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VCE Success Stories

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Bailey

Year 10

Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 1 and 2

Year 11

Biology Units 1 and 2
Chemistry Units 1 and 2
English Units 1 and 2
General Mathematics Units 1 and 2
Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 and 4
Physics Units 1 and 2
Religion and Society Unit 2

Year 12

Chemistry Units 3 and 4
English Units 3 and 4
Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4
Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4
Physics Units 3 and 4

Why did you choose VCE?

I chose VCE because I could focus on tailoring my studies around subjects that I found both interesting and challenging, but broad enough that I could take my tertiary education in numerous directions at the end of Year 12.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

I looked at university courses that caught my interest and factored in the prerequisites for those courses when planning my VCE program. I spoke to past Year 12 students to hear feedback on subjects, and read the course outline for a few courses I was unfamiliar with.

My parents gave me what I consider the most important advice: choose subjects you find interesting, as it will pay off in the future.

What was your study management strategy?

Prioritising was key; I would break down large tasks into smaller, achievable workloads, and complete them each individually in no particular order or structure. I would set up an effective study environment for myself at home (with my phone left at the other end of the house) and complete these small work tasks with breaks when I felt I needed them.

What are your top study tips?

  • Learning through discussion is an incredibly effective way to revise content.
  • Read and watch videos about the upcoming content in classes to develop some familiarity with new material.
  • Attempt past papers then review with fellow classmates, allowing for small mistakes and gaps in knowledge to be ironed out easily

What is your advice to future VCE students?

Year 11 is a great opportunity to try different study habits and techniques to refine what works for you. Additionally, going into Year 11 is a great time to look at course prerequisites for university degrees you find interesting. The most important advice I can give, however, is to have fun throughout your VCE experience. Pick subjects that you love, and thrive by stepping out of your comfort zone and into an exciting new chapter of your studies.

How has VCE prepared you for the future?

VCE supported my flexibility in choosing my tertiary education pathway. I am now studying an Engineering and Commerce double degree. The well-planned content in VCE subjects allowed me to study interstate with no hassles, and I love it!

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Tessa

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Year 10

Philosophy Unit 1

Year 11

Economics Units 1 and 2
English Units 1 and 2
Literature Units 1 and 2
General Mathematics Units 1 and 2
Physical Education Units 3 and 4
Visual Communication Design Units 1 and 2

Year 12

Economics Units 3 and 4
English Units 3 and 4
Literature Units 3 and 4
Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4
Media Units 3 and 4

Why did you choose VCE?

I didn’t really plan it that way, but it was the VCE that gave me the prerequisites to get into a Bachelor of Music and Sound Design.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

I chose my subjects based mostly on what I enjoyed in Years 10 and 11. However, I found myself with an extra subject block that needed to be filled. I turned to my older sister for advice. I think it’s helpful to take advice from people as long as they know you well enough to suggest things that suit you personally.

What was your study management strategy?

I wrote down what I needed to do for each week, and knew that as soon as I had completed everything I had free time. Planning helped me a lot because you allocate times for everything and it makes things much less overwhelming.

What are your top study tips?

  • Be honest with yourself. Realistically, you’re the only one who knows what you need to do.
  • Study harder, not longer. You can’t always be studying, so make your study time count for as much as possible.
  • Plan when you are going to get work done and plan your free time. That way when you’re having fun or relaxing you won’t feel like you should be studying instead, because you’re meant to be relaxing according to your work schedule.

What is your advice to future VCE students?

People say Year 12 is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s also your last year of school so give yourself the best chance of enjoying it by staying on top of things.

How has VCE prepared you for the future?

Although a Bachelor of Music and Sound Design doesn’t relate closely to any of my VCE studies, I still have a keen interest in film and editing, which started in VCE. Outside of university I have continued with short filmmaking and may study it in the future.

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Taisei

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Year 10

Japanese Second Language Units 1 and 2
Visual Communication Design Units 1 and 2

Year 11

English Language Units 1 and 2
Japanese Second Language Units 3 and 4
General Mathematics Units 1 and 2
Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 1 and 2
Media Units 1 and 2
Psychology Units 1 and 2
Visual Communication Design Units 3 and 4

Year 12

English Language Units 3 and 4
Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4
Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4
Media Units 3 and 4
Psychology Units 3 and 4

Why did you choose VCE?

I took the time to carefully think about which specific subjects would grab and hold my attention as well as challenge my talents and skills.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

I got advice from teachers and past Year 12 students to find out more about the subjects, the workload and their opinion on the degree of difficulty of individual subjects. I found that past Year 12 students were a great source of advice.

What was your study management strategy?

Studying VCE subjects in Year 10 helped me to develop good study habits and establish which learning style suited me best. It gave me a real taste of how VCE works differently to my secondary school experience up until then.

What are your top study tips?

  • I found it helpful to use a journal or diary to set priorities and keep me on track.
  • Think about your learning style. If you like memorising facts, think of linking or memory aiding techniques. If you are a visual learner, study with visual aids, and draw pictures and diagrams in your notebook.
  • Take notes in class. I found that taking notes forces you to listen carefully to the teacher and helps you to filter out what is relevant information and what is not.

What is your advice to future VCE students?

The key is balance. Learn to balance your study life with other things that are important to you. Don’t neglect your family and friends, as well as your hobbies and interests. Take time to sit back and relax, or relieve stress by doing regular exercise or other methods.

How has VCE prepared you for the future?

I’m enrolled in university to study web technology. Doing the VCE gave me the insight that life is filled with study choices, and whichever choice you make will inevitably lead to more learning.

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