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Uni Dates 2015

Leila Cosgrove - Friday, January 23, 2015

We've compiled the important dates for your calendar so that you don't miss all the necessary first weeks of classes and can plan your university holidays, picking up extra work, volunteering at events and anything else around the teaching weeks and exam periods.

 


 
To view our table of dates click here.

Looking for a Career Change?

Leila Cosgrove - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Have you been working the same job for the past 10+ years? Do you feel it's time for a change? Wonder what skills you might have gained in the time you've worked full time? Or maybe you planned to study but the timing wasn't right, so you're planning to return some time later? How does someone apply for uni or TAFE under these circumstances?

All of these questions are valuable and with the times nowadays changing rapidly as new and exciting jobs are invented, it's no wonder some people are searching for a new path or have a desire to explore some university options. 
If these questions or thoughts apply to you, then we can guarantee a professional and accurate but understanding team with the adequate and necessary skills needed to help you achieve your goals. So, if you're in a mad search for a new path or how best to explore the one you're on, don't hesitate to give us a call and make an appointment with our friendly consultants. 

You can contact the BEARS Team on 07 3210 0277 or 0408 704 124 after hours or by email: bears@bears.com.au. 

2015 IMPORTANT DATES

Leila Cosgrove - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 IMPORTANT DATES FOR STUDENTS

JANUARY

  • QTAC CHANGES CLOSE.
  • FIRST ROUND QTAC OFFERS AND RESPONSE TO OFFERS.
  • UNI STUDENTS ENROL AND START TIMETABLE PLANNER.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS RESUME SCHOOL.
FEBRUARY
  • SECOND ROUND QTAC OFFERS AND RESPONSE TO OFFERS.
  • UNI STUDENTS CONFIRM SUBJECTS AND TIMETABLE.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS PREPARE DIARY AND TIME MANAGEMENT CHART (TMC) AND REVIEW SUBJECTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS “O” WEEK.
MARCH
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS COMPLETE ASSESSMENT TIMELINE AND TMC.
  • UNI STUDENTS – TWO WEEK RULE BEING FINAL WEEK TO CHANGE SUBJECTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS CONFIRM TMC AND P/T WORK.
  • UNI STUDENTS – FOUR WEEK RULE (CENSUS DATE) BEING FINAL WEEK TO DROP ANY/ALL SUBJECTS WITHOUT ACADEMIC/FINANCIAL PENALTY.
APRIL
  • MID SEMESTER BREAK – HOLIDAY PLANNING.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – TERM ONE PROGRESS REVIEW.
  • TERTIARY STUDENTS – MID SEMESTER ASSESSMENT.
  • PARENTS – PREPARING FOR POSSIBLE TEACHER INTERVIEWS.
MAY
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – YEAR 10 SUBJECT RESEARCH FOR YEAR 11.
  • UNI STUDENTS – MID SEMESTER REVIEW OF ASSESSMENT.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – SETTING/CONFIRMING TARGETS FOR SEMESTER ONE AND LIKELY OPR.
  • UNI STUDENTS – COLLECTING PAST EXAM PAPERS.
JUNE
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – END OF TERM TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS (PARENTS TO REVIEW).
  • UNI STUDENTS - END OF SEMESTER EXAMS AFTER SWAT VAC WEEK.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – HOLIDAYS BREAK, RESUME PREPARATION.
  • UNI STUDENTS – 4 WEEK VACATION – P/T WORK, RESUME REVIEW, COMPLETING EXTRAS.
JULY
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS RESUME SCHOOL, REVISE SUBJECTS AND SEMESTER 1 REPORT, PREPARE DRAFT TMC, TERTIARY EXPO.
  • UNI STUDENTS COMMENCE SEMESTER 2, ENROL, PREPARE DRAFT TMC, PLAN REMAINDER OF PROGRAM TO GRADUATION.
  • PARENTS – TEACHER MEETINGS (STRATEGIES/QUESTIONS TO ASK).
  • MATURE AGE CONSIDERING EMPLOYMENT CHANGES.
AUGUST
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – YEAR 10 CHOOSE SENIOR SUBJECTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS – CONFIRM TMC, CALCULATE GPA.
  • SECONDARY STUDENTS – ASSESSMENT TIMETABLE, TMC, OPR AND BEGIN QTAC OPTIONS.
  • UNI STUDENTS – RESUMES, FOLIOS, EXTRAS, CHRISTMAS VACATION WORK, and EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWS (WEEKS 2 & 4 RULES).
SEPTEMBER
  •  SECONDARY STUDENTS – TERM 3 HOLIDAYS AFTER COMPLETING ORALS – TESTS – ASSIGNMENTS.
  • UNI STUDENTS – MID SEMESTER BREAK, REVIEW TMC, PREPARE EXAM TIMETABLE, CONFIRM VACATION WORK.
  • SECONDARY :
    • YEAR 10 – CONFIRM SENIOR SUBJECTS.
    • YEAR 12 – QTAC DRAFT, EXPLAIN DATES.
OCTOBER
  •  SECONDARY – ASSIGNMENT MONTH, TEACHER MEETINGS.
  • UNI – EXAM PREPARATION, TUTOR MEETINGS.
  • RESEARCH FUTURE EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS.
NOVEMBER
  •  SECONDARY – YEAR 12 – KEY DATES, RESUMES, HOLIDAY WORK CONFIRMED, EXTRAS.
  • UNI – EXAMS, RESUMES, VACATION WORK, QTAC.
DECEMBER
  • SECONDARY:
    • CONFIRM SENIOR SUBJECTS FOR YEAR 10.
    • YEAR 12 – QTAC REVIEW/CHANGES.
  • UNI – EXAM RESULTS, GPA CALCULATION, QTAC, DEGREE/SUBJECT/MAJORS REVIEW.
  • RESEARCH LABOUR MARKET TRENDS AND CHANGES TO QTAC AND OTHER COURSES.

To arrange an appointment time, please telephone us on (07) 3210 0277.

Queensland University Class Dates for 2014

Leila Cosgrove - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We've compiled the important dates for your calendar so that you don't miss all the necessary first weeks of classes and can plan your university holidays, picking up extra work, volunteering at events and anything else around the teaching weeks and exam periods.

 


 
To view our table of dates click here.

Bridging Courses

Bears Team Brisbane - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For some uni courses, there may be a prerequisite or compulsory standard of achievement such as Sound Achievement (SA or 60%) in English, Maths A or B, Biology or Chemistry or Physics. Most unis offer Bridging Subjects which can be completed next year.

 

·        HUBBARDS SCHOOL is conducting intensive courses in ENGLISH, MATHS B, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS. Again, success at Hubbards will be recognised by universities for the QTAC Major Round. The BEARS TEAM strongly recommends telephoning Hubbards on (07) 3371 5999 this week as classes are filling quickly. Hubbards will continue to offer Senior External Examinations in 2013 and 2014 as well as providing a range of other educational services including UMAT and QCS preparation and private tutoring.

 

·         Details of the latest information on Bridging Subjects can be found on university websites. Print the details as Bridging Subject(s) may allow entry to a course for 2015.

 

Appointments for September - October - November

Bears Team Brisbane - Thursday, September 18, 2014

CAIRNS - Appointments can be made with Nicole on any day by telephoning 0432 959 367.

 

SUNSHINE COAST - at 5-7 First Avenue, Maroochydore 
                                   Sunday 21, Sunday 28 September  
                                   Sunday 12, Sunday 26 October
                                   Sunday 23 November

 

TOOWOOMBA  in Room K-302, University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
                             Saturday 20 September
                             Saturday 11, Saturday 25 October
                             Saturday 22 November


ROCKHAMPTON - the Leichhardt Hotel, Denham Street
                                Saturday 18, Sunday 19 October

MACKAY - Grand Suites, Gregory Street
                   Saturday 1, Sunday 2 November
 
All Appointments to be made by telephoning (07) 3210 0277.

IMPORTANT INFO FOR QTAC APPLICATIONS

Bears Team Brisbane - Thursday, September 18, 2014
  • EARLY QTAC APPLICATIONS for all applicants (Year 12, Upgrading and Mature Age) close on Tuesday 30 September at the fee of $35.00.        
                                              
  • Late and new applications can be made from Wednesday 1 October at a fee of $130.00.                                         
  • Only ONE application is made online WITH UP TO SIX different selections. It is NOT compulsory to enter six different choices. 
                                              
  • Year 12 students receive their Year 12 Certificates  a) OP eligible students: in mail on Monday 22 December. b) Non- OP eligible students: obtain rank from QTAC website on Tuesday 30 December.                                                
  • September QTAC choices can be easily changed online up to Wednesday 7 January, 2015. It is recommended at this time that you book an appointment with the BEARS Team.                                                
  • One QTAC First Round offer will be known from the QTAC website on Friday 16 January. If necessary, a further application can be made for a Second Round offer known on Tuesday 5 February.                                                
  • QUERIES- please email bears@bears.com.au or telephone 3210 0277. 
                           
  • BEARS appointments to consider scholarships, uni accommodation, upgrading, simple or twin degree, Gap Year/ deferment, resume and obtaining holiday employment available-
    • Brisbane: Monday - Saturday from 8am to 5pm
    • Sunshine Coast: Sundays from 9am to 5pm
    • Toowoomba: Saturdays from 9am to 5pm
    • Cairns - Mackay - Rockhampton: during October

  • Cut-offs for uni places are likely to remain UNCHANGED for 2015. 

  • QTAC is the responsibility of the student applicant and family. IT is NOT the duty of the school/college/uni to check on application. If in doubt please contact the BEARS Team.

THINGS TO DO from the BEARS Team

Bears Team Brisbane - Thursday, September 18, 2014

THINGS TO DO from the BEARS Team

Holidays are here…Best not waste them!

Some things to do

·         Turned 16? How about going for your Learner’s Permit. Or even your Boat Licence, Jet Ski and First Aid Certificate.

·         17? About time to go for your P’s. And let’s not forget about the complimentary RACQ membership. You should also look into completing an RSA certificate or adding to your sport coaching or umpiring. Looking for some Brownie points? How about helping out your Drama or Music teacher…it’s also great experience for later in life.

·         18 or older? Time to start saving for that first car. Make sure to get it checked for Road Worthy by RACQ or a certified Mechanic, NOT a neighbourhood friend. Holidays are a great time to look into a defensive driving or a modelling course, particularly for those of us who are interested in sports. It’s a great chance to model some new sporting gear and get paid!

Part time work L - where to look!

·         QPAC is always in need of Ushers and Part Time Admin staff. This could be the job that starts your career in Creative Arts and Theatre. Check out their website for more details.

·         UNI Students. This is the perfect time to start planning Christmas Work:

o   RESOURCE companies are currently looking for uni students who are interest in some paid work experience. Check out their website for more details.

·         Overseas and Interstate travellers will be coming through in large numbers during the Christmas Break so it is a great time to look at getting some work experience with a resort or hotel along the coast. Some key areas to look at would be – Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone. What about a cruise ship job?

How is your resume looking? Have you got all your latest results, licences and other successes? If you want to get it checked over, just email it in to the BEARS Team at bears@bears.com.au ASAP.

If you get your mid-semester results back and start wondering if you are on the right track or not, perhaps it is time to arrange an appointment with TED or VICKI. Appointments can be made by telephoning (07) 3210 0277.

Important Things for Year 12s

Bears Team Brisbane - Thursday, September 11, 2014

As a former Year 12 student, I have compiled some information for current Year 12’s as they face the completion of their secondary studies.

·         Creating a resume is a big one if you are hoping to get some holiday work after graduation. Although hospitality and retail aren’t the most glamorous fields to work in, remember that at least it is a job and good experience to build upon. Once you have a job you are more likely to be employed later by someone else.

·         The BEARS Team is more than happy to review your resume or help you with layout and content, just email your resume to bears@bears.com.au or telephone us at 3210 0277 to make a time to come in to work with one of our friendly staff.        


·         Once you have made your QTAC application DO NOT make any changes until after you have your OP. Then you can make changes to your application after the OP comes in the mail on Monday 16 December.        

·         Even with the ease of Facebook and other social networking sites, chances are high that you will fall out of contact with around 82% of the people in your year. So when you leave, make the effort to stay in contact with those you want and forget about those with whom you don’t want to make the effort. From now on it is your life, your choices and your consequences so OWN IT!

Myeisha J

Years 9 and 10 - Update and Things to do!

Studio Limelight - Friday, March 28, 2014

SUBJECTS FOR YEARS 11-12

a) Do I choose an OPS program or non-OPS program?

b) Should I study any Certificate courses and if so, how do they help me?

c) Which Maths do I choose – Maths B, Maths A or Trade and Vocational Maths (Non-OP)? Can you study both Maths A and B together in your school?

d) Which, if any, science subjects do I study? Biology? Chemistry? Physics? If choosing Chemistry or Physics am I also studying Maths B?

e) What are the prerequisite subjects needed for the uni degree in which I have an interest?

f) Will studying a language or music subject benefit my studies and results in the future? How?

g) Are any of my chosen subjects for years 11 and 12 attached to bonus points in regards to my OPS? 

PREPARING FOR NEXT YEAR

Many students in Year 11 find a big difference in teacher expectations and subject requirements compared to Years 9 and 10. One way to prepare for next year is to make use of a Time Management Chart.

When preparing a TMC, choose 4-5 different colours e.g.

· Yellow = My Time (meals, sleep, travel, texting.)

· Green = Study Time at school and at home (include name of each day’s lessons.)

· Pink = Planning Time or a Diary Check for next 7-30 days usually between 9pm and 10pm.

· Blue = Sport (practices and games) and/or Music.

· Orange = Part time paid work and/or jobs to be done at home or in family business or property.

NOTE: By trying out a TMC for the rest of the year, students will be better organised for Year 11 where teachers will expect you to be “more independent” and “to be organised”! If you wish to send a draft TMC to BEARS, we would be happy to review and return it.

HOLIDAY WORK

Now is the time to apply for Christmas-New Year paid holiday work. As a 15 year old, you may have a competitive advantage compared to 17-18 year old students due to your younger age. The first step is to have a quality resume. There are still some part-time jobs available but most employers will choose their staff by 30 November. In applying for work, consider transport and how to get to and from the place of work as sometimes parents may not be available.

CHANGES TO MEDICINE AT UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (UQ)

For Year 10 students wishing to study Medicine at UQ after Year 12, the completion of any Bachelor degree is required, provided it includes some biomedical science subjects, followed by a further four (4) year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. In choosing subjects for Years 11-12, UQ is recommending students choose a balanced selection that includes some science AND some non-science subjects such as languages, art, drama, business, geography, history or music. When applying for the new MD which begins in 2015, UQ will accept students who have completed three or more years of study and will graduate in Arts, Biomedical Science, Engineering, Health Science, Pharmacy, Sport and Exercise Science, Therapies or any other degree provided some biomedical science subjects have been studied. For further information click here.

CHANGES TO THE OP SCORE

Some time ago, a media report suggested the current OP Score system would change. At present no official statement from either the Qld government or the Qld Studies Authority (QSA) has been made whether the OPS will remain or whether Qld will return to External Examinations as happens in other states. For parents seeking an alternative to the Qld Internal Assessment system, the BEARS TEAM recommends contact with Hubbards School at Auchenflower. Hubbards will continue to offer their QSA approved External Senior Examination program and parents may wish to contact Mrs Helen Stevens on (07) 3371 5999 or email admin@hubbards.qld.edu.au for the latest information. Universities and employers recognise Hubbards courses and results.

Finally, appointments to consider any of the above topics or to discuss future career plans, please telephone (07) 3210 0277 during business hours.

The BEARS TEAM