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January 27, 2022, 05:11:22 am

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beansprout

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Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
« on: December 27, 2021, 01:47:59 pm »
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Welcome!
Hi, I'm beansprout and after reading all of the enticing journals of the 2021 graduates as a guest for the past year I have finally gained enough courage to make an account and document my very own year 12 journey  :) The subjects that I will be taking in Year 12 are Further, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Literature. Yes, I am only doing 5 subjects and I have no idea how that will affect my ATAR but as long as I do well in all of them I should be fine. I'm not deadset on any specific courses at the moment but I know for certain I'm leaning towards the science-y/medical courses, so I'll most likely be taking the UCAT this year as well. Believe me, I am well aware that methods is a prereq for majority of the biomed and science courses but I'm just going to ignore that for the time being since I really don't need any additional stress right now.  :P

Thanks for reading, and hopefully you'll stick around and enjoy :D I also hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year!


Class of 2022

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Re: Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2021, 05:30:44 pm »
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Hey beansprout! Welcome to ATARNotes ;D

We definitely need some more class of 2022 journals so thanks for creating one!  ;)

I know you said you were leaning toward science/medical courses but were there any careers in particular that you had an interest in?
Also, I did literature, psych and chem as VCE subjects too! What texts are you going to be studying in lit this (next) year?

And honestly, methods is way too stressful to deal with, so don't stress that you haven't picked it. There are quite a few courses that don't require it anyway (physio at monash only needs two of chem, bio, spec, or methods!). I think not picking it would have made my life a little easier, but we live and we learn!

Do you have any hobbies/things you like to do in your spare time? How have you been spending your holidays?  :)

I'm excited to read what's in store for your future!
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2020: psych (50)
2021: eng (50) lit (47)

beansprout

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Re: Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2021, 02:15:14 pm »
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Hi Vehura!

Ahhh the dreaded question about careers. I change my mind so frequently. I was interested in dentistry for a while, and then marine biology. For now I plan to just go with the flow and keep my options open within my fields of interest. My parents also really encourage engineering for some reason  ???

I am very excited to be doing Literature this year which I switched out of EngLang into. The texts Iím studying are Picnic at Hanging Rock (Which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed) by Joan Lindsay and Ariel by Sylvia Plath.

Yeah itís such a relief that it isnít absolutely essential to do methods for most courses, however, a few of my friends who also arenít completing methods (or other common prereqs like Chemistry) are planning to do an Equivalent course via programs like Unilearn. I haven't decided whether I'll do that or not because I feel like itíll be even more daunting and I've never heard any positive reviews about it. To be fair I haven't heard any reviews. Although, I havenít done it before and I donít know anyone who has so maybe Iím wrong.

During these holidays Iíve gone on a LOT of walks and bike rides with my friends to make up for the lack of physical activity that Iíve gotten these past two years. Itís been so nice to have a means to clear my head and my neighbourhood has so many nice paths to walk along. Iíve also gotten a job which has been fun, but a lot of my days are spent avoiding my holiday homework, watching a lot of TV and trying to fix my sleeping patterns, but to no avail.
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Re: Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2021, 09:42:19 am »
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During these holidays Iíve gone on a LOT of walks and bike rides with my friends to make up for the lack of physical activity that Iíve gotten these past two years. Itís been so nice to have a means to clear my head and my neighbourhood has so many nice paths to walk along. Iíve also gotten a job which has been fun, but a lot of my days are spent avoiding my holiday homework, watching a lot of TV and trying to fix my sleeping patterns, but to no avail.

Me too! I can't really ever switch off, so I've been trying to go on as many walks as I can to clear my head and free up some space in there. I've had a detox from my phone, trying to only spend 45 minutes on it per day (so far so good as of day 3), and I've found that it's given me so much space in my head to just be, and to process the huge challenge of year 12 that is ahead.

In terms of procrastinating holiday homework, I hear you! I'm exactly the same, although trying to make a start today. Good luck with yours!

Looking forward to reading more of your VCE chronicles :)
class of 2022!
my year 12 VCE journal :)
2021: music (45)
2022: english, methods, spesh, chem, french

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Re: Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2022, 05:08:52 pm »
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lovely to see a new journal appear, and with such a beautiful name hehe (im obsessed with the vocative "bean" if you've read my journal)! happy new year and good luck with year 12!
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Re: Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2022, 05:33:14 pm »
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    I'm leaning towards the science-y/medical courses, so I'll most likely be taking the UCAT this year as well. Believe me, I am well aware that methods is a prereq for majority of the biomed and science courses but I'm just going to ignore that for the time being since I really don't need any additional stress right now.  :P

    Hi Beansprout! I'm so excited to follow your journey throughout yr 12. I'm also going into to Yr 12 this year so woohoo! Ooo, I'm also interested in science/biomed/health science courses. I'm not doing methods either (just doing further) and honestly, despite it being a prereq for several courses, I couldn't be happier with my choice to do further instead (the idea of doing methods along with my other subjects sounds way too stressful :P). Anyway, hopefully 2022 will be better than the last two years! I don't think I can cope with lots more online learning hahaha! ;D
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    2021 - Visual Communication and Design [43]

    2022 - English | Further Maths | Chemistry | Biology | Studio Art

    2023 - Biomedical science or health science. Interested in neuroscience, pathology, biotechnology, pharmacology or immunology (basically, I love all things human biology) ☁️

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    Re: Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
    « Reply #6 on: January 12, 2022, 10:35:52 pm »
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    Me too! I can't really ever switch off, so I've been trying to go on as many walks as I can to clear my head and free up some space in there. I've had a detox from my phone, trying to only spend 45 minutes on it per day (so far so good as of day 3), and I've found that it's given me so much space in my head to just be, and to process the huge challenge of year 12 that is ahead.

    In terms of procrastinating holiday homework, I hear you! I'm exactly the same, although trying to make a start today. Good luck with yours!

    Looking forward to reading more of your VCE chronicles :)

    Wow a phone detox is a great idea, I should give it a go as well. Good luck with your holiday homework too!

    lovely to see a new journal appear, and with such a beautiful name hehe (im obsessed with the vocative "bean" if you've read my journal)! happy new year and good luck with year 12!

    Thanks and happy new year as well!

      Hi Beansprout! I'm so excited to follow your journey throughout yr 12. I'm also going into to Yr 12 this year so woohoo! Ooo, I'm also interested in science/biomed/health science courses. I'm not doing methods either (just doing further) and honestly, despite it being a prereq for several courses, I couldn't be happier with my choice to do further instead (the idea of doing methods along with my other subjects sounds way too stressful :P). Anyway, hopefully 2022 will be better than the last two years! I don't think I can cope with lots more online learning hahaha! ;D


      It's so cool that we're leaning towards the same courses! I really hope the pandemic gets better this year as well but it doesn't seem very likely. I'm worried about the possibility that schools could be constantly switching between online and onsite whenever someone gets covid.


      new year

      It's nearly been two whole weeks of 2022 so I felt like making a post.  So I started completing my homework on the 5th and have been working pretty consistently for 2 hours maximum everyday, except for today. I went to bed at 4am today, causing me to wake up at 10:30am and have extremely sore and heavy eyes. I had absolutely no motivation to get up so I didnít bother until around 11:30am and then I just ate breakfast and watched (still watching, just paused to write this) the last season of When They Cry.  As I said in my last comment I have attempted to fix my sleep schedule but Iím still failing. To be honest, the time I go to bed rarely even affects how I feel or when I wake up. The entire holidays up until last night I had gone to bed at around 1-2 am and I usually woke up at 8 out of habit. I brag about this but it really isnít a good thing. I do tend to have a good schedule once school starts since I know I have to sleep so I can concentrate in school and all which motivates me to put down my phone and actually SLEEP, but I know how important it is to get good sleep now to be energised and refreshed for when year 12 starts so hopefully I can actually get 8 hours of sleep or more if Iím lucky.. Anyways, on to the academic stuff

      In year 11, Further and Psych were my favourite subjects by far since they were just so easy to do well in and also quite fun. These were the subjects I always averaged 90s in so they were the only results I would show my parents :D

      BIO
      Bio was okay, I like most of the content but I always averaged 80-85% which really humbled me because I never dropped a mark when I did Year 10 Bio (except for the prac report where I got 87%. I remember the exact percentage since it still haunts me that I wouldíve gotten the bio award that year if it wasnít for that score). Something Iíve noticed from all of my Bio sacs are that for those 3 or 4 mark questions I would always lose maybe 1 or 2 marks and I think that this stems from me not understanding what the question is asking from me (Explain, Discuss etc) and I also didnít really understand how to apply the content in the scenarios provided in the questions or at least couldnít articulate a well worded response which I hear is vital for doing well in the exam. I also had a sick obsession with Anki during the start of the year and I had about 200 cards for each topic and each answer was 4-5 sentences long. I realise now how extreme that was and I would just sit there for hours memorising these paragraphs. It didnít pay off at all since all I had memorised were hundreds of definitions when the sacs only had about 3 Ďdefineí questions. I relied on my common sense for multiple choice and application questions but without a solid understanding I couldnít answer those as well as I wanted to. I still believe that Anki is a helpful tool but I definitely wasnít using it properly and I know a lot of people who are in the same place I was. If anyone reading this is using Anki or just flashcards and doesnít already know this, make sure you only start using them once you have a good grasp of the content already. And donít just write your notes onto the cards like I did, make them as condensed as possible and definitely do not make 200+ cards per topic. I think this goes for normal notes as well, donít worry about anything not on the study design even if it's in the textbooks.

      CHEM
      Onto Chemistry which was the bane of my existence for the entirety of Yr 11. I didnít do Chemistry in Year 10 and barely paid attention during Year 9 so I was basically starting from scratch. I also only chose this subject for Unit 2 so all of the balancing equations, inter/intramolecular forces and organic chem they did in Unit 1 were completely new to me. This meant a lot of Edrolo during those term 2 holidays. So for my Unit 2 results, I only got scores between 60 and 70 percent. I was really happy with this because I was passing, which really shocked me considering the fact that I had no prior knowledge of this subject at all and a lot of Unit 1 was continued into Unit 2. Iím going to be getting tutoring for Chem this year and Iíll definitely be relying on that to increase my scores a little bit.

      PSYCH
      Like I previously mentioned, Psychology was seriously so easy for me last year. Like bio, I heavily relied on Anki for it in semester 1 but I was still able to do really well in it. As easy as it was, there was nothing productive about how I studied and I can't even say that I learnt anything. One of my worst moments is when I sat down for hours and transcribed a 90 page powerpoint into my exercise book and then proceeded to write all of this into flashcards. I never even looked at my notes after that so it was a complete waste of time. Anki and I inevitably broke up two days before my unit 1 psych exam when I hadnít studied at all so I just crammed the flashcards for a couple of hours. By the way, I had more than double the amount of flashcards I had in bio for psych. I was so exhausted by the end of this that I only ended up doing half of the flashcards and just accepted that I would fail. I somehow scraped a 90% on that exam. I still hated Anki after that and didnít touch it for the rest of the year. On a positive note, the topics Iím most looking forward to covering in Psych this year are sleep and phobias. I used to be in love with the nervous system but that ship has sailed and the content so far is basically a repeat of unit 1 and isnít stimulating at all for me.

      So far this year the only subjects I have begun doing holiday homework/studying for are psych, further and lit. My goals for all of my subjects are to prepare for the first sacs of term 1 and to have all of my AOS 1 notes prepared.

      My progress:

      For Psychology Iíve started watching the edrolos and reading the textbook pdf and have taken some notes and answered textbook questions. I donít bother with the powerpoints we are given since I know my teacher will recite them like a script once we come back to school anyway.

      For Further I have completed Chapter 1 and 2 and the chapter reviews for both. I still have a separate booklet of Holiday Homework questions that I need to finish       
           
      For Literature Iíve only read the picnic at hanging rock so far but it doesnít count because technically I read it last year. Iíve tried to read The Winterís Tale which is also a text Iím studying. I had to use sparknotesí translation to read it and summarise for the assigned homework. I also watched a stage play I found on youtube but I was absolutely drained by the end of it. Overall, I do think that itís a really interesting and tragic story which I like so I look forward to studying it further during the year.

      Hope everyone is having a good year so far :)

      Class of 2022

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      Re: Beansprout's Year 12 (VCE) chronicles
      « Reply #7 on: January 13, 2022, 05:05:04 pm »
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      My goals for all of my subjects are to prepare for the first sacs of term 1 and to have all of my AOS 1 notes prepared.

      Goals! Having all your AoS1 notes prepped is a great idea! Have your teachers given you a timeline of your early sacs yet? Mine haven't >:( I just know I have the English creative in the first week back  :'(

      I really hope the pandemic gets better this year as well but it doesn't seem very likely. I'm worried about the possibility that schools could be constantly switching between online and onsite whenever someone gets covid.
      Yes I am the same. I really hope that schools and the government can find solutions for what happens with covid cases without jeopardising everyone else's health. I guess we'll just have to deal with what we get at this point.
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      2022: english, methods, spesh, chem, french

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      « Reply #8 on: January 14, 2022, 12:17:48 pm »
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      Goals! Having all your AoS1 notes prepped is a great idea! Have your teachers given you a timeline of your early sacs yet? Mine haven't >:( I just know I have the English creative in the first week back  :'(
      Yes I am the same. I really hope that schools and the government can find solutions for what happens with covid cases without jeopardising everyone else's health. I guess we'll just have to deal with what we get at this point.

      Yeah, my school provided us with a course timeline that outlined all the semester 1 & 2 SACs and SAC dates for each subject at the end of last year. It's really unfortunate that you don't have that since it's quite useful! :-\ Pretty sure it's the bare minimum. In regards to COVID, I agree there's not much we can do but anticipate.
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