Tips to success

There are numerous public speakers who present their “tips to VCE success”.  In addition, there are seminars you can attend, publications you can purchase and videos you can download.

Whilst there is a lot of good VCE material worthy of your consideration, there are also numerous products that miss the mark by a long way.

Traditionally the topics covered within a VCE Success program include:

  • Goal setting
  • Effective note taking
  • Memory storage and recollection techniques
  • Study timetables
  • Exam preparation
  • Dietary consideration
  • Sleep debt

etc.

Whilst all the above topics are valuable and indeed worthwhile learning more about, they do not form the recipe for success in VCE Physics.  Unfortunately, there is no one single “quick fix” to ensure success in VCE Physics.

My observations in the class rooms over the past two decades is that successful students in Physics simply work harder than the rest.

My observations in the class rooms over the past two decades is that successful students in Physics simply work harder than the rest.  Generally speaking, students do get what they deserve at the end of their VCE studies.   Those who invest the time and effort, as a rule, get the best results

Having just said that there is no “quick fix” to ensure success in VCE Physics, I can report that most high achieving Physics students use the following common strategies:

  • study ahead of the set class work
  • regularly revise their class work
  • keep up to date with the prescribed chapter questions
  • seek assistance when difficulties are encountered
  • construct summaries at the end of every topic
  • purchase an exam preparation booklet (with solutions)
  • complete a large volume of practice exams
  • attend exam revisions programs

Those who invest the time and effort, as a rule, get the best results.

When 60% of your marks in Year 12 Physics are awarded to a single 2.5 hour end of year exam it doesn’t take much thinking to realise that you must invest considerable time and energy in preparation for this major form of assessment.

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