As if your studies weren't tough enough, a once in a life time pandemic decides to happen right when you're about to take your exams. Talk about timing! With all that's happening, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed - especially in lockdown.
We know what's it's like, and we're here to help!
ERA have been supporting students during exam time for over a decade. We know the lead up to your final exams is a stressful time, but let's look at the positives. You've made it this far and your exams will be over in a few short weeks. So, we are here to provide the tips you need to make it through this last hurdle.
Here are 10 tips for tackling VCE PE exam revision in lockdown:
Before we look to what you will find useful moving forward, it's important to take a look at where you've been.
2020 has been a tough year to say the least, but you've been learning in a whole new way. Navigating through remote learning, online courses, and studying in your home environment. Hat's off to you!
There is no question that you've achieved heaps this past year, and that deserves a huge high five. But every so often, it's worth taking a moment to stop and think back to your most memorable moments. When you achieved what you thought impossible. Those EUREKA moments when your studying and exam revision surprised even yourself.
Go on, take a second and really think about it.
With those moments in mind, make a mental note on what was different about that particular time. How did it enable you to achieve what you did that day? Was it your mood? Your diet? A particular study technique?
It's those little tactics that you want to use again and again as you progress through your revision journey. And you know, you will most likely see a few of those tactics pop up as you read on.
Never begin the day, until it is finished on paper...
You may be thinking this goes without saying. But you'd be surprised by how many student's will start their day with the intention of studying, but have no real structure in place for how or when they plan to do so.
Planning requires very little time, and sets you up for a day of study success.
We like to start simple. Think about a basic timetable with 3 or 4 blocks of time throughout the day. It doesn't have to be back-to-back, but make sure you incorporate regular breaks for stretching, exercise and eating.
Write your timetable on paper, make a note on your computer or better yet, use your email/phone calendar to create events throughout the day (this is our personal favourite). Setting alarms shortly before each event is a good way to ensure you stay on track with your revision schedule.
Revision is all about ensuring the information you need is locked in your brain and can be easily accessible during exam crunch time.
When it comes to taking in and maintaining information, everybody is different.
It is important to find out and know your learning style early on, so you're revising the way that works for you. And believe it or not, there are Seven Learning Styles out there. Who would have thought?!
The best way to find out your learning style is to take a simple online test.
Once you have your learning style down, take some time to seriously consider how you can update your revision techniques to best suit the way you learn.
If you aren't using a study guide already, you should be! A study guide is an aid designed to assist you with your learning and provide you with the most important pieces of information you'll need to ace those exams.
A study guide can help you focus on the right content and spend more time learning for what you don't know, rather than studying for the sake of studying.
Not sure where to find a study guide? We've got you 😉
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That's right, we've done the hard work for you and designed a study guide that lets you focus on what's important - your learning. It will give you a structured approach to maximise your learning and help you achieve your best study score.
A tidy desk is a tidy mind...
When it comes to exam success, so much depends on your study space. Where you study could be the difference between achieving an average score in your exams, or a great score.
Here are a few mini-tips to consider when organising your study space:
We've all been there! Those days when time seems to fly by and the next minute it's lunch time and your mouth feels like a desert. But how much of that time was truly effective study time?
When we are dehydrated, we can feel lethargic, restless and lack concentration.
Keep your water bottle by your side on long revision days. Make sure it is in view, towards the back of your study space, and in arms reach.
You're not the only one studying for VCE PE exams! All of your class mates are going through the exact same experience. So why go it alone when you can share the journey with everyone else.
Check in with your friends and see how they're going with their study. Learning what techniques they are incorporating in their revision plan can be an excellent source of inspiration for your own.
Your classmates aren't the only ones you could form a study group with.
Check out our VCE PE Community Page on Facebook:
We have a whole community dedicated to VCE PE on Facebook, where you can see updates from the ERA team and find other students who are revising for their end of year exam.
We know what you're thinking. A pomo-what technique?! Pomodoro! You may also know this as the 'Tomato Timer' technique. Whatever you call it, the principles are the same.
Pomodoro technique is a popular time management system to help you work with the time you have, rather than against it.
Essentially, the method is to break up your study day into 25-minute blocks which are separated by five-minute breaks. The breaks are referred to as pomodoros - pronounced 'pow·muh·daw·rows' 🍅
After four pomodoros, you get a slightly longer break of 15 to 20 minutes, before the cycle starts again. Win!
Here's one which includes a basic task list, for an extra productive study session:
There are plenty of apps out on the market, or you could use one of the many in-browser options. Let us know your favourites in the comments or on the Facebook community page.
The closer you get to exam time, the closer you are to warmer days and a beautiful summer. If that isn't motivation to get outside and stretch those legs, I don't know what is!
Being active doesn't have to mean running or cycling. It could be taking the time to stretch those legs during your pomodoro, or getting outside of the house for a lunchtime walk.
Maintaining your physical health is just as important as maintaining your mental health.
So, whatever you decide to do, make sure it works for you. Don't push yourself too hard or reach too far outside of your comfort zone.
Your study space is tidy, there is a full glass of water ready on your desk, a pomodoro timer is running in your browser, and your study time table is off to the side. A plan is in place and your day is set.
You get out your study guide, set yourself some goals and envision what a successful day looks like. You have everything you need to tackle your VCE PE Exam Revision in Lockdown.
But, wait! Where are your learning resources?!
That's where we come in. Known as the 'Secret Weapon for VCE PE Students', ERA offers the number one comprehensive exam revision resource for VCE PE.
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Check out what you can access on the VCE PE Resource Hub below:
Start small with a bit of a desk tidy, every little bit helps! Also, remember to reach out if you need assistance. From the helping hand of a family member, or a walk with a friend, to the VCE PE Facebook Community, and the ERA VCE PE Resource Hub Community feed.
You are not alone and there are so many ways to receive the extra help you need.
Now take a sip of that water and go for a walk. You've earned it!
Planning out and sticking to a study schedule can be hard. We wanted to roll-up our sleeves and do some of the heavy lifting for you.