The Seven Major Hurdles Of VCE Success



People have many fears which can affect their chances of ultimate VCE success including fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of what other people will think of them, and even a fear of success.

'When we fear we hesitate and when we hesitate we cause all of our worst fears to come true.' Patrick Swayze from the movie Point Break.
Fears cause us to doubt ourselves, as well as our ability to succeed, and prevents us from taking the actions necessary for our success. Remember that just as your past successes will not ensure your future success, your past failures need not be repeated unless you choose not to learn from them and change your attitudes and actions.

So take stock of your emotions right now and ask yourself will these thoughts, attitudes and beliefs support my goals of VCE success. If not have courage to change these negative thought processes and instead cultivate the certainty to succeed.


It is much easier to fail and then make up excuses than it is to succeed.

Many students inwardly know that every excuse that you make is a shovel full of denial that digs you deeper into the pit of failure.

Excuses will not bring you closer to your goals - but take them further away from you. Start accepting 100% responsibility for everything that occurs in your life. Your success, or failure, is not the responsibility of anybody else.

You cannot blame your teachers, your parents, your upbringing, your friends or any other factor for YOUR VCE results.

Starting right now make a deal with yourself to stop using excuses for your lot in life and if you want to make some changes in your life then just do it.


Are you one of the 74% of students that consistently procrastinates during study?

Or one of the 79% of students who are constantly distracted whilst studying. ?

Or one of the 60% that haven't yet made a study and homework schedule?

If you don't change your can you expect to get the results you want?


Actually, rather than poor time management it is really poor self management that stands as a major obstacle to your success in the VCE and in life.

You see time is driven by priorities.

There are 525,600 minutes in every year. If you sleep 8 hours a day, you only have 350,400.

If you take two days off per week and work only 8 hours per day you only have 125,280 minutes a year to 'get things done.'

If you take one hour off for lunch and a 10 minute break for the remaining 7 hours, you only have 91,300 minutes a year to 'get things done.'

If you're like 95% of the population and *really* only use about 1/3 or less of that time to get work done (as opposed to playing around, daydreaming, or doing 'busy work,' you only really have 30,450 minutes a year to 'get things done.'

Are we really only using 10% of our available time effectively?!

We all have the same 1440 minutes every single day but the reason that we all have very different lives is because of the choices we make as to how we will spend that time.

Sure our priorities are influenced by our circumstances but circumstances do not dictate how we choose to spend our time.

Poor time management is really a symptom of not having clearly defined goals or a well conceived purpose in life.

Athletes do not compete at an Olympic Games by accident. An Olympic preparation occurs over a period of at least four years with a single purpose in mind.

Every activity is carefully evaluated against a simple criteria: Does this activity take me closer to my goal of Olympic glory or not? Clearly more time is allocated to those activities which will ensure Olympic success.

What are the activities that will take you closer to VCE success?

How much time are you committing to those activities?


In life there are distractions everywhere. However, if you have clearly set goals it will help you stay focused and avoid the ever present distractions more easily. There are many ways to stay focused and avoid distractions such as surrounding yourself with inspirational quotes. I remember that I had a poster stuck to my wall when I was studying of a man running in the dark that said

' It is 5.00 am, 2 degrees below zero, it is raining. Are you serious?. '

I still to this day remember this quote when I am off purpose or questioning whether to do something or not.

Ask yourself are you serious about VCE success?.


All too often in the VCE we see people who just do enough to scrape by.

Laziness is a bad habit to cultivate however because, just like weeds can overrun a garden, laziness can soon take over all aspects of your life.

Laziness Is NEVER Rewarded In Life.

When all is said and done at the end of this VCE will you be able to look yourself in the eye and honestly say that you did the best job that you could do?

Surely you have not worked as hard as you have over the last few years only to stumble at the final hurdle.

It may shock you to know that exam assessors estimate that as many as 30% of all mistakes in exams and assessment tasks are not a result of a lack of knowledge but from simple, avoidable mistakes as a result of poor examination technique.

Poor technique includes, but is not limited to, failing to answer the question asked, failing to understand the marking scheme, copying data incorrectly, and in some cases simply failing to answer all the questions.

As with an Olympic preparation the hard training is done months before the final competition. Over the last 4 to 8 weeks an athlete will be focused on resting, eating well, and perfecting the small things that will ultimately lead to a peak performance or not.

That is why NOW is the time to be completing study plans, summaries, & meeting with your teachers to query anything you do not completely understand.

The weeks before your VCE exams can then be used to rest your body and mind, review past exams and study notes and generally fine tune your exam performances.

Wishing you your ultimate success,

Dr Matt

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