HSC Students


Join the State Library of New South Wales online for a FREE help day for HSC students in the lead up to exams.

Held via Zoom, on Thursday 23 September, you will pick up tips for exams and have your burning questions answered by expert teachers across English (Standard, Advanced, and Extension), History (Ancient, Modern and Extension) and Society and Culture.

This jam-packed day of HSC exam help will be structured so you can drop-in to sessions throughout the day.

Each session will be subject-based and offer a mix of tips from experienced teachers, Q&A (led by the questions you ask), and a session with expert State Library of New South Wales librarians to direct you to Library resources sure to help in the final weeks of study.

You can submit your questions before the day, via the State Library Instagram account (@statelibrarynsw). Just DM your question, starting with #HSCHelp (don't forget to state which subject/session your question is for) so they can all be collated and answered on the day! You can also submit a question during registration or live at the event.

Please note:

  • Students must register individually (teachers forward the link to this registration page to your students).
  • Spaces are limited.
  • These sessions are designed for students. Teachers and parents are welcome to join but please understand, in the Q&A sessions, we will be dedicating our limited time to students’ questions.
  • The HSC Help day will not be recorded. Furthermore, making recordings of sessions is prohibited under copyright laws.

A collection of resources for students

In addition to our in-Library curriculum support which includes text books, resources, study guides and core texts, Randwick City Library also offers a selection of great online resources to support your study.

For Randwick City Library members

EdUnlimited - ATAR notes, tests, guides and more

Click here to register for EdUnlimited
Click here to access EdUnlimited

Need help with your studies and access to the latest HSC study guides? With EdUnlimited you get over 300 titles including course summaries, study notes, topic tests and practice exams. By registering you will get:

  • All of the ATAR Notes summary notes, topic tests and text guides
  • All of the Neap past trial exams and revision materials
  • The ability to create personalised study notes and digital annotations, all of which are securely stored online
  • Access to all this from anytime, on any device.

To register you will need to be a Randwick City Library Member, and currently studying the HSC.

Studiosity - online study help

Click here to access Studiosity

Feeling overwhelmed, stuck on a study question or not sure where to even start with an assignment? With your library membership, you get free access to Studiosity: online study help from real people. The three Studiosity services designed to support you in your study are outlined below.

  • Connect Live: select a subject (like writing, maths, science, economics, assignment research and more), type your question and you’ll be connected with a friendly Subject Specialist for live, one-to-one help in real time. It’s typed chat, interactive whiteboard and you can even share files.
  • Writing Feedback: submit your draft essay or written assignment, and in less than 24 hours one of the writing specialists will send it back to you with detailed feedback on how you can improve your own work. They’ll comment on your spelling/grammar, structure, language and more.
  • Practice Quizzes: access a database of over 750 practice tests in all core curriculum subjects, including maths, English, chemistry, biology, and physics with year levels from 7-12. If you get stuck on a quiz question you can connect straight through to a Specialist.

General study guides

Charles Sturt University (CSU) guide for HSC students

CSU HSC Resource Guide offers you HSC resources including links to past exam papers, general information and study advice.

HSC 2021 - State Library of NSW

SLNSW is here to support HSC students in their research. Visit the State Library of New South Wales HSC 2021 web page which brings together key information for HSC students and teachers. And watch a range of Smart research for HSC students webinars designed to set students on the right path for their HSC journey. Click on the links below for more information.

Teachers can check out the For Teachers page for links to booking inquiry forms for onsite and online HSC Introduction to resources workshops for their students.

USYD HSC guide and short courses

University of Sydney offers a free practical study guide to the HSC as well as numerous short courses to help you excel with your studies. Access the University of Sydney for HSC guides and short courses.

UOW HSC subject support series

Please note: registration required. In May and June of 2020, University of Wollongong ran over 30 FREE subject-specific online sessions designed to help students improve their knowledge and understanding of key subject content and discover what HSC exam markers and assessors are looking for. Participants were given the opportunity to ask questions and receive tips and strategies directly from education professionals with years of experience.

If you missed out on the live sessions, you may wish to register with UOW to receive a link to the video series and watch from the comfort of your own device!

General links

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

NESA sets the core curriculum and syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 12. You can access the NESA website to obtain past papers, HSC requirements and obtain information relating to your subjects, or access the NESA Syllabuses (Stage 6) A-Z directory.

Bored of Studies

Created by students, for students, Bored of Studies strives to provide current year 11 and year 12 students with all the resources and support they need to succeed during the 2 years that form the most important part of their education and subsequently, their future.

Exams and Study Stress

eHeadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends.

ReachOut.com provide a range of tips and tricks to alleviate exam and study stress.

After the HSC

Year 13 endeavours to find anything you need to know about jobs, studying, gap years, travelling, apprenticeships, money and discounts.

Subject resources

Economics and Business Studies

Austrade - The Government site provides information for students on trade issues. They also have a range of papers, speeches and articles on global issues and the benefits of trade.

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Companies - These databases provide information about listed companies as recorded in their reports. They also list documents each company has filed with ASIC, and instructions for obtaining copies, as well as information on delisted companies, registered financial professionals and more.

Business Studies Stage 6 Syllabus

CSU HSC Resource Guide

Economics Stage 6 Syllabus

NLA - Australian Newspapers Online - Newspapers such as The Age, The Australian, The Advertiser, The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian, The Mercury and The Sunday Times. As well, Business Review Weekly, The Australian Financial Review, Business Sydney Online and the Western Australian Business News are found on this site.

Australian Stock Exchange

Legal Studies

CSU HSC Resource Guide

Legal Information Access Centre - Find Legal answers is a free legal information service, managed by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) at the State Library. It provides you with access to easy to understand and current legal information.

Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus

State Library of NSW - Legal Studies


Australian Bureau of Statistics - The official government statistic site provides a range of informative statistics and articles on health issues.

Australian Drug Foundation - They provide drug and alcohol information in many formats which is delivered in many ways through their information services. Working together to prevent drug problems.

CSU HSC Resource Guide

Drug info @ your library

PDHPE Stage 6 Syllabus

Society and Culture

Australian Newspapers Online

Society and Culture Stage 6 Syllabus

Online Newspapers - Full text versions of hundreds of newspapers from around the world

State Library of NSW - Personal Interest Projects - Access award-winning digitised Personal Interest Projects (PIPS) for the HSC subject, Society and Culture. They show excellence in various areas related to the construction of the PIPs.

State Library of NSW - Society & Culture

The Australian Bureau of Statistics - The official government statistic site provides a range of informative statistics and articles on social issues.

Visual Arts

Art Gallery of New South Wales

CSU HSC Resource Guide

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)

The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities - Includes access to large indexes such as BHA and RILA. The Getty also has a museum homepage and an art education site. Searching can be frustrating at times due to slowness in downloading files.

Visual Arts Stage 6 Syllabus

Disclaimer: Randwick City Library Service does not warrant or accept any liability in relation to the quality or accuracy of the information on these websites.

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