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My Set of HSC Study Notes

February 16, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

This is old news but I’ve been meaning to write at least something about it.When I did my HSC back in 2007 I found that there were no comprehensive notes for my subjects that suited me. That’s no surprise to me, in fact I think most people would find that they to have not found a set of notes that already exists and suits them perfectly. So I wrote my own. I used as many different and variety of sources that I could find and I merged these together into a set of notes that I could understand and reread if I ever forgot.

I made them available here, http://andrew.harvey4.googlepages.com/, or here if you prefer a simple directory listing.

Initially I released them as “all rights reserved”, with a disclaimer allowing reproduction for non-commercial use. Since then I’ve licensed them under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License.

One thing I did when I was studying and writing my notes was to build upon the works of others. However this was difficult with the current copyright laws and the licensing of most of the material I used. So I had to change it enough to be new works that were not derivatives. Hopefully under this licensing of my notes I will save some others the trouble and allow them to take works that already exist such as my notes and change them or take extracts or add to them to produce and publish a set of study notes that suite their needs, without the need to be breaking the law and risk legal threats.

The license is one thing, but it’s still hard to add to my notes to make your own derivative version if I only supplied a PDF version. So to fix this problem I’ve released the source document (Microsoft Word, sorry but this is what I started it in) so that anyone can easily build upon my work.

Out of all the rights that the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) grants me, there are at least two that I think all copyright owners should not waiver (most of the time). Those being two moral rights from the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (part IX, division 2-3), the right of attribution of authorship, and the right not to have authorship of a work falsely attributed. I agree these should definitely be part of the act I’m glad they were recently added.

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  1. June 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    WOW
    Very comprehensive notes.
    I came to this blog whilst procrastinating before my exams starting tomorrow.
    I go to Ruse and I don’t see anyone with notes as well documented as these. Where did you get the time? I was a little disappointed to hear your HSC mark considering your vast efforts but maybe I’m just being a snob. My own chem notes are far shorter than these, it may be more effective to shorten these notes.
    I’ll be adding some more feedback once I finish reading these notes after my exams.

    • Andrew Harvey
      June 22, 2009 at 9:01 am

      Performance in the exam is not the same as effort put into studying and writing notes.

      I’m not an expert in those fields, so there’s a lot of stuff I didn’t understand completely.

      As for my marks. I was happy with them, 84 and 89 are good in my books and it got me into uni so that’s all that mattered for me.

    • yoursobabu
      January 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      gee. Just because you go to Ruse doesn’t mean everyone else has to fit marks according to you, you self absorbed snob. They say private school kids are snobs because theyre rich, but your very much the same or worse.

      • Your an idiot
        March 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

        You sir, are an idiot.

        • ^
          March 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

          i mean the yoursobabu person , not to be mistaken 🙂

  2. Marina
    March 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Hey thanks for your notes they are really are helping..

    I got my half yearlies in a DAY!!

    Tc.. Thanks!!

  3. December 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    YES

  4. Sarah
    February 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    wow this was great

    i also found SO SO MANY notes on tztutoring.org which was heaps useful.. its similar to boredofstudies

    i love this site

  5. zainab ashraf
    May 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    i want notes of arabi part1&2,civics part1&2,education part2

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