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Viral Load – 4 Tips For High School Students Tackling The VCE During The Pandemic

2020 is one of the hardest years to be undertaking your VCE. Students are dealing with a new online learning model, the general stress in the state of Victoria at the moment, and the compounding struggles that have arisen from the pandemic and associated lockdowns. It’s normal if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed right now, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of or feel bad about. It is, however, something you need to get on top of if it’s adding to your stress and building negative vibes. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips to help you tackle your VCE during these interesting times.  

Ask For Help

The learning landscape has essentially been turned on its head this year, so if you’ve fallen a little behind, or you’re not achieving your goals with grades and other assessment results, you’re in good company. 

Although you can’t have a tutor come to your house right now, you can still benefit from the assistance they provide by finding some VCE tutors online for the subjects you need help with. Asking for help isn’t a bad thing, and knowing you’ve got someone who can equip you to excel will take so much stress away.

If you need help mastering skill-based concepts, the syllabus of O-level chemistry is a good place to start.

Take Care Of Yourself 

Studying is a full-time job at the best of times, but keeping on top of everything can feel particularly draining right now. Looking after your physical and mental health needs to be one of your top priorities – you can’t perform at your best if you’re not feeling your best. Making time daily for a bit of exercise and self-care can greatly improve your well-being and educational results, so don’t feel bad for taking that break.

Keep In Touch

A big part of our educational experience involves studying and relaxing with friends. Although you may not be able to do that in the traditional sense at the moment, there are still plenty of ways to keep in touch with each other. 

Consider creating a virtual study group or even just scheduling in some time to jump on a video chat. This gives you the chance to work through any assignments you might be confused about together and can also offer great benefits for your mental health and well-being during these times. 

Establish A Schedule

Finally, the importance of a good schedule cannot be underestimated. With the way things are operating at the moment, you’re essentially in charge of every aspect of your time management. Because of this, it’s important to establish, and stick to, a schedule. 

Blocking out your time will help you get the best results at school and make sure that you’re taking enough time to get some physical activity in each day. Plus, you’ll feel a lot more in control of your life, which can help boost your well-being.

Everyone is stressed at the moment, and the world is a very different place to what it was this time last year. It’s completely normal to not feel great right now, and if you’ve fallen behind in your studies, try not to stress. Never before in modern history have we had students doing VCE the way you are now, so it’s okay to cut yourself some slack. Follow these tips, find a system that works for you, and just focus on doing your best. It’s all that can be expected of anyone right now. Remember, this time next year, the world will be a different place yet again; and whatever happens, your ATAR doesn’t define you.

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