• Deirdre Brandner

Advice on VCE during COVID-19

As if Year 12 wasn’t enough of a challenge……you are now completing your final year in a pandemic. So, this year looks a bit different, but don’t let your anxiety about the changes derail your thinking. You are still learning and studying, and you will be finished this YEAR!

These ideas can help you get through:

1) Educational Authorities are working tirelessly to ensure you and your school will know what the next steps will be. Remember your score is a rank, and everyone else is in the same position. Don’t focus on the end score and your 2021 plans…be where your feet

2) Maintain connection with others. Just because you are learning remotely doesn’t mean you need to stop engaging with others. Set times with your friends and classroom peers to meet online. Remember that the human brain is designed for interaction.

3) Ask for help. You do not need to do this on your own, and there aren’t extra points for doing so. There are so many people that want to help you parents, teachers, counsellors and universities.

4) Focus only on what you can control. You cannot control the exam timetable, the changes to criteria and application process. The difference you can make is what YOU can do each day. It’s the EFFORT not the OUTCOME the is most important at this time.

5) Watch your mindset. Do not let yourself drown in the negativity that can abound at this time. Stop comparing your experience to other years……This is a worldwide extraordinary time….one day you will brag about doing your Year 12 in the Pandemic of 2020

6) Have routines that you stick to. Make sure there is a balance, get up and move, go outside. Research tells us that cognitive processing improves with exposure to fresh air and natural lighting. Spending long periods of study without a break is not effective, use the Pomodoro Technique, or try different modes to assist in storing information like, online mind maps.

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