Twelve months ago learning economics was as foreign as the Japanese language for Year 12 student Stephen Bratby.
Halfway through the year it all clicked for the Dubbo College Senior Campus student, and he was ready to put pen to paper for the economics exam yesterday in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).
For Stephen, the hardest questions in the exam were the essays about the effect of the exchange rate on the economy and the effectiveness of monetary and fiscal policy.
“I was pretty comfortable with it but I had trouble bringing out the figures in the essays,” the 18-year-old said.
Stephen said that after studying both business studies and economics in his final school year, he wanted “nothing to do with either of the subjects” next year.
“I thought economics was boring at first and I didn’t understand it at all,” Stephen said.
“But about halfway through the year it all came to me and I find it a bit more interesting now but I still don’t want anything to do with it.”
Fellow student Katharine Hollis on the other hand is hoping to study accounting at the University of New England in Armidale next year.
She said the exam mainly focused on the Australian Government and economy but also challenged students’ knowledge on international trading and how that affected other economies.
“There’s a lot of competition in our class to do well,” she said. “I expected the exam to be a lot harder but it turned out okay.”
Other senior campus students Stacey Mathews and Phillip Wheeler found the economics paper challenging in parts and were relieved it was over and done with.
“I remembered bits about everything, its just remembering everything about everything that’s the hard part,” 18-year-old Stacey said.
“As long as you remembered the all the work you were okay.”
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