Study Guides

Looking for a studying guide to excel your learning?

We’ve compiled the most widely used resources for revision material for students. If you’re finishing your final year of VCE or in fast tracking in Year 10 or 11, there’s something that can help and give you the confidence to do your best.

Need a break down of each range? Read on!

Text Guides & Comparisons

Written by practicing English teachers, professional writers and academics, the Insight Text Guides will help you develop a deeper understanding of your set text. Insight Text Guides are packed with useful features including plot synopsis, character map and summaries, chapter-by-chapter analysis and sample essays There are over 150 titles that have been developed into accessible and contemporary Text Guides to give students the helping hand they need to write a comprehensive essay for SACs and exams.

Insight Comparisons have been created to provide students with a unique guide to comparing a pair of texts used in Area of Study 1: Reading and Comparing Texts. They can be used on their own or in conjunction with the Insight Text Guides to give you the most out of your study. Each title is full of useful features including detailed explanations of the characters, settings, language and more. You will also find in-depth discussion on the ideas, issues and themes shared by both texts and comparisons of the differences, as well as essay topics and sample analysis.

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Cambridge Checkpoints
One of Victoria’s most popular study guides, Cambridge Checkpoints,

provide the most up to date exam preparation available. Written by experts in the field and updated regularly to reflect the new study designs, you can approach your SACs and exams confidently equipped with this highly useful study resource.

Cambridge Checkpoints offer amended past exam questions and original questions in the style of multiple choice and short answer – the perfect blend of both question types to help you prepare for your exams. No Checkpoints is complete without suggested responses to all the questions in the book. There is also a digital companion available for all Units 3&4 Checkpoints called QuizMeMore.

Cambridge Checkpoints are available for VCE and HSC students. Available for most Units 3&4 subjects with selected Units 1&2 publications available as well.

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Notes & Practice Exams

The A+ Notes series for VCE are very useful resources aimed at students to revise the key concepts in preparation for their SACs or exams and teachers to familiarise themselves with the content as required by the Study Design. A+ Notes include many useful features including practice exam questions with detailed solutions, revision checklists, glossary of terms and much more.

The A+ Practice Exams series for VCE are produced in the style of a workbook and are designed for students to practice writing on pages and answering exam style questions to prepare for their SACs and end of year exams. Each practice test increases in difficulty to build understanding. Solutions CDs are provided with comprehensive and detailed solutions so you can see what areas you are confident with and other areas that may need improvement.

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Smartstudy Question & Exam Guides

Neap smartstudy Questions for VCE are designed to provide students with a thorough revision of the course through a series of exam-style questions. Each book contains lots of practice questions and can be used throughout the year, not just before exams. Fully worked solutions, including explanations of multiple choice questions are provided that allow you to see the how’s and why’s of each answer.

Neap smartstudy Exams for VCE are also designed to provide thorough course revision, however these guides are formatted as four complete practice exams that test students on their knowledge of the whole course. Fully worked solutions, including explanations of multiple choice questions are provided that allow you to see the how’s and why’s of each answer.

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Complete Course Notes, Topic Tests, Text Guides & Asssessment Series

ATAR Notes Complete Course Notes covers the content from your textbooks in fewer words and in simplified language because it was written by a former student who’s been in your position and knows what the examiners want you to know. It gets better - the Complete Course Notes don’t just offer content summaries, you’ll find an abundance of tips, tricks and advice that will give you a valuable boost in the right direction.

Test your knowledge before heading into that SAC or exam with the ATAR Notes Topic Tests. You will find the perfect combination of both past exam questions and new, never-before seen questions.

ATAR Notes Topic Tests are not simple question and answer books. Topic Tests offer detailed and step by step solutions that go beyond classroom explanations and help develop your conceptual understanding of the content. Become more familiar with exam style writing in a less stressful way using ATAR Note Topic Tests.

ATAR Notes Text Guides will help you write a detailed and comprehensive essay on your set text. They condense all the important information you need to know and include a thorough analysis of the plot, extensive quote bank, sample essays and much more. Written by students who have scored 40 or more in English, all the hard work is done for you.

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Topic Tests & Trials Exams

Decode's Topic Tests and Trial Exams offer original practice tests and exams for VCE and HSC. Hundreds of pages of worked solutions are available in each book - never get confused again! The Decode VCE Revision Guides come as question books containing originally written practice tests and trial exams in the VCAA format, paired with an interactice Solution Manual e-book containing model answers, marking scheme and comprehensive explanations for each answer that can cover underlying theory, problem solving skills and exam tips.

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