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Which is more difficult/stressful? At Open Day at Sydney University, one of the lecturers said that the HSC is the most stressful thing that you will do. However, I have heard that University is much more difficult and stressful than the HSC. Is this true? Post your thoughts.
 

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I think it mostly depends on what course you do and what sort of marks you are aiming to achieve. Most of my uni friends in arts courses and stuff like that have found hsc harder in general. At least in law, which I study, it is at least on par with the hsc and I would think the same of things like medicine, engineering etc. also law would be easier if you just want a pass but definitely more difficult material than hsc and probably more work required to achieve high marks.
 

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Which is more difficult/stressful? At Open Day at Sydney University, one of the lecturers said that the HSC is the most stressful thing that you will do. However, I have heard that University is much more difficult and stressful than the HSC. Is this true? Post your thoughts.
Conditioning my friends

Once you get used to the routine it won't be that hard at all

I think it isn't harder by itself , but there is more to balance in your life (social, family, uni, work), which makes it harder
 

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IMO HSC is more stressful, but university is harder. But I'm not aiming for a HD average, ask someone who is and they may say that university is more stressful.
 

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Just some points I came up with

The HSC may seem easier content wise (or at least for me- I study a health science) simply because you've spent years building on the same subjects. It took me a while to get my head around some of the uni content because it was something I had NEVER encountered before.

However, the HSC was more stressful in that you may have been aiming for "that one atar/mark" and you feel as though everything counts toward it. I aimed to pass this year in uni

Uni may seem harder as well with the marking (though this varies). I'm still learning how best to write essays/short answers because what they like can depend on the individual lecturer

Which leads me to marks. I was aiming for and achieving 85-90+ in most of my assessments during highschool and would have been shattered at anything under 80 (well, in most subjects). My essays in highschool used to always be a high band 5 at the least. Last year I got my first uni essay back and got something like a 65-70. Looking back, that was a pretty good attempt! You have to readjust your understanding of the marking systems, in some courses/units a 90 is VERY difficult to obtain.

Finally, as others have said, uni can be stressful because of other commitments. I found that I burnt-out after the hsc and didn't set my usual standards. Whilst toning down the mark expectations was a good thing, the procrastination was not. I found most of my uni stress last year could have been avoided by simply making regular lecture notes and (shock horror!) doing the readings.

You've made it through the HSC- congrats! Don't approach uni as something to be feared or something very difficult. Approach it as a new learning experience. Best wishes :)
 

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