ATAR and me: A new relationship

By Chilli Crawford, a Rockhampton-based 2020 Year 12 student

As a Queensland student moving into Year 12 in 2020 – staring down the barrel of my QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education – the HSC and VCE equivalent), finishing school and applying for university – the ATAR system came as a very daunting surprise. When my fellow Year 11 cohort and I were told of the complete renovation of the old OP system and that we were the pioneers (or rather guinea pigs) for the new ATAR system, we were all extremely hesitant. Although the ATAR system made the grading scales much fairer between public and private schools, the influx of self-learning and teaching immediately displeased us as we felt as if we were already stressed and overworked as it was. However, in hindsight, the issues and complaints we expressed simply sprouted from a fear of change. As throughout my current and ongoing experience with ATAR, I have found that whilst there is now a significant amount of self-management placed on me, the system and marking criteria is ultimately quite beneficial.

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Why attending Orientation is the best way to prepare for your studies

You may have already felt the hype of our upcoming Orientation events. The information sessions, stalls, and social events certainly create a buzz this time of year.

Whether you plan to study online or on-campus, attending an event at the campus closest to you will help you make the most of your learning journey. So don’t miss out! Event registration via RSVP is compulsory for all attendees. Students must register before 24 February.  

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Welcome to #How2Uni

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Welcome to the CQUniLife blog #How2Uni series!

If you’re reading this, it’s quite likely you’re new to university and wondering how this all works.

We know from experience that nervously navigating the maze of systems, requirements and ‘must-do’ tasks that come with your first steps into a course or program can be overwhelming.

Never fear – the #How2Uni series is here to answer your questions, solve your problems and have you well on your way to wearing your graduation cap and gown in a few years’ time. Continue reading Welcome to #How2Uni