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« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2021, 08:18:09 pm »
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Two days until my last exam, which is legal studies. I didn't do any revision over the weekend because, honestly I feel so burnt out. My workload probably isn't as bad as the majority of people on this forum but after the last methods exam, my brain completely shut down and is refusing to hold onto any information. Need to get it together before Wednesday or I will be regretting it for the next few years
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« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2021, 02:06:17 pm »
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As I have finished my last exams (besides Chemistry), I am going to share my thoughts and regrets about each of my subjects that I had this year. It's going to be long so I don't blame y'all if you don't read it, might most these later tonight as I have work tonight and should be doing Chemistry revision right now
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« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2021, 06:09:01 pm »
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I would love to read that honesty.
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« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2021, 06:44:58 pm »
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So I am going to start posting the first of my ‘subject evaluations’ as I am going to call them. I promise I did not forget about this, I’ve just been taking a break from looking at anything school related at the moment.

Subject (1/5): Chemistry Units 1/2

So Chemistry was the only year 11 subject that I had onsite this year and in terms of difficulty in comparison with the other subjects it was on the easier side. I did fairly well this year in chem and found most of it enjoyable up until the whole water unit which felt more sluggish and boring (in my humble opinion). I think that the main reason that I liked and did well in this subject was that I had a solid S tier teacher for chem. She was absolutely amazing and made the concepts engaging to learn as well as implemented any jokes or memes we made along the way into the lessons so that we would remember everything easier. Unfortunately, she is moving to the other side of the state and she won’t be teaching us for year 12 which is really upsetting. She is the type of teacher that responds to any emails straight away and always makes time to clear up any confusion that you have and I maintained around a 90 percent average.

The biggest issues that I had with chem was that, because of the fact I was doing three 3/4 subjects, I would place chem on the backburner if I had any SACs upcoming in those subjects. Was it detrimental to my learning? I don’t think it affected it that much to be honest as I stayed ahead consistently to minimise these issues. However in the month leading up to exams, chem was basically extra revision time for my year 12 classes and my teacher didn’t expect me to do any work and told me to focus on getting good exam scores (absolute angel). Another thing was the high volume of math that chem contains and I still mix up chem formulas with methods and further formulas which made it hard to separate in my head.

WHAT WENT WELL:
-   Really good teacher made the content easy to understand
-   Workload was consistent throughout the year, made it easy to plan time to do the work
-   I understand the fundamental theories well and was easy for me to memorise
-   Good class, next to no distractions

WHAT I COULD’VE DONE BETTER:
-   I kept messing up math related components (ironic considering I did two math subjects) and had trouble placing what formula to apply
-   Unit 2 was a slog and I definitely do not know it as well as I should
-   Extra revision to remember concepts from the start of the year (ye old metals and stuff like that)

Overall I felt that chem was a good subject for me and I believe I can do well next year
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« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2021, 10:51:44 pm »
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Subject (2/5): Literature Units 1/2

Literature was a bit of weird subject for me this year as I did it online via VSV as my school does not offer it. This meant that there were a lot of unique challenges involved during the year because of the fact it was online and not in a brick and mortar classroom. I don’t know how everyone on this forum feels about VSV but my experience with them this year was… ok I guess? I’m doing two subject next year with them so I hope that it will stay the same level or improve.

The thing is, I don’t feel like I really learnt anything over the course of the year. A lot of the content that was covered was concepts that I already knew from previous years and with only one hour each week over Webex we didn’t cover that much in the first place. The coursework was wildly inconsistent with how much needed to be done each week, sometimes it would only be a forum post based on your opinion about a particular theme whereas other times there would be six or so tasks that would take hours each to complete. As well as this there was very little communication with the teacher and no in-depth discussion about work that was submitted as I am still waiting on work that was submitted from term 3 to be graded. Whilst she does get back to us via IM or email, I was waiting up to a week for a response on SAC work that was due in a week which meant that a lot of work was submitted late. Most of the texts were very interesting (Gatsby, Dr Jekyll + Mr Hyde, Medea) but some, especially ‘The Life and Loves of a She-Devil’ were either mind-numbingly boring or just straight up bad texts.

Because the subject was online, there were a lot of times during the year that I completely forgot that the subject even existed. There was very little accountability for showing up to the Webex meetings besides having attendance marked and a lot of the time the meetings would go completely off-track. Many times I would forget about the weekly work and end up cramming in several weeks and submit it in one big hit. My Lit teacher didn’t care when work was submitted as long as it came in before reports had to be written which was both a blessing and a curse as it allowed me to focus on other subjects that had more urgency but also created a perpetual procrastination loop. My SAC grades fluctuated a bit, my lowest was a C+ (ew poetry) but I was consistently getting B+-A+ however I don’t know how well that will translate over to next year.

WHAT WENT WELL:
-   I was able to pass well and now know the expectations set on me
-   I believe my essays were really written and this was reflected in my grading
-   Exposure to different media has helped me reflect on the way I view things and improved my analysis skills

WHAT I COULD’VE DONE BETTER:
-   My time management of the subject! This is something next year I have to hyperfocus on improving
-   Quality of work (especially as this is my English subject) and seeking feedback from other teachers even if they don’t teach Literature
-   Definitely need to work on my close passage analysis and poetry
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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2021, 11:02:00 pm »
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Congratulation on finishing your year 12 exam
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« Reply #36 on: November 21, 2021, 10:58:36 pm »
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Congratulation on finishing your year 12 exam

Thank you!

I hope yours went well and massive congrats for completing VCE in the two toughest years, wishing you the best :)
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« Reply #37 on: November 21, 2021, 11:45:07 pm »
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Alright onto the Year 12 classes and I’ve decided that for these I will include a discussion on how I found them compared to their Year 11 counterparts as well as my thoughts on the exams. Little reminder that everyone’s experience is different and depends on a number of factors and I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on their subjects or your thoughts on subjects that you did that I also have done.

Subject (3/5): Legal Studies Unit 3/4

Legal was by far the subject that had the biggest ‘difficulty’ jump from Year 11 to 12 out of the three that I did. Content wise it was basically the same but last year we never really discussed task words and never had to answer questions in the exact way that the task words wanted. Our SACs last year were generally questions such as ‘what is the standard of proof in a criminal trial’, ‘what is the role of the jury in civil cases’ and ‘what are the purposes of each sanction’. So as you can imagine, the first SAC that I did was a massive wake-up call on how my answers had to be structured. The lowest SAC mark I got in Year 11 was a 98, I believe my first SAC mark in Year 12 was hovering in the high 60s-70 range. I’m going to be honest that really demoralised me for awhile and made me question if I should just drop the subject altogether. It was the same for a lot of people in my class because of the fact that task words played no role in how we were marked last year.

I feel very fortunate that I am able to memorise things very easily and quickly because it definitely helped me in Legal and it got to the point that by the middle of the year I had completely stopped taking notes because they were unnecessary. Our teacher set weekly compulsory questions that made us comfortable with the task words as well as giving us 8-10 mark questions early on so that it wouldn’t scare us in the exam. Most of the time doing these compulsory questions, watching Edrolo and reading the textbook was enough to consolidate my understanding of the subject but that might be too much for some people and too little for others. For the most part Legal was interesting but I found civil law to be really bland and I hope to never have to hear about Rebel Wilson’s defamation case ever again.

Oh boy the exam. It was not great. I spent hours revising reforms and recommended reforms as well as the VLRC and Royal Commissions only for there to be absolutely no questions on any of it. There was very little scope to talk about many of the cases that we had learnt about in Unit 4 and it felt like VCAA had cut the study design but forgot to tell us that they did. Some schools focused on the Mabo case, some didn’t and my class was part of the ones that did not focus on it. So I’m sure you can imagine the surprise and the annoyance of having to do the entirety of Section B on a case you never studied and were given only a few lines of reference material. There wasn’t much about the exam that I liked: the spaces to write answers varied (who thought three lines was a good estimate for a six marker) and there was an obscene amount of 8 mark questions in the exam. Good 10 marker though 😊. I don’t really have a rough estimate of what study score I will get but mid 30s would be very very generous so maybe hovering around a high 20s lows 30s range.

WHAT WENT WELL:
-   Knew the content well
-   Stayed on top of the workload well
-   My writing stamina improved tremendously throughout the year and I was able to fully complete the exam early with time to spare for perfecting


WHAT I COULD’VE DONE BETTER:
-   TASK WORDS TASK WORDS TASK WORDS Literally my advice to anyone doing Legal Studies is to absolutely practice the hell out of these because it determines your marks
-   Made better use of answer structures to frame my writing
-   Not spent about a month debating dropping the subject and instead push through the doubt
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« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2021, 10:52:13 pm »
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Subject (4/5): Further Maths Unit 3/4

I’m going to say this straight off the bat: I have always excelled at maths and found it to be genuinely interesting so Further was not a struggle for me at all. The main problem I had at the start of the year was the fact I had completed Units 1/2 all the way back in 2019 in Year 9 so a lot of the starting data work I had forgotten. Luckily it all came back to me pretty quickly and this was a blessing as well as a curse as it meant that the amount of effort I put into Further dropped considerably. All year I hovered around 1st and 2nd ranked but overall I think I was 2nd as the other person put all their effort into Further whilst I chose to attempt to bring my Methods grade up (lol). I don’t really remember Unit 1 and 2 very well but I think it was a similar amount of work and the concepts were basically the same.

The exam sucked.

I did every past VCAA exam (both SHT and NHT) for the current study design and was easily getting 100% as well as having plentiful leftover time to review my answers. Going into the first exam I felt extremely confident in my ability to perform well but unfortunately that was not the case. I ran out of time in both exams, shaded a few random bubbles in the last few seconds of the first exam and left questions blank in the second exam. It was completely demoralising and a massive blow to the confidence that I had for exam season especially as they were my first exams. I was really hoping for a high 40s SS but I don’t see that happening. The exam was really a mess, there were a few questions that I had to use METHODS formulas for and the difficulty was nothing like any of the past exams. Further is extremely competitive because a lot of Methods and Specialist students choose it as well so I assume that I have been completely bumped out of the bell curve range for a 40ss.

Whilst I did not do a large amount of extra work for Further (basically completed the edrolo questions for each exercise as well as some extra handouts for areas I wasn’t the most comfortable with),  I am kinda glad that I didn’t focus all my effort into it. I was angry and disappointed in myself after coming out of the exams initially but after talking to people from many different schools I realised that I wasn’t the only one who found the exam a lot harder than it should have been. It would have been more of a blow if it had been the core subject that I had studied the most for and at least I had a fighting chance with my other subjects.

WHAT WENT WELL:
-   Good average in SACs (90s)
-   Understood all the content in class
-   Managed to stay on track during remote learning

WHAT COULD’VE GONE BETTER: 
-   The exam  ;-;
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« Reply #39 on: November 27, 2021, 08:40:42 pm »
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Subject (5/5): Math Methods Units 3/4

Oh Maths Methods, the subject I love to hate. The subject that could completely make or break my week depending on the concepts we were learning. The fact that I even managed to complete this subject will be my magnum opus. This was the subject that completely dominated my year and when I think back on VCE, this will most likely be the subject that I will remember the most. Buckle up kiddos because I have an entire book to write on my experiences in Methods and I honestly don’t blame you if you skip reading the huge wall of text that is below. This is the biggest redemption arc of my schooling life.

It is very important that I set the scene of this subject by detailing my unit 1/2 experience. Most of the year was spent remote learning and during this time I came to the very stark realisation that it is incredibly difficult to learn maths online (hence me dropping my idea of doing specialist via VSV). I started the year off strong, completely every question in every exercise up until the first period of remote learning when I stopped completely exercises completely. It was extremely hard to stay motivated whilst working online and for a lot of my other subjects, the workload had increased drastically as I was basically completing schoolwork from 7:30am-10pm every night with minimal breaks. As you can imagine I burnt out extremely quickly and Methods was the first subject to go. My SAC results hovered around the 60-70 percent mark which doesn’t sound too bad on paper but looking back on the SACs now… they were generally quite straightforward and dare I say easy. I struggled to understand the basic concepts behind basically all the mathematics and was losing more hope every day that progressed. Towards the end of the year, dropping Methods was becoming a more viable option even though I knew it would lock me out of many university choices. I wasn’t the only one, throughout the year our class of around twenty something had dropped down into the low teens. I passed the exam through the skin of my teeth and my percentage was just high enough for me to be allowed to continue the subject… if I wanted to.

Over the transition classes I spent many hours trying to figure out if there was some way to enter these courses without methods but all it turned up was three options: start one course and transfer, do bridging classes and potentially delay starting university by a year or suck it up and try and power through methods. For 15/16 year old me that was a big decision to make and I chose option 3. And let me to tell you, once I sat in the first step up class I hated myself for it. There was basically around seven of us remaining in class, everyone else had decided to drop it completely or switch to Further. I sat in that chair and couldn’t understand the content of Chapter 1 1A, I had no clue about domain or range or what function was what from an equation or what graphs looked like based on a given equation. Over the summer holidays I couldn’t understand the work set and returned to school basically with no work completed and a sense of dread. I needed a 25 ss to satisfy the prerequisite and at that point I wouldn’t have even been able to get a 1 ss.

The first SAC was delayed numerous times due to Covid and remote learning and it was about six periods long over the course of two weeks once we returned onsite. However for the week leading up to it I had done something I had never done before, I had studied… hard. Khan Academy, YouTube, Edrolo… I had used every available resource I could lay my hands on to try and understand graphs, differentiation and how to understand what the worded problems were asking for me to do. Then I became sick with laryngitis and was stuck at home for a week and was so unwell that I couldn’t look at any screens or think straight to save my life. A few negative Covid tests later I returned to school and had to complete the SAC in my study periods whilst still feeling like crap. I cried during the final period I had to finish the SAC because I was so certain that there was no way I had scraped enough marks to pass. The answers to the questions I had answered previously didn’t look right and I wasn’t entering the right equations into the CAS. I threw up after I finished the SAC.

Waiting for my results was one of the worst weeks of my life and I had decided that if I had failed the SAC, that would be the end of Methods for me and I would drop it. During this time our class had dropped down to four students as many left before our results had even been released. I was on the verge of an anxiety attack when our teacher handed out our SACs face down. This is the only SAC that I remember my exact percentage: 76%. With that grade I had secured top ranking of the class and an S for Unit 3. That was the turning point for me in Methods and the moment I realised that maybe I could do this subject to completion.

The rest of the year went by relatively smoothly, my productivity would drop during remote learning but I was able to generally pick myself up and put myself back on track. Towards the tail end of the year I could feel myself burning out and most of the probability unit went in one ear and out the next. I did the coursework but the SAC was held remotely and created by our student teacher who was use to teaching higher level students capable of 40-50s in Methods. No one has ever gotten above a raw 35 in methods at our school. Very quickly I was overwhelmed with pages upon pages of exam revision as well practice exams for both exam 1&2. I felt confident in myself and so attempted my first exam 1.

I got an E+. I didn’t even score in the double digits for marks.

That was a big wake up call and I did hundreds of revision questions and managed to go from an E+ to a C and then finally an A. I was one hundred percent committed to scoring decently on the exam and was (am still) hoping that I would crack that 25 ss. I walked out of exam 1 having answered every question, definitely not correctly but hopefully enough to scrape together a few extra marks. I had spent my birthday the day before cramming out methods and finished off my bound reference after I got home. Exam 2 was a little more iffy as a lot of marks were allocated to the worded box questions (which hurt my head) and being able to find the area under a curve using the rectangle endpoint method (which we didn’t even cover in class for longer than five minutes). Again I’m hopeful that I got enough marks at least for a 25.

WHAT WENT WELL:
-   Was able to answer a lot of questions on the exam
-   I successfully completed the year
-   I was able to push through a lot of doubt about my ability to do the subject

WHAT COULD’VE DONE BETTER:
-   Studied more consistently
-   Not have relied on cram studying the night or week before SACs in order to pass
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« Reply #40 on: November 27, 2021, 09:12:28 pm »
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Subject (5/5): Math Methods Units 3/4

Oh Maths Methods, the subject I love to hate. The subject that could completely make or break my week depending on the concepts we were learning. The fact that I even managed to complete this subject will be my magnum opus. This was the subject that completely dominated my year and when I think back on VCE, this will most likely be the subject that I will remember the most. Buckle up kiddos because I have an entire book to write on my experiences in Methods and I honestly don’t blame you if you skip reading the huge wall of text that is below. This is the biggest redemption arc of my schooling life.

It is very important that I set the scene of this subject by detailing my unit 1/2 experience. Most of the year was spent remote learning and during this time I came to the very stark realisation that it is incredibly difficult to learn maths online (hence me dropping my idea of doing specialist via VSV). I started the year off strong, completely every question in every exercise up until the first period of remote learning when I stopped completely exercises completely. It was extremely hard to stay motivated whilst working online and for a lot of my other subjects, the workload had increased drastically as I was basically completing schoolwork from 7:30am-10pm every night with minimal breaks. As you can imagine I burnt out extremely quickly and Methods was the first subject to go. My SAC results hovered around the 60-70 percent mark which doesn’t sound too bad on paper but looking back on the SACs now… they were generally quite straightforward and dare I say easy. I struggled to understand the basic concepts behind basically all the mathematics and was losing more hope every day that progressed. Towards the end of the year, dropping Methods was becoming a more viable option even though I knew it would lock me out of many university choices. I wasn’t the only one, throughout the year our class of around twenty something had dropped down into the low teens. I passed the exam through the skin of my teeth and my percentage was just high enough for me to be allowed to continue the subject… if I wanted to.

Over the transition classes I spent many hours trying to figure out if there was some way to enter these courses without methods but all it turned up was three options: start one course and transfer, do bridging classes and potentially delay starting university by a year or suck it up and try and power through methods. For 15/16 year old me that was a big decision to make and I chose option 3. And let me to tell you, once I sat in the first step up class I hated myself for it. There was basically around seven of us remaining in class, everyone else had decided to drop it completely or switch to Further. I sat in that chair and couldn’t understand the content of Chapter 1 1A, I had no clue about domain or range or what function was what from an equation or what graphs looked like based on a given equation. Over the summer holidays I couldn’t understand the work set and returned to school basically with no work completed and a sense of dread. I needed a 25 ss to satisfy the prerequisite and at that point I wouldn’t have even been able to get a 1 ss.

The first SAC was delayed numerous times due to Covid and remote learning and it was about six periods long over the course of two weeks once we returned onsite. However for the week leading up to it I had done something I had never done before, I had studied… hard. Khan Academy, YouTube, Edrolo… I had used every available resource I could lay my hands on to try and understand graphs, differentiation and how to understand what the worded problems were asking for me to do. Then I became sick with laryngitis and was stuck at home for a week and was so unwell that I couldn’t look at any screens or think straight to save my life. A few negative Covid tests later I returned to school and had to complete the SAC in my study periods whilst still feeling like crap. I cried during the final period I had to finish the SAC because I was so certain that there was no way I had scraped enough marks to pass. The answers to the questions I had answered previously didn’t look right and I wasn’t entering the right equations into the CAS. I threw up after I finished the SAC.

Waiting for my results was one of the worst weeks of my life and I had decided that if I had failed the SAC, that would be the end of Methods for me and I would drop it. During this time our class had dropped down to four students as many left before our results had even been released. I was on the verge of an anxiety attack when our teacher handed out our SACs face down. This is the only SAC that I remember my exact percentage: 76%. With that grade I had secured top ranking of the class and an S for Unit 3. That was the turning point for me in Methods and the moment I realised that maybe I could do this subject to completion.

The rest of the year went by relatively smoothly, my productivity would drop during remote learning but I was able to generally pick myself up and put myself back on track. Towards the tail end of the year I could feel myself burning out and most of the probability unit went in one ear and out the next. I did the coursework but the SAC was held remotely and created by our student teacher who was use to teaching higher level students capable of 40-50s in Methods. No one has ever gotten above a raw 35 in methods at our school. Very quickly I was overwhelmed with pages upon pages of exam revision as well practice exams for both exam 1&2. I felt confident in myself and so attempted my first exam 1.

I got an E+. I didn’t even score in the double digits for marks.

That was a big wake up call and I did hundreds of revision questions and managed to go from an E+ to a C and then finally an A. I was one hundred percent committed to scoring decently on the exam and was (am still) hoping that I would crack that 25 ss. I walked out of exam 1 having answered every question, definitely not correctly but hopefully enough to scrape together a few extra marks. I had spent my birthday the day before cramming out methods and finished off my bound reference after I got home. Exam 2 was a little more iffy as a lot of marks were allocated to the worded box questions (which hurt my head) and being able to find the area under a curve using the rectangle endpoint method (which we didn’t even cover in class for longer than five minutes). Again I’m hopeful that I got enough marks at least for a 25.

WHAT WENT WELL:
-   Was able to answer a lot of questions on the exam
-   I successfully completed the year
-   I was able to push through a lot of doubt about my ability to do the subject

WHAT COULD’VE DONE BETTER:
-   Studied more consistently
-   Not have relied on cram studying the night or week before SACs in order to pass

Oh boy... that was one heck of a ride! Thanks for taking us along though.

All the best with your VCE results  ;D

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« Reply #41 on: December 20, 2021, 11:28:00 am »
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Howdy all!

Going to drop my raw scores below for the subjects I did this year and my thoughts on the scores:

Further (35): My exam was not the greatest (big whoop whoop for my CAS deciding it didn't want to work anymore) and whilst I was hoping for a 40, I'm not completely mad about the score I got.

Legal (33): This was a surprise for me considering I didn't like the exam all that much. My teacher marked our SACs really harshly and that made me somewhat demoralised for the exam but I managed to scrape an A

Methods (28): Hardly an impressive score considering some of the others I have seen on this site but I always knew methods was going to be my bottom subject and it won't count at all towards my ATAR (yay 7 subjects things), but I am beyond happy that I managed to get above the prereq score. The scaling I will get from this won't be half bad either.

The biggest takeaway from this year is how much effort required to achieve amazing study scores and I am thankful that I now know how to designate my time accordingly. There's still hope for me to get a 90 ATAR if I can scrape some higher 30s or 40s scores next year. I'm proud of myself for putting myself in a good position for next year.
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