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Title: I'll Figure it Out
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 05, 2019, 08:54:56 pm
- With all of the glitz, glammer, terrification, casualties, and anxieties one could ever hope for! Hi there!  ;)

I'm very new to AN and there's almost no doubt that I have already broken something. This is my apology in advance. I am so sorry. Now that that's sorted, speaking of new - what a fantastic thought! The idea of keeping a journal and seeing that of everyone else's is so inviting. So that's what I'm going to do.

And I'm very scared. Wish me luck!

Here's some information you might like to know about my studying:
(I have added this late, because I realized much of what I say (and/or my occasional sounding like a lunatic) is lacking some well-needed context!)
  • I'm (most likely) studying my VCE over 3 years, and started this thread in the first year (2019), graduating in 2021.
  • All of my studying is through Distance Ed/Virtual School Victoria/DECV.
  • I am aiming for a high ATAR (in a perfect world, 99+) but I am giving my aspirations a whole lot of wiggle room!
  • And speaking of lunacy, I would love to study Medicine. The dream is to get into Monash's BMedSc/MD.
  • Most importantly, purple is my favorite color. (Probably.)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey!
Post by: insanipi on March 05, 2019, 09:01:29 pm
- With all of the glitz, glammer, terrification, casualties, and anxieties one could ever hope for! Hi there!  ;)

I'm very new to AN and there's almost no doubt that I have already broken something. This is my apology in advance. I am so sorry. Now that that's sorted, speaking of new - what a fantastic thought! The idea of keeping a journal and seeing that of everyone else's is so inviting. So that's what I'm going to do.

And I'm very scared. Wish me luck!
Hey hey! Best of luck, I know you've got this, but it's okay to be scared too! ^-^
What's your goal(s) (if you know them) after VCE? ^-^

Welcome to the forums though, excited to see you here! :D
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 05, 2019, 09:04:21 pm
So this is my first update.. I think. I'm studying at VSV (formerly known as DECV) and am doing 4 subjects in units 1 and 2 this year.
I played it real safe with my subject choices and so far - 5 weeks in to Unit 1's 16 weeks - I'm quite fond of them!

I'm currently studying Biology, Psychology, Literature, and Chemistry.

My study method for Biology and Psychology seems to be working really well - it looks like those are the subjects I'll be getting ahead in - but Literature and Chemistry are a couple of beasts of their own! Literature doesn't have a textbook.. which is something I tend to rely on very heavily. Fortunately English has always been my """strong suit""" (very arguable) so I can get away with it, but the tricky part is that Chemistry's coursework doesn't follow the textbook, either.

I got enrolled into Chemistry late (and by that I mean this morning, 5 weeks in) and have now been set with the task of catching up to the tune of five weeks of work and a SAC (why on Earth is SAC 1 so early?!). That's fine! Chemistry is already proving to be my hardest subject.. but I think I can handle it. (Perhaps hope is a better word to use.)

So that's where I'm at! Right now I'm up to date in all subjects except for Chemistry. I finished my first week of work today and am halfway through the Week 2 SAC. Psych teacher is super happy about my progress in psych, and I'm really excited about that. Biology teacher is terrified of my notes, and so am I.

Current health issues that are hindering my education are still unresolved. Waiting for any improvements or developments. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 05, 2019, 09:07:59 pm
Hey hey! Best of luck, I know you've got this, but it's okay to be scared too! ^-^
What's your goal(s) (if you know them) after VCE? ^-^

Welcome to the forums though, excited to see you here! :D

Hi there!  ;D Thanks for the warm welcome - and for the good luck! I get the feeling I'm gonna need it, hahaha!
My ideal course - though it feels far out of reach - is, no doubt, Monash's BMedSc/MD double degree.. but otherwise, I'm honestly quite stumped for plans! Hopefully this year's studies will give me some more insight.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 07, 2019, 11:54:45 am
Fun updates! So as of right now I'm only doing 4 subjects. We're 5 weeks into the year and I'm up to date in my Literature, Biology, and Psychology still. Still behind in chemistry! I have submitted 2 out of 5 weeks of work (currently working on electron subshells for week 3). Almost done with SAC 1.

Due to my goal, however, some lovely AN people have advised that I should try to pick up a 5th subject - Methods, ideally. Math isn't my strong suit, but my "expectation level" (why couldn't they just give me grades?) for Math was exactly the same as all of my other subjects - if not graphs specifically being a little lower (but still within the expectation range) - last year. I'm torn between whether I should take Methods or Health and Human Development, because Health in year 10 was my strongest subject (I think?) - so it would be easy enough.. so what if I took both? Not sure! But definitely going to look into picking up HHD 3/4 if nothing else (I've already done 2 units of Media).

..With that being said, I contacted the school and the careers coordinator AND subject coordinator have been asked to send me some information, so that's exciting. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up methods 2, 3, and 4 without 1 due to being a bit far into the year already. Really scared if I'm gonna be totally honest! But right now, I'm just trying to figure out if I should go 4 subjects, 5 subjects, or 6. Crazy headache right now, though. Back to Chemistry!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Joseph41 on March 07, 2019, 02:58:31 pm
Just want to say, I think it's really great you're putting a lot of thought into this and want to do well. That's promising in and of itself! :D

We'll be here to help you out no matter what you decide, so I'm looking forward to ATAR Notes being able to share this journey with you as it progresses. :)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 08, 2019, 08:32:05 am
Just want to say, I think it's really great you're putting a lot of thought into this and want to do well. That's promising in and of itself! :D

We'll be here to help you out no matter what you decide, so I'm looking forward to ATAR Notes being able to share this journey with you as it progresses. :)

Ahh! Hi there Joseph - thanks so much for the reply.  :)
That means the world to me. I can't tell you how glad I am to have found this forum (maybe my pestering of it is a good indicator!) but your kind words and the assurance of everyone in this lovely community is such a breath of fresh air, really. I'm excited to have the opportunity to share!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Joseph41 on March 08, 2019, 10:19:47 am
Ahh! Hi there Joseph - thanks so much for the reply.  :)
That means the world to me. I can't tell you how glad I am to have found this forum (maybe my pestering of it is a good indicator!) but your kind words and the assurance of everyone in this lovely community is such a breath of fresh air, really. I'm excited to have the opportunity to share!

And we're excited to have you! What a match. ;)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 10, 2019, 10:39:24 pm
Updates updates updates!
I have been well and truly ticking over whether I should take my VCE over 3 years, and the answer is looking to be yes.
Already being a year level ahead of my average age bracket will see me graduate at the same age that most students graduate at, and though I always liked the "I'm the youngest!" bragging right, I don't think it's worth risking a lower ATAR - or a higher stress level - for! (+ other issues - it might pan out that way regardless of whether I want it to or not, but at least I'll be prepared if I start thinking about it now!)

It's looking like my subject lineup will be Literature, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, and then next year and the final year, Methods, and Health and Human Development. Those last two were not part of the equation before, but in the name of aiming for a higher score, there's no harm in spacing things out and taking a couple more subjects on.
..That being said, I still have no idea what math to do. (I still don't like maths at all and I'm still extremely wary of my abilities (or lack thereof) - not sure how that's something I'm going to decide. Methods is the placeholder.. but I'm not sure how I'd manage!)

School aside, I'm really hoping my doctors are able to figure something out on the health front. Of course, that's the true factor that will make or break the next 2-3 years for me, so here's hoping. Unfortunately, if I continue at this rate, I will have to drop these ambitions and invest my time into managing myself - or at least what's left of me! Feeling a bit gloomy, but that's nothing some shells won't fix.. subshells.. orbitals.. s, p, d, f, 2, 6, 10..
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Bri MT on March 11, 2019, 06:22:14 am
The ambiguity you're facing at the moment is probably pretty stressful; I hope it comes closer to being resolved soon :)

You might have done this already,  but it might be a good idea to send a message to whoever taught you maths most recently & see if they've got a perspective on this.  Given the way VSV cohorts work they might not have much of an opinion but it could be worth a shot.

Have you looked at the study design for maths or further yet?
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 11, 2019, 08:06:02 am
The ambiguity you're facing at the moment is probably pretty stressful; I hope it comes closer to being resolved soon :)

You might have done this already,  but it might be a good idea to send a message to whoever taught you maths most recently & see if they've got a perspective on this.  Given the way VSV cohorts work they might not have much of an opinion but it could be worth a shot.

Have you looked at the study design for maths or further yet?

Thanks so much :) I hope so too. Ambiguity was never my thing!
That's a fantastic idea, though. I spoke to a VCE math teacher sometime last year (who helped me with my Year 10 work) who suggested I take on a VCE mathematics subject.. but I don't remember which one. Dang! Hopefully she's still around, maybe I'll be able to get some insight. Thank you!

And that's a great point - for some reason I actually haven't been able to find the study design for any of my subjects, but the methods enrollment advice notes some key topics that foundation may or may not be required for (all of which I do not remember unfortunately).
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 11, 2019, 08:14:52 am
Ahh - shame. Looks like all of my old math teachers are no longer at VSV but I have a feeling she was suggesting general/further.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 12, 2019, 06:24:49 pm
Huzzah! It continues!
I spoke to my coordinator, who agreed that I should be doing VCE over 3 years. Perhaps I should change this to "catpacksnapback's very long VCE Journey". I can't complain, though. Happy to have the chance and hopefully my performance reflects it! She also suggested that I continue doing Psychology this year, and possibly take a gap year - finishing 3/4 in 2021 instead. So things are good!

Subject-wise I'm still not finding Literature to be very engaging (at all) - I love Jekyll and Hyde, which is what the upcoming SAC will be about, but I get the feeling that's due to pop culture - not something I can rely on for the rest of literature. It's really not my strong suit, even though english has repeatedly been my best subject. Still really upset that English Language isn't offered at VSV - I would LOVE to study English Language, that sort of thing is so my field - though I'm also somewhat resenting myself for not taking Latin, even though it's quite hard, I feel as if I would have enjoyed it. Oh well!

Psychology, however, is still my favorite! My teacher is incredibly encouraging and that's always lovely, even if we don't communicate all that much. (Sometimes the only stand-out notes I get on my work are "this is a very clean diagram". I love it.) Accidentally worked way ahead and seem to have 3 weeks more work material completed than I thought I had - including all of the SAC material, which I received in the mail.

Biology has fallen to the wayside a bit but that's on me - still up to date, of course, but I think we have another SAC coming up (something to keep in mind next year - I should be more vigilant with writing this down and perhaps scheduling it). Looks like we're getting into the systems next, which is exciting! Will be a nice break from talking about plasma membranes and all of the teeny tiny stuff. I did the heart dissection prac a week or so ago, though. Biology teacher is SUPER helpful, pointed me in the right direction re: study designs and offered to walk me through it. Asked if I planned on a high ATAR - I was wondering what gave it away, and then remembered that it was the long weekend. (Sorry Bio teacher!)

AND FINALLY, Chemistry! Oh, chemistry. I submitted my first SAC earlier today. I hope I did well, but for a subject that irked me pretty bad last year, I gotta say I'm quite happy with my progress! Still very concerned about my retention (or lack thereof) but I've been taking notes like a lunatic (as usual) to try and compensate. 6.02 * 10^23.. s, p, d, f, / k, l, m, n, / 2, 6, 10, wait what?. Chemistry teacher is too overloaded with work to respond to questions (she's the only one in the entire school AFAIK) so I'm sort of winging it. That being said, 3 weeks out of 6 submitted! Hoping I'll be fully up to date by the end of this week.

I wonder how much I repeat myself here. That aside, thank you ATARnotes for allowing me to vent here once again (I have many pent up thoughts about my subjects that are so easy to air out in this journal!) and thank you for reading!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 12, 2019, 06:37:31 pm
...Oh! And to further take advantage of this quick moment of cognizance and chattiness, I might just quickly talk about my study method.
I have found the perfect groove for my learning style and situation for a few of my subjects.

Since I'm doing virtual schooling, this perspective may be a bit limited, but may apply to holiday studying, or after-school studying - if anyone for whatever reason is looking for some pointers on their own study style!

So my Psychology and Biology work is COMPLETELY aligned with my textbooks. I took one of those "learning style" tests (I believe they test you according to three criteria - visual learning, interactive/tactile learning, and auditory learning) and unfortunately scored dead even in all three, but it turns out that if I sit down and spend an entire day on just reading the textbook, taking notes, and working on the recap/end-chapter questions, I can get a pretty comprehensive understanding of the coursework in advance! Turns out - they don't expect their students to read the textbook (at all - in fact, they don't even reference it), and have instead consolidated most of the work into videos (without subtitles or transcripts), which I frankly cannot stand at all, so I'm REALLY stoked to have figured out that I can just read these instead! Of course, there's situationally specific information that they expect you to gather from the coursework, but knowing all of the definitions and concepts firsthand gives you a CRAZY advantage.

Sadly this doesn't apply to Chemistry (for some reason the curriculum is jumping all over the place) or Literature (I wish there was a literature textbook!) but it's giving me an extremely obvious head-start on my work in Bio and Psych. It's a really rather simple idea - and it likely sounds silly, that I have just discovered that my textbooks are so important - but for the sake of remembering it later, or sharing it with you, I've put it here in my journal! Self disciplined learning is kind of insane at the best of times. I may be losing my mind, but I'm excited to be doing it in such a welcoming environment! So thank you.  ;)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 18, 2019, 01:26:32 pm
(Less of a school update, more of a life update, but definitely pertaining to school! Will likely remove this soon for fear of making my thread a little bit depressing.)

So! Once again.. we meet at that "good news that's bad news" crossroad. After a number of tests, the doctors still don't know the cause of my cognitive decline. It's not any of the things they tested for (hence - good news!) but today, we finally reached a couple of conclusions. One being that they have no idea (which I suppose could be considered more of an anti-conclusion), the other that I'm going to have to learn to adjust and just hold on as things keep deteriorating.

I gotta admit - slowly losing what you knew of yourself and the sense of things around you is kind of terrifying. If not for being so tired, maybe my fear would be more outward. This week is the week of most of my first Year 11 SACs. The results are going to hurt.

The new concern is that I'm going to have to start really thinking about these next three years. Of course, my performance this week should be indicative enough, but in the scope of things, if I don't improve (and if I don't improve fast), the chances of me making good on any of the number of aspirations I've gathered are nothing. I'm going to have to start seriously ticking over my VCE and whether I should be going through with it, or if I should start looking into work now, and drop my subjects if not the next 2 years altogether.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 18, 2019, 01:29:44 pm
A somewhat needed study update, now - I spent my birthday on Saturday studying Literature. I've somehow fallen behind a bit in all of my work (again) but I should get there eventually!
Have a SAC test for Psychology to sit this week (Wednesday, perhaps). Some sort of SAC for Biology too. Still gotta write my draft for that literature SAC, which is also due this Friday. Chemistry teacher still doesn't respond to my questions so that's been a wonderfully mysterious subject.

Gonna be interesting to try and write using archaic vocabulary - I've hardly gotten used to regular vocabulary!
Wish me luck  :)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: MB_ on March 18, 2019, 01:43:24 pm
Happy Birthday for Saturday!

How do you feel about your upcoming SACs for Psych and Bio?
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 18, 2019, 01:46:56 pm
Happy Birthday for Saturday!

How do you feel about your upcoming SACs for Psych and Bio?

Aww, thanks MB_!

I'm a little worried about both, admittedly - usually I'm quite good with Psych, but I just have to make sure I've retained what I've learned. Just a matter of memory, fittingly!
Biology should be interesting, though, lots of little definitions I'll absolutely have to brush up on, but hopefully it'll go well.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: MB_ on March 18, 2019, 02:11:48 pm
Aww, thanks MB_!

I'm a little worried about both, admittedly - usually I'm quite good with Psych, but I just have to make sure I've retained what I've learned. Just a matter of memory, fittingly!
Biology should be interesting, though, lots of little definitions I'll absolutely have to brush up on, but hopefully it'll go well.
Psych is quite funny like that as some of the content is very applicable when it comes to learning and remembering. Good luck for both!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: w0lfqu33n89 on March 18, 2019, 08:59:13 pm


I am so sorry about all this news CP. I wanna just give you a massive hug. I don't know if my advice is going to be any good but don't worry about VCE right now. You need to prioritise yourself. I don't mean don't do your school work, but do your best. If your best is 2 questions completed on a 40 question math test then you should be proud, whatever happens, whatever you decide and whatever may become of this, you are strong. ok? And hey don't be ashamed of not doing VCE, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Whatever makes you feel best ok? But whatever you come to don't stress ok? I am here if you need to talk. Thinking of you xx
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Bri MT on March 18, 2019, 09:08:44 pm
To find any study design you should go to the vcaa website btw.

I'm surprised that VSV isn't offering english language since I did eng lang through distance ed... wonder what's happened there. .



Best of luck with everything going on - a high ATAR is useful for opening up lots of paths but there's usually a few other ways to get to the same destination;  highschool certainly does not define you
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 21, 2019, 11:50:11 am
Thank you guys so, so much for the well wishes. They mean more than I can express, and I promise they're not lost on me - I'll be keeping all of this in mind. <3 I'm going to keep trucking on and whatever happens happens.

(And re: English Language, miniturtle, I have no idea either! I remember them offering it at some stage, too. I asked and they said they don't think it's coming back, either. Still really quite upset about that honestly. I'd love to learn the material on its own just in general!)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 21, 2019, 11:50:30 am
Just a little update about those SACs!

Chemistry - I got my results back on my first SAC! This one was a bit of a haze and I didn't fully get it, but somehow I got an A+. Kinda floored! 40/44 I believe. I wish I was as cognizant right now as I was when I finished that, but a little bit of good news doesn't hurt.

Psychology SAC was completed yesterday (in the form of a test) and honestly, I'm kinda worried about it. I had a LOT of trouble remembering things, little things like the names of philosophers and such, and questions about the nervous system stumped me a few times. Hopefully I did okay. Honestly not very confident at all there, even though Psych is my easiest/best subject. :( (By the way: I am so mad about the way some of the questions were phrased. The worst one was about interneurons. We were being asked what they were called by means of multiple choice and two of the options were "intraneurons" and "interneurons", but in previous questions in the test, they had used both intra- and inter-. What was that for?!)

Literature SAC is really worrying me. It took me 3 weeks to realize I have no idea what the material is. We're talking about social contexts and I have a feeling they forgot to include a resource or I missed something big. I have to write a draft and a letter.. hopefully I'll have that done by tonight?

And finally, Biology SAC shouldn't be too scary. 80 minute test that I'll do sometime today (going to take a break from Literature now to study before doing it) but of course, it's remembering little things and concepts that I really have to be careful with. Covering all 7 weeks of work so far, but most of it is related to reading data. (Keywords I need to focus on: Humidity, Chloroplast, Stomata, Xylem, Atria and Ventricles, Transport System, etcetera..) Edit: SAC complete! I loved most of the material and didn't find it too difficult, but I wish I could have given more comprehensive answers.

All in all - happy about Chemistry, terrified about Psychology. I'd have thought Chem would be my worst subject and Psych my best!
Right now I just really wish I had spent the Christmas holidays studying. What I'd give to have a stable foundation! At least I know for next year, and the upcoming(?) mid-term holidays will be spent catching up. I love the study designs (thank you miniturtle!) and I think they'll be my secret weapon.

Thank you!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: MB_ on March 23, 2019, 09:41:09 pm
Nice work on your Bio SAC and congrats on your Chem SAC result! It can be quite frustrating when questions are vague or poorly worded but try not too dwell on it too much and hopefully things turn out okay for Psych.

Also, try not to spend too much time studying over your break as you've earned the time to rest.

Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 25, 2019, 07:42:57 am
Nice work on your Bio SAC and congrats on your Chem SAC result! It can be quite frustrating when questions are vague or poorly worded but try not too dwell on it too much and hopefully things turn out okay for Psych.

Also, try not to spend too much time studying over your break as you've earned the time to rest.

Thanks again MB_! ;D I appreciate that. Definitely fingers crossed. May be able to chat with my Biology teacher about the SAC at the lab day today..
(And I'll try! There are just so many things I'd love to read up on but I'm worried about burnout (and still unsure if I am capable of it LOL!) - but thank you.)

...If I may share a little random thought on the side here (on the bottom rather!) I've noticed that I keep studying the wrong thing(s). In reading some more ATARnotes threads (whileI'mmeanttobestudying), I've found that people say the jacaranda books - aka 3/4 of my subjects' material - include a lot of potentially unnecessary detail. And that makes sense!
I noticed (during my Psych test, most - they gave us key terms and keywords for the Biology one so I was able to focus a bit better) that I was remembering little details that weren't really important, and missing (equally little) details that were.

Hhhooowever, I can't complain, because I love it. I adore Biology and Psychology to the ends of the earth, and if you ask me to define ventricles and atria, I'm going to do that, and, like a twat, spend 4 unnecessary hours researching sinus rhythm and irregularities in the heart too. (While I'm meant to be doing Literature.) However.. now I'm worrying that my progress will suffer. Chemistry has more rules, and I don't find it incredibly fascinating, so could that be why I did well in the SAC?

-Granted, I should add that researching the heart in as much depth as I did ended up serving me well. I came to a few pretty important realizations that I hadn't inferred from our material (e.g. the inferior vena cava IS attached to the right atrium (NOT the right ventricle), it's just a weird angle and hard to show in most diagrams) and the material REALLY stuck for that reason. So I guess that's a good thing..?

This is all silly, I've-been-awake-since-3-don't-ask speculation regarding my other two SAC results, by the way, but if my performance turns out to be weaker than what I was hoping for, I might have to reign in my curiosity! Maybe I can leave this ramble on the note of a question to anyone reading: is there such a thing as too much curiosity? Too much interest? Did/do you have any subjects that you can relate this to?

Thank you.  ;D
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 26, 2019, 09:34:32 pm
Interim update!

Week 9 is the final week of Term 1, and we're on week 8. I'm up to date in Biology and Psychology, but I'm a bit behind in Literature and way behind in Chemistry (week 4). I'm not too worried, but this is something worth worrying about next year! Hopefully pre-studying will eliminate some of that uncertainty. I get the feeling these upcoming holidays are going to be very Chemistry themed!

I attended a lab practical day on Monday and that was a blast! I've always liked the lab environment, but I always feel guilty when all of the questions I've been accumulating hit the teacher. Only 4 other students attended (so few for such a big subject, isn't it?) and I made them laugh a bit (yes - virtual school has class clowns!) which always makes me happy.
My biology teacher really is lovely and I owe her my life (pun intended) for all of her assistance so far this year! Turns out we have a SAC in Week 9 which I was totally unaware of, but I ended up finishing the entire practical component yesterday and put together all of my data for it today. Feels good to get things done!

Next on the list is wrangling some more literature. I have elicited my first "please stop worrying about it and just do the SAC" response from a teacher. Ergo, nothing has changed! I'll stop putting this off and hopefully have the draft and the final finished tomorrow - just need to reread the novella to get in the groove for the vocabulary/ I'll be writing from the perspective of the author (R.L. Stevenson) (or, if I change my mind at the last minute, the protagonist's (Mr. Utterson)) which is going to be an interesting challenge, but I always find that the biggest problem is having too much material for the word limit.

Anyhow! Getting tired and will hopefully have this week's Psych work submitted in the next hour (they threw in a "surprise we didn't tell you about this" question again), then I'll be in bed.

Stay safe lovely people, thanks for reading!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Macrophagee on March 26, 2019, 09:53:48 pm
Hey
Good to see you're enjoying bio and psych, bio was one of my favourite subjects to study for as well (esp immunity)!
I don't think there can be too much interest since being interested helps you remember large chunks of material and stay motivated when times are tough...but I guess if you're neglecting the essential parts of the study design then that could be a problem.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 27, 2019, 06:08:45 pm
I have just registered for the 1/2 Biology, 1/2 Chemistry, and UCAT/Getting Into Medicine ATARNotes holiday lectures! So stoked.
(For anyone curious - yes, I'm still stalling on the Literature SAC. Ended up taking a collective 27 pages of notes for it (FOR AN 800 WORD ESSAY!!!) purely because of my crappy memory. Hopefully doctor tomorrow will have some ideas about that!)


Hey
Good to see you're enjoying bio and psych, bio was one of my favourite subjects to study for as well (esp immunity)!
I don't think there can be too much interest since being interested helps you remember large chunks of material and stay motivated when times are tough...but I guess if you're neglecting the essential parts of the study design then that could be a problem.

And hi there Macrophagee! :D
So glad I'm not alone there, and I'm really looking forward to studying the immune system in more detail! I have a feeling this is going to be something I should study on my own before we get into it for the coursework. 'Should have a look at what unit that's in.. I've totally forgotten.
Thank you for your input there! I like to think I'm not skipping things over but I am definitely missing little things (e.g. greek philosophers in my Psych SAC) that hopefully won't be too detrimental overall. D:
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Ionic Doc on March 27, 2019, 08:48:16 pm
I have just registered for the 1/2 Biology, 1/2 Chemistry, and UCAT/Getting Into Medicine ATARNotes holiday lectures! So stoked.

see u there  ;)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Macrophagee on March 27, 2019, 10:27:40 pm
Hey
I forgot to mention that immunity is in unit 3 AOS 2
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Joseph41 on March 28, 2019, 04:02:14 pm
I have just registered for the 1/2 Biology, 1/2 Chemistry, and UCAT/Getting Into Medicine ATARNotes holiday lectures! So stoked.

Yaaassss! Which are you looking forward to most? :)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 28, 2019, 04:16:02 pm
Yaaassss! Which are you looking forward to most? :)

Thank you for asking (and for the enthusiasm!) ;D You know, I'm honestly not sure! They're all really valuable, but I think I'm biased - really excited to hear more about the UCAT and medicine pathway! - Though I am a bit miffed at myself for missing the general VCE lecture!

Speaking of which... Don't call me a huge nerd (or do, I'll own up to that) but my student edition of the Gray's Anatomy textbook (my birthday present to myself) came in the mail today! It's the newest one (published on the first of March) and the thing is GORGEOUS. I have plenty to read in my (totally nonexistent) spare time now!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 29, 2019, 01:09:05 pm
FINALLYYYYYYY. I JUST submitted my Literature SAC. This is the final day of the grace period; so, needless to say, not getting away with doing THAT again. I was putting it off because my vocabulary really lost touch, and I was hoping it was just the day.. but nope. :( That was nowhere near my standards. No matter - at least it is done! One more week of Literature before I'm fully caught up again. Hopefully I'll finish that today. Once that's done, that just leaves Week 9, the final week of Term 1! I'm relatively confident I'll be done with my second Biology SAC by the end of next week, Psychology shouldn't be a big deal, and I've already read the book I'm supposed to read over the week for Literature. Good good! That only leaves the FIVE WEEKS of Chemistry work that I'm going to be catching up on once everything else is done for the work.

Updating from Saturday!
I (after blacking out, which always seems to be the case with Literature) managed to complete and submit Week 8 of Literature yesterday; so I'm caught up in everything except for Chemistry! There's no other surprise Chemistry SACs until Term 2 (Week 12) so I'm thinking of dedicating the holidays to catching up on those said five weeks. I'm totally happy with that, but I'm worried it won't leave me very much time to get ahead on my other subjects! D: Overall, though, my plan over the next three weeks is as follows: Complete Week 9 (finish Term 1) in Literature, Psychology, and Biology (SAC next week!), do those 5 weeks of Chemistry, then summarize Unit 1's study design in my notes, study the remainder (I can't do this in Chemistry since they're doing Unit 2&3 material (for some reason)), and hopefully have a bit of a head start by the time we get into Term 2! (Luckily I've already read the book they wanted us to read for Literature (fly away peter by David Malouf) and I have basically everything ready to do that Biology SAC! Maybe I'll do that today? Or just more Chemistry.. see if I can lighten the workload on the holidays.)

Anyway! Thank you for reading, stay safe!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on April 04, 2019, 07:56:44 pm

Health has been getting worse and I have not been able to make much progress at all. Really hoping I'll be able to get all of my work done in the holidays.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Macrophagee on April 04, 2019, 10:00:46 pm
Hey
Sorry to hear about your worsening health. Please don't be too hard on yourself and make sure to get some rest.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on April 08, 2019, 07:44:28 am
Thank you for the kind words Macrophagee :)

SAC results: Just a small update as we get into the holidays. I still really need to catch up (1 week Psych, 1 week Biology (with the SAC), 1 week Literature, and 5 weeks Chemistry) but I did get my results back on my first Biology SAC. I'm happy, but I could be happier - I guess that's how it goes! 35/40, an A grade. I see precisely where I missed those 5 marks and I really have to work on that.
It's my reading comprehension and vocabulary, first and foremost; I had been missing important keywords and concepts but I did get a mark for every question at least (and I'm very happy that I aced the health and heart section)!

I attended the morning 1/2 Biology and the afternoon 1/2 Chemistry lectures on Saturday and they were fantastic! I don't know how frequent they are, but the next time they're on, I would LOVE to attend a couple of 3/4 lectures before I enroll (if that's allowed). I think it would be an awesome way to familiarize and start building a foundation for the concepts before diving headfirst into the year's work. I still have the medicine pathway one this Saturday. (Also, why is everyone so bloody fast at Kahoot?!)

Thanks guys! Stay safe!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Geoo on April 08, 2019, 06:35:48 pm
Sorry to hear your health isn't going to well.
I'm also studying full time at distance but trying to do it in 2 years if i can. My health has been pretty crappy but lets see how it is next year.
I'm studying, Bio 3/4, Eng 1/2, Maths Meathods 1/2, Chem 1/2 and Physics 1/2.

I am having the same problem with chem with the teacher not responding which is annoying, but i'm doing really well in the subject. The good thing is there is only one more SAC for Chem unit 1 then there is an optional exam.
English is very boring and my teacher took a 5 week leave so she is behind on SAC markings which means i can't complete it.

In unit 1/2 i remember them referring to the text book a couple times but maybe the course has changed. Keep in mind, if the nelson text book is still being used, then it can go into over detail for what you need and you can end up wasting a bit of time on it i found. I made a crap ton of notes which mainly helped me to revise, and i used other recourses online, as all the crash course videos end up going into to much detail and more advanced than you need. I used the study design too. When the time comes for SAC or exam, redoing the weekly quizes is great, because you can get a jist of what you need to study more.

I'm 7 weeks behind in Maths, so i'm binge studying over the holidays. I got it late than just found it hard to keep up with my other subjects.
The physics course doesn't have as much detail needed to answer the questions in the SAC and weekly quizs, so i'm not doing well as all in that.

If your like me with finding it hard to study with health issues, trying to pass in units 1/2, instead of overachieving is a good thing to do. Only units 3/4 subjects go towards your ATAR, so if your health gets to much, just trying to pass the unit is just sometimes what i try to do. Although, i made sure that i knew the information well, so that i could progress to make my life easier for 3/4 subjects next year.
Also not all subjects from 1/2 carry over to 3/4, so in those sections try not to go overboard on notes and study so it can conserve more time for other subjects or to have more rest time for your health. 

This is just what i found with doing VCE through distance, and a few tips with managing it with health issues, but it also depends what they are.

I was actually thinking of switching to Lit instead of doing english next semester but i'm not sure.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Joseph41 on April 09, 2019, 05:12:20 pm
I attended the morning 1/2 Biology and the afternoon 1/2 Chemistry lectures on Saturday and they were fantastic! I don't know how frequent they are, but the next time they're on, I would LOVE to attend a couple of 3/4 lectures before I enroll (if that's allowed). I think it would be an awesome way to familiarize and start building a foundation for the concepts before diving headfirst into the year's work. I still have the medicine pathway one this Saturday. (Also, why is everyone so bloody fast at Kahoot?!)

Just in response to this:

* I'm glad you enjoyed the lectures! ;D
* They're every single holiday period - so four times per year. Next ones will probs be in July.
* Totally cool if you want to attend 3&4 lectures - up to you!
* Hope you find the UCAT + Medicine lecture useful. :)
* Kahoot - there are a lot of people in the room, so chances are a bunch will be super quick haha.

...

Hey Geoo! Welcome to the forums - great to have you here. :)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on April 11, 2019, 12:29:43 pm
Hey guys - thank you for the posts. :) I'm not quite 'with it' enough today to respond to you properly, but I will in the future.
Just popping in to share that I got my results back on the Psych SAC; the test I was struggling with. Turns out I had predicted right and I got a B+.
Really unhappy with this grade to be totally honest, seeing as Psychology is easily my best subject. :(

I had plans to do a lot of work over these holidays, but we're practically half over and I've done nothing but be sick. Typical!
Hoping to be able to get things done soon. I got the one outstanding week of Psychology done, aaand that's it. 1 week Literature, 1 Biology SAC, preparation for a Literature and Psychology SAC, and 5 weeks of Chemistry to go, not counting that I wanted to study the rest of Unit 1 for all 4 subjects in the next week. Not gonna happen.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on April 13, 2019, 08:59:18 pm
Back with a proper update! (This one's gonna be big!)

Sorry to hear your health isn't going to well.
I'm also studying full time at distance but trying to do it in 2 years if i can. My health has been pretty crappy but lets see how it is next year.
I'm studying, Bio 3/4, Eng 1/2, Maths Meathods 1/2, Chem 1/2 and Physics 1/2.

I am having the same problem with chem with the teacher not responding which is annoying, but i'm doing really well in the subject. The good thing is there is only one more SAC for Chem unit 1 then there is an optional exam.
English is very boring and my teacher took a 5 week leave so she is behind on SAC markings which means i can't complete it.

In unit 1/2 i remember them referring to the text book a couple times but maybe the course has changed. Keep in mind, if the nelson text book is still being used, then it can go into over detail for what you need and you can end up wasting a bit of time on it i found. I made a crap ton of notes which mainly helped me to revise, and i used other recourses online, as all the crash course videos end up going into to much detail and more advanced than you need. I used the study design too. When the time comes for SAC or exam, redoing the weekly quizes is great, because you can get a jist of what you need to study more.

I'm 7 weeks behind in Maths, so i'm binge studying over the holidays. I got it late than just found it hard to keep up with my other subjects.
The physics course doesn't have as much detail needed to answer the questions in the SAC and weekly quizs, so i'm not doing well as all in that.

If your like me with finding it hard to study with health issues, trying to pass in units 1/2, instead of overachieving is a good thing to do. Only units 3/4 subjects go towards your ATAR, so if your health gets to much, just trying to pass the unit is just sometimes what i try to do. Although, i made sure that i knew the information well, so that i could progress to make my life easier for 3/4 subjects next year.
Also not all subjects from 1/2 carry over to 3/4, so in those sections try not to go overboard on notes and study so it can conserve more time for other subjects or to have more rest time for your health. 

This is just what i found with doing VCE through distance, and a few tips with managing it with health issues, but it also depends what they are.

I was actually thinking of switching to Lit instead of doing english next semester but i'm not sure.

First off: Hi there Geoo! (And a secondary welcome to ATARNotes! I hope it treats you well!)
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm really sorry to hear it sounds like you've had your share of health problems; I've been studying through VSV/DECV for either 3 or 4 years now, but honestly, there's always things to be learned and I would love to hear any advice you have to share. :) I really want to ask fellow students about their timetables too - lots of talk about study routines!
I honestly really think I need to get over myself this year and invest time in foundation instead of panicking. You're totally right, and while I'll still be using this year and my 1/2 subjects as a gage, it's better to put that head space into getting some footing in advance of my 3/4 subjects.

(I'm also having really similar problems with English (Lit); I apologize that you've been having trouble getting through to your teacher too! I don't know much about Literature at this stage honestly, but I definitely took it because I tend to flounder in the creative aspects - so beware, if creativity's your jam, in my limited perspective, there's a lot less of it! (Though again: I think my anger that Distance doesn't offer English Language is embedded as part of my personality now LOL so everything I say is to be taken with a pinch of salt.. or a mound..))

Though if you don't mind me asking, how are you finding Methods through VSV? I've been tossing up whether I should take Methods or Further (as somebody with no inherent mathematical talent, and very 'eh' grades in the past).

Just in response to this:

* I'm glad you enjoyed the lectures! ;D
* They're every single holiday period - so four times per year. Next ones will probs be in July.
* Totally cool if you want to attend 3&4 lectures - up to you!
* Hope you find the UCAT + Medicine lecture useful. :)
* Kahoot - there are a lot of people in the room, so chances are a bunch will be super quick haha.

Hey Geoo! Welcome to the forums - great to have you here. :)

And thank you (again!) Joseph! (I feel bad calling you this. I have no idea what to refer to you as, I apologize, (Though I guess I'm not much better, resident tongue-twister..)) Just got back home quite recently actually, the lectures were great. :) Had a fantastic chat with a few tutors and feeling a bit clearer-headed. Thank you for the extra info on the lectures! DEFINITELY going to see to 3/4 lectures next time they're around. I'm already finding it a bit easier to grasp concepts I've got coming up as they were briefly covered in lectures from a week back - making connections! Keep making the magic you do!

Last thing! I submitted my Biology SAC (the poster) yesterday evening. Really rather miserable about how I feel I did to be totally honest, but I couldn't have done any better. Got quite stumped (I asked in the Biology questions thread) about getting totally contradictory results in my experiments, but that makes it interesting, right? I wasn't very engaged (the plant components of biology never really connected with me) throughout and I could have put more into it, I think. Just hoping it's not a total failure!

Again; the lectures were fantastic today. You may have seen me - blue shirt, fluffy, looking quite lost (typically). The UCAT is absolutely terrifying (full disclosure: I got 29/66 on the 30 minute practice exam and "finished" in time, which haunts me, but I'll admit that I saw the abstract reasoning section and honestly skipped the whole thing. We had covered it prior in the lecture, of course, but man, my brain was NOT having that today. I managed the other sections pretty okay! I just really have to work on my math) but nothing I can't handle.. hopefully..! (Terrified optimism!)

I've finished all of my outstanding work except for Chemistry; that just leaves weeks 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 to complete, hopefully within the next week. Luckily there are no surprise SACs in there and it'll be foundational work almost entirely.. the hard part is remembering it all! Should be alright. Along with that, I have 2 SACs immediately as the following week begins (Literature and Psychology) and I need to steal borrow my younger cousins for Piaget's developmental theory sometime this coming week. I also need to write a poem about world war one, and I am going to gently refrain from discussing this further, because I can and will anger myself thinking about trying to put a coherent sentence together. (If I can manage to do the 5 weeks of Chemistry in the next week, I'll be textbook reading ahead on all 3 of my others. This was originally my only plan for the holidays, but I'm horrible at time management.)

...Finally, and speaking of which!: I have a few non-subject-but-education-specific tasks. First off, I'm going to look into a nice to-do list system. Perhaps something online. I've been using google sheets to simply keep track of what I've submitted and what I haven't, but it's per-week, and nowhere near as specific as what I should probably be working with. Secondly, I really need to figure out a schedule. If you had [most of] the time in the world to do anything, how much of that time would you spend studying? Yeah. Most days, me too. I don't know if I have the retention to listen to my own thoughts for 6 hours a day, so I might have to ask fellow distance students on what their routines are like.

Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on April 16, 2019, 05:36:40 pm
Small update! 2 weeks of chemistry done in 2 days. 3 weeks to go!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Ionic Doc on April 16, 2019, 07:04:39 pm
Small update! 2 weeks of chemistry done in 2 days. 3 weeks to go!

keep that grindin comin!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on April 19, 2019, 08:24:08 am
April 19, 2019
Thanks guys! :D I am now 4 weeks down, one week left that I should have done today. This one's about polarity!

Edit: And that is IT! All done. 5 weeks done in 5 days. Honestly, this one stumped me pretty bad - there were a few questions I didn't get (it does not help that I kept getting polar and non-polar confused) but hopefully I'll retain it and be able to study it properly again when I actually get some holidays, LOL!
That's all of my subjects caught up in time to start all over again. Gotta print some consent forms for a psychology SAC, and I've got a Literature SAC next week too, I think. Writing a poem about world war 1, was it?


April 21, 2019
I am now adding these fancy little headers to avoid double-posting (and for when I, inevitably, lose track)!
Today is easter something (not entirely sure) and I am off to hang with the family. I'll also be stealing my younger cousins for the Psychology SAC due this coming Friday. This coming week (Week 10) I think we're working on Adaptations in biology - which was covered in the 1 & 2 ATARNotes lecture during the holidays, so I'm happy I have a little bit of foundation - something Chemistry-ish in chemistry, the report for psych for which I am collecting data today (SAC), and that war poem in Literature (also a SAC). I'm going to try and work on some sort of schedule/routine thing when I get the chance - I wonder if Google Sheets is a good way to alter it and keep track?
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Geoo on April 21, 2019, 09:43:43 pm
Back with a proper update! (This one's gonna be big!)

First off: Hi there Geoo! (And a secondary welcome to ATARNotes! I hope it treats you well!)
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm really sorry to hear it sounds like you've had your share of health problems; I've been studying through VSV/DECV for either 3 or 4 years now, but honestly, there's always things to be learned and I would love to hear any advice you have to share. :) I really want to ask fellow students about their timetables too - lots of talk about study routines!
I honestly really think I need to get over myself this year and invest time in foundation instead of panicking. You're totally right, and while I'll still be using this year and my 1/2 subjects as a gage, it's better to put that head space into getting some footing in advance of my 3/4 subjects.

(I'm also having really similar problems with English (Lit); I apologize that you've been having trouble getting through to your teacher too! I don't know much about Literature at this stage honestly, but I definitely took it because I tend to flounder in the creative aspects - so beware, if creativity's your jam, in my limited perspective, there's a lot less of it! (Though again: I think my anger that Distance doesn't offer English Language is embedded as part of my personality now LOL so everything I say is to be taken with a pinch of salt.. or a mound..))

Though if you don't mind me asking, how are you finding Methods through VSV? I've been tossing up whether I should take Methods or Further (as somebody with no inherent mathematical talent, and very 'eh' grades in the past).


Hey catpacksnapback's,
Sorry for the really late reply! I've been doing the same with mind numbing catch up work. Wasn't able to get as much as you did but got up to week 5 in maths and caught up in chemistry to week 9! yay. The polarity thing can be a bit annoying to remember, i just though about the north and south poles as the "slightly negative" and "slightly positive" sides  ;D

Maths methods as VSV is interesting. I would say it is a bit harder at distance, because if your not a good text book kind of student when it comes to maths, it can get a little difficult. Sometimes i find they don't give the complete explanations for certain examples (i'll be following along and the all of a sudden i'm like "wait, WHERE DID THAT 25 COME FROM!). My maths level is ok at best, i start to struggle when it comes to worded equations, but they tend to give quite a few examples which is good. I would say that you would need a decent grasp of year 10 maths to be able to chug along with the content. I was really sick in semester 2 last year in maths, so im really scared for unit 2! SO that's the best i can summorise maths methods, it got given to me late and im still 5 weeks behind (did i 2 weeks on the holidays but got sick and couldn't do as much so up to week 5) so i haven't really experienced much of the course. I've been at VSV for 6 years, so the old maths models are similar, but just with less explanations. I'm only really doing it because it is a prerequisite for biomed, and Bac of science!

I aim to study for 6 hours but it ends up being 4, then going crazy on the weekends to finish. I have a strong dislike for English so i get the out of the way early, so I always do it on a Monday! I swap around the order of which I do the other subjects on depending what i feel lite doing. I tend to try do half a week of two subjects a day, but sometimes those 2 lessons which you think you can knock out in 3 hours ends up being 4 or 5 and by the time that happens i'm just like "might as well finish the rest of the week then", so my plans don't always work out xD. I study for about 3 1 hour sessions with 2 hours breaks and try to fit in a 2 hour study session in the day as well. I start whenever i'm up to it. If im having a good day, maybe 8 or 9 in the morning. If im feeling really sick then 12 or 3 pm in the afternoon. Whats your study schedule like?

I would have loved to take English language as i love linguistics but..... it's not popular enough  :'( But i was thinking to switch to Lit as i love books. At the same time though, i more or a creative writer so that may be a problem  :-\  I don't even know if i can change for unit 2, but i'm hoping to to swap physic's for food studies and maybe English to lit. It's kind of all crazy and up in the air.

BTW, good luck for all the SAC for the next 2-3 weeks, it's crazy how many the are shoving in for the first weeks of term xD, time to cram!!!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on April 22, 2019, 03:56:39 pm


Hey catpacksnapback's,
Sorry for the really late reply! I've been doing the same with mind numbing catch up work. Wasn't able to get as much as you did but got up to week 5 in maths and caught up in chemistry to week 9! yay. The polarity thing can be a bit annoying to remember, i just though about the north and south poles as the "slightly negative" and "slightly positive" sides  ;D

Maths methods as VSV is interesting. I would say it is a bit harder at distance, because if your not a good text book kind of student when it comes to maths, it can get a little difficult. Sometimes i find they don't give the complete explanations for certain examples (i'll be following along and the all of a sudden i'm like "wait, WHERE DID THAT 25 COME FROM!). My maths level is ok at best, i start to struggle when it comes to worded equations, but they tend to give quite a few examples which is good. I would say that you would need a decent grasp of year 10 maths to be able to chug along with the content. I was really sick in semester 2 last year in maths, so im really scared for unit 2! SO that's the best i can summorise maths methods, it got given to me late and im still 5 weeks behind (did i 2 weeks on the holidays but got sick and couldn't do as much so up to week 5) so i haven't really experienced much of the course. I've been at VSV for 6 years, so the old maths models are similar, but just with less explanations. I'm only really doing it because it is a prerequisite for biomed, and Bac of science!

I aim to study for 6 hours but it ends up being 4, then going crazy on the weekends to finish. I have a strong dislike for English so i get the out of the way early, so I always do it on a Monday! I swap around the order of which I do the other subjects on depending what i feel lite doing. I tend to try do half a week of two subjects a day, but sometimes those 2 lessons which you think you can knock out in 3 hours ends up being 4 or 5 and by the time that happens i'm just like "might as well finish the rest of the week then", so my plans don't always work out xD. I study for about 3 1 hour sessions with 2 hours breaks and try to fit in a 2 hour study session in the day as well. I start whenever i'm up to it. If im having a good day, maybe 8 or 9 in the morning. If im feeling really sick then 12 or 3 pm in the afternoon. Whats your study schedule like?

I would have loved to take English language as i love linguistics but..... it's not popular enough  :'( But i was thinking to switch to Lit as i love books. At the same time though, i more or a creative writer so that may be a problem  :-\  I don't even know if i can change for unit 2, but i'm hoping to to swap physic's for food studies and maybe English to lit. It's kind of all crazy and up in the air.

BTW, good luck for all the SAC for the next 2-3 weeks, it's crazy how many the are shoving in for the first weeks of term xD, time to cram!!!

Hey there Geoo! :D No worries at all on the late response front! We're all mad busy here, hahahah!
Stellar work on the catchup - but mind numbing is right OTL. What a week! Well done to you, hopefully it feels better to have less to do.. for now!

I totally understand. I always found that was my issue in junior(?) math; they'd give you half an explanation LOL. I'm sorry to hear you were unwell in Semester 2 last year; I was EXACTLY the same and missed most of the content for that reason! :( I've been wondering if there are any online resources I should be looking into before potentially taking methods next year, perhaps I'll start on khanacademy?
At any rate - thank you so much for sharing your experience! I totally understand on the biomed/bachelor of science front too. That's why I'm looking into taking maths as well.. and god, the UCAT's math component is even frightening to me. The more foundation the better.

Honestly though, our study routines sound really similar hahaha! I must admit, I kind of don't have one. I've just put together a routine/daily to-do list thing which is really cool so far, but yeah, I generally go for between 4-9 hours a day (it's pretty random) and try to get a week or two of work done each day. I'm just lucky I don't have too many subjects, not that that will last, haha!
And GOD, I am SO SORRY, because SAME. I am never going to let VSV live down the lack of English Language. Omg. >:( Linguistics is just something I want to learn in general, I'm so angry! Still though, I definitely get where you're coming from. General English's creative components (despite my creative roots!) irked me, and I switched 2 weeks in (I was actually doing Literature AND English, but I changed English for Chemistry (andgotenrolledthreeweekslatercoughcoughcough)). Literature so far is definitely tolerable, but there is a LOT of reading and a lot of interpretation - you have been warned! (Creative writing isn't totally out of the question either, but much of it is analytical in nature.)

And oh my gosh hahaha, right?? Thank you so much for the good luck, I have a feeling I'm gonna need it! o.o Right back at you though, well done on getting on top of some work throughout the holidays and I hope this week serves you well! ♪ It's raining SACs, whatever-the-opposite-of-Hallelujah-is... ♪


April 22, 2019
Hello again! :D
I put together that routine/to-do-list thing that I was talking about and honestly I really like it! It's already helping to have a bit of an idea as to where I'm going or whatever it is that I'm doing.
Work-wise, I collected data from 3 participants for my Psychology SAC yesterday, and got another participant today. Looking to fit another one or two in on Wednesday! I'm so excited about all of this data I've got. Is that weird? Am I weird? (Yes.) I have all of that nicely set up and once I've got the last two participants sorted on Wednesday I'll try to put it to good use.
I started and finishing my second Literature SAC this morning, as well; wrote a poem, wrote a reflection/self analysis, recorded that as an oral component, took some obligatory time out to have a crisis about how nasally my voice is, all that good stuff! That's been submitted. I am about to head off and read up on the next chapter of Biology (and, hopefully, if I'm productive, submit this current week (Week 10) too). Thinking I should read everything first, and then take notes, instead of writing things mid-paragraph, if that makes sense? Who knows! I'll share how it goes.

Happy chocolate-mas to you guys, also! I hope everything went well. :) Participate in any egg hunts? (How crazy does the variety keep getting every year?)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 03, 2019, 08:31:34 pm
May 3, 2019
Hiiii guys! Just here with a small update.
Still on top of most of my work - didn't get my literature submitted tonight unfortunately but I should have that done soon. After 5 weeks of waiting I finally got a grade on that Literature SAC, buuut it was a B+. Not happy with it at all but that's okay! Could have been worse.
(Much of my frustration there comes from that we had been given a very strict word limit and, according to the teacher, I had covered everything else really well. Just stuff that I missed was cut out due to the word limit. :( So I'm not sure how I could have gotten a better grade keeping that in mind.. (i.e., perform poorly on all sections, or miss a couple, do the others properly, and still make the word limit (like I did)))

Otherwise! I spent today in the city again. Feeling quite overwhelmed hahaha! We had a little excursion at the Dax center, and I hadn't realized that it was right in the heart of Melbourne University. Once we were dismissed, I ended up wandering around the city for hours and hours, particularly admiring the med school section of Melb Uni - and god, I am so excited. Just so excited! So excited to feel better, so excited to do something in any of these fields.

I'll be at the VCE and careers expo tomorrow, so that should be interesting! Looking forward to stealing brochures hahaha.
Thanks guys. :)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 07, 2019, 11:55:50 am
May 7, 2019
Hello again! :D Back with another little update!
It seems like I'm getting consistent B+ grades on my literature work - which is interesting! I put a lot of effort into that SAC, and the teacher, who is a substitute, had feedback that made it sound like I did far better than the grade said I had; that's okay. Once my actual teacher is back I may have to ask how to better my method of writing this sort of thing (again, everything I was missing or didn't elaborate further upon (I covered everything on the rubric) was cut from the letter due to the word limit, which I had gone slightly over already).

However!!! I'm super happy this morning! Got an A+ on my second Biology SAC. (It saddens me slightly, since I put more effort into that letter than I did into this, but I'm excited as hell about the grade hahaha!) My teacher is super lovely and her feedback is really helpful.
I also forgot to mention that I spoke to my psychology teacher at the Dax centre excursion, and he said he hadn't had the chance to read my SAC in depth, but he was really happy with the formatting, even saying it was university level, which both flatters and freaks me out. Looking forward to seeing the grade I got for that. Edit: Oh! Just as I posted this I got the email hahaha! Got an A+ on that one, so I'm stoked! Made a fair few mistakes that I should have seen coming, though. If not for the formatting, for which a bonus mark was awarded, I would have just gotten an A! o.o I don't want to make those blunders next year.

Career expo was fun; though a bit overwhelming. I guess I've done my research, I didn't have many questions to ask, hahaha! I felt like people were trying to sell me things throughout the majority unfortunately, I spent a good while sitting and watching a guy at a stall put "UCAT" stickers over his "UMAT" bags and forms - he also snapped at me for mentioning that I attended a lecture (ATARNotes' one) on it - eek, but I got some good info on open days for the universities I've been looking at.

Unit 1 SAC/Outcomes Progress:
PSYCH1 2/3
BIO1 2/3
CHEM1 1/3
LIT1 2/3

So 6 SACs left for the term (if I've counted properly)! Scary!
Thanks guys. ;D Be safe out there!
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Joseph41 on May 07, 2019, 01:24:20 pm
he also snapped at me for mentioning that I attended a lecture

That's kinda weird - do you know why? ???
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 08, 2019, 10:21:17 pm
That's kinda weird - do you know why? ???

Not really sure! He kept saying that it was "useless" that I attend a lecture for something I wasn't super familiar with. (I went to say that I thought it was good experience and I enjoyed seeing what I was getting into, but he cut me off and got uppity about it, bleh.)
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: brothanathan on May 08, 2019, 11:27:43 pm
Not really sure! He kept saying that it was "useless" that I attend a lecture for something I wasn't super familiar with. (I went to say that I thought it was a good experience and I enjoyed seeing what I was getting into, but he cut me off and got uppity about it, bleh.)

Hi there,

Just asking for a dry honest opinion on VSV, is teachers being lazy to correct extra work just fake news? I'm considering doing 3/4 Philosophy there next year.
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: brothanathan on May 08, 2019, 11:33:01 pm
The ambiguity you're facing at the moment is probably pretty stressful; I hope it comes closer to being resolved soon :)

You might have done this already,  but it might be a good idea to send a message to whoever taught you maths most recently & see if they've got a perspective on this.  Given the way VSV cohorts work they might not have much of an opinion but it could be worth a shot.

Have you looked at the study design for maths or further yet?

Hi again,

Just wondering how VSV cohorts work :)

Thanks
Title: Re: catpacksnapback's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 09, 2019, 06:18:54 am
Hi there,

Just asking for a dry honest opinion on VSV, is teachers being lazy to correct extra work just fake news? I'm considering doing 3/4 Philosophy there next year.

Hey! Thanks for asking. :)
Firstly, that's a reasonable concern to have. I believe what you've been hearing is the product of the workload the teachers have.
Unfortunately, I don't have a really clear answer on that, because I've found it depends on the teacher; some mark my submissions a week later, others a couple of months. Teachers keep telling me that they've got about an average of eighty students and it seems like the more competitive the subject, the more work the teacher has, and therefore, potential delays. I've had similar issues in literature, for example, but my psychology teacher was willing to read through my entire APA style paper (which I made separate to the SAC) and gave me feedback. I hope that markings becomes more diligent in 3/4 subjects, but I have no experience there yet.

I really hope that helps! In short, it's all rather hit and miss. As for your second question, I honestly don't really know about VSV's cohorts! If we're referring to how other students perform, one thing that I'm sure about is that there's a good number of students that do not complete work. (I spoke with the aforementioned psychology teacher, who said that, despite his class of 80, only about half or less tend to submit regularly.) There are some really passionate and competitive students on the other hand, but I can't speak to philosophy. Good luck out there! Sorry that I don't have better answers for you.

Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: brothanathan on May 09, 2019, 09:13:29 am
Thank-you :) <3
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 12, 2019, 07:35:44 am
May 12, 2019

Here's how my grades are stacking up!
(https://i.imgur.com/wBkeuWu.png)
I'm not really sure what this means, honestly. I'd like to be 100%ing everything - but who wouldn't? Hahaha!
Not sure how my cohort is doing at all, very much in the dark there. (I really need to work on literature.)
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 21, 2019, 10:02:08 am
May 21, 2019
Hey folks! Tiny update while I procrastinate!
I have 4 (3?) more SACs left! Here's an update on each subject:

Psychology
PSYCH1 SAC3 is due at the end of this week! It's a self directed report based on other peoples' research. I have to choose a topic from 34 given research questions and find other papers on it, and write something up about their results. I had a lot of really fun ideas set out but I couldn't find papers on any of the fun ones! So I'm going to go with my least favorite, but I'm going to keep these ideas in mind - they're things I might even be able to study myself in the future. The two following weeks are just revision and evaluation.
Biology
BIO1 SAC3 is due next week - digital exam based on the past four weeks of work. I really need to revise, it's escaped my memory! The week after (Week 16) entails an optional(?) practice exam which I'll be trying out. All about species, population, and nomenclature. I find this sort of thing super interesting!
Literature
LIT1 SAC3 is also due next week and it's a comparative essay. I'm really going to try and game this rubric because I've been really unhappy with my performance in literature. Fingers crossed! The following weeks seem to be evaluation and revision oriented.
Chemistry
Chemistry's a bit of a mystery (as always!). I can't seem to find Outcome 3! We have an optional practice exam next week which I'll also be doing, but I'm assuming that the practice exam is outcome 3 and there's no third SAC in Unit 1. A lot of students have been struggling with the work from what I understand and it makes sense, the next week is catching up, I think. (Though I'd like to note: Oh my god, this week's work was SO fun! We had to solve a bit of a chemistry-themed murder mystery that was set up as a series of videos. It was super cheesy and I loved it.)

I have 2-3 weeks left in all of my subjects. So close! Otherwise, I am completely caught up.

Will be spending the majority if not all of the holidays revising Unit 1 and studying ahead for Unit 2. I really want to start getting ready for Methods next year because I really struggled with math in Year 10 - I've been thinking of using Khan Academy to try and solidify some concepts, does anyone have advice there for people who find math quite difficult? (Does anyone else feel like they're horrible at math but are quite comfortable once the concept clicks?)

Thanks for reading. Be safe! ;D
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: mango8 on May 28, 2019, 11:18:05 pm
Hey there!!

I love LOVE your journal so much!! The way you write is so engaging and captivating and really hooks me right in each time, it has to be one of my favourites (and to think I only found it a few days ago, but no fear, I have caught right up)!!

I definitely feel once a concept in Methods sinks in, it feels amazing and I feel so much more confident and capable, it's just getting to the whole full understanding of everything which is hard.

I think you are very inspiring, truly, you are doing brilliantly across your subjects, and having to grapple with so many health issues too, you are very strong and your determination is wonderful to see.

I truly hope a time will come as soon as can be where you won't be restricted or burdened by that, and you'll be able to just go about life with more ease and less of a feeling of so much effort and energy is being expended, with everyone else taking things for granted all the time, but I'll be here following you along for now.

Shoot me a message anytime, I would love to get to know you more, I actually think we have a lot in common and I admire you a lot x
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 30, 2019, 10:09:19 am
Hey there!!

I love LOVE your journal so much!! The way you write is so engaging and captivating and really hooks me right in each time, it has to be one of my favourites (and to think I only found it a few days ago, but no fear, I have caught right up)!!

I definitely feel once a concept in Methods sinks in, it feels amazing and I feel so much more confident and capable, it's just getting to the whole full understanding of everything which is hard.

I think you are very inspiring, truly, you are doing brilliantly across your subjects, and having to grapple with so many health issues too, you are very strong and your determination is wonderful to see.

I truly hope a time will come as soon as can be where you won't be restricted or burdened by that, and you'll be able to just go about life with more ease and less of a feeling of so much effort and energy is being expended, with everyone else taking things for granted all the time, but I'll be here following you along for now.

Shoot me a message anytime, I would love to get to know you more, I actually think we have a lot in common and I admire you a lot x

Hi there mango8! ;D

First off: Oh my god. My HEART. This is so so sweet! Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I've just found your journal, and not to echo what you've said here, but I am so looking forward to hearing more from you on your own journey with all of your flare included! What I'd give to articulate half of what you have here, seriously, it means a lot to me, even if my.. er.. unimpressive vocabulary doesn't quite do justice to that.
I really appreciate that, and I'll try to remember not to be a stranger, hahaha! Same goes to you all the way, too; take care out there. Always here if you need to vent or chat :)
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on May 30, 2019, 10:22:54 am
May 30, Week 15, 2019
Taking complements: something school can't teach ya! (Certainly didn't teach me..)
Hi again, back with some more updates!

1 SAC left!
Psychology
PSYCH1 SAC3 (Research comparison) complete, and marked! By god, though, that was a JOURNEY. I found and read through 15 studies and only needed two, but couldn't find any that matched each other or that I could compare! Eventually I settled for a couple that I didn't think were perfect, but there's no such thing. I ended up having 13 other papers to cite, though, which was a blast - and oh, my gosh, you guys, I am so, so super happy about this. Turns out I 100%'d it - but aaalmost didn't. I missed a mark for not elaborating on ethics enough (easy fix next time!) but I got a bonus mark for submitting early. ;D I am stoked! This week we had a course evaluation test which I finished rather quickly, made a few really silly mistakes (6 months vs 6 years, etc.) and didn't do as well as I should have, but that test isn't graded. We're good!
Biology
BIO1 SAC3 (Adaptations, homeostasis, trophic levels, ecosystems) complete, and ohhhhhhhhh, I am so close to doing illegal, terrible things. So close. I missed ONE MARK. ONE!!!!
It was an online test and I finished it yesterday - completed it in the thick of a very nasty migraine and I am happy to have gotten as far as I did, but ohhhhh myyyy goodness. It was the difference between "decrease" and "further decrease". I am so mad. Next week (week 16 - final week!) is an optional written Biology exam.
Literature
LIT1 SAC3 (Film and Text comparison essay) is in the works and I'm going to be doing that once I post this! I want to rewrite the draft skeleton so that I don't confuse myself, but I also wanted to wait for my literature teacher to send some feedback on the draft.. giving her until 1pm, maybe, and if none, I'll just go ahead without. Week after appears to be a free week for catching up.
Chemistry
I got my marks back for the CHEM1 SAC2 and I did reasonably okay! Missed five or so marks, I think - I keep making little mistakes, which is very frustrating.. Kinda why I wish I was in a classroom environment for this kind of subject, I don't realize I've made the mistake until it's been made for like, a week, LOL. That being said, it's still my best subject! Somehow! Never done chemistry before so I'm surprised there, hahaha! - Optional self-corrected chemistry (Unit 1) exam to be done by Friday, so, naturally, I'm doing it on Friday. ;) Next week looks like a free week for catching up too.

Take care out there (and try to stay warm)!
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on June 04, 2019, 12:55:08 pm
June 4, Week 16, 2019
AND WE'RE BACK! Here's a general update:
I was just spontaneously called online to supervise a class of year 9 science students and they were fantastic! I only had an hour's notice - oops - but that went well. Right now I have finished Unit 1 of all four of my subjects! There's an optional Biology exam which I'm going to be taking (if it gets here!), but it's nice to have that done! My next 3 weeks consist of the following:
1. Revise all of unit 1 Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Literature, reread my notes, and just really solidify those concepts.
2. Start working ahead on unit 2 for all four subjects (preferably, I will have read the entirety of unit 2's textbook material - ideally, answered all practice questions too, but I might reserve that for the time I'm actually supposed to be studying!)
3. Get one week ahead on unit 2. I didn't have a backup week for unit 1 (which is unusual for me!) and I'd really like to have one next semester!
4. Start working on unit 1 Math Methods! I'm getting the textbook and I want to start working on that before next year. I don't want any surprises and I'd really like to keep it in the back of my mind.

;D Lots to do! Here's some not-school stuff:
.........(AOL startup noise) (justkidding) (notreally)
I'd really like to read a book sometime! Like, really. I need to work on my vocabulary. I know I keep saying that, but still. STILL. I'd love to start reading Gray's Anatomy too.
I also want to keep up on my art; I've been thinking of merging the two, however, and making a "visual glossary" of words that I find interesting with little pictures to accompany - speaking of, is that something I should put here? I wonder if it would be better digital or in one of my books. But if I do it digitally, I'd love to share!

Thanks guys! :)
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: mango8 on June 06, 2019, 08:31:16 pm
I'd really like to read a book sometime!

Me too! I can't remember when I last read for pleasure and not the assigned texts which I grow to how shall I put it, not be a fan of by the end of the year. I think the way you write is lovely, you definitely have a flair. What kind of art do you like doing? And I second this visual glossary idea, it sounds wonderful, and I'd love to see it! You could make your own thread, it would be amazing!

Take care x
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on June 12, 2019, 06:40:13 am
Me too! I can't remember when I last read for pleasure and not the assigned texts which I grow to how shall I put it, not be a fan of by the end of the year. I think the way you write is lovely, you definitely have a flair. What kind of art do you like doing? And I second this visual glossary idea, it sounds wonderful, and I'd love to see it! You could make your own thread, it would be amazing!

Take care x

TOTALLY agreed - I try my best to enjoy the assigned reading, but it's like destiny that I eventually don't like it! But oh my gosh, thank you so much for the kind words (again! You're too sweet!). I love drawing little things, animals, cutesy stuff, I can't do realism at all; but I would love to try that out! Thank you for the encouragement ;D

I appreciate that, you too!

June 12, GAT Week, 2019
Not to mislead - I'm not doing the GAT, year 11, but it seems like we've been granted a catch-up week for students a little behind on unit 1 work!
So I'm taking this opportunity to yell here. (Speaking of yelling: Did you guys see the new animal crossing trailer?!!?!)

It only took me about two days, but I think I figured out our schedule! We have a catchup week this week, then the first two weeks of unit 2. Then we have a two week holiday. There's an annual event on during the holidays that I'd love to catch, but I have a feeling I might have to forgo it to study ahead since it's all throughout July :( That's okay though! I have started studying ahead for Unit 2 this week and here's what I have to do:
CHEM2: Begin studying the properties of water
BIO2: The cell cycle and asexual reproduction
LIT2: Read 'The Great Gatsby'
PSYCH2: Sensations and perception, principles of visual perception
Now that's just before the holidays - I have already read the chapter on the cell cycle and might try to finalize my notes/do practice questions today.
Otherwise, I honestly don't feel very confident in my performance in Unit 1 at all. There's a lot that I want to brush up on! Chemistry, namely, I would love to solidify, and Psychology kinda fell to the wayside. Biology seems to be okay, but a little revision never hurts, and I perpetually have no idea what's going on with Literature. Constantly.
Still battling the ever-enigmatic health mystery which has been fighting me on all of this since November. Keeps things interesting!

I also want to start studying for Methods, like, now. I'm terrified. I have the book here. It's terrifying. I really didn't retain anything from Year 10, so I have to revise MAJORLY on that. I might ask the lovely math people here if they have any recommendations or resources for that!

Thanks for reading! ;D Stay safe out there! What's your week looking like?
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Bri MT on June 12, 2019, 01:09:20 pm
I'd love to see a visual glossary on here: would be a great fit for the creative corner or accountability and motivation sections of the forum :)

Glad to hear that the year 9 class went well too - year 9 can be a bit unpredictable in my experience


I'm busy with exam preparation today but I'll check out your methods thread when I can :)
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on June 17, 2019, 11:31:05 am
I'd love to see a visual glossary on here: would be a great fit for the creative corner or accountability and motivation sections of the forum :)

Glad to hear that the year 9 class went well too - year 9 can be a bit unpredictable in my experience


I'm busy with exam preparation today but I'll check out your methods thread when I can :)

Thank you so much! I will absolutely be looking into it, in that case. :D Definitely agreed on the year 9 front.
I hope all went well with the exam prep; no stress, but any input there is very much appreciated!

June 17, Week 1, 2019
I probably need to figure out a better format for these headers. To be clear - we're on week 1 of unit 2.. but since I know I'll be doing jumbled units, I'm not sure I can say what unit we're on.. hmm..
Unit 2 begins! I have finished the first week of Biology, finished the assigned reading for Literature, and have quite a bit of studying to do for Chemistry and Psychology. Lots of stuff to remember, which never used to bother me, but I've been so drained!
I just finished self-correcting the two practice exams I had for the last unit and I'm honestly really not happy with how I went. Admittedly.. I answer questions quite weirdly. The answers work, sure, but if they're looking for exact keywords, I tend to miss them by a thread every time! So I relied more on my multiple choice answers for now, and I got a 25/30 on Biology, and a 5/20 on Chemistry.

So what on Earth happened with Chemistry?
Maybe I'm crazy - any fellow virtual schoolers are welcome to chide me for my unfortunate results here - but I don't think we were doing the right work throughout the unit. I was never able to find what I was looking for in the right place of the textbook (and we spent a lot of time on chapters from Unit 2, when we did use it) and the exam was Neap's standard Unit 1 exam. I recall not knowing a lot of the material, and seeing a lot that we hadn't covered in any detail at all - and not seeing a lot of what we did cover. The migraine was feisty that day, too, but now I'm just looking for excuses, hahaha! Truth of the matter is, I want to spend more time on practice questions and doing practice exams.
We also weren't allowed to use a calculator, which I thought was interesting. There were stoichiometry questions.
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: Geoo on June 21, 2019, 12:13:09 pm
Yeah the chem exam was an interesting one. There where a few things that related to the coursework last unit, but I used the knowledge from year 9&10 to answer most of them as it wan't taught. I don't think it is a reflection on our part on how good we did, as the exam is by a company, not the school. So it isn't really customised, and I know NEAP gives out harder exams than normal.

So don't beat yourself up about, I have know a few people in real life and on the forms with the same thing when it came to their exams in unit 1 & 2. I took one look and just didn't bother with doing most of the exam anyway. It was optional, and I had more important SACs due and I know that it doesn't always reflect on how good you are at the subject.

But good luck on starting unit 2! Only one more week till school holidays ;D
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on June 26, 2019, 10:11:58 am
Yeah the chem exam was an interesting one. There where a few things that related to the coursework last unit, but I used the knowledge from year 9&10 to answer most of them as it wan't taught. I don't think it is a reflection on our part on how good we did, as the exam is by a company, not the school. So it isn't really customised, and I know NEAP gives out harder exams than normal.

So don't beat yourself up about, I have know a few people in real life and on the forms with the same thing when it came to their exams in unit 1 & 2. I took one look and just didn't bother with doing most of the exam anyway. It was optional, and I had more important SACs due and I know that it doesn't always reflect on how good you are at the subject.

But good luck on starting unit 2! Only one more week till school holidays ;D

Thank you SO much for your assurance here. Oh my gosh. I'm so glad it's not me going crazy.
I did no chemistry whatsoever in year 9 and 10 - so it sounds like I've got some self study to do!
I really appreciate it. ;D Good luck with this last week to you too!
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: catpacksnapback on July 16, 2019, 01:46:11 pm
July 16, Week 3 (Unit 2), 2019
Hi guys! Just a tiny update.
Health has been getting worse and I've been really struggling with my studies, but trucking along. 5 big SACs coming up!
Thinking of totally reconsidering my goals over the next few years, or even months. Not sure where this will take me.
Hope you are all well. :)
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey (to medicine?)!
Post by: laura_ on July 16, 2019, 05:33:43 pm
July 16, Week 3 (Unit 2), 2019
Hi guys! Just a tiny update.
Health has been getting worse and I've been really struggling with my studies, but trucking along. 5 big SACs coming up!
Thinking of totally reconsidering my goals over the next few years, or even months. Not sure where this will take me.
Hope you are all well. :)

That's no good to hear. :( Have been a long term lurker on your journal, absolutely love it! Best of luck with your sacs. <3 Sending good vibes!
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey!
Post by: Geoo on October 02, 2019, 11:36:40 pm
Hey Cat, how's everything going?
Haven't had an update from you in a while, everything still going okay?
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey!
Post by: catpacksnapback on November 11, 2019, 08:00:59 am
Hey there laura_ and Geoo! You two are relentlessly lovely. Thank you both, seriously, for checking in on my little thread!
I'm so sorry I've been so inactive -- I didn't intend on radio silence, but my how the days have gone by!

I hope the both of you have been doing well. Here's a long, long overdue update!

November 11, Nothing!, 2019
Twelve months! And what a year! It's been exactly 365 days since the medically recorded beginning of my chronic fatigue syndrome.

A couple of weeks ago I completed all of my work and finished Unit 2 of Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, and Literature.
If you're curious, here are my averages in each subject.
These are the average scores across all of my SACs throughout units 1 and 2 of each subject.
Literature: 83%
Psychology: 88%
Chemistry: 93%
Biology: 93%
It's kind of bittersweet. I don't remember much at all of what I learned, but I am happy that I made it out alive!

A bit of recap on each subject.
Literature and Psychology were certainly a challenge. Psychology was my most unforgiving subject. Usually I'm decent at recall, but with how unreliable my memory has been, much of the content was lost by the time I had to repeat it. Ouch!
I'm still glad I took literature as opposed to english - it seems like analysis has been my only saving grace, whereas my greatest struggles have been in the creative department. I will never not, however, be wildly salty that we don't have english language. I'd give anything to learn it, whereas admittedly I don't feel as if I am learning much in literature.

Chemistry was, in all honesty, a nightmare. The material was fun and interesting for the most part, but appeared entirely estranged from the study design - meaning that every practice exam I did made exactly zero sense. Either that or I am absolutely terrible at exams. Regardless of the subject, I never seem to do very well in exams, admittedly -- I'm not sure what's up there, but I plan on taking more practice ones throughout the holidays.

And biology is still my favorite! I had a brilliant teacher and found the content highly engaging. I'm really excited for next year's content.

So, what now?
Not to drag this post on forever (just making up for lost time!) but over these holidays, I plan on working hard at all of my upcoming subjects: Methods, more literature, biology, and more chemistry.
I'm honestly terrified of methods. I'm going to have to look into tutoring, but it will be my top priority to understand it before the year begins, and secondarily, I'd love to have read the biology and chemistry textbooks through before then.

I'll be doing plenty of practice exams and, hopefully, regaining some sense of cognition! I have begun listening to Douchy's Biology -- and I adore his enthusiasm. Though I don't quite follow all the time, I'm happy to be forming the foundation for the next two units.



Lastly, I have picked up reading again. And what a relief! I'm not nearly as good at it as I used to be, but it feels like a part of my soul is back. I missed, dearly missed, being positively lost in the pages of a book. I just completed Dr. Richard Shepherd's Unnatural Causes. I adored it. My next is Kathleen McAullife's This Is Your Brain On Parasites, and I'm looking forward to starting it very soon!

I've found some of my sanity back in games, too. Forcing some leisure seems just as important in productivity as working, studying, etc. I played through The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (my first Zelda game!) and loved it. I'm very excited for Pokemon Sword/Shield, too.

Anyway! Goodness, if you've read through this whole thing, kudos to you - and thank you for your interest! I can't express how much it means to me. Take care of yourself in the current exam or post-exam season! Take a deep breath. You've got this.
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey!
Post by: whys on November 11, 2019, 06:13:44 pm
Ur back!!!  :D

Glad to see you’ve done well.
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey!
Post by: laura_ on November 13, 2019, 05:19:03 pm
It's good to hear from you again Cat!! That's wonderful that you've completed all of your coursework. Do you have exams or are you finished for the year now? ;D

Also, those books sound super interesting.
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey!
Post by: catpacksnapback on December 17, 2019, 09:06:43 am
Hey laura_ and whys! Great to hear from you both :D Thank you <3
I apologize for the late response - I was finished for the year, but have already begun studying for next year! Hope both of you (and anyone reading!) have been well.

December 17, Absolutely nothing!, 2019
I wanted to put a little update here about what the holidays have entailed thus far. I'm a bit daunted by how late my Campion books are getting here but that's okay. So far, I have spent the majority doing math.

I never failed math, but I also never understood it - like, at all - and given that I'm taking methods, I figured I'd go through some additional (ha!) study via courses like Khanacademy, which has been absolutely stellar. I've learned a lot about myself in doing so. It's been a journey of mathematical self discovery.
1. I have absolutely no idea how to do my 3's time tables. I don't know how I missed these, but I seem to persistently struggle with any multiples of 3, 6, and 9. (Yet, I know my sevens better than my fives. What?)
2. I can fully understand the methodology behind a question, but I trip up on stuff like 5 + 7.
3. ...I trip up on stuff like 5 + 7?
4. ...OH.

It turns out -- when you aren't under ridiculous mainstream pressure you can actually self-assess on occasion. And it turns out, I have a TERRIBLE penchant for mistaking numbers for other numbers. Is it a form of dyscalculia? Most likely! Is it frustrating? Absolutely! I have to triple-read VERY basic questions in order not to write things out wrong and answer them even wrong-er. I thought it was really interesting, so here I am, sharing. When it comes to algebra, it's even weirder - sometimes I mistake letters and numbers (with no visual relation, such as E and 12 or 8 and N (barring 6 and G, which look identical in my handwriting, oops)), so coefficients and variables are.. interesting to work through.

Ramble aside -- does anyone have experience with this kind of issue? It makes me wonder if the whole reason I struggled through all of math was because of a really silly unchecked mental misalignment. It's so strange how one little thing can change so many others!
Title: Re: A cat's VCE Journey!
Post by: Bri MT on December 17, 2019, 12:05:24 pm
Not sure if this would help,  but maybe you could try using different coloured highlighters for different characters to help you differentiate them?

I'm glad you've been able to figure this out about yourself & that your extra study has helped you. Really interesting to read about & best of luck with adjusting your studying tactics to best help you! :)
Title: Re: I'll Figure it Out
Post by: catpacksnapback on January 17, 2020, 08:57:09 am
Hey Bri,
Thank you for that! I hadn't thought of working that way but it makes so much sense. I have a feeling highlighters are going to be my secret weapon through Methods; and I really appreciate that! :)

January 17, Woah-oh Here She Comes, 2020
Happy new year!! I apologize for neglecting this. A bit of an overarching sense of hopelessness has dampened my motivation -- but we persevere!

My pre-study has been doing well! I attended some of the ATARNotes headstart lectures earlier this week - one for each of my subjects. (If you saw someone sitting up on the wall on Monday, that was me. (Sorry for sitting on the wall.)) As always they were brilliant and I'm happy I made it - lots and lots of running to catch trains, running to catch lectures, running to catch donuts, etcetera etcetera.

A story about one of those lectures:
As indicated by my screaming, I'm taking the first two units of Methods this year to complete the subject next year (along with Psychology and HHD, in a year of study I am dubbing "year 12b"), and figured this would be the most vital lecture to attend. I went, I got some questions right and was totally stumped with others, as to be expected, but was overall quite content with the idea of catching up to learn the 'gaps' in what i didn't understand about it. I knew I'd only have a couple of weeks at most to get comfortable with those, and that was fine.

Dot, dot, dot. I attended the 3 and 4 lecture. Yes; I was aware the 1 and 2 lectures were being held at the AN headquarters(es) but, like a true genius, apparently some part of me that didn't register would only realize this fully a few days after I attended the wrong one. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy -- I understood a good chunk of NEXT year's methods study! :D

For the first day of those lectures I brought my notebook and immediately regretted handwriting my notes. Not because of the content or the amount within - one issue is that all my pens simultaneously died, and the other is that my hand still does that weird thing where it acts up after handwriting. So for the second day, I brought my little netbook laptop and typed them up instead. Thus begins my year of doing exactly that.

I prefer handwriting because I feel I absorb information better that way, so in an effort to preserve that, I have made my notes very colorful and included lots of nonsense that, so far, seems to work. If you're curious, I've attached a little sample of one of the more (over) illustrated pages I made as a test-run while revising last year's Biology.

We'll see if this works in the long term, but for now it's quite fun! I think this will help a lot with Chemistry, too, as I seem to need a lot of visual representation of the content for that subject in particular.

Anyway! I've rambled enough. Hope all of you are doing well and have had a fun break :) Thanks for reading!
Title: Re: I'll Figure it Out
Post by: lm21074 on January 17, 2020, 10:01:03 am
Nice to hear from you again, catpacksnapback! :)

Those biology notes look amazing! 😍👌
Title: Re: I'll Figure it Out
Post by: catpacksnapback on March 24, 2020, 02:16:37 pm
Hey hey! Thanks so much!

March 24, Who Even Knows, 2020
The first thing I want to do is to share a resource - MyNoise - that I feel isn't very well-known, or at least not as well-known as it should be. If anything has helped me keep my sanity, it's the sound of rain, thunder, and just about everything else that has been mysteriously absent from our weather forecast. I listen to it while I study and I hope you find it useful too.


It's week 8. Or 7. I'm admittedly not entirely sure! 'Unusual times' echoes constantly now and here I am, echoing it yet again. I hope that you are staying safe, forum reader. It's times like these that make me glad that I have become accustomed to independent learning, but in the interest of helping out where I can, if there's any support I can offer as a student of online schooling, feel free to message me.

My only Year 12 SAC so far has been Literature. I performed alright in the practice, but I have surely dented my study score in my dismal final performance. I'm not sure when feedback will be coming through but I have been trying to distract myself, which resulted in a stint of 2 novels completed in 2 days.

Upcoming are the first biology and chemistry SACs for this year. They're daunting and their due date has been, fortunately, pushed back. Although I intended on studying in advance of these today, a migraine is turning everything I read inside out, so once I have posted this, I might try to sleep it off. Right now, things are pretty standard; it's just hard to feel motivated when you feel as if nothing you read will stay in your head for longer than a few minutes.

That being said, the moment I can, I intend on reading about fuel cells, significant figures, and respiration. These three topics have been weighing on me since last year and understanding them happens to be pivotal to succeeding in the upcoming SACs. To those of you who have SACs too - I'm wishing you the best of luck! And, of course, to be safe and mindful of yourself and others around you.
Title: Re: I'll Figure it Out
Post by: J_Rho on March 24, 2020, 02:30:36 pm
YAYYY an update!
The first thing I want to do is to share a resource - MyNoise - that I feel isn't very well-known, or at least not as well-known as it should be.
YES! I love this! It should be so much more well known!

It's week 8. Or 7. I'm admittedly not entirely sure! 'Unusual times' echoes constantly now and here I am, echoing it yet again. I hope that you are staying safe, forum reader. It's times like these that make me glad that I have become accustomed to independent learning, but in the interest of helping out where I can, if there's any support I can offer as a student of online schooling, feel free to message me.
And the same goes for you! Make sure you reach out when you need it whether that be academically or mentally/emotionally :)


Title: Re: I'll Figure it Out
Post by: brothanathan on April 02, 2020, 12:20:36 am
Love things that help keep one's sanity, thanks for the recommendation  :)