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Let me introduce to you our new Oxford Study Buddy Revision and Exam Guides. Written by expert teachers and examiners, these resources have been developed to help students in Queensland prepare for their QCE External Assessments and achieve their very best!

Each of the nine titles in the series follows our patented four-step approach to exam success, so let’s take a quick look inside and I’ll show you how it all works!

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Studying for Success

  • A complete overview of how the exams will be structure and assessed
  • Tips and tricks to help you study and prepare
  • Expert advice on how to maximise your marks!

Revision

  • Targeted revision notes for all examinable content (organised by Unit, Topic and Subtopic)
  • Study tips, Examiner’s tips, Worked examples and more
  • Extra digital resources and quizzes online

Practice Questions & Official Past Papers

  • Heaps of unseen practice questions organised by Unit, Topic and Subtopic (including QCAA sample questions)
  • Complete QCAA past papers

Answers

  • Complete sample answers to every question
  • Detailed marking advice and mark allocations

Take a look inside

‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’, so each Oxford Study Buddy Revision and Exam Guide begins by providing:

  • a summary of exactly what’s examinable and how the external assessment is structured
  • clear examples that show students how to interpret every type of question and structure their responses for maximum marks
  • expert tips and advice to help students plan their study time and use it effectively
  • a ‘countdown to success’ checklist to make sure students have what they need to perform at their best on the day.

Everything students need to revise effectively is provided in Chapter 2 REVISION, including:

  • concise revision notes for all examinable content
  • integrated knowledge organisers and visual elements (e.g. tables, flowcharts, diagrams, and graphs) to support understanding
  • content organised by Unit, Topic and Subtopic of the syllabus
  • Study tips, Examiner’s tips, Key concept boxes, Worked examples, and more
  • handy links to related practice questions in Chapter 3
  • additional auto-correcting multiple choice questions available online via obook assess.

Everything students need to practise their knowledge and skills is provided in Chapter 3 PRACTICE QUESTIONS, including:

  • questions grouped by Unit, Topic and Subtopic, so it’s easy to revise and test understanding
  • hundreds of unseen multiple choice, short response and extended response questions (depending on subject requirements)
  • official QCAA sample questions
  • space provided for making notes and writing answers
  • ‘My mark’ feature that allows students to self-assess their responses and identify areas of weakness.

Everything students need to test their knowledge and skills is provided in Chapter 4 OFFICIAL PAST PAPERS, including:

  • complete QCAA past papers from 2020 to help students test themselves under exam conditions prior to the big day
  • space for making notes and writing answers
  • ‘My mark’ feature that allows students to self-assess their responses and identify areas of strength and weakness.

Everything students need to check their understanding and self-assess their answers is provided in Chapter 5 ANSWERS, including:

  • solutions to every question
  • explanations for all multiple choice questions that provide additional support for students
  • detailed marking advice and examiner notes for every question to help students self-assess their own responses.

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QCE English & Physical Education

QCE English Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Doctor Edna Allan Crow and work through:

  • a text guide for each of the 8 texts on the prescribed text list 2019–2021 (including a synopsis, summary of text structure, main characters, themes, symbols and motifs, key quotes, study tips and examiner tips for each text)
  • 6 practice essay questions for each of the 8 texts on the exam (including official QCAA questions)
  • complete annotated sample responses for every essay question with advice and strategies for maximising marks
  • the official 2020 English exam paper with 2 additional annotated sample essays with marking advice for each text
  • a complete overview of how the exam is structured and marked
  • writing scaffolds and a range of other digital resources (available online via obook assess) designed to help students structure and plan the analytical essay
  • Kirsten Dunsby has been an English teacher and curriculum leader for over a decade. She is currently the Head of VCE English at Brighton Grammar School in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor in Social Science (Psychology) and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary). As a curriculum leader, Kirsten is committed to creating engaging, exciting, and cohesive learning experiences that honour the past but reflect the modern world we live in today. As a teacher, Kirsten is a passionate about teaching students critical literacy and analytical skills while developing their life-long love of reading good books.
  • Cassandra Smith has been teaching English in schools in Far North Queensland since 2008, including as the Curriculum Leader of English at Good Counsel College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in English and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from the University of Queensland, with majors in English, Journalism, and Japanese. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Media Studies from Griffith University. She was a district review panelist for English for seven years and a marker on the SEA – Senior External Assessment Trials in 2017–2018. She is currently a Confirmation Assessor for English.
  • Rachel Towns has worked as a literacy coach and teacher of Secondary English, History, Drama and Religious Education at St. John’s Regional College in Victoria for the past 13 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Letters (Hon), a Graduate Diploma of Education, a Master of Arts (Theology), and a Graduate Diploma in Writing. Over this time, she has worked an exam assessor for Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), acted as an educational consultant for History and Religious Education resources, and presented for the Victorian Association of English Teachers (VATE) Conferences.
  • Wendy Troe has taught English in Secondary schools across Queensland and the Northern Territory for over 30 years. After receiving a BA Dip Ed from the University of Queensland, Wendy honed her classroom skills at Charleville and Maroochydore High Schools before working in syllabus implementation and resource development with the Association of Independent Schools of Queensland. She recently completed a 17-year stint at Nhulunbuy High School in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. In her spare time, Wendy reads widely (with a particular interest in modern Australian fiction) and aspires to be a published travel writer.
  • Helen Wallace has taught for over 20 years in school systems across Europe and Australia. She has been a VCE teacher of English and Literature in Melbourne’s independent sector for a decade and was recently nominated for a Charter Award for her contribution to Liberating Education. She has been an exam marker, a writer of VCE sample papers, and had roles in curriculum, professional development and coaching. Helen's interests don't stray far from her vocation, whether playing the piano or with her dogs, running or reading, practising yoga or Yotam Ottolenghi recipes, there is always a story to be shared.
  • Rachel Williams is an experienced teacher of English and Literature. She is currently teaching at Assumption College Kilmore in Victoria, where she has held positions such as Head of English and VCE Coordinator. Rachel was one of the writers of the new VCE English/EAL Study Design and is a member of the English Text Advisory Panel for VCAA.

QCE Physical Education Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Coach Phil d’Burn and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Unit 4 Physical Education subject matter (including study tips, examiner tips and worked examples of exam questions)
  • over 200 multiple choice, short response, and extended response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Unit and Topic
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 Physical Education exam paper with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Matthew Johnson is the Faculty Leader for Health and Physical Education at Ignatius Park College, Townsville. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of sports coaching, Master of sports management, and Master of exercise science by research. He has been teaching HPE for 12 years and specialises in QCE Physical Education. Over this time, he has also worked as an endorser for the QCAA. Matt’s true passion is the study of strength and conditioning and its application to youth athletes in the school setting.
  • Kate Russell has taught Health and Physical Education in Queensland for 14 years, including as Head of Department at St Saviour’s College. As a district review panelist, Kate has contributed to the development of the Physical Education syllabus over many years. Kate now specialises in the field of child behaviour, psychology and development, working to help parents and educators build positive relationships with the children in their care.

QCE Sciences

QCE Biology Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Professor Clara Phyll and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Units 3 & 4 Biology subject matter (including study tips, examiner tips and worked examples of exam questions)
  • over 300 multiple choice and short response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Unit and Topic
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 Biology exam papers with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Natalie Quinn began her career in Science after completing a Bachelor of Science with majors in ecology and entomology at the University of Queensland. Natalie has taught Biology and Psychology at a number of schools across Queensland. Natalie is a QCAA external assessment writer and confirmer for Sciences. She was awarded a Graduate Diploma of Education in Guidance and Counselling with Distinction and has worked in roles such as Dean of Students. Natalie currently teaches Biology at Brisbane State High School.

QCE Chemistry Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Doctor Bronson Burner and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Units 3 & 4 Chemistry subject matter (including study tips, examiner tips and worked examples of exam questions)
  • over 250 multiple choice and short response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Unit and Topic
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 Chemistry exam papers with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Tanya Schramm worked as an Industrial Chemist for over 15 years before beginning her teaching career. She has experience in a variety of fields including food science, drug analysis and oil refining. After changing careers, Tanya taught in the UK before returning to Queensland where she continued to teach in both the public and private schools. Tanya’s passion for learning and teaching about the world around underpins her love of Senior Chemistry and Middle School Science instruction. Tanya has also been a Chemistry panel member with QCAA for 10 years.
  • Josiah Bishop has been teaching in independent schools in Brisbane since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science with a dual major in Advanced Chemistry and Mathematics. He also holds a Master of Science (Analytical Chemistry) with first class honours. In addition to teaching, Josiah has occupied a numbers of roles in research and education including curriculum development, online content development and Senior subject coordination. He has a keen interest in analytical chemistry specifically looking at fluorescent biomarkers for use in identifying active Manuka honeys and nectars.

QCE Physics Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy P.L.A.N.C.K. 3.0 and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Units 3 & 4 Physics subject matter (including study tips, examiner tips and worked examples of exam questions)
  • over 300 multiple choice and short response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Unit and Topic
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 Physics exam papers with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Richard Walding began his career as a scientist and has extensive experience teaching both Physics and Chemistry, including two decades as Head of Science. Richard is also a research fellow at Griffith University and for the past decade has been researching the history and applications of electromagnetic induction particularly as related to harbour defence. Richard was elected Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for his lifetime contribution to these disciplines. He was also awarded a Peter Doherty Award for work in STEM education and in 2019 received the Australian Institute of Physics (QLD Branch) Excellence in Physics Teaching award.
  • Deanne O’Callaghan is a practising teacher of Physics at a large independent school in Brisbane. She studied a dual Bachelor of Science/Education (Secondary) at the University of Queensland majoring in neuroscience and minoring in mathematics. Deanne then travelled overseas beginning her teaching career in London, United Kingdom teaching Junior Science and GCSE Physics for two years before returning to Brisbane. Deanne is interested in the neuroscience of learning and is passionate about preparing students for success in the new Physics syllabus. She is also a contributing author on New Century Physics for Queensland written to support the Physics General Senior Syllabus.

QCE Psychology Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Professor Pam Nesia and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Units 3 & 4 Psychology subject matter including study tips, examiner tips and worked examples of exam questions
  • over 200 multiple choice and short response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Unit and Topic
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 Psychology exam papers with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Joey Saunders has taught Psychology across VCE and IB extensively and was an expert writing team member in the QCAA Psychology syllabus development. Joey is currently Senior Science Psychology Teacher and Acting head of house at Ipswich Girls Grammar School.
  • Amrita Moss is chief marker, lead endorser and lead confirmer for QCE Psychology and an executive board member of Psychology Teachers Association of Queensland (PTAQ). Her passion for raising the profile of Psychology as a subject in Queensland secondary schools saw her appointed leader of the Psychology Expert Teacher Group for Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE). In 2019, Amrita was awarded a commendation for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in a Secondary School by BCE. She is also an adjunct associate lecturer at the University of Queensland and has led workshops for the Science Teachers Association of Queensland.

QCE Mathematics

QCE General Mathematics
Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Doctor Dean Ominator and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Units 3 & 4 General Mathematics subject matter (including study tips, examiner tips and worked examples of exam questions)
  • over 300 multiple choice and short response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Topic and degree of difficulty (i.e. Simple familiar, Complex familiar and Complex unfamiliar)
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 General Mathematics exam papers with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Darren Fitzpatrick completed a Bachelor of Science/Engineering (Honours) at the University of Melbourne and worked as an engineer before turning his attention to teaching. He completed a Diploma of Education and Master of Education at Monash University before beginning his career as a teacher of Mathematics in Queensland over ten years ago. He is currently Head of Department at a large independent school in Melbourne. For many years, Darren has also been involved with the Victorian Curriculum as Assessment Authority (VCAA) as a practice assessment author and exam marker.

QCE Mathematical Methods
Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Professor Ray Díaz and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Units 3 & 4 Mathematical Methods subject matter (including study tips, examiner tips and worked examples of exam questions)
  • over 300 multiple choice and short response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Topic and flagged as ‘Technology-free’ or ‘Technology-active’
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 Mathematical Methods exam papers with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Peter Antrobus has over 40 years’ experience teaching Mathematics in Queensland schools. He was appointed as Maths Subject Master in 1985 and became the inaugural Maths Head of Department for Kawana Waters SHS in 1988. During this time, he became a member of the State Panel for Maths B and was State Panel Chair for over 15 years until the new Australian Curriculum was offered to Queensland Schools. During the transition, Peter acted as chief endorser in trials for assessment across Queensland. His qualifications include Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics), Diploma in Education, Associate Diploma in Mathematics and Computing and Master of Science (Mathematics Education). Peter has participated in and presented at International and Australian Maths conferences enjoying the travel and experiences as a result.

QCE Specialist Mathematics
Units 3 & 4

Join Study Buddy Professor Al Gorithm and work through:

  • targeted revision notes for all Units 3 & 4 Specialist Mathematics subject matter (including study tips, examiner tips, and worked examples of exam questions)
  • over 300 multiple choice and short response questions (including official QCAA questions) organised by Topic and flagged as ‘Technology-free’ or ‘Technology-active’
  • fully worked solutions for every question with marking advice
  • the official 2020 Specialist Mathematics exam papers with fully worked solutions and marking advice
  • a complete overview of the course and assessment structure with subject-specific study tips and exam advice
  • additional auto-marking multiple choice questions and other digital resources (available online via obook assess).
  • Benjamin Greenfield has taught mathematics in Queensland for 20 years and is Head of Faculty at St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe. He has a passion for gifted and talented education and has spent many years coaching school maths teams as well as tutoring and mentoring students after school. Benjamin was also a member of the District Review Panel for Mathematics C for 13 years and was a member of the writing team for the QCAA Specialist Mathematics syllabus. He has been actively involved in syllabus implementation through his roles as Lead Endorser, Lead Confirmer, Lead Marker and Subject Matter Expert for item writing and standards setting.

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