A Common Mistake VCE Students Make Early On

April 27, 2018
Posted in ATAR, HSC, QCE
April 27, 2018 Tutors Australia

Your second week of year 12 is over.

*In Jon Snow’s voice*

“ATAR’s Are Coming…”

It’s bittersweet knowing that this is your final year of school.

It will be sad because you know that the people who are currently part of your everyday routine are likely to fade. It will also be a positive experience, because the life you’re accustomed to is on the cusp of changing radically, and you get to choose what the next phase looks like.

As the year progresses we will do our best to give you the advice that previous year 12 students have used to succeed.

Don’t Get Lost

The thing is, it’s easy to get lost or disorientated if you don’t know where you’re going. A common mistake year 12 students make is not having a clearly defined destination. In other words, not knowing what they want to do after year 12 or what ATAR score they need (if they need one at all).

Let’s use an example. If you were trying to find which house the party you’re invited to on the weekend is at, you’re not going to keep driving around a random suburb in the hope you’ll just “know” the right one using intuition. So, why would you use this tactic in year 12?



Let’s Put This Into An Analogy

In the olden days approximately 2000 BGPS (before GPS) our parents used to ask people for directions. More specifically, they ask people who are familiar with the particular suburb and have been to the set destination. If we analogise the “address” of this venue to your goal ATAR, then you need “directions” to get there. Figure out what you want to do post VCE then find and speak to those who “Have Been There And Done That”. You need to ask questions and you need to be willing to engage with those who have experience working within the system. The people who have the information you need to get access to can be:

  • Students who achieved your goal ATAR
  • Current university students undertaking the course you want
  • Teachers who have guided previous students to an ATAR you wish to achieve.

Here’s some practical advice.

Decide what you want to do after year 12, seriously sit down and make the decision. If you’re not sure yet, actively work towards figuring it out. Succeeding in VCE depends on your definition of “success” in context, not on how many hours of each day you confine yourself to a library and study. If you figure out what the next stage of your life looks like, then you can figure out what its going to take to get yourself there.

If you have any questions or would like some more advice, feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Let’s Grow Together!

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