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VCE Success story - Jagveer


Year 10

Languages: Punjabi Units 1 and 2

Year 11

Chemistry Units 1 and 2

English Units 1 and 2

Languages: Punjabi Units 3 and 4

Specialist Mathematics Units 1 and 2

Mathematical Methods Units 1 and 2

Physics Units 1 and 2

Year 12

Chemistry Units 3 and 4

English Units 3 and 4

Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4

Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4

Physics Units 3 and 4


Why did you choose the VCE?

No one in my family had ever been to university before, but I wanted to study at a university. The VCE was not the only way to get to where I wanted to be but it was the best way to do so. It also allowed me to form some really close friendships.

How did you choose your VCE studies?

I chose my VCE subjects mostly based on what I was good at. I did Mathematical Methods and Specialist Maths because I was always good at maths, and Physics and Chemistry because I really enjoyed reading about these topics. I do have some regrets – if I could go back I’d pick a few different studies that were more interesting to me.

What was your study management strategy?

I usually studied my Maths subjects together – a lot of time studying for Methods was revision for Specialist Maths. Many concepts from Physics overlapped with Maths as well, so I found that I shouldn’t study these in isolation but instead connect the concepts. I studied in 45-minute blocks, followed by a 15-minute break.

What are your top study tips?

My top tip would be to form a study group of two to four people. For me, doing past exams was a really good strategy to improve my performance. To check if you know your studies, try explaining it to someone who doesn’t do that study and see if they understand. If they do, then you know you are on the right track. Also, I wouldn’t study more than four hours per night.

What is your advice to future VCE students?

Pick the studies that you will most likely enjoy and make sure you have a life outside of school by playing sport or volunteering in your community.

How has the VCE prepared you for the future?

Completing the VCE provided me with the foundations for what I needed to know before I went to university. It has taught me how to manage my time and do multiple things at once. It also made me realise that I didn’t actually want to study STEM, and now I am studying for an Arts degree.