9 tips on how to study effectively for VCE

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Year 12 students understand the immense pressure and stress that comes with final year exams. We may however underestimate the role of parents and guardians during this critical time. Stress for parents can come from not knowing how to best support their children. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to study effectively for VCE, so that you can be the rock-solid support your child needs during this intense period.

  1. Prioritise adequate sleep
    While this may seem obvious, it is important to get the basics right! Without the right amount of sleep, students will struggle to retain information, concentrate and manage stress effectively. In fact, research shows that lack of sleep can cut learning ability by up to 40%!

Sleep is the ultimate secret weapon for academic success and overall wellbeing. Ensure your teenager gets the recommended eight to ten hours of sleep each night. Encourage them to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, even during holidays.

  1. Provide healthy meals and snacks

Proper nutrition is the key to fuelling your child’s brain for optimal performance. Encourage them to include nutrient-rich foods like greens, vegetables, nuts, berries, whole grains, fish, and protein in their diet. Limit excessive consumption of coffee, tea, and energy drinks, and emphasise the importance of staying hydrated with water.

  1. Harness the power of exercise

Physical activity isn’t just beneficial for the body; it also works wonders for the mind. Just 20 minutes of exercise before studying can improve concentration and help with focus. It boosts memory and enhances learning capabilities. It increases blood circulation, resulting in improved energy levels. Additionally, exercising triggers the release of endorphins, reducing stress and anxiety levels.


  1. Create an optimal study environment

Finding the right study space can make a significant difference in your child’s concentration and productivity. Look for a quiet and comfortable area with good lighting and ventilation. Ensure they have adequate desk or table space and keep the study area tidy and well-organised. Minimise distractions by keeping the study space away from busy areas like the kitchen or living room.

  1. Lay the foundation for success with effective preparation

Encourage your child to stay on top of their studies throughout the year. Advise them to revise class notes regularly and summarise their learning after completing each unit. Help them create a study list, identifying areas that require extra focus. Completing practice papers is an excellent way to build confidence and reinforce their understanding. Organising notes in a logical and accessible manner will also enhance their study experience.

  1. Develop a well-structured study timetable

Assist your child in crafting a study timetable that outlines specific study periods for each subject. Encourage them to study when they feel most alert and energised – for some this will be early morning, while for others it may be afternoons or evenings. Help your child explore and adopt effective study techniques that suit their learning style. These may include summarising notes, creating flashcards, using mnemonic devices to remember complex information, or using a time management tool such as the Pomodoro technique.

While studying is crucial, remind them to schedule regular breaks for meals, family time, and personal activities. Balancing academics with relaxation is essential for maintaining focus and overall wellbeing.

  1. Emphasise the importance of breaks

Studying relentlessly without breaks can lead to burnout and reduced productivity. Remind your child regularly, to take time out for themselves. Encourage them to spend time with friends, go for a walk, engage in outdoor activities, listen to music, or practice meditation. These moments of rejuvenation are essential for maintaining mental clarity and focus.

  1. Set realistic goals and celebrate progress

Work with your child to set achievable study goals for each subject. Break down the tasks into manageable chunks, and celebrate their progress along the way. Positive reinforcement boosts motivation and confidence.

  1. Provide emotional support and be mindful of stress

Be a compassionate listener and acknowledge the emotional challenges your teen may face during exam preparation. Encourage open communication and offer guidance in managing stress. Remind them that their worth is not defined solely by exam results.

As parents, we play a crucial role in supporting our children during their final year exams. By following these nine tips, you can help create an environment that fosters success, well-being, and confidence in your child. Remember to be understanding, patient, and supportive throughout this journey, and together, you and your child will navigate the VCE exams with confidence.

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