How To Do BODMAS.

BODMAS stands for:

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  • Orders
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  • Division or Multiplication
    ÷ , x
  • Addition or Subtraction
    +, –

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How to manage remote learning and stay sane

How to manage remote learning and stay sane

Remote learning is challenging, there is no doubt about it. It is hard for both parents and students. Whether you are a parent with a young child or an older student reading this, these are challenging and stressful times. But let’s talk about some tips and tricks to help manage remote learning and stay sane.

The importance of routine

Firstly, it is important to set and keep a routine. Just like you would during normal schooling. It is important to keep up a routine with your child. Set times for starting and finishing schooling, keep the same wake-up and bedtime, including when they can have their recess and lunch. Try to keep to it the best you can throughout the remote learning period. It is important to still get out of bed, get dressed, and have breakfast- all of the things you would usually do.

Students are so used to having their regular routine at school, it’s important to try and mimic it the best that you can. You could even keep a to-do/schedule list on something like a whiteboard or some paper to help display what should be done at what time of day, similar to what teachers use in a classroom. Weather can be an issue, but it is also important to try and keep recess and lunch to outside playtime if you have the ability to do so. This allows children to get fresh air, and parents to get some alone time.

Study spaces matter

Another tip, is to make sure you create a designated workspace for school work. It is important to make this a distraction-free and productive place. Make sure it is not just working in bed, but rather being set up with a chair and surface. For younger learners, this may need to be a place where they can be supervised. This is a challenging time, with many parents also working from home, so ensure your workspaces are well spaced out where possible to allow some personal learning space. It is also important, where possible, to separate your “working/study space” with your “down time space”. It can be draining for your mental health to have one space for all your activities. So where possible, try and make sure you are not studying in places you usually rest.

When possible, try and keep in regular communication with staff and classmates. This may be through email, zoom, google meet or whatever other platform they choose to use. Stay engaged throughout your online lessons, ask questions, use forums or other school chat features. It is also important to try and stay connected with friends. For older students, they have social media to stay connected with their friends. However, it may be a good idea for younger students to organise some “facetime” sessions with their friends in out of school times so that they still get to see their friends and say hi.

Remove distractions

Lastly, remember to enjoy your “not school time”, depending on the lockdown circumstances, try and get out of the house on weekends and after school. Go for a walk, go to the park, enjoy life outside of the house. You could also do some fun activities inside like baking or watching a movie. It can be hard having school impede on your personal space but doing fun activities once learning time is over can help this.

Overall, it is about developing a routine and structure which suits you and your family environment. Everyone is different. But just know you are not alone. These are challenging times. If you feel as though you are struggling, be sure to reach out to your close family, friends or school staff to seek help.

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BODMAS

How To Do BODMAS.

BODMAS stands for: Brackets(…) Orders√ , x2 Division or Multiplication÷ , x Addition or Subtraction +, – In order to complete any mathematic calculation, we must follow BODMAS. This mnemonic helps us remember the order of operations for these sets of mathematical equations. BODMAS is extremely important to understand as it applies to harder equationsContinue reading “How To Do BODMAS.”

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How to stop procrastinating

How to stop procrastinating when you should study

Procrastinating school work? You’re not alone. Procrastination is very common in students (and in all walks of life), but in order to successfully complete our schoolwork, we need to overcome it.

Let’s discuss some key tips for overcoming procrastination.

Secondly, try tackling your hardest study tasks at your best energy times. Some people work better at night, some work better in the morning. Whichever is your best working time, save that time for the tasks you know take up more energy. This is often the subjects or assignments you are finding the most challenging or least enjoyable. Therefore, in your lower energy time, you can do tasks that are easier and more enjoyable. Organising your tasks in this format can help increase your productivity and reduce your procrastination when you study.

Take managed breaks to stop procrastination

Another important tip is to schedule breaks for yourself. It is often draining to study hours on end. Instead, break your study up into chunks and reward yourself with study breaks. Get some fresh air, eat and rest, before continuing. However, breaks can often cause a trap of procrastination. If you find yourself getting distracted and extending your break, try using time management apps and devices that will help you keep yourself accountable. There are apps and settings out there which will prevent you from accessing social media or other distracting apps during times you set.

Procrastination is commonly linked to your environment; often there are distractions around us that encourage us to procrastinate such as our technology, friends or family. If you find yourself getting distracted by your environment, try changing it. Maybe try going to the library, stay back in a classroom at school, close yourself off in a room in your house. If it’s a nice day, maybe studying outside may be more encouraging. It may take a little trial and error, but find which environments work best for you.

This tip may not work for everyone, but if you have some study buddy’s who you think will help keep you accountable, it may be worth starting a study group. Whether you meet in person with set goals with certain subjects, meet online or have a group chat. If you all try to keep up with the course work and stay accountable, it may help you prevent procrastination.

Reward hard work

Lastly, one of the major encouragements in preventing procrastination is to reward yourself. Rewards are unique. Maybe you give yourself a chocolate after certain chapters. Maybe you have a movie or tv show you really want to watch, but you set the goal of getting your assignment done first. Rewards are unique, but set goals, and set rewards in between, which encourage you to keep going.
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Tutoring Is An Investment In Your Future

Tutoring Is An Investment In Your Future

If you were to take a few moments to think about your favourite thing ever, and how much money you have spent on it over the years, how much do you think it would be? For example, as awesome as video games can be, they can also be quite expensive. You could buy the standard edition of your favourite video game series, but then six months later, the Ultra Extended Edition is released… more money. Also, buying the consoles, hardware, microtransactions, and so on can all be quite costly… but you know what? It is worth it because when you really love something, anything spent on it is money well invested. You know what else is a great investment? Education, such as personal development, developing strategies for clearly setting targets and achieving them, and bettering yourself. You can achieve these goals through education, making it an investment in your future.

An investment in education will never lead to buyer’s remorse

Think about the last time you spent a lot of money on something you really wanted at the time. Maybe it was the deluxe box set of a TV show you like. However, sometimes this can lead to buyer’s remorse, where you regret your purchase. This is because after watching the whole series, you might just put the DVD set on your shelf and never watch it again. It just sits there, collecting dust. You could then begin to wonder whether it was worth spending $100 on.

Investing in a good education will never have you feeling this way. This is because you are making an investment in yourself, in achieving your targets, in improving yourself, and in being more confident and articulate in everything you do. That is why, we here at Evergreen Tutoring Services see so much benefit in investing in education, because it is an investment in being a better you.

Tutoring Is An Investment In Your Future

By participating in supportive, structured tutoring sessions on a regular basis, you will come to achieve several important personal goals, including:

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Extra subjects and your ATAR

Should I do six year 12 subjects?

Most students entering VCE often ask whether they should choose to do an additional subject in Year 12. There are many benefits to doing an additional subject; however, it won’t have much effect on your ATAR.

Maintaining Mental Wellbeing While Studying VCE

As anyone who has ever played their favourite video game for three days straight can tell you, there can indeed be too much of a good thing. When doing something you enjoy, or something that challenges you, it is a good idea to pace yourself so you do not end up feeling overwhelmed by the process.

To use an analogy, studying VCE could be compared to starting a game of Cyberpunk 2077. In that game, you have the main missions, but then you also have the side missions, and gigs, and everything in between. What order should you tackle it in? Do the side stuff first before tackling the main mission, or vice versa? Maybe complete a main mission, then a side gig, and so on, mix it up a bit? By developing a clear strategy for tackling it, you will get the maximum benefit out of it, as with VCE.

VCE could also stand for Very Carefully Educating

It is the same principle with studying the Victorian Certificate of Education, commonly referred to as VCE. It can initially seem a bit full on for students.  This is because they become overly focused on the quantity of what needs to be achieved. As in, “by the end of the term, you will need to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the themes of Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Including how the characters drive them and be able to articulate a response to this in essay format”. Students tend to focus on quantity rather than on completing their study goals to a high-quality standard.

An easy mistake to make is to develop an overly rigorous study plan to address this challenge. “If I cram for two hours a night, five days a week, for the next 9 months, I should be on top of this by the year’s end”. However, this is an ineffective study approach because it dismisses the human element of studying and learning, turning it into a numbers game. Studying should be about finding an approach that works for you, and this means less focus on strict metrics and more focus on helping you achieve your goals

Everyone learns differntly

An effective study approach is very much an individual thing, as what works for one person will not work for another. While some students will readily embrace the two hours a night approach, developing a study plan solely based on times and numbers risks burning students out. Students become overly focused on meeting the study plan criteria, rather than developing an individualised study plan that actually works for them as students.

Instead, to prevent burnout, work at developing a study routine that works for you as an individual. Pace yourself. If a two-hour study block seems a bit too much, then break it up. One hour of study on a Saturday morning and another on Saturday evening is just as effective as a two-hour study block on Saturday evening. In fact, some would argue it is actually even more effective for some students as it gives them time to process the study information between sessions. These breaks can help put students in a more relaxed frame of mind for the next session.

Make the course content more enjoyable by finding an approach that works for you

Another common burnout risk for Year 11 and 12 students is difficulty engaging with certain course content. For example, you might be studying an English text that you find pretty dry. As a result, you are having difficulty engaging with it.

An effective approach for addressing this challenge is to find a unique, alternative way for approaching the text. One that is more in line with your personal interests. While many students like this idea, some express reluctance because they worry that a unique approach to an essay question will be seen as ‘disagreeing with the teacher’.

Guess what? It won’t be, so long as you successfully address the criteria that you need to answer. Teachers are not interested in students ‘agreeing’ with the essay prompt. But rather in students demonstrating an understanding of the set criteria they need to address and the ability to successfully do so. The fact that your essay argues contrary to the prompt (providing the set essay criteria is addressed) is evidence of critical thinking abilities, and the ability to ask questions, which shows that you are a student who takes their studying and learning goals seriously.

In short, the best way to prevent Year 11 and 12 burnout is by developing a study approach that works for you as an individual. Recognise your own strengths and weaknesses and work at developing a study plan that complements them.

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We can help you regardless of the study issue you are struggling with. We have a range of tutors on hand who are all skilled at helping their students reach their full potential. Whether you are struggling to get into your element with Chemistry, confusing Physics with psychics, or working at understanding how a persuasive language analysis differs from a textual response, we are here to help you reach your study goals. Importantly without you feeling burned out in the process.

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How to catch up if you fall behind in class.

How to catch up if you fall behind in class.

Are you falling behind with the coursework and behind in class? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Sometimes things happen, and it can cause you to fall behind in your work. Not to worry, let’s talk about some ways to help you catch up.

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Firstly, if you have fallen behind due to absence, be sure to contact your teacher/s and ask them what you have missed out on. They may be able to tell you which tasks are a priority. You could also ask your classmates for assistance on what they did in class while you were away. If you have been absent for a long period of time, it is a good idea to get a 1-on-1 tutor who is well versed in the curriculum for your year level and subjects. Having a personal tutor can really speed up the catch-up time, as a good tutor will know exactly what you need to do to catch up. As a bonus, our tutors can help you with any questions you have as you work through your work and actually teach you any content you don’t understand.

Prioritise your most important tasts first.

Once you know what tasks you have on your to-do list, it may be time to prioritise. Then create an action plan on how you are going to tackle your catch up. For example, maybe there is an assignment due first that you need to complete. Or perhaps there is a test coming up, so you need to prioritise the chapter relating to that test. It is completely fine to prioritise the work you have fallen behind on, doing the most important components first. This will allow you to set goals for yourself to get the tasks done.

When you are behind in classwork, it can be important to find a nice quiet, distraction-free zone to study in. Having a dedicated study space can encourage you to catch up with less stress. Whether it be a library or your bedroom, sit down in a peaceful area, turn off your phone and any other distractions, and get into the zone.

Lastly, try not to stress. I know it can be hard, but your health comes first. Even when doing intense catch-up study, it is still important to take breaks, get enough sleep, eat and drink. If you are really struggling, reach out to your teachers or tutors for assistance and support. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

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Coping with Study Stress and Burnout

Coping with Study Stress and Burnout. If studying has got you feeling stressed and burnt out, please know, you are not alone.
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How to choose my year 11 and 12 subjects

I know what uni course I want to do after high school. How can I use this to help choose my year 11 and 12 subjects?

University is an exciting and amazing journey. But choosing what year 11 and 12 subjects you need to get into your desired university course can be confusing. Let’s go through a few things to note when selecting your year 11 and 12 subjects.

Most university courses have what are termed ‘prerequisites’. Prerequisites are the subjects you need to have completed to get into the course you are interested in. These are the high school subjects the university knows will give you sufficient background knowledge for the subjects you will undertake at university. For example, a science degree may need you to complete biology, chemistry, and Physics in years 11 and 12.

Understanding Prerequisites.

You can usually find the prerequisites for a university course on the university course website or in pamphlets for the course. These are often received at university open days. However, suppose you are struggling to find a list of prerequisites. In that case, there is no harm in emailing or calling the university using the contact information on their website. You can also spend time with one of our fantastic tutors, and they will help you find the prerequisites and help you understand what it all means.

Consider your choices carefully

It is important to read the prerequisites carefully. Sometimes prerequisites allow you some flexibility in choosing your subjects. For example, some university courses may list that they want you to have completed “at least one English” or “at least one math” – they do not mind which maths or English you choose as long as you complete one to the level they are asking for. So my advice is to choose the one you will enjoy and do the best at. However, on the contrary, sometimes prerequisites will specify the exact subject they desire. For example, it may list “maths methods”, and they will require you to have chosen and completed methods instead of the other maths subjects. Hopefully, the information helps.

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Make A Change: Why Study Goals Matter.

Some students experience performance anxiety over clearly setting their study goals, as they become overly focused on being ‘the best’. But students should focus on doing better than last time. This not only sets small achieveable goals, but it is better for their mental health.

How to encourage a passion for science.

How to encourage a passion for science.

A passion for science is one of the most fantastic and spectacular things to have. When we see a child with a strong passion for science, it is important to encourage it. Scientists have made so many incredible things possible in our world, from medicine to space exploration. Science is everchanging and with the discovery of new things occurring every day. By the time the next generation grows up, there will be such a wide variety of science-related careers and the need for scientists.

Let’s talk about some things we can do to encourage a child’s passion for science.

Firstly, we have to improve the image of science. The world has a preconceived notion of science from movies and tv shows which can often be viewed as negative for children. It is important to let children know that science is cool and for everyone. No matter their age, gender or background. Help encourage children to think about how science has changed our world for the better. Tell them interesting things about science, engage their minds, get them thinking about how amazing science is. If there are any scientific role models in their life (family, friends, teachers, tutors), encourage them to ask them questions.

It is also important that young minds recognise how important and common science is in our everyday lives. From our technology to our medication, science is everywhere. Encourage children to question how things function. Get them thinking about the science behind the things they use every day. Even if you don’t know the answer, research it with them.

Lastly, make science fun. You can try so many ‘at home experiments’ with your child to get them enthusiastic about doing science. Do some fun activities that explore various scientific concepts that will get your child excited. YouTube and other video platforms can be a great source for finding experiments, as well as other fun science videos that your child may enjoy watching.

Overall, science is such an amazing subject, and those children who show a passion and interest in science, with your support, can flourish into the worlds next best scientists.

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Raw study scores and scaled scores. Which one matters for my ATAR?

What is the difference between a raw score and a scaled score? Which one matters for my ATAR?

For each subject you complete in Year 12, you receive a study score. In VCE, these study scores for each subject then form part of your final ATAR. But the study score you obtain out of 50 is not a mark per se. It is more like a standing that highlights how you did in that subject compared to everyone else enrolled in that subject in the same year. To make it more confusing, there are two versions of the study score you receive, a raw score and a scaled score.

Why are there two kinds of study scores?

As VCE provides students with the opportunity to undertake various different subjects, it is difficult to standardise the marking for all these subjects. This makes it incredibly difficult to calculate the ATAR for students that took utterly different subjects. One way to standardise the different marks obtained in differing subjects is the scaled study scores. A scaled study score will take into account the level of competition within different study areas. While many believe this scaling is based on a subject’s perceived difficulty, it is mainly based on the competitiveness in that area of study.

These scaled scores undergo a specific calculation used to rank students in order and assigned percentage ranks to distribute the students. This percentage rank is converted to an ATAR score. Therefore when selecting your subjects, you must consider which subjects suit you and your interests. But be mindful of which subjects are scaled up or down, as this will affect your overall ATAR. 

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Should I do six year 12 subjects?

How does completing 6 subjects in year 12 affect my ATAR?

Most students entering VCE often ask whether they should choose to do an additional subject in Year 12. Students usually complete five subjects in Year 12, which counts towards their ATAR. However, they can also complete an extra one or two subjects if they complete a Unit 3 and 4 subject in Year 11. There are many benefits to doing an additional subject; however, it won’t have much effect on your ATAR.

What does an extra year 12 subject do for my ATAR?

To understand the effect of an extra subject on your ATAR, you need to understand how ATAR is calculated. ATAR is based upon an aggregate score of the student’s scaled study scores in all their subjects. However, all the subjects that you do are not weighted the same. After your study scores are scaled, the aggregate score which forms your ATAR is based on the sum of your English scaled study score, and the highest three scaled study scores and 10% of the fifth and sixth study scores.

This aggregate is then used to rank students into percentage ranks which is converted to an ATAR score. From the calculation of an ATAR you may notice that whether you take on the additional load of an extra subject, only 10% of that scaled study score will form part of your aggregate score. For example, if you do six subjects instead of five subjects and your sixth score is 30, only 3 of the 30 marks will be used when calculating the aggregate. So, in reality, that sixth subject does not create an enormous impact on your ATAR.

Benefits of completing an extra subject.

Such experience will be invaluable in Year 12. Another reason is that doing an extra subject provides a backup plan. When your ATAR is calculated, English and your three best subjects make up the bulk of your score. If you do poorly on two subjects in any unfortunate circumstance, there is a chance it will not be counted entirely in your study score. As you have done six subjects as it will be counted as your fifth and sixth subjects instead. If you only did five subjects, one of the subjects you did poorly will have been entirely counted into the aggregate for ATAR.

Things to consider

Before you decide, you should ensure you can take on the responsibility of completing a Year 12 subject in Year 11. Many students fall into the habit of prioritising the Year 12 subject and overlook all other Year 11 subjects. This can have detrimental effects on your ATAR as Unit 1, and 2 for most subjects are building blocks for Unit 3 and 4. If you believe you can effectively manage your subjects, it would be great to complete an extra subject.

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