All I remember was shouting at the top of my lungs “MUM, DAD.” I scared the sh*t out of them I yelled so loud. They didn’t even know why I was so ecstatic.It took so long to sink in and to just say the words: “I did it. I don’t know how but I got a 99.95 ATAR”
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Exactly how the mythical VCE works is a constant source of confusion for parents and students - sometimes even for those currently undertaking VCE subjects. Hopefully all of the following information - explained for you by a VCE survivor! - will clarify the key points of confusion.
The VCE consists of four units (1-4) which are undertaken across two years. These are generally Year 11 (Units 1 and 2) and Year 12 (Units 3 and 4), however subjects can be undertaken as accelerated courses of study. As a result, some students may undertake Units 1 and 2 of a subject in Year 10 and Units 3 and 4 of a subject in Year 11. While this is the most common form of acceleration, some schools allow units to be taken even in earlier school years. Note that, in some cases, it is possible to undertake Units 3 and 4 of a subject without having completed Units 1 and 2.
The VCE is structured around a study design that details all the content to be learned by students. This content is broken down into key Areas of Study. They are then tested in Outcomes (graded S/N -satisfactory or not-) in Units 1 and 2 and School Assessed Coursework (SACs, graded A+ to UG - ungraded) in Units 3 and 4, as well as final VCE exams at the end of all four units.
Final exams explicitly test only learning from Units 3 and 4, however content from Units 1 and 2 is assumed knowledge and therefore often necessary to complete exams. At the end of the process, students receive a Study Score out of 50 for each Units 3 and 4 subject undertaken, as well as an overall ATAR. Study scores are derived from SAC and exam marks, while the ATAR is derived from the study scores. Both of these forms of a student's final mark are rankings against the performance of other students.
The VCE system can be quite complex, and understanding what's going on can be very daunting for new students and parents. If you ever need some assistance with VCE studies or subject specific help, KIS Academics tutors have a thorough understanding of their subjects and can assist in understanding curriculum requirements. Our tutors are able to provide materials and teaching on how to prepare for VCE assessments. Learn about our VCE tutoring and book a free study skills consultation with a KIS Academics tutor.
As a year 11 student doing ATAR, I was looking for a tutor that could help me with French. KIS Academics was incredibly helpful and fast at finding me someone who could assist me with my studies. My tutor Eliza Carey over the past few months has helped me so much not only in French but in biology and maths as well. I’m incredibly grateful for the effort and commitment she has put into helping me be more comfortable and less stressed about the subjects I was having difficulty with. It’s been nothing but an honour to be tutored by Eliza and I strongly recommend her as a tutor
Hey guys! I’m Elena and I’m here to say: I get it. VCE can be difficult. So no matter whether you’re aiming for the top or just trying to survive this crazy thing we call school, my ultimate mission is to help make things easier for you. I can be your certified secret weapon!
I graduated as the Dux of my high school with an ATAR of 99.60. I also received a VCE Premier's Award for Excellence in English. I completed six subjects total, two of them in Year 11 as accelerated subjects- so I can help out with the extra questions, skills and uncertainty that comes with doing VCE early.
I have years of teaching experience at a Saturday school and I am myself the product of good tutoring- so I can combine personal experience as both the student and the teacher to create a balanced, tailored, welcoming and relatable tutoring process for you.
Aside from the content itself, as a VCE survivor I am able to help out with general tips and tricks- all the things that will ultimately help you help yourself!
I left high school happy with my six years there - a feeling which I hope to impart to you. Whether that means improved grades, better studying skills or a greater enjoyment of a subject, I will be there to help that happen and have some laughs along the way!
Hey there! My name is Jeff, and I graduated as the Dux of Xavier College with an ATAR of 99.95. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Medicine at Monash University.
High school is unequivocally challenging - VCE aside for a moment, balancing your social life, home life and extra-curricular activities can seem quite daunting. I was in your position not too long ago and had an incredibly full-on schedule. And perhaps like you now, I dreamt big - I wanted to go into medicine after high school. This meant juggling all my commitments while being in the top 0.1% of the state academically. Frankly, I had my doubts.
But I made it.
Since graduating high school, I have made it my mission to help passionate, conscientious students who dare to dream to attain their full potential. Having tutored and mentored more than 30 students, I am very confident in helping you to score the best marks possible and get into your desired uni course.
And unlike some, I didn't sacrifice my social life and hobbies in year 12. I have gradually developed a series of strategies to study efficiently and maximise every second of my revision to maintain good grades. These have helped me to attain perfect study scores and Premiers' Award in Physics and English. And perhaps more importantly, I had an eminently enjoyable and personally enriching experience throughout the six years of high school.
My teaching style is concept-oriented, meaning I prioritise helping you to fully understand the underlying ideas using well-written and clear notes before walking you through example questions. In other words, I wish to train and guide the way you think and approach questions. Having been tutored myself by a VCE methods examiner, I'm confident in helping you to develop an "exam-perspective" to understand just exactly what the examiners are looking for. Moreover, I aim to cultivate the skill of studying efficiently rather than abundantly within all my students, an ability that will undoubtedly assist you in time management and to achieve success in your future careers - after all, that's what VCE is all about!
Hi, I'm Sophie! I absolutely adore maths and science and I would be delighted to have you as a student!
My aim for tutoring is to help all students achieve their best and be proud of themselves! I do this by ensuring you feel comfortable and confident with your subjects through offering comprehensive sessions tailored to your learning style and needs. As someone who has always been dedicated to learning, I will strive to help you do your best and achieve your goals. I believe my enthusiasm and positivity towards these subjects, combined with my logical and structured approach, will help you to reach your full potential!
I graduated as dux of my school achieving an ATAR of 99.75 with VCE study scores of 50 in biology, 48 in further maths, 47 in both chemistry and maths methods and a 99th percentile score for the UCAT. I am now studying Dentistry at La Trobe University.
Throughout my high school years, whilst I undoubtably worked hard on my school work, I still ensured I made time for extra-curricular activities such as music, debating and dancing (as well as a full night’s sleep!). I continued this all the way through to year 12, where I was elected music captain. I found that involving myself in all these activities helped me study much more efficiently and effectively, requiring me to develop better study techniques and habits, and gave me a break from the stress of high school and VCE!
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