How To Make The Ideal VCE Study Schedule

[free printable schedule & tips]

VCE Study schedule

Year 12 VCE is a really difficult year.  It’s obviously the hardest year of your schooling, but you’ve also got 18th birthday parties, learning to drive and all your year 12 school events. 

A good VCE study schedule is essential in surviving year 12, and getting the best ATAR you possibly can. 

Here are MemBrain’s top tips on creating a VCE study schedule you can stick to all year. 

Work out when you work best

Are you a morning bird or does the idea of waking up and studying before school make you feel sick? 
Do you need a break when you come home from school, or do you prefer to smash out homework?

Identifying when you work best allows you to build the ideal study schedule.

Book in demanding tasks such as practice questions and active retrieval when you’re most alert, and leave easier work such as homework and writing notes for when you’re feeling more sluggish.  

Schedule important non-negotiables first

This includes extra-curricular activities like sports, music and recurring family events. 
But it also includes time for chilling with friends, and of course, self care (whether its hardcore meditation, having a bath or watching your fave tv show).
Also make sure your timetable leaves space for 8 hours of sleep, dinner with the fam, and getting to and from school. 

VCE Biology study schedule

Be realistic

While it may make you feel good while planning it, an unrealistic schedule will not work over a long period of time. You will be too tired and too stressed to work well, and the study you do complete won’t be good quality. 

Trust us, consistency is key to VCE and the only way to do that is by getting in to a realistic and easy to maintain schedule. 

Schedule deep-work, homework, and easy-work

VCE requires lots of different forms of studying. There’s note writing, homework from your teacher, and then extra study that you do to score well on SACs and exams. It’s important to understand how each form of work requires different levels of concentration. 

Schedule deep work for times where you feel most alert. Ensuring you actually schedule it in to your timetable means that you’re gaining an advantage over other students, who only leave room for homework. 


VCE types of study

Stick to it

Of course it’s hard to stick to a new schedule, especially at the start of the year when you haven’t got much work to do. However, sticking to your schedule is a vital step to building self discipline, which will ultimately make studying easier. 

If you’re really struggling to stick to it, evaluate why:

  • Are you getting too tired at night? Try studying for an hour or two before school.
  • Are you having a break after school, but then finding it difficult to get back in to work? Try blasting out your homework as soon as you get home.
  • Too distracted at home? Try going to the library after school to study. 

Having a good study schedule is essential for VCE. It is one of the best things you can do to reduce stress throughout the year, and ensure you’re working to your best potential.

Download the free study schedule and examples, and send us pics of your study schedule via our Instagram: MemBrain Learning

Happy studying! 

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