FROM THE VCE COORDINATOR

As Term 2 comes to a conclusion, it is an appropriate time for both staff and students to reflect on their academic performance so far. I have recently asked my Year 12 Legal Studies class to complete a review of their first semester and then I will provide them with a short written reflection. Their responses have generally been very thoughtful and honest. As well, I have asked the students to make comments on my performance and areas that I can improve. Self-reflection and receiving and acting on feedback is how individuals improve in any field or pursuit. I would encourage every student to take the time to reflect on their performance so far, look at what they are doing well and make a list of strategies that may help them achieve their academic goals.

Very recently I have offered a study Skills session for our Year 12 VCE students focusing on revision tips in the lead up to the final examinations. Some of the points that I covered were:
• Setting a Study timetable, particularly for the holiday periods
• Having a daily “to do “ list
• The use of mind maps and other revision tools
• The importance of the VCAA Study Design and past examinations
• The key examination skills including command terms
• Maintaining a balanced approach In periods of high stress

One simple method that I have encouraged students to use is read over their own revision notes for 5-10 minutes per night prior to sleep. It is not onerous task, however, allocating this time over the next 20 weeks will surely assist a student memorise and understand content. Overall, which ever method of revision a student employs it is important that it is done on a consistent basis and if they do not understand the content they must seek assistance from their teacher.

Starting on Tuesday September 1, Students doing Unit 3/4 subjects will be sitting VCE practice examinations. Despite the fact that some subjects may not have finished the course, the practice sessions allow students to get valuable feedback prior to the Term 3 holidays and therefore they can make adjustments to their personal study programme. There will also be opportunities in early Term 4 to complete additional practice examination sessions .

On every Wednesday next term there will be supervised study session in the Fisher Library. The session runs from 1.30pm – 2.30pm and provides the students with the opportunity to get an hour of study completed before sport or time to catch up with individual teachers. It has been pleasing to see the number of students taking this opportunity this term and I would certainly encourage more to attend.

John Grave


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