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Georgia

Year 10

Adult Community Further Education Units 1 + 2
History: Twentieth Century History Units 1 + 2
Hospitality (VCE VET) Units 1 + 2
Physical Education Unit 2

Year 11

Biology Units 1 + 2
Chemistry Units 1 + 2
English Units 1 + 2
General Mathematics Units 1 + 2
Hospitality (VCE VET) Units 3 + 4
Mathematical Methods Units 1 + 2
Physical Education Units 3 + 4

Year 12

Biology Units 3 + 4
Chemistry Units 3 + 4
English Units 3 + 4
Further Mathematics Units 3 + 4
Mathematical Methods Units 3 + 4

Why did you choose VCE?

I chose VCE because I could explore my interests while keeping my options open and to allow me to enter university.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

I followed a Science and Maths stream because I enjoy the subjects and they were prerequisites for many university courses I was interested in. I also wanted to do subjects that I found exciting. For example, Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) was not a prerequisite of any courses I was looking at but I enjoy cooking and food. I did Units 3 and 4 in Year 11 and loved it!

What was your study management strategy?

I personally didn’t want to have a set routine so I used a timetable with moveable pieces. This kept my study schedule flexible so I could prioritise as needed and allocate extra time for a subject when School-assessed Coursework came up.

What are your top study tips?

  • Know your preferred learning style. I found out that I am a visual learner so I watched videos and made posters to solidify my understanding of key concepts.
  • Summarise course content in your own words. If you can do this in a succinct way you will know the material well when it comes to your exams.
  • Attempt past exam questions throughout the year and annotate questions that give you trouble.

What is your advice to future VCE students?

VCE is an opportunity to challenge yourself, so give it your best shot. People who work hard in VCE, regardless of natural academic ability, are generally those who are rewarded at the end of the year.

With that said, make sure to pace yourself and have fun. Time with friends gives you perspective and helps you appreciate the work you are doing.

How has VCE prepared you for the future?

VCE shaped the way I approach studying and taught me valuable time management skills. During my VCE years I became a more efficient and productive student, which is helping me in my further studies.

This year I’m studying a Bachelor of Applied Science/Masters of Physiotherapy and my goal is to become a Paediatric Physiotherapist.

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Arman

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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.

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Margaret

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Year 10

Biology Unit 1
Mathematical Methods Units 1 + 2
Vietnamese Units 1 + 2

Year 11

Biology Units 3 + 4
Chemistry Units 1 + 2
English Units 1 + 2
General Mathematics Units 1 + 2
Health (VCE VET) Units 3 + 4
Mathematical Methods Units 1 + 2

Year 12

Chemistry Units 3 + 4
English Units 3 + 4
Health (VCE VET) Additional Units 3 + 4 Sequence
Mathematical Methods Units 3 + 4
Specialist Mathematics Units 3 + 4

Why did you choose VCE?

I chose VCE as a pathway to gain entry into a university course in Dentistry.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

Most of my VCE subjects were prerequisites for university but I also really enjoy studying science and math. I decided on subjects by the end of Year 9, and started three Unit 1 and 2 subjects in Year 10. Based on advice from my brother I studied VCE VET Health (Allied Health Assistance). This was one of the best decisions I made. I got to interact with people in a medical aged care facility and hone my people skills.

What was your study management strategy?

I created a routine for learning. I would watch informative videos online before class, then attend class, read the textbook and then write my notes. I had a constant rhythm going.

Keeping busy with extra-curricular activities was equally important. I was in sports teams, had leadership roles and was volunteering as a tutor. These activities forced me to schedule my study and schoolwork so that I had time for other commitments.

What are your top study tips?

  • Checklists are the key to organisation and keeping on top of your studies.
  • Prioritise what needs to be done, and do it! Don’t put it off!
  • Work together with your friends always, because your classmates are not your competition.

What is your advice to future VCE students?

VCE is challenging, but if you work hard and remember bad grades don’t equal failure, you will be fine.

Make sure you look after your body, physically and mentally, and keep everything in balance. The world doesn’t stop because you are doing VCE, so go enjoy your friends’ birthdays, watch movies and live life!

How has VCE prepared you for the future?

This year I am studying Dentistry. VCE has taught me great study habits, which I have brought along to university as well.

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