“I went from below 50% in my practice exam to an A+ in the exam”: Interview with a High-Achieving Student

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“I went from below 50% in my practice exam to an A+ in the exam”: Interview with a High-Achieving Student

This article has been written by Lydia McClelland, a VCE French, Music Theory, Literature & VCE English Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Lydia then please check out her page here.


Harry recently graduated with a 90+ ATAR. He enjoys basketball, programming and making things. Here’s a quick interview to find out a bit more about his experience of the final year of school! 

Which subjects did you study in VCE?
Maths Methods, Physics, Systems Engineering, Visual Communication, English and a Uni extension subject (Mobile App Development).

What was the most challenging part of VCE for you?
Keeping motivation throughout the year – everyone starts off very enthusiastically and then slowly declines.

How did you overcome obstacles?
I didn’t have many major obstacles. But to stay motivated, it is a good idea to maintain all aspects of your life – so I kept playing sport, and hanging out with friends – because without a break from study you would find it much harder.

I wasn’t very motivated for English especially, but I ended up going from below 50% in my English practice exam to an A+ in the final exam, mostly because of putting in heaps of effort later in the year. Leading up to the exam, I made a strong plan to help me succeed in areas I didn’t focus on earlier. But I’d probably recommend putting in the work earlier in the year…

What was your favourite part about Year 12?
Spending time with friends!

What was your proudest moment in VCE?
I made a 3D printer as my Systems Engineering project, and when it worked it was really satisfying knowing that the hard work I had put in had paid off.

What’s a tip you would give someone going into Year 12?
Don’t be too stressed by all the work, in the end it’s best to keep a level head: definitely quality over quantity in terms of study.  

What are you up to at the moment, and do you have future plans?
Currently I am working casually throughout the school holidays, and plan on studying Engineering at Monash this year.


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“I went from below 50% in my practice exam to an A+ in the exam”: Interview with a High-Achieving Student

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