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Arman

student Arman

Year 9

Persian Units 1 + 2

Year 10

Persian Units 3 + 4

Year 11

Chemistry Units 1 + 2
General Mathematics Units 1 + 2
History: Twentieth Century History Units 1 + 2
Japanese Second Language Units 1 + 2
Literature Units 1 + 2
Mathematical Methods Units 1 + 2

Year 12

Japanese Second Language Units 3 + 4
Literature Units 3 + 4
Mathematical Methods Units 3 + 4
Specialist Mathematics Units 3 + 4
Australian and Global Politics: Global Politics Units 3 + 4

Why did you choose VCE?

I’ve always been academic and VCE was the certificate that would allow me to pursue a pathway to university.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

I let my interests guide my subject selection. I like critical thinking and pushing myself to pursue advanced subjects like literature and specialist mathematics. I also wanted to gain unique skills, like a language … or two!

My teachers were supportive and gave me the confidence boost I needed to commit to my final subject selection. My friends were also great to talk to as they were asking themselves the same sorts of questions.

What was your study management strategy?

I am a crammer, and by the end of Year 12 it probably did me more harm than good. For students about to go into VCE, figure out your subject load and how much you need to dedicate to studies well before Year 12. If you have planned, scheduled and strategised you’ll give yourself the best shot at showing what you are capable of.

What are your top study tips?

  • Use Units 1 and 2 to get a foothold on your subjects and to build upon your strengths. Units 3 and 4 are about expertly applying your skills. This will make you more confident, self-assured, and less stressed.
  • Understanding the concepts is the most critical part of learning. Take time to listen and think rather than focus on taking meticulous notes.
  • Study regularly and study hard. VCE will ultimately reflect how much effort you put into your subjects.

What is your advice to future VCE students?

Play to your strengths. If you’re doing a subject you find difficult you’re more likely to underperform. If you enjoy a less difficult subject, you’ll be more capable of striving and achieving your goals.

How has VCE prepared you for the future?

VCE was an instrumental time that shaped who I am, even outside academia. I’m now studying a double degree in Law (Honours) and Politics, Philosophy and Economics.