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  • St Anthonys Coptic Orthodox College 2006

  • MOB 0412563660
  • PH 95327400
  • FAX 95327264

My Expectations

Your Expectations
  • ?

  • 2007

  • 2008

  • 2013

Making career decisions
  • Interests
  • Values
  • Skills
  • Aptitude
  • Work Aspects

  • Focus on the career
  • or
  • focus on the course
  • ?

Ways of exploring careers
  • Work experience
  • Talk to people you know about their jobs
  • Read the age job section
  • On line career guidance tools
  • Talk to your career counsellor at school
  • Go and see a private career counsellor
  • Job guide hard copy or on line

Ways of exploring courses
  • VTAC guide
  • TAFE guide
  • University handbooks
  • TAFE or Uni course info officers
  • Open days

Choosing a course
  • Links with industry
  • Flexibility
  • Do graduates get jobs
  • Sandwich year or work experience
  • Campus
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Travel and parking
  • Extra supports
  • How good is the food in the caf!

  • Generalist courses
  • Vs
  • Vocationally specific courses

  • TAFE
  • VS
  • Uni

What about a gap year
  • Alternative study
  • Travel
  • Community service
  • Work
  • Volunteer work
  • Gap year programs

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships

Finding work
  • Resume
  • Job Network agencies
  • Where to look for jobs

Being a VTAC Guru
  • Become familiar with the book
  • Read all the instructions
  • Plan for courses that would fit with a higher or
    lower score
  • Think through your prioritising
  • Make sure you complete all the special
  • Take advantage of opportunities to provide
    additional information
  • Lodge early
  • Plan your change of preferences
  • Have a back door action plan!

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  • Irritability
  • Tiredness
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor short term memory
  • Constant mind thoughts
  • Lack of tolerance for others (you may not detect
    that in yourself)
  • Anxious about little things
  • Listlessness
  • Prone to bursts of anger and tears
  • Depressed, feeling alone, misunderstood
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Indigestion, poor appetite

  • Even though you are unaware, during times of
    stress your body suffers a great deal of physical
    'abuse'. For instance, the brain triggers
    hormones which are released through the nervous
    system to change various parts of your body. Your
    mouth may become dry, breathing rate increases,
    blood pressure rises, heart beat speeds up,
    sweating occurs, blood diverts to muscles which
    have become tense, the bowel and bladder suffer
    irregularities, the immune system weakens making
    you susceptible to viruses.

How to overcome stress
  • The first and most important step is to be AWARE
    that you are experiencing a stressful period with
    study pressures. Do not ignore your situation.
    Remind yourself that these years are only a small
    portion of your life -- there is so much of life
    ahead. Employ techniques that will help you more
    smoothly get through this short period of stress.
    Here are some suggestions

  • 1. Accept yourself for who you are - your
    STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES, successes and failures.
    RESPECT yourself. Don't dwell on past mistakes -
    they are gone. LIVE NOW.
  • 2. Set REALISTIC GOALS - don't try to be the best
    all the time. Give yourself REWARDS when you
    achieve those goals. Continue to give yourself
  • 3. Take TIME OUT to be alone with your thoughts
    and do the things you really enjoy eg playing
    sport, singing, dancing, playing the guitar,
    listening to CDs. Give yourself an ALLOCATED time
    for these activities each week - and stick to the
    schedule (but don't spend too much time on these
    activities at the expense of your commitments).

  • 4. When faced with a dilemma, do what you think
    is MORALLY RIGHT, that will make you happy.
  • 5. Take PRIDE in what you achieve. Don't listen
    to that self doubt talk in your head (or what
    other people might say).
  • 6. Make a TIMETABLE of things to do school,
    homework, study, watching TV, meals,
    sport/leisure, household responsibilities.

  • 7. Identify PRIORITIES i) what is important and
    must be done now, ii) what is important but can
    wait until tomorrow, iii) what is unimportant but
    you cannot avoid doing now, iv) what is
    unimportant and can wait until much later. MAKE A
    LIST of things to do today and cross them off as
    you do them.
  • 8. Learn to RELAX, perhaps practise
    yoga/meditation or tai chi.
  • 9. Maintain a HEALTHY DIET, especially filled
    with vitamin Bs (whole wheat bread, yogurt, wheat
    germ, eggs, yeast) and carbohydrates for energy.
    Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
  • 10. Get plenty of fresh air, exercise and SLEEP.
    A tired body wants to sleep but a tired mind
    never does. Even if the exam is tomorrow and you
    haven't studied all that you can, a late night
    'pouring over the books' will not make the
    material 'sink in' any faster and is more likely
    to cause you to forget or scramble the material
    you already know!

Managing Your Study Time
  • There are only so many hours in a day, a week,
    and a term.
  • You cannot change the number of hours, but you
    can decide how to best use them.
  • To be successful in school, you must carefully
    manage your study time.

Planning for the term
  • At the beginning of a term, prepare a Term
    Calendar. Update it as the term goes on. Here is
    what to do to prepare a Term Calendar.
  • Record your school assignments with their due
    dates and your scheduled tests.
  • Record your planned school activities.
  • Record your known out-of-school activities.

Weekly planning
  • Each Sunday before a school week, prepare a
    Weekly Schedule. Update it as the week goes on.
    Here is what to do to prepare a Weekly Schedule.
  • Record your daily classes.
  • Enter things to be done for the coming week from
    your Term Calendar.
  • Review your class notes from the previous week to
    see if you need to add any school activities.
  • Add any out-of-school activities in which you
    will be involved during the week.
  • Be sure to include times for completing
    assignments, working on projects, and studying
    for tests. These times may be during the school
    day, right after school, evenings, and weekends.

Daily Planning
  • Each evening before a school day, prepare a Daily
    Organizer for the next day. Place a v next to
    each thing to do as you accomplish it. Here is
    what to do to prepare a Daily Organizer.
  • Enter the things to do for the coming day from
    your Weekly Schedule.
  • Enter the things that still need to be
    accomplished from your Daily Organizer from the
    previous day.
  • Review your class notes for the day just
    completed to see if you need to add any school
    activities.Add any out-of-school activities in
    which you will be involved the next day.

  • Your Weekly Schedule should have more detail than
    your Term Calendar. Your Daily Organizer should
    have more detail than your Weekly Schedule. Using
    a Term Calendar, a Weekly Schedule, and a Daily
    Organizer will help you make the best use of your

  • 1. Is my Study Place available to me whenever I
    need it?
  • Your Study Place does you little good if you
    cannot use it when you need it. If you are using
    a Study Place that you must share with others for
    any reason, work out a schedule so that you know
    when you can use it.

  • 2. Is my Study Place free from interruptions?
  • It is important to have uninterrupted study time.
    You may have to hang a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the
    door or take the phone off the hook.

  • 3. Is my Study Place free from distractions?
  • Research shows that most students study best in a
    quiet environment. If you find that playing a
    stereo or TV improves your mood, keep the volume

  • 4. Does my Study Place contain all the study
    materials I need?
  • Be sure your Study Place includes reference
    sources and supplies such as pens and pencils,
    paper, ruler, calculator, and whatever else you
    might need. If you use a computer for your
    schoolwork, it should be in your Study Place .

  • 5. Does my Study Space contain a large enough
    desk or table?
  • While working on an assignment or studying for a
    test, use a desk or table that is large enough to
    hold everything you need. Allow enough room for
    writing and try to avoid clutter.

  • 6. Does my Study Place have enough storage
  • You need enough room to store your study
    materials. Be sure you have enough storage space
    to allow you to keep your desktop or other work
    surface clear of unnecessary materials that can
    get in the way.

  • 7. Does my Study Place have a comfortable chair?
  • A chair that is not comfortable can cause
    discomfort or pain that will interfere with your
    studying. A chair that is too comfortable might
    make you sleepy. Select a chair in which you can
    sit for long periods while maintaining your

  • 8. Does my Study Place have enough light?
  • The amount of light you need depends on what you
    are doing. The important thing is that you can
    clearly see what you need to see without any
    strain or discomfort.

  • 9. Does my Study Place have a comfortable
  • If your Study Place is too warm, you might become
    sleepy. If it is too cold, your thinking may slow
    down and become unclear. Select a temperature at
    which your mind and body function best.

  • Having a good Study Place is important for good

Your Preferred Learning Style
  • A learning style is a way of learning.
  • YOUR preferred learning style is the way in
    which YOU learn best.

  • Too much anxiety about a test is commonly
    referred to as test anxiety. It is perfectly
    natural to feel some anxiety when preparing for
    and taking a test.  In fact, a little anxiety can
    jump start your studying and keep you motivated. 
  • However, too much anxiety can interfere with your
    studying. You may have difficulty learning and
    remembering what you need to know for the test. 
  • Further, too much anxiety may block your
    performance during the test. You may have
    difficulty demonstrating what you know during the

Are you an Auditory Learner?
  • Auditory Learners learn best when information is
    presented in an auditory language format. Do you
    seem to learn best in classes that emphasize
    teacher lectures and class discussions? Does
    listening to audio tapes help you learn better?
    Do you find yourself reading aloud or talking
    things out to gain better understanding? If YES,
    you are probably an Auditory Learner.

Are you a Visual Learner?
  • Visual Learners learn best when information is
    presented in a written language format or in
    another visual format such as pictures or
    diagrams. Do you do best in classes in which
    teachers do a lot of writing at the chalkboard,
    provide clear handouts, and make extensive use of
    an overhead projector? Do you try to remember
    information by creating pictures in your mind? Do
    you take detailed written notes from your
    textbooks and in class? If YES, you are probably
    a Visual Learner.

Are you a Tactile/Kinesthetic Learner?
  • Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners learn best in
    hands-on learning settings in which they can
    physically manipulate something in order to learn
    about it. Do you learn best when you can move
    about and handle things? Do you do well in
    classes in which there is a lab component? Do you
    learn better when you have an actual object in
    your hands rather than a picture of the object or
    a verbal or written description of it? If YES,
    you are probably a Tactile/Kinesthetic Learner.

  • Your learning style is your strength. Go with it
    whenever you can. When you can choose a subject,
    try to choose one that draws heaviest on your
    learning style. When you choose a future career
    and course, keep your learning style firmly in

  • Multiply the TOTAL RESPONSE row by the
    corresponding WEIGHT to get the SCORE for each
    column. Add up the SCORE row to determine your
    total score. That number is your Procrastination
  • Procrastination Quotient Below 20 - Occasional
    ProcrastinatorProcrastination Quotient 21 - 30
    - Chronic ProcrastinatorProcrastination
    Quotient Above 30 - Severe Procrastinator

ProcrastinationWHAT'S YOUR TYPE?
  • Everyone may do it, just like everyone catches
    the common cold, but a range of factors
    influences the procrastination virus.
    Procrastination habits can stem from simple
    distaste for a task, such as completing tax
    returns, to a greater problem of depression.
    Research into the area reveals four central
    reasons that lead people to avoid tasks.

  • Do you take on all the little things that could
    wait until tomorrow, or even next week, simply to
    avoid that one big project you dislike? Then you
    are likely a disorganized procrastinator.
    Prioritizing your schedule will go a long way
    towards overcoming this habit.

  • If you feel nervous and anxious about completing
    a task, fear is likely the motivating factor
    behind your delays. It's common to avoid the
    unfamiliar, and students have to learn plenty of
    new skills. Learning a new skill set provides a
    certain excitement and satisfaction, and even if
    it's not a favourite job, it should be done
    first. "Sometimes we have to do the thing we
    dislike first and then reward ourselves with the
    better things."

  • If it can't be done right, then there's no
    point in doing it at all. These are the words of
    the perfectionist procrastinator. These people
    are so caught up in getting each detail to fit
    their own specifications that they don't have
    time to finish the whole project. Or worse they
    fail to start because their perfectionism takes
    up so much of their energy. If this sounds like
    you break the project into pieces and work on
    finishing each one in a specific timeframe, and
    then move onto the next piece.

Indicator of something greater
  • If you find that you cannot finish any tasks,
    including those you could do quickly, then your
    procrastination could be a sign of a deeper
    problem. For some, they procrastinate to such a
    great extent that they really avoid everything,
    and they don't make the big important decisions
    then they start feeling badly, and a negative
    cycle happens. This cycle can lead to great
    anxiety and depression.

  • Recognize self-defeating problems such as fear
    and anxiety, difficulty concentrating, poor time
    management, indecisiveness and perfectionism.
  • Identify your own goals, strengths and
    weaknesses, values and priorities.
  • Compare your actions with the values you feel you
    have. Are your values consistent with your

  • Discipline yourself to use time wisely Set
  • Study in small blocks instead of long time
    periods. For example, you will accomplish more if
    you study/work in 60 minute blocks and take
    frequent 10 minute breaks in between, than if you
    study/work for 2-3 hours straight, with no
    breaks. Reward yourself after you complete a

  • Motivate yourself to study Dwell on success, not
    on failure. Try to study in small groups. Break
    large assignments into small tasks. Keep a
    reminder schedule and checklist.
  • Set realistic goals.

  • Modify your environment Eliminate or minimize
    noise/ distraction. Ensure adequate lighting.
    Have necessary equipment at hand. Don't waste
    time going back and forth to get things. Don't
    get too comfortable when studying. A desk and
    straight-backed chair is usually best (a bed is
    no place to study). Be neat! Take a few minutes
    to straighten your desk. This can help to reduce

The DETER Strategy for Taking Tests
  • To do well on a test, you must have good
    knowledge of the information that is being
    tested. But you must also have a strategy for
    taking the test that allows you to show what you
    know. The DETER strategy can help you do your
    best on any test. Each letter in DETER reminds
    you what to do.

D Directions
  • Read the test directions very carefully. Ask
    your teacher to explain anything about the test
    directions you do not understand. Only by
    following the directions can you achieve a good
    score on the test. If you do not follow the
    directions, you will not be able to demonstrate
    what you know..

E Examine
  • Examine the entire test to see how much you have
    to do.      Only by knowing the entire task can
    you break it down into parts that become
    manageable for you

T Time      
  • Once you have examined the entire test, decide
    how much time you will spend on each item.  
  • If there are different points for items, plan to
    spend the most time on the items that count for
    the most points.
  • Planning your time is especially important for
    essay tests where you must avoid spending so much
    time on one item that you have little time
    left for other test items.

E Easiest
  • The second E in DETER reminds you to answer the
    items you find easiest first. If you get stuck
    on a difficult item that comes up early in the
    test, you may not get to answer items that test
    things you know.

R Review
  • If you have planned your time correctly, you
    will have time to review your answers and make
    them as complete and accurate as possible. Also
    make sure to  review the test directions to be
    certain you have answered all items required.

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