Here's what last year's participants thought about our programs...
"I thought the experience was invaluable as I was able to learn in a university environment for the first time…"
"The manner the topics were spoken about was great and easily understood, it was inspiring to listen to and be there alongside other like-minded students…"
"I would say on the whole the winter school was a great thing to do in the holidays and was absolutely worth the money"
Tuesday 11 – Sunday 16 July
This Winter the University of Melbourne offers VCE students an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for History Revolutions, Australian History, Literature, Italian and French exams with scholars who are experts in their fields. This VCE Winter School is open to Year 10, 11 and 12 students.
During this week we are also offering a professional development course for VCE Literature teachers on Friday 14 July.
Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 July
Success in the History Revolutions exam depends on a robust understanding of the causes and outcomes of revolutions. The Winter School program begins with an exploration of the nature of revolutions with internationally acclaimed historian and VCE expert Professor Peter McPhee, followed by experienced VCE examiner, Nick Frigo. Students can also choose from individual lectures on each of the four revolutions, delivered by leading academics and teachers in the field. Each lecture concentrates on causes and outcomes, giving an indispensable overview and referring to past and typical exam questions and tasks.
Cost: $30 per session
Wednesday 12 July
The Australian History Winter School program consists of a team of experts. Participants will be guided through the key themes of Australian history and receive specialist advice in what makes an excellent performance on the Australian History exam. Lectures covering Australian Units 3 & 4 will be geared towards deepening participants’ understanding of particular periods and issues in Australian history.
Cost: $30 per session
NEW! Italian and French
Thursday 13 July
This year, for the first time, we are offering sessions in Italian and French presented by leading academics from The University of Melbourne and teachers in the field. The program begins with a combined session for Italian and French students exploring key themes and hearing from past examiners and VCE students. Students can choose from individual sessions covering a variety of lectures and smaller break out classes that focus on strategies and practices of writing, oral, listening and reading skills.
Cost: $30 per session, $90 for the day
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July
Success in the Literature exam depends on strong skills in close reading and textual interpretation. Concentrating on nine of the most popular VCE Literature texts, participants will be able to select from a program consisting of lectures and tutorials delivered by leading academics and tutors. The lectures, specially designed for VCE students, will refer to specific passages and typical exam questions led by leading academics such as Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe and Professor Deirdre Coleman. The small group tutorials will work intensively on practice passages and typical exam questions, building skills essential to the subject. On both days a session dedicated on successful examination strategies and techniques, delivered by Margot Thompson, an experienced VCE English teacher and examiner.
The selected texts are:
Poetry: Chris Wallace-Crabbe, New and Selected Poems and Heaney
Novels: Heart of Darkness, North and South and The Leopard
Plays: Twelfth Night and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Short Stories: Cate Kennedy and Prolux
Cost: $30 per lecture, $35 per tutorial