VCE English Study Plan – Read Now!

VCE English Study Plan – Read Now!

This article was written by Isabella Smith, a current VCE English tutor. Isabella currently is accepting students, so if you’re interested in her services, please go here


  1. Read your books at least twice each.

In year 12, I was told that I should be reading each of my books 3-5 times, however, I didn’t find this necessary. Instead of reading through my books again and again, instead, I spent this time really analysing the books by looking at the themes, important scenes/chapters and quotes. I found this was a much more efficient way of studying for English instead of reading the books several times without fully analysing the book itself.

2. Write a large variety of practice essays.

Whilst most teachers will tell you to write as many essays as you can, I found that it was more about the quality than quantity. Simply writing an essay quickly for the sake of writing as many essays as possible isn’t the best way to get the most out of practice essays. Instead, each time you write an essay, ensure you maintain the quality of the essay through deeply analysing the book and using as many relevant quotes as possible.

3. Try to incorporate as many quotes as possible in your practice essays (within reason).

Since learning English quotes can be very challenging, I found utilising a variety of English quotes in my practice essays actually saved me time from memorising quotes. This is because writing the quotes so many times meant that they were already in my memory. This is a great way to learn quotes as you also get used to applying these quotes to particular points or arguments in your essays so that when you are writing about a similar topic in the future, you already know some quotes that could be used.

4. Divide your quotes into themes and characters.

In the lead up to the English exam, I used large poster papers to write all my quotes on them, arranging them in different themes and characters of the book. This was highly effective as it is much easier to remember several quotes for a particular theme/character than memorising a whole list of quotes with no particular order. In the exam, you will be able to think back to that theme or character and remember quotes relating to that theme/character, making it easier for you to recall specific quotes in the exam.

5. Use short, sharp quotes.

Instead of memorising whole sentences, sometimes a few words or even a single word can be more effective to quote in an essay. Shorter quotes ensure that the whole quote is relevant to the point that you are trying to make, proving to examiners that you really know what you are talking about!


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VCE Maths Methods Study Plan – Read Now!

VCE Maths Methods Study Plan – Read Now!

This article was written by Jake Makaling, a current VCE Maths Methods tutor. Jake currently is accepting students, so if you’re interested in his services, please go here


What I’ve learnt from Maths Methods is that it’s not just about the content you learn in year 12. Yes, SACs are heavily based on testing the concepts you learn in class, but when it comes to actually study for the exam, it becomes much more than that.

Most students will find that the concepts aren’t too difficult to learn, especially through practising exercises (textbook, ‘Checkpoints’ book) and watching tutorials (Khan Academy, Edrolo etc.). Reaching that upper next level, however, may show to be quite challenging. I’ve put together some key tips which I think would be useful for your studies (particularly Maths Methods) leading up to the exams.

1. Content

Yes, pretty standard, it is essential to understand the concepts before considering success in this subject. Start by scanning through the study design; any unfamiliar terms/gaps in knowledge? Revise over these sections in the textbook and watch tutorials if need be (check out Khan Academy – good for breaking down concepts).

Scan through your past SACs if you have access to them and keep a tab on the errors you make. If these errors are related to understanding, spend some time learning the content. Otherwise, if they’re careless errors (misreading the question, not leaving the answer in exact form), write up a page of all the common errors you’ve made in the past from your SACs.

2. Method

Your errors might not be limited to those above, but rather due to a messy write up of an extended answer – hard to follow. A clear method when writing up answers is very important (hence, why this subject is called Maths ‘Methods’ probably). Teachers always say ‘show all your working!!’ – yes, it helps you to minimise errors as you can trace back your steps, but it’s also a good way to gain marks even if your answer is incorrect.

Markers/examiners don’t have time to decipher through a maze of information, they’d rather see clear, simple steps leading up to a plausible answer. So practise using the correct notation, keep your steps orderly, and try not to take shortcuts, making sure not to skip any important steps. Especially with a 2-mark question in Exam 2 – it may ask you to find values which are solvable by the calculator, but it usually indicates that you need to include some sort of working. Practise this when writing up solutions as you’ll get more and more efficient at it when it comes to the time constraints of the exam.

3. Foundations

This is crucial to your success in the exam. You may feel confident with all the concepts, and you might feel like you’ve nailed writing up answers. What you might be missing though are the foundations, the predominantly algebraic skills that add the extra punch of difficulty to the exam. It may seem simple, but a lot of people don’t have these foundations down pat by year 12. This includes having the skills to be able to manipulate any equation given to you by being able to rearrange and isolate each individual term (eg. make x the subject, make y the subject, make the constant the subject). Do you know how to rearrange for x when given the equation, sin(x) = cos(x)? Skills like these are not physically taught in Maths Methods and are merely assumed knowledge.

Learning how to manipulate fractions and surds are also quite important, especially when it comes to integrals. Knowing how to find a common denominator may seem simple, but it’s knowledge like this that can often lead to the most common errors. If you’re sitting right now thinking ‘wow, that’s me’, then you might have to brush up a bit on algebra. Bit of practice and you’ll get there. Just aim to get to a point where it becomes second nature to you, where you don’t even have to think about how to simplify fractions, how to rationalise surds (not actually needed in the final answer but still helpful when adding to other terms) and so on.

The key to success isn’t limited to the key tips above but I hope it helps you form a basis on what you should focus on from now leading up to your exams.


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How to Study for VCE Maths Methods – The Three Common FAQs!

How to Study for VCE Maths Methods – The Three Common FAQs!

This article was written by Laura McCollough, a VCE Maths Methods tutor. You can see more about Laura’s tutoring services here.


  1. What is the difference between the two exams for Units 3 and 4?

Exam 1 goes for 1 hour with 15 minutes reading time at the start. This exam is comprised of around 10 short answered questions. Calculator or notes aren’t allowed to be taken in for this exam. Exam 2 goes for 2 hours with 15 minutes reading time at the start. This exam is comprised of around 22 multiple choice questions and 4 or 5 extended response questions. The extended response questions are usually based on each topic eg. one for probability, one for calculus etc. This exam allows you to use your CAS and bring in a bound reference book.

2. What’s the best way to study for my exams and SACS?

The best way to study is to do practice questions. You can never have enough practice. The best practice is to do past exam questions, as these are the exact style of questions that you will receive on your exam. Do not stress too much about how many exam papers or questions you complete. Try to learn from the questions that you got wrong and ensure that you know the correct method. VCAA exam papers are best, however, there are many companies that produce exam papers, just ask your teacher.

3. What do I put in my reference book?

The reference book can be a very useful tool if done correctly. You can choose what you want to bring in, however it must meet VCAA’s requirements. As the exam is only two hours long, you will not have enough time to be flipping through pages to try find the information that you want, so either keep your book short or include a contents page with page numbers. I recommend putting in more past exam paper questions than textbook questions as they will be more similar to the questions on your exam. Try to work on your reference book throughout the year, so you don’t have to stress about making it a couple of days before your exam.


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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers in VCE Maths Methods!


This article has been written by Thomas William, a VCE Maths Methods & Specialist Maths tutor at LearnMate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Thomas, then please check out his page here.


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers in VCE Maths Methods!

“Do I even need it?”

If you’ve picked Methods as a VCE subject, chances are you’re planning to go into something numbersy at university, like maybe a Science degree or Commerce. If you’re in that boat then – take it from a uni student – you will use Methods. Even if it’s not a prerequisite for your degree, any course that involves numbers will require you to learn what is covered in Methods at some point, so why not get stuck in now!

But even if you’re planning to do a degree in Visual Arts and just live in hiding from maths your entire life, you never know what you might end up doing in the future. I moved to my degree in science after a year in a Bachelor of Music, and having a few high school maths credits saved many headaches in the move across. If you can handle the workload, Methods is a really handy subject to have in your back pocket and opens up a lot of options if you’re unsure about where you’re going to end up.

“How hard does it get?”

A lot of my students ask this at the start of a school year, having heard horror stories from teachers or past students about the legendary difficulty of Methods and its infamous Exam 2. Methods is a pretty hard subject, I’m not going to deny it, but with a good worth ethic and a bit of self-belief, you can reach your goals. And that’s kind of the point- not everyone is going to get a raw 50, but if you set yourself realistic goals you will be able to reach them. At the start of the year and throughout the year, have an attainable goal in mind, and if you put in the work, the goal will be possible.

In fact the difficulty of Methods means that it can be far more satisfying to study than other subjects. In some other subjects it is easy to understand the content but it takes hours and hours of practice to be able to perform in the exam, however in Methods you will get an immediate reward by just understanding the content. And this is something you can do. It takes practice and patience, but I would argue that an intuitive understanding of the content prepares you for the exam better than almost anything else.

“Does this have any real-world application?”

Look, we can all relate to suffering through pages of quadratic equations or sitting a brutal tech-free test and tearfully wondering what the point of it all is. And I’d be lying if I said that you use logarithm arithmetic when you’re going to the shops to buy milk, but Methods is actually surprisingly applied. Believe it or not, the techniques you use to sketch and analyse graphs (especially calculus) are used in pretty much any career from business (e.g. charting the performance of share prices) to medicine (e.g. monitoring drug concentration in blood) to scientific research (like… all of it). Plus, probability and statistics might seem painful but they’re already being hailed by pretty much everyone as the skills to have in the modern workforce. It’s true that calculators and computers can do a lot of this stuff  but they’re only tools- and unless you understand the logic behind how they work, they won’t do you much good. Methods aims to teach you the theory behind these very important skills and concepts and prepare you to use them in the workforce.

But here’s the thing, even if you don’t use the exact skills you learn in Methods in a job, you’ll definitely take something away from the way Methods teaches you to think. You’ve probably heard English teachers nervously give the same answer to the question “why do we bother learning about Shakespeare?” but it’s true! English teaches you how to communicate and to articulate an argument and Methods teaches you to problem solve and to think  systematically. It might seem pretty arcane sometimes but it’s actually very good preparation for the workforce and it’s worth persisting with.

“Why should I do Methods and not just Further Maths?”

Further is mostly geared at students who want some maths on their resume without too much hassle. It teaches you the essential maths skills you need for business, teaching etc. and most students find it a fairly gentle follow-up to year 10 maths. Methods is a definite increase in difficulty from year 10, however it offers a much more comprehensive survey of mathematical techniques like graph theory, calculus and probability. It’s mainly aimed at students who intend to pursue science or commerce at university following their VCE.

Methods also keeps a lot of doors open. I have a friend who originally planned to study Fine Arts at university and dropped Methods for Further in year 11. However he decided halfway through a gap year that he wanted to study science instead. Since he didn’t have Methods as a prerequisite, he couldn’t get his top preference for university and had to take his first year in a different institution.

Both subjects have their pros and cons, but if it’s within your reach, Methods is a very useful and comprehensive subject to have under your belt.


This article has been written by Thomas William, a VCE Maths Methods & Specialist Maths tutor at LearnMate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Thomas, then please check out his page here.


LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

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VCE Maths Methods 3/4 Online Tutorials – Learn Maths in a Fun & Interactive Way!?

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VCE Maths Methods 3/4 Online Tutorials – Learn Maths in a Fun & Interactive Way!?

Hi everyone,

Today I am very proud to announce the introduction of the most comprehensive online tutorials for Maths Methods ever created to LearnMate! These fun and interactive tutorials were created by Alex Bell, a highly qualified educator, who has educated students for many years and has degrees in Mathematics/Astrophysics. Alex has spent thousands of hours researching and breaking down the hidden barriers that educators and students were totally unaware of in the past.

So why consider online tutorials for Maths Methods for your studies?

  • Reduce stress with engaging video tutorials on every topic in year 12 Maths Methods
  • Stay on top of the class by watching as little as 10 minutes of video per week
  • Save study time by quickly finding a short tutorial on any topic

In the past, students could memorise a bunch of formula and simply copy and paste it into SACs, but that’s not the case anymore. Students must know exactly what the question is asking and what tools are needed to get the job done. But classes move so fast that students begin to miss key concepts and therefore students find many excuses not to study.

The online tutorials provide every major concept in Maths Methods – there is no complicated ‘mathsy’ language, just simple explanations with visual effects and animations that bring these concepts to life. Alex fully defines what each word and symbol means so that your ability to complete assessments becomes much easier.

To learn more about Alex’s online tutorials for Maths Methods, please go to learnmate.com.au/methods-tutorials


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