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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2021, 08:32:30 pm »
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10/5/2021 - T2 Week 4
Maths & Study Planner

Finally caught up with maths, so that's a weight off of my shoulders, although I can hardly feel it with all the other work ahead of me. I was in a rut for a bit a few weeks earlier, but now I'm back on track since last week.

I've been thinking about the possibility of doing extension maths next year, however I'm not sure how to enrol when applications open, I'll have to ask a teacher about it later this year.

I finally decided to make one of those massive study planners for the entire year, I've always put it off since it seemed too daunting to give myself that much accountability to stick to something long-term. The planner has a week-by-week outline of the tasks that I want to have done by that week, the same as my weekly goals on here but for the whole year in advance. More than half of it is revision of whatever I may be struggling with at the time, past exams and practice essays.

T2 Week 4 Goals:
- Specialist Assigned Work
- Methods 9M-10 review
- Write 5 Text Response Essays (untimed)
« Last Edit: May 17, 2021, 10:04:24 pm by Autime »
2021: Methods, English, Physics 1/2, Specialist 1/2

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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2021, 10:02:04 pm »
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17/5/2021 - T2 Week 5
Balance & Improvement

I can't believe the term is already almost half way through. It's week five already! I have so much work to balance with Methods, English and Specialist, it's so easy to lose track of time and spend way too long on maths before I realise I have no time to do write essays for English. I should compartmentalise my studying into doing only English or maths at school during study periods/lunch-time and the other subject at home.

I received my English argument analysis SAC results and got 92%. That's a good result, but I think my school must go easy on us in terms of marking, since what I write looks nothing like the high-level responses from past exams. To improve I should have edited more of the essays I wrote to make my writing as succinct and as dense as possible, and focused more on strengthening my vocabulary. I was overvaluing how much the quantity of essays written contributes to improving my writing, writing less essays with consistency but a greater focus on editing, understanding the text completely, and improving them would have been better.

Sometimes I wonder if it's even possible for me to be able to get a 50 in English since others are able to improve faster than I do, but that just motivates me more, the thought of being able to beat 'talent' with hard work.



T2 Week 5 Goals:
- Specialist assigned work
- Write 7 Text response essays (<2 hrs)
- Methods Ch. 10 Review
- Methods Revision (Ch. 1-4)
« Last Edit: May 24, 2021, 08:08:38 pm by Autime »
2021: Methods, English, Physics 1/2, Specialist 1/2

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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2021, 08:38:23 pm »
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24/5/2021
Slacking off & Cross Country

Week six is here, and that means I'm due a mid-term crisis where I remember that I have one chance to do my best at my 3/4 subjects with no time to waste. That's a bit of an exaggeration, however I have been slacking off a bit this term. I need to re-evaluate my study habits and stop procrastination/putting things off until the last minute. As well as catch up with methods and spend more time on English each day.

Divisional cross country is tomorrow. I'm excited to go, I doubt I'll even get top twenty considering how little training I've done, but I'm hoping to get a time of around 20 mins. I was running every day at one point, then over the past month or two I stopped. I did some this week in preparation for cross-country. Most of long-distance running is mental, so if I control my mindset and push myself, I'm sure I can do well.

T2 Week 6 Goals:
- Specialist Assigned work
- Catch up with methods

- Run ~20 min time for cross-country
- Write 5 Text response essays on The Golden Age
« Last Edit: June 07, 2021, 08:43:12 pm by Autime »
2021: Methods, English, Physics 1/2, Specialist 1/2

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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2021, 09:43:57 pm »
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31/5/2021 - Week 7
Remote Learning & Spark

For once, I feel like I have a lot to write about. I had cross country on Tuesday, Iím not sure what time I ran, but it felt like it was the best Iíve ever done. I placed 12th place which qualifies me to go to the next stage as an emergency runner (I run if two people in the top ten canít go). Hopefully the event will still go ahead, but with restrictions who knows? I donít like running with others for some reason, itís like I dread knowing that Iím going to push myself that much.

Remote learning is back on for this week until Friday for now, that makes everything 10 times harder for me. Learning online at home is much harder for me personally, I have more distractions, lose the structure and positive social pressure of school, which makes me either overwork myself for hours or do nothing productive for hours. That was last time, however this time will be a redemption round, to test out all the good habits Iíve built up and strengthen my internal motivation.

Recently, that spark of motivation has come back to me. It went away, probably from the routine of school and laziness. Iím doing everything I can to make sure it doesnít go away again. Iím going to work harder than I ever have before (for school at least) for these few weeks coming up with SACs for English and Methods coming up and unit 1 tests.

T2 Week 7 Goals:
- Specialist assigned work
- Methods catch up (still)
- Run every day
- Write 6 Text response essays on The Golden Age
« Last Edit: June 07, 2021, 08:44:03 pm by Autime »
2021: Methods, English, Physics 1/2, Specialist 1/2

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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2021, 08:41:30 pm »
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7/6/2021 - T2 Week 8
Habits & Becoming A Workaholic

VCE is slowly killing me, Iíll be a husk of a being by the end of year 12. Joking aside, I have A LOT of work to do over the next few weeks with unit 1&2 exams and 3&4 SACs.

Iíve been doing well so far with keeping up with the workload, but it was hard-going for a few weeks back. What changed was a shift in my mindset from focusing on working independently of my environment, to changing my environment to make it easier to work. Iíve deleted all games from my school pc, moved all devices out of my room when studying, and blocked some other websites with Cold Turkey Blocker. I was underestimating how important it is to do everything in the right place and time. For example, only using your bed for sleeping/reading or never watching YouTube or browsing ATARNotes when you should be studying. I was trying to build habits without focusing on my environment first and foremost, worrying about efficiency when I wasnít using an effective method. At least now Iíve learnt what I was doing wrong, I was correlating my lack or results with laziness and not enough effort instead of focusing on what causes that laziness, bad habits. By removing the cues for those habits Iíve been able to study for longer and be more productive.

With that said, from my past lack of work, I now have almost no time for anything but work. Iíll need to start waking up earlier or staying up later and studying during lunch-time, I donít want to be left thinking that I could have done more after my exams/SACs. I always feel like I havenít done enough in the day, that I need to put more hours in to make up for my previous laziness. For now itís justified with exams and SACs coming up, but I donít want to make a habit of thinking that I need to do more all the time.

Iím back at school from remote learning, but there are no unit 1&2 subjects running because of exams. Iíd say that online learning was overall a success since I finally realised how to get work done at home, by controlling my studying-environment. Only students doing 3&4 subjects are going to the physical school for now, the school feels empty because of it.

I have to finish an essay now, thank you for reading this if you did.

T2 Week 8 Goals:
- Revise trigonometry for methods
- Revise Physics material, make cheat sheet
- Write edit 6 text response essays on The Golden Age
- Methods Ch 11 A,B,C,D
& Ch 10 review
- Review all completed Specialist content
« Last Edit: June 15, 2021, 04:18:50 pm by Autime »
2021: Methods, English, Physics 1/2, Specialist 1/2

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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2021, 09:22:04 am »
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7/6/2021 - T2 Week 8
Habits & Becoming A Workaholic

VCE is slowly killing me, Iíll be a husk of a being by the end of year 12. Joking aside, I have A LOT of work to do over the next few weeks with unit 1&2 exams and 3&4 SACs.

Iíve been doing well so far with keeping up with the workload, but it was hard-going for a few weeks back. What changed was a shift in my mindset from focusing on working independently of my environment, to changing my environment to make it easier to work. Iíve deleted all games from my school pc, moved all devices out of my room when studying, and blocked some other websites with Cold Turkey Blocker. I was underestimating how important it is to do everything in the right place and time. For example, only using your bed for sleeping/reading or never watching YouTube or browsing ATARNotes when you should be studying. I was trying to build habits without focusing on my environment first and foremost, worrying about efficiency when I wasnít using an effective method. At least now Iíve learnt what I was doing wrong, I was correlating my lack or results with laziness and not enough effort instead of focusing on what causes that laziness, bad habits. By removing the cues for those habits Iíve been able to study for longer and be more productive.

With that said, from my past lack of work, I now have almost no time for anything but work. Iíll need to start waking up earlier or staying up later and studying during lunch-time, I donít want to be left thinking that I could have done more after my exams/SACs. I always feel like I havenít done enough in the day, that I need to put more hours in to make up for my previous laziness. For now itís justified with exams and SACs coming up, but I donít want to make a habit of thinking that I need to do more all the time.

Iím back at school from remote learning, but there are no unit 1&2 subjects running because of exams. Iíd say that online learning was overall a success since I finally realised how to get work done at home, by controlling my studying-environment. Only students doing 3&4 subjects are going to the physical school for now, the school feels empty because of it.

I have to finish an essay now, thank you for reading this if you did.

T2 Week 8 Goals:
- Revise trigonometry for methods
- Revise Physics material, do all review questions
- Write edit 6 text response essays on The Golden Age
- Methods Ch 11 A,B,C,D & Ch 10 review
- Review all completed Specialist content
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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2021, 04:15:58 pm »
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15/6/2021 - T2 Week 9
Exam Results & SACs

I had two unit 1 exams on Thursday last week for specialist and physics. I spent over four hours making a cheat sheet and reviewing physics content, and less than four minutes on specialist. My results were 72% for physics and 78% for specialist. I think this proves how consistently studying is better than cramming right before the test. I paid no attention at the online classes for physics, so I didnít know any of the last area of study before the test. Thatís not to say I consistently put in effort for specialist either, I have fallen behind multiple times and only do the bare minimum. The specialist test was probably easier than the physics one, so thereís not much point in comparing these marks.

Next week I have a five-hour methods SAC on chapters 1 to 10 of the Cambridge textbook over three days, as well as a text response SAC on The Golden Age for English. I donít feel fully prepared for either test, but I can only do what I can to prepare, so I shouldnít need to worry about them so long as I prepare well. English is much more daunting for me than methods, despite the SAC counting for less of the overall SAC mark compared to methods. I need to do timed practice essays within the time limit to be ready. For methods, Iíll prioritise reviewing chapter 2, 6, 9, and 10 as well as anything else Iím weak on.

The school days feel shorter now, maybe being more committed to studying for longer periods of time makes the time outside of school feel longer. I was productive for most of last week, except for yesterday, I just have to be conscious to not fall back into bad habits. I can hardly believe that itís nearly the end of the term. Time, as it always seems to, is moving very fast overall. I need to make the most of it and never underestimate itís value.

T2 Week 9 Goals:
- Revise methods Ch. 2, 6, 9, 10
- Complete 10 timed practice essays on The Golden Age
- Complete Specialist 14A-E
2021: Methods, English, Physics 1/2, Specialist 1/2

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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2021, 05:51:28 pm »
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Congratulations on all the hard work you put into preparing for your Year 11 exams. It's so hard to stay motivated online! What are you doing in spec at the moment?

I think it's only natural to feel like you're falling a bit behind from time to time- if you're anything like me, it probably feels a lot worse than it is. I'm sure that by the time your next two sacs come around you'll feel heaps better! Are you able to get feedback on your practice essays?
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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2021, 11:53:43 pm »
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Thank you for the response. Iím starting further trigonometry for specialist, the course has gone over transformations of the plane, sequences, vectors and less complicated trig as well as some other things.

I can get some feedback from the teacher for English, I usually get around two essays handed in to the teacher per essay type. Itís not a lot of feedback and I think that the marking standards are quite low at my school, but I always take notes on what I need to improve next time after writing an essay so itís not a big deal.
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Re: Weekly Journal
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2021, 08:26:43 pm »
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21/6/2021 T2 Week 10
Hope

Last week of this term, that went by fast. I should be feeling all the pressure for the 3/4 SACs I have for tomorrow and the day after, but instead Iím feeling motivated to do well now and make next term even better; to improve. My results for these SACs coming up will be what theyíll be, and itís not the end of the world if I donít do well on them, there should be opportunities to redeem myself later. Iíve been doing a lot of preparation for methods, but I didnít do enough of chapter 10 to prepare It turns out that most of the SAC is based around it (Applications of differentiation).

Iíll still do some more to prepare, but English is of a higher priority right now, Iím going to rewrite two essays that on topics that are likely to resemble the SAC essay choices and memorise some quotes. I think I forgot that Iím not always limited to who I am now, that was kind of de-motivating me a bit. Iíll be able to grow and improve my writing using what I learn now from making mistakes to learn how to get it right.

Lately, Iíve been going ahead in physics, and itís made the slow-paced class a lot more fun. I planned to do the same for specialist, but I ran out of time with SAC preparation to do. I should have more time after my SACs are over. School and life in general seem brighter than before. Instead of thinking about what I might regret, Iíve started to look to the future about who I can become.

T2 Week 10 Goals:
- Revise Methods chapter 10
- Re-write English essays (timed)
- Memorise quotes
- Complete chapter 9 questions for physics
- Complete Specialist 14A-D
2021: Methods, English, Physics 1/2, Specialist 1/2