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We finally made it - holidays are upon us and we are free (at least for a little while anyway).


The notion of doing (or even receiving) holiday homework is particularly new for most year 11 students and probably for some year 12 students. I've heard the vce holidays being called "Study vacations", "School holiday", "Study break" etc...But how do you go about actually tackling it and completing it with the minimum of fuss and stress.


I have written extensively about this topic because so many students struggle to deal effectively with the holiday period. See - vce school holidays - don't drop the ball and the september school holiday conundrum


Let's face it, you need some r & r (rest and relaxat...

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This post was first authored a couple of years ago but the content is still relevant for today - hope it helps. Heath


Sac preparation for high performance. A brief history...


Not too long ago the vce system was made up purely of cat's instead of sac's. Cat's or common assessment tasks were completed by each student (one per subject-per unit) and was an extended piece of work that required lots of time, effort and energy. The system was unfair because teachers could not verify what work was being completed by students outside of normal class hours.


Hence the introduction of the sac system or school assessed coursework where assessment tasks are completed by students (under direct teacher supervi...

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I have heard that the “fear of public speaking” is one of the most common phobias people experience. The way that you get better at public speaking however, is facing this fear and practicing this skill which leads to improved confidence and therefore speaking performances. Now I know many of you will be preparing for the vce english oral presentation so I decided to provide a write some strategies to help you through this challenging task.


One of the most important and obvious aspect being having a good knowledge about the topic of presentation so topic selection is crucial, if you have the option. If you do, pick a topic area that you are interested in, or particularly passiona...

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With vce students about to go back to school it is an appropriate time for vce students to examine (or re-examine) their goals not just for their vce but for this year (the vce is an important year there is no doubt, but it doesn't mean that it should be the only thing).


With goal setting it is vital to remember this one almighty and all encompassing principle...


“if the ‘why to’ is big enough ‘the how’ to will look after itself”


Why are you going to all the trouble of studying in the first place? Study can be extremely boring. It is much more fun to exercise, watch tv, hang out with our mates etc. If we don’t have a strong and compelling personal reaso...

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Many of the year 11 students have now completed their exams and started the transition into year 12.


As the year 12 students amongst us have just finished their journey, perhaps you would like to share what you have learnt (or your vce resources).


I will start it off..


What I learnt about year 12 is that there are incredibly busy times throughout the term and very quiet periods. Knowing what was coming up was really important to keep stress levels down. I nagged my teachers for their unit outlines so I knew what was happening and when and planned accordingly.


Interested to hear your thoughts...Cheers

Many of the Year 11 students have now completed their exams and started the transition into Year 12.


As the Year 12 students amongst us have just finished their journey, perhaps you would like to share what you have learnt (or your VCE resources).


I will start it off..


What I learnt about Year 12 is that there are incredibly busy times throughout the term and very quiet periods. Knowing what was coming up was really important to keep stress levels down. I nagged my teachers for their unit outlines so I knew what was happening and when and planned accordingly.


Interested to hear your thoughts...cheers

I wrote this article a few years ago and have tweaked it each year. Leading into the holiday period is so important to get you rested and prepared for the vce exams...This year I have decided to re-post it earlier so hopefully you get some more time to put things into practice before the holiday period...Cheers, heath
It never ceases to amaze me that vce students, despite the goodwill and good intentions of well meaning teachers, parents and friends do not know how to prepare appropriately for this all important september school "Holiday" period.


I've written about the topics of holiday homework before in what is a working school holiday and during the mid-year break when I told you not to "Dr...

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Week 2, Term 3 down and it's starting to heat up!


To perform well this term you need to have a consistent, organised approach. And one of the easiest ways to do this is via monthly calendars.


Simply download these resources from the VCE Resources webpage - print them off, then add your important days, dates and events.


All the best.


Cheers, Heath

I published this article last year in preparation for the mid-year exams - hope it helps you in your final preparations as we near the final exams for this year. Good luck, heath
I know that most of you will be in "Exam mode" bunkered down with chocolate, caffiene and other goodies in an attempt to get finally prepared for the exams so I will keep this short.


Some small strategies for you...


1. Get a good nights sleep. Memory consolidation occurs during your deep sleep at night, not to mention a solid nights sleep can help you feel awake, alert and energised the following day. You will need a minimum of 8 hours sleep here or risk waking up feeling lethargic, groggy and stressed.


2. Get active. I...

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By now you are half way through the september school holidays - I hope the holidays are going well for you and you are on track. If not, check out the september school holiday conundrum article


Now before you go back to school in less than a week, I want you to stop and think for a moment.


Just imagine that you had no family support.


....Or no friends.


Not one person to talk to, or lean upon, or confide in.


Can you imagine how long you would live for?


We cannot do what we set out to do without help from other people. As dr. John maxwell said 'if you achieve your goal without the help of other people it's too small.' the vce is one such goal where you need the support of so many people, including y...

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