In late April and May the true colours of VCE unfold. It begins to get colder and darker at 5.30pm -getting up in the morning to go to school is more of a chore, and it is definitely more difficult to remain alert in free periods, let alone class. You are now getting bombarded with various VCE SAC’s and sometimes you even have 2 SAC’s in one day. If you are doing your VCE mid-semester exams the stress is beginning to pile up. Your exams are getting closer and you begin to panic! Normally schools are not finished the syllabus and you wish that they would hurry so that you can begin to prepare for you VCE mid-semester exams.
Along comes end of March – now you are well and truly in year 12. Work begins to pile up and there seems to be lots of SAC’s coming up. You are beginning to realise that you have to continue working hard. You books are less shiny and your notes are more messy. You begin to look forward to the Easter school holidays because you need to catch up with some of your subjects. Alternatively you may realise that you need a VCE tutor because you haven’t understood the topics well.
Developing the proper VCE study skills is essential in VCE. It is important to learn how to study effectively during the VCE because there are times when workload really builds up, and as a student you need to learn how to work quickly! To learn some excellent study habits you may want to attend an Academy Plus study skill seminar or simply read some free articles on the topic.
High achievers in the VCE work hard, stay committed and focused on the task at all times. They have a burning desire to reach success in VCE, even when times get tough.
During my VCE, I really did put in hours of work to obtain a very high ATAR. It was not easy – there was a lot of stress and uncertainty as well as my own inner pressure to succeed. I probably did overwork compared to my friends … but do I regret it now? No way… the skills I acquired in VCE helped me open Academy Plus, so it definitely paid off. I learned to appreciate the value of hard work. In life I don’t think it is important how naturally smart you are, I believe that it comes down to how committed you are towards achieving your goals (to get results). This attitude helps me to daily improve Academy Plus and hopefully turn it into a successful Australian wide business.
"Gradgrind admires the education system portrayed in Hard Times - how do we know that Dickens did not"?
"How does explore the idea that children are affected by adults' behaviour, but never fully understand it?"
are other interpretations of texts which may be different, but are nevertheless acceptable in cultural terms. For example, readers could interpret Hard Times from a Marxist perspective.
In the VCE to obtain results you must work hard! No matter what people say (the classic example is bragging about how little they spent studying) don’t believe it! Most high achievers in VCE did work, they did put in the hours, they were absolutely committed to their studies which opened up the gates of their VCE success.
(1) Develop excellent study skills .
(2) Stay committed and know what you want and WHY.
(3) Persist, even when times get rough.
(4) Aim to understand topics, not memorise, this will cause you to remember!
(5) Work hard and effectively.
(6) Keep motivation levels high and consistent, throughout the year, not matter how tough.
(7) Do not “over-indulge” in VCE tutoring – learn how to apply the theory to the question