Last minute tips for the selective school exams
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