Taking responsibility for your VCE year

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Taking responsibility for your VCE year is a very mature step to improve your school results throughout year 12. There are generally two classes of people in our society – people that take full responsibility of their lives or people that simply enjoy blaming circumstance. It is often tempting to fall into a “victim” personality and to believe that you have a lack of power in your life. You can always complain about it and most people intuitively enjoy complaining, it makes social life much more “interesting” if you can discuss how bad a particular subject is, or the standard of teaching your VCE teacher delivers. In this article we will discuss the concept of taking responsibility in your life and how it will help you improve your ATAR score.

Taking responsibility of the events within your life is not only a still you will develop in VCE, but a skill that will be used throughout your life. Unfortunately most people are part of the blaming game. They tend to blame their parents, children, spouse, friends … even government of why things is their lives are not working out. In our culture there exists a deep need to justify reason for a particular problem – without taking the blame. Most people see themselves absolutely flawless, they only reason why they believe that life isn’t working out for them is due to their “flawed” surroundings. This leads to the individual becoming a victim of circumstance and believing that there is nothing that can be done to change anything – ultimately the individual believes in this so deeply that they become blind to the fact that most of this “style of thinking” is simply making excuses.

By making excuses, and blaming the outside world the individual feels better about themselves however is not able to take constructive actions to change the circumstances. Why bother, if nothing can be done? By deeming themselves powerless, people become passive and even lazy, I mean if you know that it is the outside world’s fault, then you can’t really fix it… therefore you may as well kick back and relax.

For every problem there is some form of solution – most problems can be solved if the individual takes complete responsibility for their life. This is very applicable for success in VCE. Very often I hear students complain about their teachers at school, their workload, their school environment and how these factors affect their grades – although these are very friendly students with a great personality and even a desire to improve their marks, it can’t be done until they gain their own personal power.

It is easy to fall into a victim personality – and I can’t deny that I don’t fall into such traps within certain areas within my life. However the most important is awareness of this behaviour. By being aware of the tendency to become a victim and blaming your disappointments on other sources, we can actually begin to become empowered in our lives.

How is all of this relevant to your VCE? Why will taking responsibility in your VCE become so crucial? How will this impact your ATAR? These are just some of the questions students may ask… As was mentioned above, there is a big risk when omitting responsibility. A VCE student can begin to blame all the things around them for their poor performance … once this is completed the VCE student feels like they have justified enough. This prevents the student from seeing that they have the power in them that will help them succeed!

Let’s take two students, A and B. both students attend the same local, under-funded state school. The both have the same teacher for VCE methods. Student A really hates VCE methods – he dislikes his teacher because he has very little communication skills and mumbles instead of teaching. He can’t seem to have enough time to answer student A’s questions, over time student A obtains very poor marks and his hate for the subject grows – he also stops trying … why should he try if his teacher doesn’t?

Student B also doesn’t like his teacher, and thinks that he could receive better quality teaching, however he decides to borrow more books from the library and surf the web to find good explanations of the topics, he decides to hire a tutor in order to obtain a better understanding of the VCAA criteria. Student B understands that just because he may have unfair conditions at school, it is still in his power to do something about this. He is empowered and does not allow his exterior conditions affect his results. In the long run, it is pretty obvious that student B will obtain much better results than student A. Why? Student B took responsibility for his studies. He refused to put himself into “victim” behaviour and knew that he needs to do something about the situation!

As a VCE student there are many pathways to success, it does not only depend on the school you attend or the type of teachers you have. There are many ways of how you can improve your situation – this can ultimately increase your ATAR. Here are some ways that you can begin to take responsibility for your VCE studies;

(1) YouTube tutorials; There are some great tutorials out there for free! The teachers presenting these tutorials are often excellent at explaining topics. Academy Plus also offers such services, and we will do our best to continue to offer 100% free tutorials for all VCE students.

(2) Surf the web; There is a large amount of questions and worksheets online for almost any topic you study. These often come with worked solutions… all you really need to do is to type something like “trigonometry unit circle worksheet” or any particular topic you may be interested in.

(3) Hire a tutor/attend tutorials;
There are some excellent tutors out there that can definitely help you progress through the syllabus in an accelerated rate. There are also tutorials that you may wish to attend – Academy Plus offer small classes that progress through the entire syllabus.

(4) Ask your teacher directly during the lunch break. Most of the time teachers know the material thoroughly, it is just that somewhere in class they have not been able to communicate the information clearly to you. Perhaps if you ask them for some extra help, they will be able to make the information more clear to you.

(5) Form a study group with “smart” friendsSome students know how to work out the problems … perhaps they are willing to help out and explain the topic in “teenage language”. This is a great way to use your free periods, and perhaps you are more stronger in a different subject so that you both can benefit from each other’s knowledge!

It is important to take full responsibility for your VCE studies. This will become important in your individual lives too – so it is a life skill that will remain with you not only during VCE, but for the rest of your lives.