About the Study Guides

What’s the difference between the Notes, Topic Tests and Text Guides?

The Complete Course Notes are designed to summarise the content in a subject.

The Topic Tests contain practice questions and sample solutions.

If you are struggling to understand concepts, we’d recommend the Course Notes. If you’re on top of the content but need to practise applying your knowledge, we’d recommend the Topic Tests.

The Course Notes and Topic Tests complement each other very well, and many students opt for both.

The Text Guides are text-specific resources for the books and films you study in English subjects, and include things like summaries, dissections of characters and themes, quote banks, vocabulary words, and sample essays.

Are these fully up-to-date for new study designs / syllabuses?

Yes, our books are revised when there are syllabus changes or minor content updates. The relevant years for Course Notes and Topic Tests are shown on the front covers, though please keep in mind that sometimes the curriculum may change without warning. We do our best to respond to these changes as quickly as possible, but we can’t always anticipate them.

Will there be new editions for new study designs / syllabuses?

Yes, we will publish new editions for new syllabuses. These will typically be available the year before a new syllabus comes into effect. If you have an ATAR Notes account, keep an eye out for our newsletter as this is where we announce new title availability.

Will Study Guides from other states be relevant to me?

Generally, we do not recommend using Course Notes or Topic Tests from other states unless you are prepared to research what is and is not relevant to you (which can be a lot of extra work!).

I love the Study Guides! What’s the best way of giving a review?

That's great to hear!

You can leave us a review here.


When do your orders get shipped?

If your items are in stock, we dispatch occurs the same day or the next business day from our Melbourne warehouse.

Are your orders tracked?

Yes, all our orders are tracked. Once your order has been shipped, you will be sent an SMS and/or email including the parcel tracking details.

Do you offer free shipping?

Yes, all orders above $70 come with a free regular shipping option - just select the “Free Shipping” option before proceeding to check out. This option needs to be selected at time of order.

What are my shipping options?

Orders via our bookshop are shipped same day or the next business day via two shipping options:

-Parcel post ($7.95 flat rate)

-Express post ($14.30 flat rate)

Exact shipping times vary, but you can find estimated delivery times here.

Note that there is an option for free shipping for all orders above $70. Orders posted with free shipping are not posted express.

I entered incorrect details on order - how can I change them?

Please contact us via phone or email and provide the relevant details. If we can modify the details of the order before it is processed at our warehouse, we will be happy to do so.

School Orders

How can I order on behalf of my school?

For school orders, please email your order directly to our school sales manager at books@atarnotes.com

How can I use your Study Guides as a teaching tool?

Our range of products are a great addition to any classroom. Each type of Study Guide can be used differently.


Complete Course Notes

Have students revise topics they’ve already learned in class, and encourage students to read ahead and prepare themselves for the rest of the year.

Use the detailed table of contents to assign specific readings or relevant information for the topics covered in your lesson plans.


Topic Tests

As you work through various topics in class, assign your students a relevant group of questions to complete to consolidate their knowledge.

Have your more advanced students focus on the difficult ‘beware’ questions to really test their grasp of the material.


Text Guides

As you work through the text in class, assign your students the relevant summary and analysis chapters of their Text Guide to ensure they have a strong conceptual foundation.

Encourage students to use the analysis of characters or key themes as a starting point for their own writing.

I’m interested in placing an order for my school but would like to see a sample first. How can I do that?

If you would like to see a physical sample of our books, please email us at books@atarnotes.com, and we will be able to organise a sample before placing an order.

If you would simply like to see what the inside of our books look like, we have electronic copies of sample pages on each Study Guide’s product page on this website.


I would like to purchase the Study Guides in person. Are you stocked in retailers?

Yes, our study guides are available at all leading educational booksellers and suppliers.

I am a bookseller and would like to learn more about stocking your products - how can I do that?

Please send an email to books@atarnotes.com requesting further information, and we will send you everything you need to know.