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THE FINAL FRONTIER

Everyone studies for their exams and SACs (or they should be), because after all it’s all about preparation. That’s not true. Preparation is crucial, but it is not everything. What matters is how you do the actual exam – how you approach the paper, how you find clues to answers, etc. Bad exam technique can…

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HOW I GOT THROUGH YEAR 12

At the very beginning of Year 11, in the first lesson of busman 3/4, my teacher gave us a small pink slip which I held onto for the next two years. The final point on that slip said: Walk out of the final exam thinking, ‘I gave it my all.’ Knowing you’ve tried your best…

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NOTHING IN THE TANK

For me, I lived by a simple motto, “leave nothing in the tank.” This idea of giving everything you have was something that kept me motivated for both my study and sport. I didn’t want to look back at my time at school, particularly year 12, and have any regrets. Whilst it is important to…

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ADVERSITY AND EXCELLENCE

Tradition teaches that the end result, the almighty ATAR is the terminus of our Secondary Education and thus succeeding in being awarded a high ATAR is synonymous as life success. Submitting to this theory will only result in disappointment when you cross the long awaited finish line. Only in finishing VCE is the grand revelation…

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THE BALANCING ACT

I’ve always been a person who wants to do and try everything and take advantage of every opportunity available to me. However, when Year 12 came around and I was announced as School Captain, everyone was quick to tell me that I had to cut the things I loved out of my life in order…

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WHAT WORKED FOR ME IN VCE

Entering year 12, I set myself two goals: 1) Achieve a more than respectable ATAR result, and; 2) Strongly pursue my soccer career For me the second goal took precedence over the first. For this reason, rather than taking five subjects (or even six) I chose four. I suppose I wanted to have greater focus on my…