Think of your written exam as if it were training.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer
One of the best ways to study for your PDHPE exam is to practise by taking past HSC exams, says Rachel Tougher, a top achiever in the 2020 HSC exam.
Rachel started doing PDHPE practice exams months before the HSC exam.
It was a form of training – she was exercising her ability to recall and apply information and interpret different types of questions.
The training also revealed a weak spot. A few exams down and Rachel realised she was having trouble answering all the Health in Society questions.
‘I was able to break down questions, quickly identify the concept area and then execute a strong, direct response.’
To overcome her weakness and build on strengths in other areas, Rachel showed her answers to questions in the past HSC exams to her PDHPE teacher and asked for feedback.
“I was extremely lucky to have a teacher who gave me feedback on almost every one of the endless papers I completed,” she says.
Her responses soon improved. Rachel explains that the feedback helped her write more direct and concise answers.
“I learned to remove irrelevant or overly complex information,” she adds.
Make friends with the syllabus
Rachel Tougher, who succeeded in PDHPE.
The PDHPE syllabus was the other main resource Rachel used. The HSC exam questions are drawn from the syllabus so, like past exam papers, it’s a great resource.
“Know the syllabus,” stresses Rachel. “I regularly went over the syllabus for each of the core content topics.
“This meant I was able to break down questions, quickly identify the concept area and then execute a strong, direct response.”
Keep it light
Rachel used funny acronyms and rhymes to remember larger important points.
To identify priority health issues, for example, she used:
Top-scoring PDHPE exam answer in 2020
Explain how TWO flexibility training methods can improve the performance of an athlete in ONE sport or athletic discipline. Provide examples to support your answer.
Dynamic and static stretching exercises can greatly improve the performance of a dancer.
Dynamic stretches assist in improving the range of motion of a particular area, developing the flexibility needed to create aesthetically pleasing lines in a dancer’s movement. They also reduce tension to increase fluidity of movement. For example, swinging the leg forward and backward can be performed at the bar to target the movement quality of a grand jete jump. This exercise improves the dynamic, explosive power of the motion so the dancer can reach the split position, as well as flexibility of the hamstrings in the front leg and quadriceps in the back leg. The dancer can therefore perform a lengthened jete.
Static stretches help improve the flexibility of specific areas of the body and reduce tension so that movement flowing through the area can be fluid. For example, stretches to improve lower back flexibility are vital to the ease of holding arabesques.
This response clearly shows the relationship between both dynamic and static stretching in improving performance in the athletic discipline – dance (flexibility creating aesthetically pleasing lines, reducing tension, and increasing fluidity of movement as well as holding poses), with clear examples.
Exam workbooks, which include more examples from top-scoring students, are available from the NESA Shop.
Multiple choice quiz
1. Which type of cancer are people who work outdoors most at risk of developing?
2. Which of the following identifies the measures of epidemiology?
A. Diversity, life expectancy, morbidity, quality of life
B. Infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity, mortality
C. Health status, incidence of disease, morbidity, mortality
D. Infant mortality, mortality, prevalence of disease, quality of life
3. A player is motivated when, following a pre-season tournament, is presented with a trophy for being the highest goal scorer and receives cheers and encouragement from the crowd. Which of the following identifies both the source and type of motivation for this player?
A. Extrinsic and positive
B. Extrinsic and negative
C. Intrinsic and positive
D. Intrinsic and negative
4. Which recovery strategy would be most effective for an athlete who experiences a significant loss of weight during a competition game?
A. Cool down
5. All Australian children are expected to have received specific immunisations by a certain age. Who is responsible for funding these immunisations?
A. Local government
B. Commonwealth government
C. State and Territory governments
D. Private health insurance companies
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Check out other multiple choice questions from past HSC exam papers.
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