Motivation for VCE

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No one stays motivated ALL THE TIME … it is like expecting a camp fire to burn all the time (without adding wood) – it won’t happen. However VCE students can find ways to increase their motivation back to ‘normal’, healthy levels. In other words finding new wood to put into that burning campfire – this way the fire will not extinguish and you do not have to completely ‘re-light’ it. Keeping your motivation level up will have a positive influence in your VCE and your ATAR score.

So read on, try the exercises and watch your VCE results rise, rise, RISE!

1) Give yourself good enough reasons to succeed in VCE (top 8 reasons and write them out);

Normally you find that human beings are not ’self motivated’ and they burn out rather quickly. Motivation often happens in little ‘packs’ of energy – and then you fall into the vortex of demotivation. One of the biggest problems in VCE is losing motivation and burning out. Since VCE is a highly stressful time for students, if a VCE student does not have good enough reasons to do well they will not be consistent throughout the year, ultimately this will reflect in the ATAR score. If a simple question is asked, for example;

– Why do you want to do well in your VCE?

Demotivated student;

> “Hmmmm ….**long pause***…. I dunno”
This is often followed by a giggle.

This is a sign that the VCE student will burn out once the workload starts buiding up since they don’t have a good enough reason to succeed in their VCE… therefore making them more prone to crashing, burning out and not doing enough work necessary to succeed.

> ” Because I want to get a 99 + in my VCE”

This VCE student is much more ambitious and knows what they want … however they have not answered the question at a deeper level. The question is WHY do you want to do well …. not HOW well you want to do.
If there is no reason to get that 99+ in your VCE what is going to motivate you?

” Because my parents want me to do well in my VCE”

Parents are no doubt important, however if you rely on them the source of motivation for VCE, it isn’t coming from within (internally) but from the outside world (externally). This is ultimately less powerful, than if you become self motivated in your VCE. You should take intuitive and find out your personal reasons for succeeding – because remember after VCE you will have to generate self-motivation to achieve success. This can still be on your ‘motivation list’ but perhaps not the ONLY reason of success.

Examples of highly motivated VCE students;

“ I want to do well because by getting an enter score of X I will be able to get into course Y. I want to get into course Y because it is compatible to my personality and I am really passionate about studying it.”

This is a way to do the work in your VCE regardless of whether it is interesting or not. Because you foresee a reward and have something meaningful to work towards and therefore sitting and studying is no longer a “chore” but a way to manifest your VCE dreams. In this case you know that if you do the work – you are taking charge and are doing the right actions to making your future goals realistic, therefore this motivation will be very powerful – which will have a positive effect in your VCE.

“I want to succeed in VCE because it is a way to learn how to self motivate myself and develop skills required to be a successful person in the future. I can use VCE to teach me organisation, managing time, coping with stress and occasionally ‘picking myself up’ from disappointing results”

This is a great reason to do well because it is one in which YOU will benefit fully from. You should use VCE as a mini-life stimulation. In the external world;
– competition exists…not between 17/18 year olds any more!!!!
– you still have to be dedicated
– you still have to pick yourself up from disappointment
– you must be organised
– you will still work

….and trust me stress levels DO NOT decrease. In fact it builds up! I personally, have heaps more things to do now as opposed to my VCE. I have to find a right balance between studying Engineering, running a business, paying all the bills and rent, managing other tutors, tutoring, improving the website, promoting the website, renovating the tutoring centre, spending time with my sisters and the list goes on and on…. So when you start believing that VCE is too much – remember things could be way more busy!

By using VCE to develop personal skills you may finish high school with a high ATAR however most importantly you will be enriched with skills that will benefit you for LONG TERM. In the end the ATAR score will not be talked about much and the VCE will be forgotten about, at university and work no one really cares what you got. What matters is the life skills you acquire.

> I want to do well because I will get a nice car/holiday/present when I get over 90 in my VCE?

Sometimes bribery is the only way someone will get motivated in the VCE. If you know there is a reward at the end of the journey you will stay focused. Although it works for short term in the VCE, it shouldn’t be used at all times – no a lot of people in the real world will actually care if you accomplish your goals or not …. it is really up to YOU.

Please be motivated to do this exercise because it will have a positive influence on you!!! :P

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INSTRUCTION for VCE students:

The more specific you are the better the effect. Keep asking why, why, why until you get to the VERY CORE of the reason why you should do well in VCE. Using this ‘worksheet’ first come up with top 8 reasons why to do well. These reasons will be  shallow (surface), go into a deeper level by asking why behind each reason – until you make your reasons so appealing that you cannot resist to open that VCE Maths book :)

Once you have reached the core reasons of doing well, make a ‘good copy’ and photocopy heaps of them. Put these up everywhere to be a constant reminder to you about why you are going through the ‘pain’ of VCE :)

You should have constant exposure to this because your busy lifestyle will cause you to forget … you can even put it as your computer wall paper so that you will see it and remind yourself the moment you think about logging into Facebook!