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Study Survival - 5 Tips for Getting Through the VCE Exams Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic

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No one could have ever imagined that a global pandemic would dramatically impact Australia’s schooling system. However, that’s precisely what a coronavirus known as COVID-19 has done. 

Students who have been preparing to sit their VCE exams in Victoria are now facing uncertainty with their schooling structure. However, even though schools have temporarily closed their doors, learning doesn’t need to stop. Here are a few helpful tips for helping you prepare for VCE exams during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

Seek Help

Studying for final year exams can be daunting at the best of times. Still, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly added a new layer of confusion and frustration for many. Fortunately, there is no shortage of  VCE, HSC and QCE tutors online who can assist those students who may require a helping hand to prepare. 

Online private tutoring sessions, resources, live-stream subject classes, and mock tests and exams can offer that much-needed peace of mind that students can and will get through.

Stick to a Routine

Undertaking schooling from home is a significant change from most students’ everyday routine. However, not having to head to the classroom doesn’t have to mean how you study and prepare for VCE exams has to change. 

Set your alarm at the same time as you would if you were catching the bus, and dedicate time to each subject you need to study. Where necessary, check in with your teachers to ensure you’re on the right track. 

Eat Brain Food

Even with a detailed guideline of work you need to achieve at home for VCE exams, students need to prepare both mind and body. While you might have all the tools for studying success, your focus can’t be at its best when you’re not fueling your body with the right nourishment. 

Some of the best foods to boost your brain and memory function include fatty fish, blueberries, turmeric, broccoli, and nuts. Chocolate lovers will also be pleased to know that dark chocolate features brain-boosting compounds, as well. Fuel your body and your mind will follow. 

Keep in Touch

Technology has been used to its full potential in recent weeks, with students and teachers heading online to continue their learning program. Even though you don’t get to benefit from a teacher’s assistance in person, that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on your teachers at all. 

While studying from home, keep in touch with your teachers, join their online classes, and be in email contact with any questions you may have. A lot of things are uncertain, but your learning doesn’t have to be one of them. 

Dedicated Work Space

Over 2,200 schools in Victoria have shut their doors to flatten the curve of COVID-19. As a result, students are saying goodbye to their usual desk and classroom environment for a while. 

Upon picking up self-guided learning at home, sometimes with the assistance of a caregiver, it’s a good idea for students to try and replicate their school environment at home. 

Set up a dedicated workspace where you can study quietly. Use good lighting and a comfortable chair, and remove unnecessary distractions like smartphones and TVs. The more suitable your learning space, the better equipped you are to study successfully. 

While the Australian government is putting plans in place to ensure learning can continue with a sense of normalcy, it’s crucial that students play their part too. Seek help from VCE tutors and teachers, keep a routine, and eat well. Learning can and will continue – with the doors to your local schools open or not.