Time management is not just about managing time but about mastering yourself in the VCE time warp. This year will fly by in the blink of an eye if you’re not prepared your VCE performance (and sanity) will suffer.
With correct application of these time management strategies you’ll gain an improved level of VCE success, an increased balance between school, your VCE study & life and most importantly minimise stress to be happier. You see the best VCE smart study skills, speed reading techniques and VCE help are useless if you have not first learnt to master your time through appropriate application of time management skills.
Why is it that some vce students seem to have time to earn money at a part time job, have a social life and still get great grades? It used to make me mad! Why do I HAVE to WORK SO HARD? …and then I learnt something which changed my life for the better. You see we all get the same amount of time per day…86,400 seconds per day (to be precise) so it simply is not just a matter of saving time but rather spending it wisely!
Why are so many students feeling stressed, exhausted and anxious from their VCE ? Here are the latest findings. According to a 2002 study of VCE students’ homework behaviours and stress (by Gerard Kennedy & Nadya Kouzma Victoria University) found that for all the extensive changes to the VCE school system, students are still not managing their time appropriately. Students are completing an average of 37 hours of homework per week…but some students were spending up to 65 hours a week. This is on top of the standard 8 hour school day. No wonder students are stressed!
On top of this some 2002 research by Suzanne Warner of Swinburne University found that: 74% of students consistently procrastinated 79% of students were constantly distracted when studying. Only 40% had made a study and homework schedule 55% had made summaries of topics Many students believed that success was more to do with luck or “the teacher likes me”. For the record the State Government guidelines suggest that year 10 to 12 students should spend between 90 minutes and three hours on study each weeknight, and up to six hours at the weekend during peak VCE periods- a total of 21 hours per week. This means that the average student could realistically be wasting up to 16 hours per week through procrastination, poor time management and poor study habits…that’s disastrous not to mention stressful!.
What this clearly indicates in black and white is that for students to reach their VCE potential they must:
1. Master smart study techniques to make their learning time more productive.
2. Master their emotions to pulverise procrastination.
3. Determine and focus upon what they want to achieve in their VCE and beyond.
4. Lay out small, achievable steps to achieve their VCE goals.
5. Prioritise these events or “big rocks” so that they happen.
6. Achieve a balance across all areas of life to minimise stress and maximise performance.
7. Continuously learn from their mistakes and refine their skills to improve their performance.
All of these will ultimately help students to:
1. Achieve their VCE goals and not worry about what results they “might” have achieved.
2. Minimise stress so they can be more effective at school and at home.
3. Improve study effectiveness to have more time available to pursue an active social life!
4. Take greater control and personal responsibility for the direction of their life.
5. Maximise the learning experience so students remember more with less effort.
6. Improve freedom
7. and students might even enjoy the VCE experience. …or fall victim like thousands of other students before them.
Make the most of your VCE for it will be one of the most enjoyable years of your life!
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