All students will be participating in various exams starting Monday, 3 June. This is a great opportunity for students to extend themselves in demonstrating their understanding of what they have learnt. The outcomes of the exams will be discussed in classes after exam week to highlight feedback or highlight misunderstandings and identify best practice. All students are expected to wear FULL school uniform during the exams. The exam timetable and expectations of equipment to bring has been shared with the students.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: YEAR 10 EXAMS
Year 10 students are permitted to go home after completing their GAT on Monday, and also arrive at recess on the Wednesday as their exams start Period 3 that day. The library will be available to students who are not able to make alternative arrangements.
During the exams we will be cancelling classes and marking attendance in the exams. This means that absences will not be added into Compass, hence no SMS to parents at 11:00 am.
Study Habits and success in exams
Some sites for information about good study habits:
Advice from some students about studying:
"Most students worry that studying is sometimes boring. Then there is the unavoidable problem of feeling sleepy and having no interest in what they are doing. So be attentive and active when you study."
''Concentration and time are the most important things in studying. First concentrate your mind and then divide your time across your subjects. Try to spend the most time on your difficult subjects.''
"I start to study as soon as I get home from school. Everything is still fresh in my mind."
"When I sit down to study, the first thing I do is turn off the ringer on my phone. The second thing I do is put my phone where I can't see it. I read a saying that said when something is out of sight it is out of mind. Then I can concentrate on my work."
Top 5 tips to create a positive study environment:
(Credit to http://www.eacs.wa.edu.au/2017/11/top-5-tips-to-create-a-positive-study-environment/)
Many students complete a lot of their study at home which is why it is vital to create a positive study environment at home. This is the first step to ensure your child makes the most of their study time and avoids distraction.
- Have a dedicated study space: A home study or bedroom are often the best options. They tend to be quiet areas, away from social spaces like the kitchen or living areas which tend to be noisy. Ensure the space is well lit, comfortable and well ventilated, but not cold.
- Have a study plan: Plan study time carefully. The plan should include time for study of all subjects, rest periods, co-curricular activities and dinner time. After every 50 minutes of study there should be a 10-minute break. Use the break to get some fresh air, grab a snack or chat with family members. The plan should be shared with family members so they can plan outings around it.
- Get organised: Make sure the desk has sufficient space. Minimise clutter - it keeps the mind focussed. Organise subject notes in clearly marked folders so they are ready to go when that subject’s allocated study time arises.
- Enlist family support: Your family can help you stay on track, encourage you when motivation is low and provide positive reinforcement. Simple things like making sure dinner is served at the allocated time; driving you to and from school or co-curricular activities so that you can maximise your study time; or helping you with revision can all make a significant difference to your productivity and mood.
- Avoid distractions: This is imperative if you are to follow the study plan and accomplish what you have set out. Distractions include television, radio, social media, other family members and even food. Store mobile phones and tablet devices away from study areas. Avoid music with lyrics and don’t use headphones as they can hinder the retention of information.
Year 9 and 10 General Assessment Test (GAT)
All students studying VCE Units 3 and 4 all partake in a GAT. This is a test that identifies student ability in relation to their studies. This year, Year 9 and 10 students will also be participating in a GAT. Teachers will be trained in how to observe and use this data and utilise it to inform their teaching of individuals in the classroom. It should provide us with another insight into where their entry point is into learning a particular skill or developing knowledge and target their improvement based on the capacity. Meaning that we can extend highly capable students better and tailor programs for students in specific need areas. In addition to this students will be better prepared for the rigour of VCE.