How to Study for VCE English Language in 2017 – LearnMate

This guide on how to study for VCE English Language was written by Kaitlyn Krahe, a VCE English Language tutor at LearnMate. Kaitlyn scored an amazing 45 scaled in the subject and is offering tutoring to current students. You can find more info about her services here.


Studying VCE English Language in 2017? Ask yourself these three questions!

For the many students embarking on their final year of high school in 2016, the upcoming weeks preceding the commencement of classes are sure to be looming full of questions. “When should I start my holiday homework?”, “what can I do to give myself the best start to Eng Lang this year?”, “when does my free month of Netflix subscription run out?” are just some of the things you might be wondering.

With these questions and more in mind, I have comprised a simple list of 3 questions upon which I would encourage all VCE English Language students to reflect as they prepare for their studies this year.

As a tutor, I advocate for a straightforward, systematic approach when it comes to tackling coursework and assessment tasks. In short, these questions are designed to provide a framework to facilitate each student’s self awareness about their learning (how they can attain and retain relevant information effectively) and awareness of how the current VCE system operates (how they should integrate and apply information to meet the demands of an assessment task) to navigate the challenges that VCE can bring.

How do you learn best?

This may seem simple but is absolutely within a student’s best interests to take the time to identify their academic strengths, areas that need improvement and what kind of learning style they prefer, if they haven’t already. Constructing your notes in a way that is congruent with the way that your brain processes information best will ensure that productivity and efficiency are maximised during study time and revision throughout the year.

For example, I am a visual learner. When I study, I create flashcards with images to learn definitions and then employ flow-charts and diagrams to link key the concepts. I know that reading notes on a whiteboard does not help me consolidate information, so I devise other methods.

What resources are available to you and where can you find them?

Quality over quantity is important here. VCE is an industry that is becoming increasingly commodified. There are endless workshops, texts and online courses which all boast to ensure improved marks and to confer the secrets of VCE success to those who purchase them. There certainly are reputable resources among this sea of options, but the onus is on the consumer to research their validity and accreditation before handing over valuable time and money. Take initiative and be pro-active with your learning by visiting VCE forums to participate in a discussion, keep an eye out in the media and advertising domains for useful tidbits to use in essays and be sure not to overlook the VCAA website! The VCAA website it contains what I regard as two of the most valuable VCE resources – the study design and past exams (more on that in the next section).

What concepts are you required to understand for this subject and how will you be required to apply your knowledge to demonstrate understanding?

I would advise that irrespective of what is being taught in class, it is crucial to continue to refer back to the study design frequently throughout the year. Keep it tacked in the front of your book, folder or even on your bedroom door! From making your initial notes to revising for the final exam, the study design can be consistently referred back to in order to ensure you are on the right track. Remember, that from the content stipulated on its pages, the final examination will be formulated.

During year 12, I used the metalanguage section of the study design as a checklist, from which I could readily assess which concepts I knew confidently, what I needed to revise and how individual pieces of metalanguage factored into the various subsystems which could be used to discuss the overarching ideas of each area of study (such as individual and group identity). I believe it is an extremely valuable but unfortunately often overlooked resource!

Finally, it is one thing to understand the content and recall easily it in a relaxed setting, but it is an entirely different challenge to apply it in a nerve-racking examination context. There is no quick remedy for the anxiety that exams and SACs can bring, but you can mitigate some of the stress by replicating exam conditions in your own study area when doing practice exams at regular intervals throughout the year. This means adhering to time constraints and no snacks, phone, laptop, Facebook, music etc. for that allocated time period! Familiarise yourself with the layout of the exam, how the questions are worded and how the marks are awarded. The assessor’s reports are also fantastic for this kind of valuable insight.

Good luck!

Kaitlyn Krahe


This guide on how to study for VCE English Language was written by Kaitlyn Krahe, a VCE English Language tutor at LearnMate. Kaitlyn scored an amazing 45 scaled in the subject and is offering tutoring to current students. You can find more info about her services here.


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How to Study for VCE English Language in 2017 – LearnMate