Three Seymour College VCE students were lucky enough to attend the University of Melbourne’s VCE Summer School.
The summer school is a two-week intensive tutoring program for VCE students run by the University of Melbourne Student Union.
It focuses on helping students facing an educational disadvantage achieve their best results in their final year of school.
Sophie Bridges, Angela Andriessen and Mikey Waszczuk attended the summer school for two weeks in January and stayed at St Hilda’s College as part of the residential program.
All three said they felt much better prepared for what was to come this year and they had a better handle on their subjects for Year 12.
‘‘I learnt a lot. I’ve got an idea what Year 12 is going to cover. Hopefully I do better in all my subjects,’’ Mikey said.
‘‘We did all the classes that we’ve chosen to study this year so that we understood where we can possibly have issues and get a better understanding of what it’s really like,’’ Angela said.
‘‘You’ve got a base that you can work from now,’’ Sophie said.
‘‘You kinda know what to expect when you’ve seen the content before.’’
The students attended six classes each day where they went over material from their subjects with a tutor and there were extra study sessions with tutors on both Wednesday evenings.
They also had spares (unallocated time) as part of their timetable which gave them extra time to study.
Sophie said it wasn’t just the intensive tutoring that was beneficial, she also enjoyed the opportunity to broaden her friendship circle and met people with interests similar to hers.
‘‘You made so many friends and we met so many great people who are going through the same thing. So you know that if you ever get in trouble you can ask them, you can get more help than someone from school,’’ she said.
It wasn’t all study though.
One night they were taken to Lygon St for gelato and another night they went to Cinema Nova to see a film.
Students also did an Amazing Race-type event around Melbourne with their tutors setting up checkpoints which gave them a chance to see more of the city.
All three returned home to Seymour feeling far more confident about tackling Year 12.
Sophie is aspiring to study marine biology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Tasmania while Angela wants to get into a double degree for primary and secondary teaching at either Monash or La Trobe university.
Mikey’s focus is on getting as good an ATAR as he can, but he is thinking about a Bachelor of Science.
When asked if they’d recommend the summer school to other students, the answer was swift and emphatic.
‘‘A hundred per cent. It was a really good choice, especially the residential program. It was action-packed. The only complaint is that they probably don’t give you that much downtime because you (have) always got stuff to do,’’ Mikey said.