QCS tips from our bloggers!

We’ve compiled the advice of our bloggers to help you on QCS day. Good luck Year 12s!

“Fuel your brain before QCS with a nice big breakfast – you’ll stay focused longer and your tummy won’t be roaring all morning. #foodforthought”

“If you’ve read about it, write about it! Impress the markers with references to books you’v read. But, as always, keep it relevant!”

“Don’t stress, you won’t get questions like this at QCS.”
QCS Question Meme

“Don’t be afraid to apply for special provision before taking the test to suit you. Get a bigger paper if your eyes aren’t perfect… even if the paper is bigger than you! #stressless”

Imogen had to apply early for this, due to extenuating circumstances. There are specific cut-off dates, but you may still be able to apply. You won’t know unless you ask.

“Being dehydrated by as little as 2% can negatively affect your brain’s performance. Be smarter by remembering to drink water during the QCS test. Just remember, no labels!”

“Stressing that QCS is going to be a nightmare? Dreaming of a day when writing stimulus is a thing of the past? Treat yourself to a night in with your favourite pyjamas with your comfiest pillows. Even my teddy knows that getting enough sleep is crucial to a fresh and focused mind, especially the night before a big exam or test.  It is far better mental preparation in those remaining 24 hours to get enough rest than it is to stay up late hour cramming. And he doesn’t have a brain nearly as big as yours Good luck.”

“We believe that you can be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods … but ALWAYS have a plan! Show the QCS what you’re made of.”

“You can’t concentrate if you’re not relaxed and well-fed!!!”

Student blogger Maddie recommends taking the time to have a good feed in prep for QCS. A full stomach makes all the difference – and it’s a good excuse to take a break and eat some glorious pizza, too!
madie pizza

MelMelissa Cameron
“It’s a tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation and now, I’m passing it on to all of you. After QCS it is important—no, in fact, it is necessary—that you reward yourself with a Mars Bar. After all those months of stressing, it’s the ultimate sugar boost that everyone deserves for finally making it through QCS. But in all honesty, it really is important to set yourself rewards for completing QCS. It gives you something else to work hard for and look forward to, beyond a simple pat on the back for overcoming the inevitable QCS stress. Good luck, and may the Mars Bar get you through these times.”
Mel - QCS Instagram

Keep calm and stress less before the QCS test (rhyme intended).”Jason - keep calm

Read more QCS tips from our past bloggers.

The QCS Test, Oh No!

That’s right every body, it’s that magical time of year when the QCS test comes around to drain 2 days of your life. But that’s ok, because this is that step just before you reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Being a grade 12 student myself, my friends and I have been prepping for the 2 day marathon of tests so they’re slightly less painful. At our school a whole lesson is dedicated to learning how to answer various types of questions that could be on the test. I have compiled a list of tips I’ve learned through these lessons, and although I probably shouldn’t share them because the system says you need to do bad for me to do good (I know, I’m a pure genius), I will.


Austin's QCS Tips summarized!

Austin’s QCS Tips summarized!


The Writing Test

Personally this is my favorite part of the QCS, because it’s not all about abstract reasoning. For  the writing section of the QCS test, it’s important to remember the stimulus you chose, and always relate back to it through your story. To make this easy on yourself, when you first look at the different stimulus pieces you’re given choose the one that closely aligns with one of your passions. For example, if a piece of stimulus is heavily influenced by a subject you enjoy, use that to your advantage. Once you’ve chosen your stimulus piece, write up a draft. Sometimes it’s hard to begin, but just do it. This quote by Colleen Hoover  perfectly describes how you should write your draft. Plus, you have time and writing a draft will give you less time to sit there and do nothing. After your draft have a break, a drink, keep an eye on the time. After you’ve regathered your thoughts write your good copy. Writing test done!

The Short Response Test

This part of the QCS test is the most difficult, because it requires a lot more thinking than the others. I’ll use a simple process that I’ve been taught at school. The first step is read and highlight everything. The teachers at our school always drill this in when they are explaining the process we need to go through to answer a question on the QCS test. The very first step in this process is to actually understand what you are being asked. It helps if you highlight key words such as ‘contrast’ or ‘describe’, which will tell you how you should answer the question. The second step in this process is to write your answer. Yes, this is a very simple two step process and I promise it will serve you well, as long as you don’t miss step one.

The Multiple Choice

Of course the obvious technique for the two multiple choice questions you get after a writing test and a short response is the faithful  “A, B, A, B, wait, haven’t gone with C in a while”. Don’t do it. The multiple choice questions are not too challenging, and it should be an easy process of elimination. There’s always going to be two choices that seem obviously wrong, then there are the two that seem right. My strategy for making a choice is that if I can’t figure it out in a minute and a half, just circle the option that seems the most right. This will allow time for more questions to be completed and the possibility for more correct answers!

Now when September 1 and 2 come, we should all be set to go! It’s just 2 days that define your OP score, not your life. At the end of the day, it’s just a test, and you can always bounce back. Good luck to the class of 2015!

What can you study in podiatry?

FriendAfter many hours of pondering what you want to study at university, have you considered studying podiatry? As I’m a third year podiatry student, I’m here to give you a quick insight into the course!

Now you’re probably wondering how is it possible to study feet for four years. Feet look simple, but the foot itself is a very complex mechanical system that requires bones, ligaments and tendons to all work together. For that to happen, the leg has to function correctly. For the foot and the leg to function correctly, both the hip and spine have to function correctly. This means there is a lot to learn.

Before I talk about what you study in podiatry, here are some facts about feet:

  • Each foot has 26 bones – both feet contain nearly one quarter of all the bones (206) of the body.
  • Each foot is made up of a complex network of over 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
  • Every step places 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot.

Just a quick note, at university “subjects” are called “units”. I must admit I still use the term subjects at times (once a school student always a school student!).

Now for the good stuff, what are some of these cool subjects/units you study in podiatry?

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So you want to study Film and TV?

When most people think of ‘film’, they think of Hollywood. But studying film can take you down many more roads than just Hollywood Boulevard. If you haven’t noticed already, video is everywhere. Videos communicate messages powerfully, and tell stories like no other medium. You’ll rarely see a company, a project, an event or any sort of online campaign without a video to accompany it. And this is where you and I come in.

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Apps that make University life easier

Apps! We all have them, we all love them, and we’re all slightly addicted to them. But how many truly useful apps do you have? I’m going to try and shed a little light on some apps that you might not know about, and hopefully they will help make your life at university a bit easier. Read more

Drama VS. Acting – Battle of the BFAs

When people ask me what I’m studying, they’re often confused when my response is ‘drama’. Common questions include, “is that like acting?” and “how are you going to make money from that?”

And while I may not necessarily have an answer to the latter just yet, the former receives a simple response: Nope. Read more