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December 03, 2021, 02:26:25 pm

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Joseph41

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2021 Academic Reflections Thread
« on: October 24, 2021, 02:57:27 pm »
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2021 has been another difficult year for many of us, but this year has no doubt seen many achievements, too.

In this thread, let's take some time to reflect. You can copy the code below to answer the questions/prompts, or you can just reflect more on things more freestyle. :) The more perspectives, the more we can learn!

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[b]How would you rate 2021 out of 10?[/b]

[b]What was your biggest academic accomplishment in 2021?[/b]

[b]If any, what's your biggest academic regret for 2021?[/b]

[b]If you had your time again, what would you change from 2021?[/b]

[b]What's your funniest story/moment from school/uni in 2021?[/b]

[b]If you've had them, were your exams as expected? If not, what do you expect?[/b]

[b]What's your best advice for younger year levels studying in 2022?[/b]

[b]Outside of school/uni, what were the best and worst parts of 2021?[/b]

I also started a similar thread the last three years. You can find those here (2020, 2019, 2018) for inspiration. :)

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Re: 2021 Academic Reflections Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2021, 11:03:06 am »
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How would you rate 2021 out of 10?
5/10

What was your biggest academic accomplishment in 2021?
Topping my literature class with my final two (almost) perfect sacs was something I was really proud of.

If any, what's your biggest academic regret for 2021?
I gave up on maths too early and then started really trying way too late. It wasn't until SWOTVAC that I started seriously learning spec and three weeks was not enough time. And then, even though the first exam went well I let myself get stressed and flustered right before the second one. I was not in a good headspace and then struggled to concentrate and do whatever I could. I honestly don't remember the entire first hour. I'd barely done a thing and suddenly there was only an hour left.

If you had your time again, what would you change from 2021?
Not do spec. I knew I was doing to hate it but chose it anyway because my teachers and parents told me I could do it so I should do it. I love literature and really wish I chose to do english as well instead of doing a second maths.

What's your funniest story/moment from school/uni in 2021?
When everyone came to school in uniforms from the neighboring boys school our year level coordinator showed up in a school dress. That was pretty funny.

If you've had them, were your exams as expected? If not, what do you expect?
All of them were exactly what I expected. Methods and spec (exam 1) were all easier than I thought they'd be, but spec exam 2 was probably harder than expected. It was awful but to be fair that is kind of what I had anticipated.

What's your best advice for younger year levels studying in 2022?
Pick subjects you enjoy and try not to lose that enjoyment and passion. Studying is far easier if you actually like what you're learning about.

Outside of school/uni, what were the best and worst parts of 2021?
Best parts: great job and working even during lockdown, staying with my cousin in her new place, camps and trips away when lockdown eased, finding amazing housemates for next year

Worst parts: drama at school, lockdown, my grandma getting sick, getting a concussion

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Re: 2021 Academic Reflections Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2021, 10:14:51 pm »
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How would you rate 2021 out of 10?
4/10, 90% of the time
6/10 10% of the time (i'm trying to be optimistic here LOL)

What was your biggest academic accomplishment in 2021?
Receiving an all-rounder high achiever academic award

If any, what's your biggest academic regret for 2021?
Not asking for enough help from teachers from the beginning of the year

If you had your time again, what would you change from 2021?
+ Prioritize my mental health
+ Invest into friendships better
+ Read more widely

What's your funniest story/moment from school/uni in 2021?
Honestly couldn't single one out - my teachers do come up with some wack jokes however.

If you've had them, were your exams as expected? If not, what do you expect?
Yep! well, except for legal - that was a very strange exam

What's your best advice for younger year levels studying in 2022?
+ DEFINITELY pick the subjects you enjoy and like (i cannot stress this enough)
+ Seek help from teachers as required, don't be afraid to ask for extra help
+ Stay organised, it helps with gaining a balance between school, work, sport and a social life
+ And above all, prioritize your relationships and wellbeing over any school work (it's not worth it)
+ Oh, and whilst not advice, one thing I have learnt is that after school, no one really cares about your results, as soon as exams end, its all over - and arguably, they only become relevant one more time in your entire life, which is results day :)

Outside of school/uni, what were the best and worst parts of 2021?
Best: hanging out with friends, going on holidays, moving house
Worst parts: friend drama, lockdown, bad mental health, family illness