The HSC is no sprint, requiring a tutor in the final stages to achieve a personal best. It is a two-year course of study involving assessments, practical projects and an examination. Most successful students learn best by engaging with their daily teacher, not deferring to their weekly tutor. Beyond the tutor's reach, the HSC also lets flourish high levels of creativity in music, visual arts, drama and design, not to mention the capacity for sophisticated work flowing from extension 2 English and extension history. Student success springs from confidence in knowing that they have met such demands by themselves and with their teachers' guidance.