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Prepare for Year 12 in 2022. Tips for Year 11s Part 1: Prepare for uni in 2023

We have been so lucky in WA. People keep saying COVID is coming. Who knows? These tips are to help Year 11s to prepare for Year 12 now.

It is a 4 part series designed to help Year 11s who want to prepare for Year 12. The 4 parts are:

  1. prepare for uni in 2023
  2. prepare for TAFE
  3. Gap Year
  4. engage with the world beyond school now

Part 1: Prepare for uni in 2023

To prepare for life as a university student in 2023:

  • Get uni credits while still at school
  • Use these study tips to get great marks
  • Check out unis at open days
  • Check out courses
  • Check out alternative pathways

Start Uni Now

You can Start Uni Now through CQU or enrol in the Murdoch Horizon Summer School. Both give low cost credits towards your degree.

Improve your chances of getting into the WA Academy of Performing Arts by doing a holiday program.

Get Great Marks

I wrote the Study Coach to help you to save time and get better marks.

You need great marks to:

  • get the most out of scholarships on offer and
  • get into competitive courses.

Each ATAR subject area delivers ATAR success workshops throughout the year. Your teachers will tell you about them and I will put them into the Infocus Careers News as they are scheduled.

Check out study coaches and ATAR revision programs HERE.

Check out ATAR Revision Programs

Check out universities

There are five big universities in Western Australia. Check out which one is best for you.

West Australian Universities

Get course information

You get the most information about courses by visiting the universities. Go to university open days. This Cheat Sheet will help you to get the most out of your day.

There are information evenings throughout the year. Keep up with the Infocus Careers News to find what is coming up.

There are career advisors employed by every university. Think of some questions to ask. Make an appointment and visit them.

Alternative Entry Pathways

Creating a portfolio of your work is just one alternative pathway to university. If you want to try for portfolio entry you will need to start putting your portfolio together.

Check out the alternative pathways to university in Western Australia HERE.

Summary

These tips help you to create a smooth pathway from school to uni:

  • Get uni credits while still at school
  • Get Great marks
  • Check out unis
  • Check out courses
  • Check out alternative pathways

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Year 11 & 12 Career Pathways for West Australians: PowerPoint

Year 11 & 12 Pathways from high school for West Australians
Year 11 & 12 Career Pathways for West Australians

Get a quick overview of the pathways from schools to uni, TAFFE or into a gap year that can lead to work and travel from this PowerPoint. It is an overview of the information I provide in presentations to year 11 & 12 school students. Share it with students and parents so that they get a high level understanding of the options.

Check out the PowerPoint HERE.

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So you want to be a doctor, but you live in the bush

If you want to be a doctor but you live in the bush, your chances of winning a place in a medicine degree are improving. The Curtin Medical School Ambassador Alumni scheme engages current Curtin medical students to help students in rural, regional and remote schools who would like to apply to Curtin Medical School.

To find out more go to to Curtin Medical School.

Schools that want to engage with the program should contact the Curtin Medical School Rural Academic Lead, Professor Keith McNaught.

Curtin Medical School support for future RRR students

Curtin Medical School (CMS)  has a deep commitment to produce doctors to work in rural locations.   CMS fully appreciates that the lack of doctors in many rural areas, a particular issue in Western Australia, results in poor health outcomes for rural residents.   CMS is also acutely aware that there are real and significant challenges for rural young people, wanting to study Medicine, and being educated in rural areas, often with significantly less opportunities than city-educated students.   Rural students often have less Career Guidance advice, and may not realise that Curtin offers a rural entry pathway to Medicine with additional ATAR score weightings for rural students.

Curtin Medical School at Bunbury Careers Expo

In 2021, Professor Keith McNaught, the CMS Rural Academic Lead, worked closely with the President of the Curtin Rural Health Club, Jarrad Burgess, to develop and pilot the Alumni Ambassador program.   The program was designed to have current Medical students, with a rural background, volunteer to promote studying medicine, in their home towns, or in towns and locations where they had connections.

Keith had generated a list of target rural schools across WA, and then Jarrad and Keith matched student volunteers to those schools and beyond.  There were 26 volunteers, who will be visiting 35 secondary schools in 2021.   The volunteers all do their school visits whilst they are at home on breaks, so there are no costs associated with running the program, except to visit those locations where an Alumni Ambassador is not available.

When the partner secondary schools agreed to be involved, they nominated a school contact person, who is the liaison person for each Alumni Ambassador.   The school visits have commenced, and feedback has been resoundingly positive.  Second-Year student, Ipsita, was involved in a school visit where she connected with an outstanding Year 11 Indigenous student, who is now linked to the Medical School’s Admission Officer, as she charts her personalised pathway to Medicine at Curtin. 

Alumni Ambassador visits are most often to Year 10 and 11 classes, with schools usually aligning this to a science class.   With Year 10 classes, the Alumni Ambassadors talk about the benefits of the rural entry pathway, and the subject selections recommended for Medicine.   Year 11 presentations also focus on UCAT testing, so rural students are aware of the process and timeline, which will occur during Year 12, and also of the scholarships to assist with the costs of completing the UCAT testing in Perth.   Importantly, secondary school students are referred to the website, where they are can obtain up-to-date information about Curtin’s Medical and Health Science programs and have links to access further information.

Whilst it will be some years before the impacts of the CMS Alumni Ambassador program are fully known, there have been immediate benefits noted.   Secondary school partners have had increased contact with CMS staff, and applications for UCAT scholarships tripled from 2020 to 2021.  There are few things as motivating for a rural student as seeing their peers, who they know from their school and community, studying Medicine, and being aware that it’s a real study and career option for them too.

This report has been supplied by Curtin University.

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University Open Days Tips for Years 9 -12 students

In years 9 – 12? Go to uni open days.

Here are different uni open day tips for students in years 9 – 12

Murdoch Uni’s Open Day is 18 July.

Going to a uni open day is like going to a show. There are food vans, exhibitions and demonstrations and interesting people to meet, who WANT to convince you that their course is fantastic.

Curtin University Open Day

Check out the Worksheets at the bottom of this post.

Year 9 Tips

Start learning about life at university in Year 9. Check out the food vans. Listen to the music. Go into buildings and see the latest tech tools, computer games and research. Find the library, the shops and the toilets.

Year 10 Tips

Explore and Experience Try stuff. There will be people inviting you to engage with practical experiences in their subject. It could be VR. It could be checking out the latest medical research, making a short movie using their studio. All faculties will have practical experiences for you to engage with.  Do it now.

Year 11 Tips

Get an authentic experience. Engage with current students. Build on what you have learned in years 9 and 10 visits by asking questions of both students, academics and staff.  Check out presentations and exhibitions to see what you will gain most from and register for them, or just make a schedule of where to be and at what time.

Year 12 Tips

This is it. You need to be able to build from your other Open Day experiences. You will know what faculties to visit, and you will have a range of questions to ask. By now you should have narrowed down your options and you will be able to ask specific questions about subjects, industry engagement opportunities, mentors, support programs etc. You will know which presentations and demonstrations you need to revisit.

Go for a smooth transition

Here is a guide for you to prepare for life after school. Start early and gradually build your ability to glide gradually from school into your chosen new life, rather than leap into the unknown.

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Give yourself every chance to succeed

Every life comes with a story … and a possibility for a great adventure.

Make this the year your future self will thank you for as you create your amazing life.

If you are lucky, you will have family and friends and teachers who all WANT you to succeed. They can help you to achieve your amazing life.

A great school experience can set you up for your great future. Get all of the help they can give to boost your academic and life experiences.

If academic success is what you need to to make your crazy dreams come true, you can get extra academic support to boost your ATAR, OLNA and NAPLAN results.

Revision Programs

Check out these different programs to see if any of them can help you to take the next step to your amazing life.

Revise Online 

Revise Online

ReviseOnline specialises in providing online education. It provides teaching resources and support as well as practice tests and exams.

Mastermind

Master mind

Master Mind Australia intensive revision of the syllabus and assessment preparation, including the effective modelling of answers to ATAR-style exam questions.

Academic Task Force

Academic Taskforce

Academic Task Force specialist teachers work with students showing them how to apply what they have learnt at school, how to prepare for their exams and how to maximize their exam performance.

ATARGET

ATARget

ATARget ATAR Revision, ATAR Exam Preparation and Study Skills programs focus on strengthening students’ understanding of subjects, boosting classroom confidence and improving examination performance.

WACE+

WACE PLus

WACE+ ATAR Revision, ATAR Exam Preparation and Study Skills programs focus on strengthening students’ understanding of subjects, boosting classroom confidence and improving examination performance.

TEE Consultants

TEE Consultants

TEE Consultants deliver intensive courses for year 12 students seeking university.

Courses are run at UWA and Murdoch.

Academic Associates

Academic associates

Academic Associates conducts courses in most WACE subjects.

Accredited Tutor

Accredited Tutor

Accredited Tutor delivers small group classes in most WACE classes, exam preparation and study skills.

INDIVIDUAL TUTORS

Teachers

Many semi-retired teachers continue to tutor in their specialty subject.

These teachers have a lifetime of knowledge of their subject, what examiners are looking for and tips for success.

Ask at your school front office to see if they know anyone you can contact.

ECU ATAR Free Program

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ECU ATAR revision programs are run during the September holidays at the Joondalup and Bunbury campuses.

These are a free service to Year 12 students.

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4 Tips – for Uni Open Days

The open days are brilliant. This year they are starting in March with UWA and ECU in Bunbury and they will go on until August.  

Tip 1: Play some games

MyFuture  or the Curtin Campus Quest game can help you to clarify if you should be a rocket scientist or a tap dancer.

Campus quest

Many courses are run at ALL universities. Once you know which general direction to take you can narrow down your research to specific courses.

Tip 2: You don’t need to go to ALL of the open days 

Deciding WHAT you want to study is the hard bit.

Then you need to decide WHERE you want to study. Check out the universities closest to you at their open days.

Ask the students what they think.

Look at the displays.

Listen to some talks.

Talk to your career advisors.

Tip 3: Check out unis and courses online

At the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)  site you will be able to see what last year’s students thought of the university you are checking out and course you are considering.

There is a function where you can choose the same course at different unis and compare what last year’s students thought.

Tip 4: Which Uni to Choose?

You can get and overview of WA unis and what they are like at Which Uni is Best for You.

Curtin – Big and Sexy

Curtin hasn’t set a date for its Open Day 2021 yet.

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Check out Curtin courses HERE. 

ECU – Practical and Welcoming

  • 28 March South West Bunbury
  • 11 April Joondalup
  • 18 April Mt Lawley

Check Here for Details

  • Check out the ECU courses HERE.

UWA – Traditional and Upmarket

28 March Check HERE for Details

Check out UWA courses HERE.

Murdoch – Small(er) and Friendly 

Check the Open Every Day strategy.

Check out Murdoch courses HERE.

Notre Dame – Cool and Helpful

Check for updates HERE.

Notre Dame

Check out Notre Dame courses HERE.

CQU – Mainly Online with Support Hubs

CQU will probably have a Virtual Open Day again

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Check CQU courses HERE. 

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Getting Into Medicine WA

Curtin, UWA and Notre Dame universities all offer a medical degree course and UWA also offers dentistry. None of these universities has planned a 2021 information session although Notre Dame will probably do an online information session given the positive feedback they got for their 2020 online session which is still available online.

  • To get into medicine in WA you need to get outstanding academic results, get better results than most on an external University Clinical Admission Test and undertake a regime of Multiple Mini Interviews.
  • School students should apply for medicine at Curtin or Direct Entry at UWA through the normal TISC process.
  • Applications open for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) on 1 March 2021 and testing can be done from 1 July to 11 August.
  • If you do extremely well on the ATAR and UCAT you will be shortlisted to do a Multiple Mini Interview examination

Curtin

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Curtin offers the only direct entry  Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery program available to school leavers in WA and there is strong competition for the places.

It opened in 2017 with a focus on delivering high quality medical experts to regional and remote areas.

In 2022 they plan to accept 120 students, mainly school leavers, with some students gaining entry through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, rural and equity places. Read the Rural and Equity Information Here.

This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas.

Length of Course: 5 Years

ATAR: 95 (there are conditions around this that need to be explored HERE.)

Essential WACE courses

Essential: Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent. (Contact the Course Coordinator to find out what to do if you don’t have chemistry.)

Applicants are required to successfully complete a First Aid Certificate (including CPR) or equivalent by the completion of the first semester of the course. Students are also required to obtain criminal record history clearance, Working with Children Check as well as relevant immunisations and health screening. 

 Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR

Desirable: Study in one of the following Mathematics ATAR courses is desirable:

Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist, or equivalent.

English competency

  • Curtin is also seeking a range of Inherent Requirements which feel a bit difficult to pin down.
  • See current students speaking on YouTube HERE.
  • Register for the Information Evening and Webinar
  • You can find my notes from the 2017 presentation with suggestions from students HERE.

Australian Citizenship

Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens who have successfully completed year 12 with a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or an equivalent senior secondary qualification and have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), or equivalent.

General Information

Applicants will be ranked based on the following categories:

  • School leavers (predicted ATAR and UCAT)
  • Non-school leavers (notional ATAR from previous tertiary studies and UCAT)
  • Curtin course switchers (Course Weighted Average from current studies and UCAT).

Top ranked applicants will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The interview process provides an opportunity for shortlisted applicants to demonstrate how they communicate, critically appraise information, and think about issues important to the medical profession. Applicants will be ranked and selected for offer based on their ATAR or equivalent, the UCAT score and the MMI score. Final selection will be made by this composite score. Applicants for this course should refer to the Curtin website for more information on specific admission requirements for Medicine. http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/medicine.cfm

Multiple Mini Interview Those students who score highest on their ATAR and UCAT will be given an interview. See notes below on Multiple Mini Interviews.

UWA

UWA
University of Western Australia

The UWA Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degrees are 4-year courses that require applicants to have already completed an undergraduate degree.

 It is possible to gain a Direct Pathway (guaranteed place) into medicine or dentistry if you have an ATAR of 99. (You still need to complete your first degree prior to starting medicine or dentistry.)

There are 24 places Direct Pathway places available in Dentistry and 65 placed available in Medicine.

Year 12s should apply for a Direct Pathway place via the normal TISC process in August-September.

You will require a:

  • Minimum ATAR of 99 or equivalent (Applicants are also required to submit the Predicted ATAR form.)
  • Competitive UCAT score.

The UCAT testing will be open from 1 July to 11 August.  

  • Successful interview

The final rating will be based on UCAT, ATAR and Interview and will be weighted 1:2:2 respectively.

Applicants are also required to have:

Dentistry applicants must also meet:

  • Satisfactory completion of the Spatial Awareness Test
  • Eyesight Requirements

International Applicants for Direct Pathway

International students can find information HERE.

 Recommended subjects

It is recommended that applicants have undertaken at least:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first year university level (including completion of year 12 level chemistry)

Bachelor Degree

A place in the MD and DMD is conditional upon successful completion of a bachelor degree with a minimum Faculty Grade Point Average of 5.5.

GPA

There are no preferred bachelor courses required prior to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Applicants for the UWA post graduate degree WHO DO NOT HAVE A DIRECT PATHWAY need to do the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test.

GAMSAT

The Notre Dame Getting Into Medicine information session is held the day after the GAMSAT. You can always pick the people who did the GAMSAT… They are the ones who look exhausted!!

Notre Dame

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This is a 4-year post graduate degree for domestic applicants only.

As with UWA selection is based on:

  • Grade Point Average
  • GAMSAT
  • An Interview

AND

  • A personal folio that demonstrates your suitability for medicine at Notre Dame.

Grade Point Average

Notre Dame says that successful applicants will already have a degree with a minimum Grade Point Average of 5. This score may be misleading as students usually have a Grade Point Average higher than 6.

Applicants must undertake the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).

Interviews

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Applicants are also required to undertake an interview process…. which is described below.

Notre Dame Folio

Notre Dame also requires a Student of Medicine Application Folio which demonstrates more about the student’s personal attributes and suitability for acceptance.

Notre Dame usually wants to know WHY you want to study at Notre Dame and WHY you want to study the course you have chosen for any course so you would need to be clear on that.

Pre-Medicine Certificate

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Notre Dame offers a Pre-Medicine Certificate that its students can take WHILE they are doing their undergraduate degree (and getting a high GPA!).

This pathway also provides students with a mentor from the ND School of Medicine.

Completion of this Certificate will guarantee an INTERVIEW as part of the medical course application process if your GPA and GAMSAT reach the minimal score. It does not guarantee a place within the program.

Multiple Mini Interviews

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The interview process is made up of 8 Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).  You move from each interview into 8 different rooms. You are given a question and have 3 minutes to prepare your answer, then you go into the room and give your response for 8 minutes. There are two rest breaks.

The MMI’s take 88 minutes.

I have heard this process described as an endurance test.

Interviews are done by trained MMI interviewers who are trying to determine your suitability for the medical profession.  

YouTube videos and sites like MedStudents Online and Whirlpool will give you some ideas about what to expect BUT your experienced interviewers are not looking for rehearsed answers, they want to know about you and your suitability for the profession.

UCAT

Curtin and UWA Direct Entry require a UCAT score as part of their application process.

This test may be taken from 1 July – 11 August.

There are thorough instructions, trial tests and videos available on the UCAT site.

Extra Help

I like asking questions on Whirlpool.net.au . It might not be any more reliable than Facebook but you get to ask people who are in the field for their thoughts. You can even ask what students at different unis think about their medical courses.

Medstudentsonline is similar to Whirlpool. You can join in discussion threads about the application process.

Being a doctor is a tough gig.

I have provided career advice to a brilliant ATAR student who said there was no way he was going into medicine. Both of his parents were doctors and he saw the emotional toll it was taking on them and on their family life. He thought he might become a physics teacher.

The health industry is the fastest growing industry in Australia and Australian health scientists are up there with the leaders in many fields of specialisation.

The application of AI to diagnostics and the use of robotics is creating a boom in new health related career choices.  West Australian universities are onto this and competing to be leaders in new postgraduate health education fields.

Good Luck with Your Choices. 

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EVERYONE is looking for apprentices

Apprenticeships

The big story for tradies for 2021 is that everyone is looking for apprentices. There is a construction bubble happening.

Tips for Girls 

If you want to go into a building trade the job prospects are great, the pay is a whole lot better than aged or child care and you have opportunities to go into design, running your own business or project management.

If you would like working in building trades start looking at the big companies first. They are the ones with systems in place that reduce sexism and they try to make workplaces fair.

The National Association of Women in Construction provides support to women employees and to employers who take on a woman.

Check out the companies on their site, that are working with them and create a shortlist of which companies would be best to work for.

Help to find a job in construction for women.

If you Hate School

Students who hate school might want to try their luck at getting an apprenticeship while the employer subsidies are available and the building industry is booming.

You are allowed to leave school early if you go into a job or into training. An apprenticeship is a job WITH training.

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Subscribe to the Infocus Careers Newsletter as your first step towards linking to a world of insanely great career ideas.

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Year 11s who want to go to uni – study tips and success strategies

Universities in Western Australia have started to make early offers to students. In the middle of Year 12 students can apply to go to university based on their estimated ATAR from Year 11 through to the end of semester 1 in Year 12. 

Teachers must estimate your ATAR score based on what you have done to the middle of Year 12 and their estimate is forwarded to universities BEFORE you undertake your final exams.

Year 11s no longer have time to settle in, fail their first exams, get a shock and up their game. These tips can help you to improve your game before your exams.

Study Tip 1 Prepare

Go through your diary and mark out:

  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Important dates in sport
  • Exam times
  • School holidays
  • Other important dates in your year

Go through your diary and mark out your week

  • Mark in study planning every Sunday night for 10 minutes
  • Family time
  • Church time
  • Sport training
  • Music lessons and practice
  • Your part time job
  • Volunteer work
  • Hobbies and mucking around with friends

Where Does Your Time Go?

Discover where your time goes. Virginia Tech, in the United States, has created this study skills quick quiz to help students to become aware of how they use their time.

  • Do the quiz.
  • How many hours do you have to left study?
  • If you need more time to study modify your time usage to suit your needs.
  • Mark your diary with the study time blocks.
  • Mark your sleep time in your diary.
    • Schedule half an hour phone-free-zone before bed.
    • Create a pre-bed “sleep set-up” routine for that half hour.

Study Tip 2 Pinpoint Your (SMART) Goals

(Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Realistic and Timebound Goals)

My Goals

  • List each of your subjects
  • Set your specific, measurable goal for each subject e.g. English 75, Geography 64
  • Ask your teacher if this is realistic.
  • Ask you teachers to specify what you need to work on in their subject in order to achieve your goal.
  • Write down what they say.
  • This becomes your TO DO LIST

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Study Tip 3 Prepare to be a Superstar

Plan Your Study

When you first sit down to study, make a list of the things you need to do.

Go through comments and suggestions made by your teachers. See if there is anything you can do to take their advice.

If you haven’t got anything to do, go to your “To Do List” that you created from the information your teachers gave you.

Start to work on items on your list.

Secret Sunday Superstar Strategy

You need to learn how to critically reflect on how you have done and what you can do to improve.

Each Sunday evening take 10 minutes to:

  • Plan what to work on in each study time block.
  • Plan your study time to complete assignments.
  • Focus on your weaknesses.

Reflect on how well you studied last week…

  • Does your study timetable need adjusting?
  • How accurate you were at guessing how long each assignment was going to take?
  • Can you do anything more to pay  attention to your weaknesses?
  • Could you have asked your teachers for feedback or help on anything?
  • If you managed your phone.
  • What score out of 10 would you give yourself as a professional student?

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You KNOW that you need to manage your phone. You can waste hours half studying and half messing around on it.

  • Complete calls and text messages BEFORE you go to your study area then remove your  mobile phone from your study zone.
  • After an hour, take a break and check your phone messages, have a drink, talk to your family for 10 minutes.
  • Go back to your study zone and recommence the work you were doing.

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