I can provide information for Legal, Business and Economics on this. (Mei I hope you don't mind hahah)
Business Studies and Economics:
Business Studies and Economics follow a common method in making notes. The bare basic steps to making notes for these subjects is to:
- Introduce the concept and elaborate upon it (provide enough information to cover an 3-4 mark question). During this time try to synthesis this information in your own words since it'll help in understanding the dotpoint rather than just rote learning it.
- Define all relevant terms (to cover the define questions as well as give you some base knowledge for extended responses)
- Cover relevant formula.
^ By just covering these you should already have enough knowledge to deal with Multiple Choice questions and low/mid tier short answer questions. Now after doing this it's time to exercise Social Science common sense. By seeing the dotpoints you should be able to have a general recognition on the limitations each dotpoint has. For example, there are some dotpoints where you can tell after going through the textbook and using your own reasoning that BoS can simply not ask a question beyond a mid tier short answer question for said dotpoints. These will be the dotpoints that you can generally leave at the form stated above. However, there are other dotpoints which can be potential high tier short answer questions and a significant part of extended responses. For these dotpoints, cover enough information so that you will be able to comfortably answer a high tier (5+ marks) short answer question). Also with these sections make sure to integrate case studies for Business Studies (It's actually a good idea to do this for mid tier short answer questions as well since nowadays they can ask for contemporary examples in short answer questions) and data and trends for Economics.
As I touched a bit on in the last sentence, the main difference between making Economics notes and Business Studies notes is your coverage of data and case studies. For Business Studies, in section IV it is essential that you integrate case studies into your response, so therefore it is essential that you also integrate case studies in your notes or make separate notes for case studies. More information on how to collect case study information can be found in this thread. http://community.boredofstudies.org...ss-studies-case-study-information-228940.html
For Economics, in your extended responses there may be a need to integrate data and trends into your answers, so be sure to add them in your notes as well. This also includes specific policies that have been implemented by the Australian government over the years in order to achieve their economic objectives (a policies question has been asked nearly every year for the HSC for Eco). The other main difference is for Economics you will need to provide more of the "high tier" short answer question information since nearly every dotpoint can be a potential extended response while for Business you can generally be a bit more lax. (which is why Economics has consistently high scaling)
For prelims level it's safer to take a similar route as making notes for Business Studies/Eco, since there can be a large variation on how schools set their exams. For HSC level due to the structure of the exam there can be a specific way you make notes in order to save time. I think it's easier if I quickly outline the structure of the HSC exam.
Multiple Choice - 20 marks, consists of HR and Crime
Short answers - 15 marks, consists of HR
15 mark extended response - Crime
2 25 mark extended responses - options
Ok, so in order to maximise efficiency there can be certain ways you can structure your notes. The structuring of your Crime notes will be similar in the structuring of your Business Studies notes, however since there are no short answers you can general be more lax on dotpoints which will never be asked in extended responses (such as the first subtopic as an example). For the dotpoints where you believe there is a high possibility that you would use in an extended response here is the structure you should follow (on top of the information you already have to cover multiple choice level questions):
- The definition of the concept and how it impacts the criminal justice system.
- The legislation surrounding the concept and general knowledge on what this legislation does, as well as reforms.
- 2+ pieces of LCMR which act as evidence to creates a solid analysis on the effectiveness of the dotpoint.
For your Human Rights notes, since it only consists of multiple choice questions and short answers there can be less emphasis on providing LCMR (this doesn't mean you should omit it altogether). Generally follow the steps as you would for the Business Studies/Economics note making route and you should be fine. There are certain dotpoint questions which scream out "high tier short answer" *ahem* Charter of Rights and contemporary issues *ahem* and in them make sure you provide enough information to cover an 8 mark question (even 10 for contemps since i've seen one with that much of a mark in trials)
For options, since there are no multiple choice/short answers there isn't too much need to cover it like in Business Studies/Economics, instead, information like this would be suffice.
- The definition of the concept and how it impacts said option.
- The legislation surrounding the concept and general knowledge on what this legislation does, as well as reforms (for options I can assure you that there a tonne of reforms you will need to cover).
- 3-4+ pieces of LCMR which act as evidence to creates a solid analysis on the effectiveness of the dotpoint. (since the marks are out of 25 you need at least this amount of LCMR to holistically analyse the dotpoints and answer the question to achieve A range marks)
Some would argue that you don't need to add the first subtopics of the options if you don't want to. (all questions asked in every HSC and trial paper for options hasn't directly covered this part of the syllabus, plus since there are two options on the odd chance if you are asked one which covers that subtopic, you can always choose the other one) If you don't feel lucky just cover it as well. By creating notes like this you will have creates and refined them to better answer extended responses questions while avoiding unnecessary information (therefore more efficient if you end up cramming)
(Note that this form of note taking is if you want to save as much time as possible. For the options, you can still make notes like you would for crime if you want a better general knowledge)
I hope the above helps. Here are some links that may help people for Eco/Legal/Business in the senior years.
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