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Title: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 10, 2019, 07:46:46 pm
Honestly, I should have started this last year, but better late than never right?

Why am I doing this?
Spoiler
To be completely honest, I don't really know. However, I think writing a journal will be a great way to just regurgitate all my thoughts. Also I feel like when I look back through this journal at the end of this year I'll feel a sense of fulfilment? Maybe?  I just hope that I, along with the quality of my writing improves over the year.

Who am I?
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Well to give ya the general gist of stuff, I was born in Melbourne, lived in India from age 2-12 and now am back in Melbourne.
I'm super into music and primarily play the drums and guitar, but am also trying to improve playing bass and piano.
I'm also very into video games (classic nerd shit), however I decided to seriously cut down on how much time I spent playing last year as it was starting to have a significant impact on my studies (more than it does now).
Not really sure what else to say so..... enjoy?
Just a catchup on Yr 12.

English 3/4 (Goal SS - 37+)
At this point in the year, we have already completed 3 SACs for English. The creative, and analysing argument (split into a single analysis and a comparative analysis.) I worked extremely hard for the creative, whereas for the other two sacs I did bare minimum work, which was still more than what i did in Yr11.

Psychology 3/4 (Goal SS - 45+)
So I picked up Psych without completing the 1/2 as I had found myself reading quite a bit on the topic of psychology and found it quite interesting.The only thing I've found 'hard' at this point is the 'key science skills,' which were only brushed over as they were already learned by others in 1/2. However, I have since caught up a bit.

Economics 3/4 (Goal SS - 45+)
Similar to last year, i've found economics quite enjoyable, in terms of classmates and my teacher. The first sac was quite straightforward as it was recapping last year's content. The current content we are doing is mostly building on what we have learned from last year, and I find it quite interesting, and have found myself completing work ahead of the due date (something I usually never do.)

Maths Methods 3/4 (Goal SS - 25+)
To put it bluntly, I hate it. I got 56% on both topic tests (not Sacs) and have literally no motivation to do work. There is a one 4-part sac for the entirety of Unit 3, which is in Week 9/10 of the term. Hoping to pass that as well to be honest. Not exactly sure what I need to be getting to get a 25 at the end of the year but I know I need to find the motivation to study for this subject. But I just can't?

Overall
So Yr12 is kinda great. The 11 spares a week give me sooooooooooooooo much time to do work at school, although I don't actually work in all of them. If anyone finds any grammatical errors or formatting mistakes please let me know :D. I'll try to update this every week? Or whenever I can be bothered to be honest.

(I figured I should probably edit the first post of my journal to make it less cluttered, so that's what I've done)
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: AngelWings on March 10, 2019, 09:22:46 pm
Always nice to see another journal up and running! :)
What are your hobbies and what types of extracurricular activities do you do? 
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Macrophagee on March 10, 2019, 10:14:46 pm
Hey
Congrats on your further and accounting study scores!
Looking forward to hearing more about your year 12!  :)
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 10, 2019, 10:15:27 pm
Always nice to see another journal up and running! :)
What are your hobbies and what types of extracurricular activities do you do? 
Hmmm well I'm really into music. I can play the drums, guitar, bass and am in the process of self-teaching myself piano. I used to play a shit-ton of table tennis, but now I only play for school. In terms of more hobbies, I play a lot of video games, but I've recently been spending a lot of my time in the gym.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 10, 2019, 10:16:31 pm
Hey
Congrats on your further and accounting study scores!
Looking forward to hearing more about your year 12!  :)

Thanks :).
I'll try update this as much as possible
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 13, 2019, 09:50:12 pm
Time for an update

English
We started studying 'Persepolis' in English this week. It's a new book that's been added to the study design, and is interestingly a graphic novel (comic book.) This adds an entirely different perspective to the analysis of the novel as dialogue is always accompanied with a picture/visual stimuli. There's also a heap of social/cultural/economic background as the Iranian revolution also plays a major part in the novel. It's surprisingly a good read and is a very interesting story to analyse in my opinion.

Psych
Started on Neural plasticity in Psychology, interesting but nothing too hard at this point.

Eco
Economics SAC on Monday, yaaaayyyyyyyyyyy.? The topic is okay as its mostly about macro-economics and economic growth and I feel pretty confident as I have two practice sacs ready to hand in to my teacher tomorrow which will help me consolidate my stuff, nothing much apart from that though.

Methods
The methods sac is looming and i'm not looking forward to it. At this point, i'll be ecstatic if i get a 60% on it, but i'll be content with just passing. Still cannot bring myself to do any work for this subject as all i'm aiming for is a 25.

Scores
Spoiler

English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2 (Single analysis) - TBA. Hoping for an 18/20 or above at this point.
Sac 3 (Comparative analysis) - TBA. I fucked this one pretty bad, so i'll be VERY happy with a 17/20.
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - TBA.  I think I went quite well on this. There was an unexpected 8 marker at the end of the sac that I think I could've gotten 6-7 marks on. Hoping for 45+/50.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45. Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2 (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 18th March
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - 25th March - 6th April, across two weeks.

So in general, feeling kinda nervous for the Eco sac on Monday. Especially since I fell sick on Sunday, and it seems to only be getting worse. Just hope i'm better by Monday. I also feel realllly unproductive as i haven't been able to go to the gym at all.

Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Bri MT on March 14, 2019, 08:06:38 am
I remember studying Persepolis in literature in year 11 - we watched the movie adaptation instead but I imagine they'd be very similar in terms of strong symbolism such as colour, grandmas flowers etc. Glad you're enjoying it :)

Good luck for your Eco SAC and your health!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 16, 2019, 11:50:13 pm
I remember studying Persepolis in literature in year 11 - we watched the movie adaptation instead but I imagine they'd be very similar in terms of strong symbolism such as colour, grandmas flowers etc. Glad you're enjoying it :)

Good luck for your Eco SAC and your health!

Yeah, I'm genuinely finding Persepolis interesting, which is good since I don't usually enjoy the texts that I study in english, so this may give me some more motivation to do some work in English.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 17, 2019, 12:02:32 am
Another one

English
Same same, just taking notes in class and going over key frames and themes in the book.

Economics
The SAC is on monday and I literally cannot bring myself to do any work at all. I've already done 3 practice sacs earlier in the week as revision, and there is  no 'official' revision to be done. However, I know what to revise and I hope that I can bring myself to actually do revision for the sac tomorrow instead of procrastinating all day.

Psychology
I got 47/50 on the first sac!!!! Hell yeah. The thing that worries me though, is that i'm one of the only people that did well in the class, all the other scores were average, whereas in other classes, where the teachers are more experienced there were 6-7 people per class getting over 90%. This really worries me since we have a teacher that is new to the school and I don't wanna be put at a disadvantage. Still happy though.

Methods
I started revision!!!! Sorta. I actually got onto printing the start of the Practice sac that we were given, but the questions seem overly simplified compared to what we usually have been doing in the workbook and assignments, which worries me as I feel like the revision we were given may not actually prepare me for the sac.

Scores

Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2 (Single analysis) - TBA. Hoping for an 18/20 or above at this point.
Sac 3 (Comparative analysis) - TBA. I fucked this one pretty bad, so i'll be VERY happy with a 17/20.
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45. Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2 (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 18th March
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - 25th March - 6th April, across two weeks.

Despite the score for psych i'm not really feeling good. I decided to lock myself indoors today telling myself I would study (I didn't) and missed the opportunity to have a really good time at a gath with some of my friends which is kinda shitty. Oh well, at least I know that I should go next time an opportunity arises.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 24, 2019, 08:43:22 pm
Panic time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Methods SAC that counts for 50% of my coursework score tomorrow. Guess what??? I haven't even started studying. Also haven't done any homework for any other subjects either. But hey, binge watching Brooklyn nine-nine was worth it right? Anyways, 25 methods here I come
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Jimmmy on March 24, 2019, 09:28:10 pm
Seriously don't worry, you did great in your two VCE subjects last year so Methods doesn't even have to be top 4. 25+ is achievable, even with a bare pass or two in the SAC period as long as you smash the exam.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 24, 2019, 09:40:00 pm
Seriously don't worry, you did great in your two VCE subjects last year so Methods doesn't even have to be top 4. 25+ is achievable, even with a bare pass or two in the SAC period as long as you smash the exam.

In all honesty I’m probably gonna fail the sac, but I’m just hoping to pass the exam since I heard that’s enough for a 25
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on March 26, 2019, 07:22:37 pm
Two more weeks of school left!!!! I would honestly love to be relaxing right now, but I have a Psychology SAC on the last day of school, as well as 4 more sessions of a methods sac :(. But looking forward to getting smashed before our Yr 12 formal which is on the last day of school :D.

English
Still just going through the book and analysing different pages. Got two sacs back, 17/20 on single analysis and 19/20 for comparative analysis. I was really surprised with this since I thought I did really well on the single and shit on the comparative but it seemed to be the opposite. Another thing that kinda triggers me is that other classes had their single analysis marked scaled up a bit if they did well on comparative, but oh well.

Economics
Fallen behind a bit but just going through government goals at the moment. Got 36/40 on the last sac which I was pretty happy with since the highest mark was a 37/40.

Psychology
Going through classical conditioning and operant conditioning at the moment, pretty interesting but also very straight forward. The sac for this topic is apparently a 'media analysis.' They've given us minimal information about the nature of the sac but apparently they ask us questions that stem from an article of some sort which will be intresting.

Methods
Did the first session of our ENTIRE UNIT 3 sac yesterday. I wasn't even close to finishing but most of the content was pretty straight forward so I should be able to cop above a 50% for the first session at least. From what the teachers have said though, the sessions get considerably harder, and since I found the first session hard, i'm not looking forward to the rest.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2 (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 3 (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45. Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2 (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - 25th March - 6th April, across two weeks. (First session was straight forward, should be able to pass it.)
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on April 03, 2019, 10:20:02 pm
Last day of school + Formal tomorrow, HYPE!!!!!!!!!!! Been a while since I've updated so here goes

English
Just the usual going through themes and key frames of Persepolis. Apart from that though, the topics for the oral have been released!!! This is probably the assessment i'm least looking forward too since I get really nervous when speaking to a crowd of people. Also is helping people edit their speeches on ATARNOTES a thing? I hope it is because ill probably be needed a lot of help aahhaha

Economics
Finished the goal of low inflation and gonna go through the goal of full employment next term. Got holiday homework to write a 1000 word report summarising the budget though, so not really looking forward to that one  :-\ :-\ :-\

Psychology
I completed the second sac of the unit today and I'm kinda pissed off. I spent so much time going in depth and studying topics that were supposedly going to be on the sac, but there were only simple questions on the sac, some of the shit which I didn't know the 'key words' for, so i'll probably lose a few marks on this one. Really disappointed since I sunk a lot of time studying for this sac and was hoping to ace it. Oh well  :-\

Methods
Oh boy. Well the 5-session sac is finally over. Going into it I was only hoping to pass, but now i'm thinking I could score a 60%, eventhough I screwed up some of the easiest questions

Scores

Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2 (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 3 (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - Hoping for ~22/25 but not sure if this is possible. Think I may have fucked up on this one.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45. Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2 (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - IT'S FUCKING OVER BOIIIIIS. Chuck us a 27/50 and my year will be made.

I'll probably update this a few weeks into term two, enjoy holidays everybody!!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Joseph41 on April 04, 2019, 03:23:53 pm
Yeah, it's frustrating when what you've studied for just doesn't come up on the SAC. :-\ I guess if you look at it more broadly, though, you've done some great exam prep!

Hope you have a great formal and enjoy your holidays. :)

P.S. For English speech stuff, try here!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on April 29, 2019, 05:27:14 pm
(Deleted psych rage)

English
Going surprisingly okay. We've started to de-constuct essay topics and also are beginning to write practice paragraphs/essays. I found myself ACTUALLY DOING WORK FOR ENGLISH (yeah crazy I know) which I am really happy with. As I write and spend more one on one time with the teacher I am starting to understand the 'deeper meanings' of the book and the 'framework' needed for the essays to write on this book. Sac is coming up in two weeks though, which I am for sure nervous for.

Economics
I feel like we went waaaay too quick through the topic of full employment but once I completed the previous years' practice sac I realise there isn't really that much to know. Sac is on Thursday and i'm feeling moderately confident seeing as i've already completed 3/4 practice sacs given to us.

Psychology
Boy I don't even want to think about this subject right now. Extreeeeeeeeeeeeeemly mad at my teacher.

Methods
I mean sac was finished last term so it's pretty chill for now.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2 (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 3 (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45. Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2 (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - IT'S FUCKING OVER BOIIIIIS. Chuck us a 27/50 and my year will be made.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on May 02, 2019, 08:44:15 pm
Did my eco sac today, I studied super hard for it and I think it may have payed off. Only thing I'm worried about is that i'm pretty sure I misinterpreted the last question, which was 5 marks so I guess we'll see how that goes
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on May 05, 2019, 06:08:47 pm
Well i've procrastinated all weekend instead of doing a practice essay for english so I figured i'd just write a post year to further avoid doing any work.

English
The single text response sac for Persepolis is slowly but surely creeping up, and the date has been confirmed to be next Wednesday. That's pretty fucking quick. I'm glad that I've at-least done two body paragraphs and an intro as practice, however the feedback I got on the practice was horrific and the entire page was scribbled with how I could improve my writing. Usually I know that this is actually a positive and it gives me a way to actually improve my writing, but for some reason this is just extremely demotivating me to redraft/write more on the book.

Economics
Results for the most recent sac aren't out yet but when I asked my teacher to give me the general 'gist' of how I went he didn't seem too positive, so I'm not expecting too good of a result at this point. Apart from that, we're now moving on to what has been dubbed my past Eco students and my teacher the 'hardest topic,' which I'm actually looking forward to since the concepts that have been thrown at us so far have been pretty straight forward.

Psychology
Studying the Atkinson-Shifirin model of memory at the moment and I'm actually finding it quite interesting. I've gone ahead a bit in our workbook in hopes my teacher give's me some extra work but I've come to learn that's not really how it works so I've decided to start doing some questions from the checkpoints 2019 book which seem to be extremely useful.

Methods
We've started circular functions, the on topic that I completely missed last year (got 19% on the test.......). Surprisingly though, my teacher has actually been very accommodating to me and stuff is actually starting to make sense which i'm happy about.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2 (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 3 (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 4 (Single text response) - 15th of May. Honestly, I'll be happy if I score 25/30 on this one, which will give me a 90/100 for unit 3
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 22nd of May. Aiming to score 22-23/25 so I can end with around 93/100 for unit 3.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2 (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 3 (Low inflation + full employment) - Since I think I fucked it up, ill be happy with 30/35.
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - IT'S FUCKING OVER BOIIIIIS. Chuck us a 27/50 and my year will be made.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Seamus Wong on May 05, 2019, 08:05:35 pm

Economics
Results for the most recent sac aren't out yet but when I asked my teacher to give me the general 'gist' of how I went he didn't seem too positive, so I'm not expecting too good of a result at this point. Apart from that, we're now moving on to what has been dubbed my past Eco students and my teacher the 'hardest topic,' which I'm actually looking forward to since the concepts that have been thrown at us so far have been pretty straight forward.


Yeah AOS 3 for eco is a lot more 'difficult' to understand than what we've done so far, which has been really easy. I think its probably the reason why a lot of people don't score very high in the subject - because unless you've got a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the global macro economy and finance, then a lot of the concepts are little difficult to understand at first, e.g. how a relatively high interest rates domestically lead to an increased AUD / how the balance of payments is structured and the relationship between the CAD and NFD, etc. That's good though, because that will really help in separating the cohort.
I guess we're on the same boat regarding your last sac - I fucked mine up a bit - not due to a lack of understanding, but because I failed to answer what the questions asked.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on May 05, 2019, 08:10:56 pm
Yeah AOS 3 for eco is a lot more 'difficult' to understand than what we've done so far, which has been really easy. I think its probably the reason why a lot of people don't score very high in the subject - because unless you've got a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the global macro economy and finance, then a lot of the concepts are little difficult to understand at first, e.g. how a relatively high interest rates domestically lead to an increased AUD / how the balance of payments is structured and the relationship between the CAD and NFD, etc. That's good though, because that will really help in distinguishing the cohort.
Yeah I think you're right on the fact that it will distinguish the cohort. My cohort is very grouped up around the 90's area and I hope the upcoming SAC will change this (for the better).

Quote
I guess we're on the same boat regarding your last sac - I fucked mine up a bit - not due to a lack of understanding, but because I failed to answer what the questions asked.

Yep I did exactly the same thing. I knew all the content on the sac but I just misinterpreted the last question and wrote out something that was most likely completely irrelevant to the question. I think it might've been the increasing pressure i've been putting on myself for Eco. Oh well, you live you learn  :-\
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on May 11, 2019, 09:01:28 pm
General
Wooooooo time for a new post!!! Did you miss me?
This term is getting extremely heated. There's a sac (or two) literally every week until the end of the term, so the grind is really starting.

English
Text response sac this Wednesday!!!! I'm extremely annoyed with my teacher since I've submitted two full practice essays to her (one on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday, and the only feedback she's given me is for an intro and one body paragraph. This is especially annoying since she has marked some of my friends' work but somehow missed mine????????? This just frustrates me since the sac is literally on Wednesday and I'll probably only get my feedback the day before the sac, if i get it at all. However, since I've done decently well in English up till now (for me), I can afford to lose 4 marks and still maintain a 90% average, which was my goal for Unit 3.

Economics
I got my previous sac back and I'm so stoked!!!!! I genuinely thought I fucked up the last question, and turns out I still got 3.5/5 marks for it even though I didn't think I addressed the question. And no I'm not one of those people that comes out of a sac saying they failed but when they get it back they've aced it (or at least i'd like to think so). Anyways yeah I ended up with 32.5/35 --> 13.9/15 (VCAA). Unit 3 AOS 3 is honestly INSANELY HARD!!!! I've genuinely never struggled this much in Eco, and I really think this will be the sac that will split the higher ranks of the cohort.

Psychology
So for some reason we're doing an EPI and learning the content for the next sac at the same time. Basically each lesson is split between EPI and learning content for new sac. Also the sac that we are learning content for is in two weeks, and the in class questions for the EPI is only two weeks after that. Also something that frustrates me is that unlike other science subjects, at our school, we have to perform our EPI as a class (still marked separately). This just seems to be slowing me down as I feel I could work waaaaaaay quicker if I did it individually, but I guess I'll just have to learn how to work as a large group.

Methods
Holy shit. 36/50 on the sac for the entirety of unit 3. I'm literally on top of the world, I scored a whole lot higher than those who are significantly better than me at methods, and I'm now sitting around the middle of the cohort for rankings. This result was waaaaaaaay higher than the 25/50 I was hoping for so I could not be happier. Apart from that though, we've started circular functions, the topic I fully missed last year, scoring an impressive 11% on the test for it. I've already shown great improvement from last year though, but the improvement is so insignificant that i'm still behind my class in terms of knowledge from 1/2 methods. Oh well.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - 15th of May. Honestly, I'll be happy if I score 25/30 on this one, which will give me a 90/100 for unit 3
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 22nd of May. Aiming to score 22-23/25 so I can end with around 93/100 for unit 3.
Sac 4 (EPI) - 5th of June. Aiming to score at least 28/30.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 29th May. It's a hard sac, but i'm still hoping for ~27/30
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Comet striker on May 12, 2019, 01:26:51 pm
am liking this journal <3 congrats on the methods SAC ma dude
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Joseph41 on May 13, 2019, 04:45:09 pm
Yeah, that's a great result for Methods! Awesome work.

Really like the SAC score log, too. I'd like to have something like that to be able to refer back to!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: mango8 on May 15, 2019, 06:24:25 pm
This term is getting extremely heated. There's a sac (or two) literally every week until the end of the term, so the grind is really starting.

In exactly the same boat. How did the English sac go today? Did your teacher end up marking your work?

And no I'm not one of those people that comes out of a sac saying they failed but when they get it back they've aced it (or at least i'd like to think so).

Lol these people are sooo annoying. They know they did well, but when you ask them before the test/sac they are freaking out next level and in the end they did ridiculously well which we all knew.  But congrats on your result!! Glad your effort paid off!!

What's EPI?? I did Psych but never heard of it. And true true. You seem to say so many super relatable things haha working in a group is just too much. Totally because every single one of my group work experiences sucked lol. Finally BRILLIANT JOB ON METHODS mate!!

Keep it up and you're set for this year! Looking forward for more!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on May 15, 2019, 07:40:00 pm
am liking this journal <3 congrats on the methods SAC ma dude
Thank you so much :), makes me happy that people are liking my journal.

Yeah, that's a great result for Methods! Awesome work.

Really like the SAC score log, too. I'd like to have something like that to be able to refer back to!
Yeah I always wanted to refer back to my sac scores towards the end of last year to see how I did on each sac and what components I struggled with, so I hope it'll be useful.

In exactly the same boat. How did the English sac go today? Did your teacher end up marking your work?
My teacher actually did end up marking my work, and even though she only got it back to me the day before the sac she made time for me and I got to have a 30 minute one on one meeting which was veryyyy useful. Also the sac went pretty great!! I was quite confident going into it as this was one of the first times I actually was well prepared for a text response essay, and I think I killed it.

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Lol these people are sooo annoying. They know they did well, but when you ask them before the test/sac they are freaking out next level and in the end they did ridiculously well which we all knew.  But congrats on your result!! Glad your effort paid off!!

What's EPI?? I did Psych but never heard of it. And true true. You seem to say so many super relatable things haha working in a group is just too much. Totally because every single one of my group work experiences sucked lol. Finally BRILLIANT JOB ON METHODS mate!!


Keep it up and you're set for this year! Looking forward for more!

Ahahah yeah it can be pretty annoying, but I have to admit that sometimes I can be that person.

An EPI is an extended practical investigation, which is basically just an experiment that we have to write an in class report on. The thing that specifically annoys me is that literally every other EPI I have done in every other science has been solo, or in pairs, but for some reason in a 3/4 they make the ENTIRE CLASS do it together.






Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on May 15, 2019, 08:39:27 pm
General
Heyooo!!! Hope the week's going good for you guys. I figured I'd just make a short and sweet post right now before I really get onto the grind, since I may not post for a while.

English
Persepolis is gone 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly though, I think the sac went really well. Both the topics offered were really good, but ultimately I chose the one that turned out to be the popular one. This was one of the first times I've put work into studying for an English outcome, and I think I was successfully able to bend the evidence/quotes I memorised to fit the topic. Going into it I would've been happy with a 25/30, but now I think I may have scored in the 27-29 range. Tomorrow we will be starting to work in class for out orals , which I am not excited for at all. We only have two more weeks to research, write and practice our orals before we speak to the class and I haven't even begun to think about the topic I'm gonna be speaking about, even though they were released prior to the holidays. There seems to be quite a range of topics but I'm not really sure what topic to pick, and what I would even contend.
Here are the topics if anyone would like to give opinions/ideas;
Spoiler
The ‘gig’ economy – how casual is too casual?
•   What is exploitative work? Do the ends justify the means?
•   Do workers have a right to consistent and valuable employment?
•   Does the 40-hour week still exist?
•   What exactly is the 21st Century work place and is it better than what it has replaced?

Earth, wind and fire (and flood and drought) – the climate of change
•   Who takes responsibility when politicians won’t?
•   The science is in – what now?
•   If the time for intervention has passed, how do we best adapt to the inevitable consequences?
•   Beyond speaking up, what more can the young do? What more can you do?
•   When there’s nothing left to recycle, where do we go from there?
•   When the last Truffula tree has been chopped down. . .

Art vs the artist – can we separate the two? Should we?
•   Where are the limitations of accountability?
•   Should we separate the art from the artist?
•   Just because the creator or inventor strays morally, should their work be ignored or dismissed?
•   If we hold artists accountable for their actions must we hold all fields accountable?
•   Do private failings lessen a person’s public contribution?
•   Are some creative endeavours more valuable to society than others? If the creator acts immorally outside of their work, should the work, and thus society, suffer for its absence?

I am, you are… who is Australian? – What does it mean to be Australian today?
•   Who is ‘the Australian’? How should we celebrate ourselves as a nation?
•   Who determines national identity parameters?
•   Is there still a place for nationalism in Australia today?
•   Do we need a single national identity? Or do we need to reconcile the ones we have?
•   How should our Federal Parliament achieve diversity that represents modern Australia?

Australia, do we have a man problem?
•   To achieve true social change, who should speak loudest? Whose voice needs to be heard?
•   Gender equality and violence against women – what role does the media play in reporting different communities?
•   Does domestic violence against women start with Australian men?
•   Why are women overrepresented in statistics of violence and discrimination, yet underrepresented in statistical success in the professional world?
•   Does Australia have a culture of toxic masculinity?
•   Does industry have a role to play in setting social standards? Or is it a blatant marketing tool that happens to be ‘on trend’?
•   Is Australia still a boys’ club?

Hate Speech or Free Speech? The power of speech? The responsibility of speech?
•   Is there a line and who draws it? How loud is too loud?
•   Do appeals to nationalism still have a place in the global world? Say what???
•   Who is responsible for hate speech generated in Australia and around the world?
Is the ‘antisocial’ media platform to blame? Is reporting amplifying?

Economics
The further we go the harder it gets. I said it before but I'm genuinely going to have to put a lot of effort into studying for this sac. We've only gone through 3 out of the 5 'easy' dot points for this sac and there's only two more weeks to go till the sac. This one's really gonna be a grind.

Psychology
Today we finally finished the content for next week's sac, and my god I'm going to have to do an insane amount of revision in a small period of time if I even want to think about doing well on this sac. However, this content is by far the most interesting thing we've studied this year (how memory is encoded, stored and retrieved + neurodegenaritive diseases such as Alzheimer's)  so it'll probably be a lot easier to revise for something that I find interesting. The EPI on the other hand is an absolute nightmare. Even though we've finally gotten everything set up for the experiment I feel like I'm going to be very under prepared for the sac (because apparently there's no way we can prepare for it????). I'm sure i'll figure it out, if I'm feeling this way I'm sure others are too.

Methods
Welp I thought for once in my life I was starting to understand what the fuck was going on in methods but I was veeeeeeryyyy wrong. I did go for a trial tutoring session though and it helped quite a lot, so I'm gonna be getting tutored every fortnight from now on. I think it'll be beneficial but I kinda feel like it's a waste of money since methods is guaranteed to be in my bottom two and i'm not exactly planning to more much more effort into it. I guess I'll have to see how it goes.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - It's over!!!! I was going for a 25/30 but I reckon I may have scored in the 27-29 range. Will be happy either way.
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 22nd of May. Aiming to score 22-23/25 so I can end with around 93/100 for unit 3.
Sac 4 (EPI) - 5th of June. Aiming to score at least 28/30.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 29th May. It's a hard sac, but i'm still hoping for ~27/30
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!

Till next time ✌️
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on May 25, 2019, 08:01:45 pm
General
My god it has been a whiilllllllleeeee and things still haven't really cooled down. But in these few moments of calm I've decided to make another post.
So a lot has happened; I moved houses last weekend, the power was out at the new house for two days and I apparently have no wi-fi at the new house for approximately a month, so I've been working off my phone's data. On Thursday night I had to give a speech at a premiership dinner (I was suuuuuper nervous.) And on Friday, (at school) I took part in a bike ride for charity. All this, during some of the busiest weeks of the year. Okay so;

English
I decided to write my Oral presentation on 'The power of speech,' and how hate speech leads to the systematic exclusion of 'the other.' I literally just finished writing the speech around 15 minutes ago, and I'm pretty sure i'm presenting on Monday, so I should get onto practising. I did an insaaaaaaaaaane amount of research around this topic (maybe a bit too much,) but I thoroughly enjoyed reading through some philosophical articles regarding free speech and 'the social contract,' and I found myself to just keep digging deeper and deeper. It was fun researching, but I'm glad I could finally bring myself to actually begin and finish writing a speech instead of winging it.

Economics
Finally finished going though all the content for Unit 3 AOS 3 (dubbed the hardest AOS in Economics), and after all the information comes together the topic doesn't seem toooooo bad. However, the sac is on Friday and we don't exactly have much time to prepare for the Sac considering the large amount of content we need to know in detail. This is definitely going to be the sac that differentiates the top end of the cohort and creates a gap between the top few ranks, so I really need to smash this one.

Psychology
Phew!!!!! I finished the last Sac for Unit 3 on Wednesday, and considering I hardly got any time to study (since I was moving) I think it went as well as it could've possibly gone. I think I may have even gotten 24/25, which I will be absolutely stoked with! On the other hand, we just finished filling out our logbook for the EPI, and are now preparing to write out the poster next Monday, so it's going to be a busy weekend. TBH, this is the sac that i'm most nervous for, because there really isn't any way to prepare for this sac, apart from understanding the key skills needed to write a practical report. I just hope I can score well on this sac so I can maintain a ranking in the top end of the cohort.

Methods
Ch 5 & 6 test is on Monday. I'll be surprised if I even get 30% on this test considering I have absolutely no fucking idea what i'm doing. It's only a test though so...........

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - It's over!!!! I was going for a 25/30 but I reckon I may have scored in the 27-29 range. Will be happy either way.
Sac 4 (Oral + Statement of Intention) - Finished writing speech. Looks pretty good. Hoping for 25+/30 on speech and 8+/10 on statement of intention
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - Doooneeee. Did as much revision as I could. Think I could've scored in the 23-24/25 range, which is what I was hoping for.
Sac 4 (EPI) - 5th of June. Getting more and more nervous for this one, but I'm aiming to score at least 28/30.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 29th May. It's a hard sac, but i'm still hoping for ~27/30
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!

Till next time ✌️
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: mango8 on May 29, 2019, 07:51:53 am
Hey!! How did your English oral go? I definitely know the feeling of wayyy too much research haha I always do that for everything, any ideas and plans I have, or for assignments.

Hope your psych marks are as hoped and your Eco sac on Friday goes well (I'll be having part 8473 of my methods sac lol).

Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on June 03, 2019, 07:02:46 pm
General
We're back. The back to back sacs are over and I only got one more sac back for the rest of the term, which is methods......................... Anyway's lets get into it.

English
I think the oral went reaaalllly well. I only stuttered once, which is quite good for me. The entire time I was speaking my English teacher was making eye contact, smiling and nodding, which made me quite confident in what I was saying as she wasn't doing that for other people. The statement of intention seemed to go okay, and I think it's going to get marked leniently across the cohort so it should be good. Honestly, I'm just glad that it's over; it went better than I could ever hope for. Next books we're studying are the longest memory and black diggers, haven't actually read them yet though, so I should probably get onto that.

Economics
Wheeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww Unit 3 is overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I ended up doing a shit ton of revision for this sac and I think I ended up finishing around 8-9 practice sacs. I'm pretty confident with all my answers on the sac, so I think i'd be close to acing it.

Psychology
Holy shiiiiit. I got 34 out of 35 for the final unit 3 sac, which translates to 24.2/25, giving me an end score of 94/100 for unit 3. I'm super stocked even though the mark I lost was kinda bs, but my goal was 24 and that's what I got, so i'm happy. I also completed the first Unit 4 sac today (the EPI), which seemed to have gone well, but it's honestly hard to tell.

Methods
I got 14/31 on the test without knowing the unit circle or how circular functions actually work, soooo pretty happy tbh. Next sac is end of the term so I have a while to study..... if I can be motivated to.

Score
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - It's over!!!! I was going for a 25/30 but I reckon I may have scored in the 27-29 range. Will be happy either way.
Sac 4 (Oral + Statement of Intention) - Went better than expected, now hoping for 28+/30 on speech and 8+/10 on statement of intention.
Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 34/35 --> 24.2/25. So fucking happy, the ward work paid off.
Unit 3 - 94/100
Sac 4 (EPI) - 5th of June. Getting more and more nervous for this one, but I'm aiming to score at least 28/30.
Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - went pretty well, think I could've scored 28+/30
Methods
Sac 1 (All of Unit 3) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!

Don't have much going on for the rest of the term, so next update will probably be at the end of the term. Peace ✌️✌️✌️
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on June 19, 2019, 07:03:35 pm
General
It's been a while but life's been going pretty good. Not to flex but I starting dating someone so that's pretty goooooooooooood. Apart from that though, two more days till holidays!!!!!!!!! Hell yeah. Gonna take advantage of it because this is probably going to be the last school holidays where i'm not studying 24/7.

English
So I got my oral results back and I'm quite happy. 28/30 for the speech, and 9/10 for the statement of intention. Compared to what most of the cohort was expecting, the oral was marked quite harshly. Very happy with this mark, allows me to drop 7 marks on the final comparative sac to hit my goal of a 90% average for Unit 4. I also got my mark for Persepolis back, and I ended up getting 27/30, which I was very pleased with, putting me at 92/100 for Unit 3 English. We finally started on black diggers and the longest memory and although I haven't read the books yet, there seems to be a quite a lot of overlap in themes with these books and Persepolis.

Economics
27.5/30 on the final sac of Unit 3, which puts me at 92.67 for Unit 3, which will probably get scaled to 93/100. Initially I was really pissed off with my mark because I lost marks on questions that I had done in practice sacs and got 100% for, but was marked down for putting the same response in the cross marking. However, each sac was marked this way to it evened out and it tuns out I got the 2nd highest score in the cohort (highest was 28/30), so I was quite happy. We've started going through the monetary policy in Unit 4 and a lot of the content from Unit 3 seems to be presumed knowledge, and knowing this well makes the new content a lot easier to learn. Genuinely looking forward to learning more about the monetary and budgetary policies as they have a lot of real world application.

Psychology
Got 28/30 on the EPI. Although this was my goal, I was not happy at all because I dropped two marks for something that my teacher told me was irrelevant. This brings me down from rank 2 --> rank 4 in psych as all the top ranks I have talked to has aced this sac. I'm mad at my teacher because this is the second time this has happened, but I know that I cannot keep blaming her and I need to start taking responsibility. Besides that, we're doing Unit 4 AOS 2 which is extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemllyy boring. I've found all of psych quite interesting so far, but aos2 is putting me to sleep.

Methods
Completed 2/3 sessions for Sac two for methods. Have been running out of times as the sacs are very time constraining, but everyone is in the same boat as me. Aiming for a score above 50%, but I think I can hit 60%.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - 27/30. Very happy, hard work paid off.
Unit 3 - 92/100

Sac 4 (Oral + Statement of Intention) - 28/30, 9/10. Very happy, felt like I deserved both scores.

Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 34/35 --> 24.2/25. So fucking happy, the ward work paid off.
Unit 3 - 94/100

Sac 4 (EPI) - 28/30. Not happy, ranking has been pulled down from 2 --> 4.

Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 27.5/30. Very happy, hard work paid off, 2nd highest score in cohort by a mile
Unit 3 - 92-93/100

Methods
Sac 1 (50% total coursework) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!
Sac 2 (25% total coursework) - Going okay currently, going for a 50% but reckon I can hit 60%

Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on July 29, 2019, 10:32:52 pm
General
So it's been a while. Hope you guys had a relaxing holiday and a nice ease into term 3.
Oh boyyyy where do I start. Okay so first, I got dumped (sad but I'll live), and second, PREFERENCES OPEN NEXT WEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!. I don't even really know what I wanna do. There's so many options!!!!!!!!!!. Good thing is that you can change preferences after exams from what I've heard?? On top of that  Okay let's get into it.

English
Alright so we've started to analyse and take notes on TLM, and I'm starting to realise I should really fucking read the books because I have no idea what's going on. What makes me nervous is that our comparative sac that's worth 60% of Unit 4 is in four and a half weeks and I'm no where close to ready to start writing. To be honest though, that's just English for me.

Economics
God damn Unit 4 is pretty hard. I thought I would be able to ease my way into the aggregate demand policies content but it's actually pretty tough. The sac (worth 60% of Unit 4) is on Wednesday next week, and we haven't even finished the content yet. This is probably going to be the sac that I revise the
least for even though it's worth the most which stresses me the fuck out since I've really been trying hard to maintain my rank at the top of the cohort.

Psychology
I really wasn't enjoying AOS2 when we started learning it but it's really grown on me. We started revision on Wednesday but I honestly haven't been able to get myself to do work as I always have my ex on my mind (kinda cringe but it's true.) Either way I'm glad I started revision in advance because I actually got a decent amount done before I got dumped, so I'm not toooooo screwed for sac. Either way this just adds onto my stress as the sac is in two days and I wanna keep my high rank as we have a very weak cohort.

Methods
Haven't gotten last sac back yet, I reckon i'll get 50% tho. Probability is ABSOLUTELY FUCKED.

Spoiler
Scores
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - 27/30. Very happy, hard work paid off.
Unit 3 - 92/100

Sac 4 (Oral + Statement of Intention) - 28/30, 9/10. Very happy, felt like I deserved both scores.

Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 34/35 --> 24.2/25. So fucking happy, the ward work paid off.
Unit 3 - 94/100

Sac 4 (EPI) - 28/30. Not happy, ranking has been pulled down from 2 --> 4.

Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 27.5/30. Very happy, hard work paid off, 2nd highest score in cohort by a mile
Unit 3 - 92-93/100

Methods
Sac 1 (50% total coursework) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!
Sac 2 (25% total coursework) - Going okay currently, going for a 50% but reckon I can hit 60%
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: laura_ on July 30, 2019, 06:17:08 am
So it's been a while. Hope you guys had a relaxing holiday and a nice ease into term 3.
Oh boyyyy where do I start. Okay so first, I got dumped (sad but I'll live), and second, PREFERENCES OPEN NEXT WEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!. I don't even really know what I wanna do. There's so many options!!!!!!!!!!. Good thing is that you can change preferences after exams from what I've heard?? On top of that  Okay let's get into it.

At the minute, what do you think would be your top couple of preferences?
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on July 30, 2019, 09:46:28 am
At the minute, what do you think would be your top couple of preferences?

Well right now I’m probably going to put the BA of Commerce/Science as my first preference, as my plan has always been to do that and then move on to do a masters of teaching. But now I’m honestly low-key doubting if that’s what I really want to do as there’s so many courses that seem so interesting like computer sciences, marketing and soooo many more.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on July 31, 2019, 06:10:11 pm
Writing this an hour after finishing the psych sac and I’m genuinely very disappointed. I ended up studying extremely hard for this sac and I felt more prepared than I have ever been for a sac. I got stuck up on a few multi choice questions but after talking to classmates after the sac finished I found out that all of them were correct (still not sure about one). The short answer questions were a breeze but I’m not really sure how I went in them because I got no time at all to look over my answers to find mistakes. After finishing the questions I literally did not look at them again. I left myself 20 minutes to complete the 10 marker and I was hardly half way through when the teacher said there were 5 minutes remaining, which means I had to rush the end of the 10 marker. I’m super disappointed because I thought it was a really easy sac, and I could have genuinely aced it if I had 5 more minutes. I really hope I don’t get screwed over by this sac, but there’s nothing I can really do about it now. I just hope my writing on the 10 marker is legible and I don’t drop too many marks. Hoping to ATLEAST 40/45 , which scales to 27/30 for vcaa. I’ll be very disappointed if I score below this target, but I guess I’ll just have to find out 
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on August 04, 2019, 09:45:57 pm
Yikes. Had a big weekend; celebrated a friend's 18th on Friday, went to gath at my mates house on Saturday and left today for recovery. Not one of my brightest ideas since I didn't even get a start on homework let alone sac revision for Wednesday. I feel like i'm falling down a rabbit hole and now's not the time for that to happen. I need to step the fuck up.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on August 19, 2019, 07:58:36 pm
General
This one may be a long read.
Yet again it's been quite a while since I've updated the journal, hope everyone's been able to cope with the busy term 3. Honestly, I've been struggling quite a lot. The past few weeks I have been extreeeeeeeeeeeemly unproductive. During the weekdays I tell myself I'll do the work on the weekend, but once it gets to the weekend I end up going out with friends and watching Netflix instead and I am now very behind in terms of where I'm usually at with my subjects. I have my comparative English sac next week (worth 60%) of Unit 4 and I STILL HAVEN'T READ THE GODDAMN BOOKS. I can't remember if I've shared why my username is 'NomotivationF,' but last year, it was the day before one of my accounting sacs and I was freaking out because I had done literally no study and my motivation levels were dropping throughout the year to the point where I basically gave up on all my subjects. So I still remember the night before the sac at around 11:30pm I created this account and made a post (which I have since deleted due to embarrassment/the amount I cringed when I read it back) where I basically ranted about how I needed motivation to study and I couldn't find any. I feel like what's been happening recently is history repeating itself.
I know what steps I need to take to bounce back, but similar to last year, I just cannot bring myself to do them. Maybe its the cumulative stress of the amount of sacs + uni preferences + my recent breakup and other shit that's just reached a tipping point, but I really don't know.

English
As I said I still haven't read the two books we are studying, however I do have a grasp of (mostly?) what happens in the books. The sac is next thursday and I am obviously not very confident, but I am planning to smash out reading both books as well as write a comparative essay and hand it into my teacher tomorrow. I really hope I can push myself tomorrow to try catch up on my work. At this point, I am aiming to finish with over 90/100 for unit 4 English, meaning I have to score 53/60 or over. I'm not sure if this is achievable given how far behind I am, but I have pulled through before so maybe I can do it again.

Economics
I got my last unit 4 sac back and I scored 46/49, which scales to 56/60 for vcaa. Initially I was happy with this score however I was very pissed off about a question that I lost 2 marks on. The answer I provided on the sac was almost exactly the same as what I provided on the homework (that I aced) with the same questions a few weeks ago, yet I still lost two marks. My teacher has to cross mark the sacs with the other economics teacher so he apologised but said he couldn't do anything about it. Oh well, I'll have to live with it. The highest mark on this sac was 58/60 so I couldn't have fallen to far down the rankings, if anything, I may have moved up as our previous rank one low-key screwed up the sac. Overall I'm content with the sac. The next and final sac (40% of Unit 4) is sometime in week 8, which is a lot closer than I expected since we've hardly started the topic, hoping for 37+/40 on the next sac.

Psychology
HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I fucking KILLED my last psych sac. I scored 44/45, which scales to a 29/30 for vcaa. I aced every part of the sac and only lost one mark on the 10 marker. My teacher said my ER was one of, if not the best in the cohort (nobody got 10/10 for it). All I needed to do to ace the sac was to write a concluding statement which addressed the audience of the question, which I was going to do before I ran out of time. I'll still gladly take the 29/30 as I now know that I'm either rank 3/4 in the cohort. Very very happy with this sac result. In terms of the next sac, it's week 8, the same week as my economics sac. The content for this AOS is rather interesting as it focuses on states of consciousness and sleep, both of which I seem to have a growing curiosity about. Aiming for 28+/30 on the next sac.

Methods
Yeah soooo I got 15/25 on the last sac, which I thought I would've been happy with, but after looking at it I was quite disappointed to find out how many marks I missed just due to lack of time. I think I only answered 70% of the questions, and I scored a 60%, so not toooo bad I suppose. I'm content with the score, I was only hoping to pass anyway. Next sac is a 3 part sac from Wednesday - Friday. I've heard from past students that probability is one of the hardest methods topics but I'm honestly finding it okay. I think the data-analysis and standard deviation content from further last year has helped quite a lot with the distributions part of the content from methods. As with everything in methods, my goal is just to pass so that I can get a ss of 25. However I feel like I can do well (comparatively) on this sac, so I'm aiming for 17-18/25. I still haven't completed the sac prep but I'm planning to do that tomorrow, but I don't really know if ill be able to do it as I have English to do as well. In this case this may be one of the first times that I may prioritise methods revision over English.

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As I expected the last few weeks of term are extremely busy. Methods sac this week, English sac next week, Psych and Eco sac the week following, and then trial exams the week following that. It's going to be a grind to say the least.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - 27/30. Very happy, hard work paid off.
Unit 3 - 92/100

Sac 4 (Oral + Statement of Intention) - 28/30, 9/10 (37/40). Very happy, felt like I deserved both scores.
Sac 5 (Comparative text response) - Hoping for 53+/60 to end over 90/100 for Unit 4

Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 34/35 --> 24.2/25. So fucking happy, the ward work paid off.
Unit 3 - 94/100

Sac 4 (EPI) - 28/30. Not happy, ranking has been pulled down from 2 --> 4.
Sac 5 (Mental health and phobias) - 44/45 --> 29/30 - Absolutely stoked. After sac was hoping for over 40 but I exceeded my expectations. Had one of the best ER's of the cohort which I was proud of. Bit disappointed that I didn't ace it but nobody did.
Sac 6 (SOC and sleep) - Aiming for 28+/30


Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 27.5/30. Very happy, hard work paid off, 2nd highest score in cohort by a mile
Unit 3 - 92-93/100

Sac 4 (AD factors) - 46/49 --> 56/60 - I'll have to live with it. The highest mark on this sac was 58/60, may have moved up or down rankings, not sure.
Sac 5 (AS factors) - Week 8, aiming for 37+/40.

Methods
Sac 1 (50% coursework, graphs and stuff?) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!
Sac 2 (25% coursework, calculus and stuff) - 15/25. Was aiming to pass so I'm content, but could have done better if I worked quicker.
Sac 3 (25% coursework, probability) - As with everything in methods, my goal is just to pass so that I can get a ss of 25. However I feel like I can do well (comparatively) on this sac, so I'm aiming for 17-18/25.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: laura_ on September 01, 2019, 06:39:55 am
Do all teenagers have problems?

what do you mean by that? i mean... in a general sense, yeah. everyone has something going on.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on September 07, 2019, 01:51:33 pm
General
All my sacs are over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crazy feeling knowing all that's left to determine my ATAR are 5 exams.

Also, TRIAL EXAMS NEXT WEEK WTFFFF. English exam tuesday, economics wednesday, mehtods thursday and psych on friday. Gonna be a griiinnnnnnd because my school uses trials to split rankings up (very tight at the top end of psych and eco cohort.)

And also, I finalised my preferences!! This is what it looks like currently, I doubt it'll change much;
1 Commerce/Science - Monash University   
2 Commerce/Arts - Monash University   
3 Arts/Teaching (Graduate degree package) - University Of Melbourne
4 Science/Arts - Monash University     
5 Commerce/Finance - Monash University
6 Commerce - Monash University   
7 Science - Monash University     
8 Nursing - Monash University

English
Going into the comparative sac I was not very confident, given I was suuuuper lazy by not reading the books. However, prior to the sac I wrote two practice essays that my teacher said were decent... I did rework them however and tried to remember quotes/evidence for each paragraph. Unfortunately, once I got into the sac I forgot most of my analysis for the quotes that I remembered so I sorta had to wing it, which isn't something I usually have the skill to do. Despite this, I'm hoping for at least a 50/60, I'll be quite disappointed if I don't get this.

Economics
The AS policy sac was extremely time-pressured, however I knew this going into the sac so I was able to speed through the sac and juuuust finish with 30 seconds to go. Even though I rushed through this sac, I've never been more confident about acing a sac, so I hope I can score 34+/35, which will scale to 39/40 for VCAA. 

Psychology
I was extremely over prepared going into the sac and I thought I would smash it. Unfortunately there were a few questions that even though I knew all the content for, I wasn't sure what to answer with, which resulted in me over-writing and probably screwing the questions up. Going into it I was aiming for a 28/30 but ill be content with anything over 26/30 now.

Methods
I actually reckon I went pretty well on the sac, by my standards at least. I know I screwed up some of the easier questions, but I really think I can get over 17/25 for this one, which is what I was hoping for going into it.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - 27/30. Very happy, hard work paid off.
Unit 3 - 92/100

Sac 4 (Oral + Statement of Intention) - 28/30, 9/10 (37/40). Very happy, felt like I deserved both scores.
Sac 5 (Comparative text response) - Forgot analysis, disappointed if not over 50/60

Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 34/35 --> 24.2/25. So fucking happy, the ward work paid off.
Unit 3 - 94/100

Sac 4 (EPI) - 28/30. Not happy, ranking has been pulled down from 2 --> 4.
Sac 5 (Mental health and phobias) - 44/45 --> 29/30 - Absolutely stoked. After sac was hoping for over 40 but I exceeded my expectations. Had one of the best ER's of the cohort which I was proud of. Bit disappointed that I didn't ace it but nobody did.
Sac 6 (SOC and sleep) - Kinda fucked a few questions, will be really pissed if i don't get at least 26/30


Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 27.5/30. Very happy, hard work paid off, 2nd highest score in cohort by a mile
Unit 3 - 94/100 (Not actually sure about my total, depends if scores are rounded up before being added up.)

Sac 4 (AD factors) - 46/49 --> 56/60 - I'll have to live with it. The highest mark on this sac was 58/60, may have moved up or down rankings, not sure.
Sac 5 (AS factors) - Very confident, hoping for 34+/35, which scales to 39/40

Methods
Sac 1 (50% coursework, graphs and stuff?) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!
Sac 2 (25% coursework, calculus and stuff) - 15/25. Was aiming to pass so I'm content, but could have done better if I worked quicker.
Sac 3 (25% coursework, probability) - Actually reckon I went well, think I can get over 17/25
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: pugs on September 07, 2019, 05:16:30 pm
General
All my sacs are over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crazy feeling knowing all that's left to determine my ATAR are 5 exams.
ahh i know right! this is what frightens me!!! zksdajsdsdfghjklzxcvbnm

Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on September 07, 2019, 06:24:51 pm
ahh i know right! this is what frightens me!!! zksdajsdsdfghjklzxcvbnm

I know It's insane!!! 14-15 years of schooling coming to an end!!!! and dare I say it but I've already completed two practice exams for psych (which my teacher refuses to answer questions about because they aren't 'due' for two weeks.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: laura_ on September 09, 2019, 06:55:29 pm
which my teacher refuses to answer questions about because they aren't 'due' for two weeks
that would frustrate me SO MUCH!!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on September 09, 2019, 08:02:23 pm
that would frustrate me SO MUCH!!

Oh yeah, I felt like I was gonna explode when my teacher said that because I worked really hard to get those exams finished just so I could get them marked. It's okay though, because I think after the break ends all psych teachers will be relatively free to any student, so I may start getting feedback from different teachers
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: pugs on September 09, 2019, 08:52:06 pm
I know It's insane!!! 14-15 years of schooling coming to an end!!!! and dare I say it but I've already completed two practice exams for psych (which my teacher refuses to answer questions about because they aren't 'due' for two weeks.
omg you have the study mindset i aspire to have
but the heck !!!! what kind of logic is that ?!¿! surely you should be able to get answers if you finish early -,-
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on September 09, 2019, 10:02:43 pm
HOLY CRAP. I GENUINELY FORGOT I HAVE AN ENGLISH TRIAL EXAM TOMORROW FIAEUGDFBAWDWAB.
so all in all
Negatives;
- I'm screwed
- I don't remember how to write a response to my single text book or comparative books
- I forgot how to write an analysing arguemnt
- I don't remember any quotes/evidence (even though I did a comparative sac two weeks ago).
- I feel like crying
- Panic
- I'm going to sit in the exam room for 3 hours without writing anything

Positives;
- I have two spares tomorrow morning to get my head in order and remember quotes



And on top of that, I have an Eco trial exam wednesday, methods thusday and psych thursday. Tbh i'm confident for eco and psych.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Geoo on September 09, 2019, 11:13:34 pm
All I can say is good luck, keep your head up and RIP......

Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: laura_ on September 10, 2019, 06:48:19 am
Sending good vibes today! <3
With two spares to prepare in, I'm sure you'll do fine. It's just a matter of remembering what you already know and reminding yourself of what you learnt for the SAC and throughout the term.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on September 10, 2019, 05:45:17 pm
Sending good vibes today! <3
With two spares to prepare in, I'm sure you'll do fine. It's just a matter of remembering what you already know and reminding yourself of what you learnt for the SAC and throughout the term.
All I can say is good luck, keep your head up and RIP......

Thanks guys I really appreciate it :)

So on how the trial went. I had no idea what to write for my analysing argument essay, its like the last 3 years of writing these types of essay left my mind. Oh well, still wrote around 4 pages. For section A and B however I actually ended up writing a decent amount due to the fact that I was able to memorise a decent amount of evidence. However, I know that quality is better than quantity in English, and I can say with certainty that I did not have high quality writing.
All in all though I was hoping to write 3 full essays, and that's what I got done :).
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on September 22, 2019, 02:56:53 pm
General
So life is pretty good right now. Holidays have started, but then again, they aren't really holidays are they? It's been a while though, so time to update.

English
Okay so you know how I didn't exactly read the books going into the sac? Well I ended up doing insane study on understanding the books (without reading them) and just memorised around 15 quotes going into the sac. My English writing skills aren't naturally good, but holy shit I ended up score 57/60 for the sac, which is INSANE!!! It's more than I could ever have hoped for, and compared to my year 11 mark for the comparative essay, I improved by 22%!!! So suuuper stoked about that, puts me at 94/100 for Unit 4 English!!!. However, the trial.... not so good. Although I finished all my essays I didn't actually do that well - I scored 6.5/10 for section A, 7/10 for section B and 6/10 for section C. I was hoping for atleast 70% on the trial, but that's okay, it was only a trial and I have a lot of time to improve before the actually exam.

Economics
I again, fucking killed the sac. Got 33/35 which scales to 38/40 for VCAA. Highest score in the cohort and I'm pretty sure that boosts me to rank 1 baby!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly though I think I only scored that well because I genuinely enjoyed the topic. Puts me at 94/100 for Unit 4 eco as well which is pretty fucking hype, I greatly exceeded my expectations. Also, I scored 67/80 on my trial exam, which was the highest in the cohort if i'm not mistaken. I wasn't really aiming for a score on this trial as I just wanted to see where I was at overall, and it seems to be pretty decent. I got a lot of good tips from that one exam that I can not work to improve on, one of the most important being current world statistics and trends.

Psychology
Okay well bitter-sweet moment here. I initially scored 28/30, which I was content with; then when I looked at the sac my teacher took a mark off where she shouldn't have, so I got moved up to 29/30. However, when my teacher submitted the mark onto the system, she put it as a 28/30...... and now she isn't allowed to change it as it's 'against the policy' to do so. Kinda bullshit, but I gotta learn to live with. Either way, I end up with a 85/90 for Unit 4, and am ranked somewhere in the top 5 as far as I know. I scored reeeeeeeaaaaaly well in the psych trial though, I scored 106/120, 6 of those marks being lost in Multi-choice and 5 in the ER (which I half arsed). Either way though it was apparently the highest score in the cohort and the mistakes I made were easy to fix, which makes me really confident about the final exam already. I just need to keep doing timed practice and re-writing the answers I get even 1 mark off on and I should be good.

Methods
So you know how I'm garbage at methods? I scored fucking 20/25 in the probability sac, which my my standards is fucking insane. It puts me at 71/100 for my sac average, when my goal at the start of the year was just to have a passing average, so super stoked about that. However, the trial is another story. 13/40 tech free and 32/80 on tech active. I got a lot to work on in the lead up to the exam.

Scores
Spoiler
English
Sac 1 (Creative) - 29/30. Pretty happy with this one, but was still hoping for a 30/30.
Sac 2a (Single analysis) - 17/20. Disappointed. I thought I did well on this sac but apparently not. Also annoyed since this mark should've been scaled up due to comparative mark but my teacher did not change the mark.
Sac 2b (Comparative analysis) - 19/20. Very happy. I honestly thought I screwed this one up pretty bad so I was extremely happy with this mark.
Sac 3 (Single text response) - 27/30. Very happy, hard work paid off.
Unit 3 - 92/100

Sac 4 (Oral + Statement of Intention) - 28/30, 9/10 (37/40). Very happy, felt like I deserved both scores.
Sac 5 (Comparative text response) - 57/60, Could hope for anything better
Unit 4 - 94/100

Psych
Sac 1 (The Nervous system/Stress) - 47/50. WoooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Extremely happy knowing that the work i put in paid off. However, feeling a bit nervous since on average other classes did way better than mine.
Sac 2 (Neural plasticity + processes of learning) - 23/25. Holy fucking shit I was hoping for around a 22-23/25 but I'm fuming right now as i'm suffering due to my teacher's mistakes
Sac 3 (Learning and memory)  - 34/35 --> 24.2/25. So fucking happy, the ward work paid off.
Unit 3 - 94/100

Sac 4 (EPI) - 28/30. Not happy, ranking has been pulled down from 2 --> 4.
Sac 5 (Mental health and phobias) - 44/45 --> 29/30 - Absolutely stoked. After sac was hoping for over 40 but I exceeded my expectations. Had one of the best ER's of the cohort which I was proud of. Bit disappointed that I didn't ace it but nobody did.
Sac 6 (SOC and sleep) - 28/30... teacher inputted the wrong score.
Unit 4 - 85/90


Eco
Sac 1 (Microeconomics) - 42.5/45 --> 37.77/40 . Pretty happy, was expecting lower.
Sac 2a (Macroeconomics + Growth) - 36/40 --> 13.5/15. Pretty happy considering I had to cut a few answers short due to time pressures
Sac 2b (Low inflation + full employment) - 32.5/35 -->13.9/15. Extremely fucking happy. Thought I screwed up but I didn't so yaaaaaaaay
Sac 3 (Australia and the world economy) - 27.5/30. Very happy, hard work paid off, 2nd highest score in cohort by a mile
Unit 3 - 94/100 (Not actually sure about my total, depends if scores are rounded up before being added up.)

Sac 4 (AD factors) - 46/49 --> 56/60 - I'll have to live with it. The highest mark on this sac was 58/60, may have moved up or down rankings, not sure.
Sac 5 (AS factors) - 33/35 --> 38/40, highest in cohort pretty happy.
Unit 4 - 94/100

Methods
Sac 1 (50% coursework, graphs and stuff?) - 36/50. Well I greatly exceeded my expectations, so nothing to complain about. On top of the world!!!!!
Sac 2 (25% coursework, calculus and stuff) - 15/25. Was aiming to pass so I'm content, but could have done better if I worked quicker.
Sac 3 (25% coursework, probability) - 20/25, fucking godly
Unit 3/4 - 71/100
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: laura_ on September 23, 2019, 07:57:34 am
Wow it sounds like you are doing an amazing job!! ;D Wishing you the best of luck in preparing for all of your exams, especially methods.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on October 07, 2019, 03:21:17 am
Oh boy school starts tomorrow (today?) and guess who's got a fucked sleep schedule!!!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Seamus Wong on October 07, 2019, 04:00:03 pm
Oh boy school starts tomorrow (today?) and guess who's got a fucked sleep schedule!!!

Haha yeah I feel you man. I went to bed yesterday at like 3:00 am and woke up this morning at 6
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Geoo on October 07, 2019, 04:19:25 pm
Oh boy school starts tomorrow (today?) and guess who's got a fucked sleep schedule!!!

I know that feeling..... good luck.

It is even worse with having daylight savings kick in, there goes another hour I have to get use too waking up at....
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on October 13, 2019, 05:57:05 pm
Quick update on revision :)

General
Usually I don't really get stressed or nervous for exams. Even last year, I remember playing video games with my mates the day before my accounting exam because I was just chilling. I'm not sure if its the fact I've got only one week of school left, or that uni and REAL LIFE is just around the corner that has me stressing out constantly, but I've gotta say i'm still pretty excited.

English
Should definitely be practising more than I have been. At this point I've only written three essays since my trial and haven't really done anything else. Planning to just get some evidence analysis done and checked before starting to write more essays.

Economics
Going pretty well, done 6-7 exams now and I'm starting to hit low 90s. Finished last year's exam close book and am waiting to get feedback on it, if I get over 90% I'll be feeling pretty confident.

Psychology
Feeling reaaaallly good about this one. I've done upwards of 10 exams by now and I'm consistently hitting 90%, which is high enough to get me into the 40s. Like eco, I just did last years exam and am waiting to get feedback on it.

Methods
Oh boy. Even though I'm genuinely enjoying completing methods, I am so fucking shit at it. I'm hardly scraping 40% on tech free exams, and my performance on tech active exams fluctuates a shit ton, it basically just depends on if I understand what in the world the question is actually asking. So overall not to confident with methods at this point.


Happy revision everyone :)))
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on October 31, 2019, 07:44:06 pm
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
So this is kinda a spam but just need to get it out

English
The Section B prompt made me creeeeaaam my pants. It was honestly the perfect topic, and it was something our teacher focused on all year so I was able to write a pretty decent essay on the exam. Section A on the other hand, almost everyone in our cohort had to eliminate one topic instantly as the entire prompt was based around a theme that we hadn't covered at all all year, so that was shit. Worst part was, the other topic that was left was super niche, and it was about two characters that as a cohort, didn't really go that into detail studying, meaning most of the evidence my classmates and I prepared were thrown out the window. So overall section A essay probably wasn't the best. Now section C is weird, it was the most bland and boring article that's ever come up on a vcaa exam in my opinion, but I guess they did it to differentiate students which is fair enough. No idea how I went on this one as I hardly remember what I wrote down.
At this point, if I had to predict the SS I get for English it'd be between 35-37. I'd be pretty disappointed if I get below 35, but given my sac scores I think that's unlikely.

Psychology
Suuuuper disappointed with how the exam today went. Feels all my hard work throughout the year has gone to waste, and I'm not going to be anywhere close to hitting my goal SS for this subject. I literally cried at the end of the exam, which is something I've never done before. When I was doing practice exams, I was able to bang out the multi-choice in 15-20 mins, and drop not more than 2 marks on average. However on the exam today, it took me upwards of 30 mins. I checked my muli-choice with the teacher's answers after the exam (probably not the best idea looking back) and it turns out I got 7 multi choice wrong........... Hadn't dropped more than 4 multi's in all the practice exams I'd done and then I drop almost double more on the actual exam. The main problem was that I didn't change my strategy for the exam. I realised that the multi-choice were difficult, so I should've given myself a lot more time to do them and to look over them, instead of rush it. So that fucking sucked. Not only that, but I freaked the fuck out on every single short answer question and over complicated and overthought every question that was asked. There was a question that I had done literally 5-6 times over on practice exams and gotten correct. The exact same question came up on the exam, AND I FUCKED IT because I over complicated it. I was so calm going into the exam. In all honesty I'd never felt more prepared for an exam in my entire life. But as soon as writing time started I got extremely nervous and stressed out, it was definitely the most nervous I've ever been in an exam for sure, waaaaay more than my first ever 3/4 exam. Really not happy with how I went, but now all I can do is hope to pass methods and to annihilate economics. Not all hope is lost. Probably.
Expected SS - ~37
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on November 06, 2019, 05:54:59 pm
Methods
SOOOOO FUCKING HAPPY with how exam 1 went. Even though I made a fuckton of silly mistakes, after I checked the solutions I got 21-22/40 when i'm being suuuper harsh. Going into the exam I was just aiming for over 15/40 so I really exceeded my expectations. Kinda annoying that the only exam I don't really need to perform well on, I perform well on...... Oh well I'm still happy. Also how the fuck do I stop needed to piss during the exam. Every single VCAA exam that I've done I have needed to take a piss during so I just waste 5 mins of my time that could be used to check over answers.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on November 07, 2019, 08:54:55 pm
Methods 2.0
What the fuck. I did so fucking well in today's exam (by my standards). I calculated what I got if I was being super harsh, and I got 57/80, which is well above what's needed for a 25. Honestly I think with the scores I got I may end up with a 35, which may be higher than psych after scaling. Just thinking how much I improved with a few weeks of revision I wonder how much better I could've done in methods if I actually put effort in in throughout the year. Honestly, I actually started to enjoy methods once I actually learnt how to do shit, kinda regret not putting in the effort throughout the year, but oh well.
Predicted SS ~35
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: whys on November 07, 2019, 09:22:57 pm
Methods 2.0
What the fuck. I did so fucking well in today's exam (by my standards). I calculated what I got if I was being super harsh, and I got 57/80, which is well above what's needed for a 25. Honestly I think with the scores I got I may end up with a 35, which may be higher than psych after scaling. Just thinking how much I improved with a few weeks of revision I wonder how much better I could've done in methods if I actually put effort in in throughout the year. Honestly, I actually started to enjoy methods once I actually learnt how to do shit, kinda regret not putting in the effort throughout the year, but oh well.
Predicted SS ~35

Well done! Well earned and well achieved I'm sure!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Geoo on November 07, 2019, 10:37:45 pm
Methods 2.0
What the fuck. I did so fucking well in today's exam (by my standards). I calculated what I got if I was being super harsh, and I got 57/80, which is well above what's needed for a 25. Honestly I think with the scores I got I may end up with a 35, which may be higher than psych after scaling. Just thinking how much I improved with a few weeks of revision I wonder how much better I could've done in methods if I actually put effort in in throughout the year. Honestly, I actually started to enjoy methods once I actually learnt how to do shit, kinda regret not putting in the effort throughout the year, but oh well.
Predicted SS ~35
Congratulations that's awesome! It's always nice when you do better than expected.
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on November 14, 2019, 04:38:48 pm
Economics
Right. Well. I aced multi choice, which I am really happy about. Exam overall was quite straight forward, but there were two six markers that I know I screwed up quite bad. There was a question where it asked for ONE impact on two goals, but instead I ended up giving two different possible impacts on the goals which kinda contradicted themselves, so I don’t really know how many marks I’ll get for that question. There was another 6 marker which I think I misinterpreted, as well as a 4 marker in which I talked about more than they wanted, which again, may have led to me contradicting myself. There was also a ton of small stuff that I may have screwed up. Overall, going into the exam I was going for a 44+ since I was suuuper confident and was only dropping 3-4 marks on practice exams, but after completing it I don’t think that’s possible.
Estimated SS ~40.


Also. FUCKING EVERYTHING IS OVER FUCK YEAHHHHHHHHH. I’ll probably update this once results are out :)))
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on November 18, 2019, 02:28:25 pm
I was gonna update this when results are out but might as well write some of my goals for the holidays down in here instead of just having them in my head. It'll probably make me more likely to do it so here goes;

Goals before December 1st;
- Get an RSA
- Start doing my driving hours
- Start helping out more around the house

Goals before January 1st;
- Look for (and hopefully start to work) two jobs
- Finish 30-40 hours of driving

Goals before Uni starts
- Finish 120 hours of driving and get P's.
- Don't get fired from job/jobs
- Save up money for a car/rent

Exam period is almost officially done, hope everyone went well  ;D ;D  ✌️✌️
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: laura_ on November 18, 2019, 05:16:14 pm
Isn't it great that exams are done!! Best of luck on those goals! Are you looking at working in a restaurant (hence the RSA)? Or are you looking at doing something different? ;D
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on November 19, 2019, 11:15:45 am
Isn't it great that exams are done!! Best of luck on those goals! Are you looking at working in a restaurant (hence the RSA)? Or are you looking at doing something different? ;D

Yeah I'm mostly looking to work at a restaurant, but it honestly may be quite hard to find a job at one. I'd also like to hopefully get a job as a tutor, private or with a company, but that depends on how well I score this year
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on December 11, 2019, 10:24:33 pm
I will cream if I get a 95+
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Snow Leopard on December 11, 2019, 10:29:14 pm
I will cream if I get a 95+
How are you feeling for tomorrow?
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on December 11, 2019, 10:57:50 pm
How are you feeling for tomorrow?

I don't really know to be honest, my view of what i'm gonna get has changed almost everyday ahahah but realistically looking at around a 94 I think
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on December 12, 2019, 07:04:09 pm
Oh my. It's all over. Writing this with no sleep and it'll probably be my final journal entry. It feels good to read back through all my entries with my thoughts  changing goals throughout the year. I'm really glad I started this and actually committed to keeping the as active as I could throughout the year. VCE is finally actually finished, I can still remember when I first moved to Australia sitting in my year 5 classroom not even having a single thought about the process of graduating and actually finishing school, it feels surreal at this point. VCE really is a journey, it's definitely a different experience for everyone and not everyone enjoys it which is fair enough. Personally as much as I wanted it to be over, looking back, I genuinely enjoyed school, and it's something that I'm never going to be able to experience again. I have so much more I want to say but my brain capacity is lacking at the moment, so thanks to everyone who has read and supported me through the year :))). Here are some of my final thoughts on my subjects;
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English
The Section B prompt made me creeeeaaam my pants. It was honestly the perfect topic, and it was something our teacher focused on all year so I was able to write a pretty decent essay on the exam. Section A on the other hand, almost everyone in our cohort had to eliminate one topic instantly as the entire prompt was based around a theme that we hadn't covered at all all year, so that was shit. Worst part was, the other topic that was left was super niche, and it was about two characters that as a cohort, didn't really go that into detail studying, meaning most of the evidence my classmates and I prepared were thrown out the window. So overall section A essay probably wasn't the best. Now section C is weird, it was the most bland and boring article that's ever come up on a vcaa exam in my opinion, but I guess they did it to differentiate students which is fair enough. No idea how I went on this one as I hardly remember what I wrote down.
At this point, if I had to predict the SS I get for English it'd be between 35-37. I'd be pretty disappointed if I get below 35, but given my sac scores I think that's unlikely.
Oh boy.
GA 1 - A+ (92/100 unscaled)
GA 2 - A+ (94/100 unscaled)
GA 3 - B+
SS - 39
The score I got for English was definitely higher than I predicted, but I think it's mostly due to my sac scores carrying me to the 39. Pretty disappointed with the B+ on the exam, as if I did a tiny bit better I could've been hitting 40s. Overall however, I amcontent with my score in English considering the lack of effort I had coming exam revision time.

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Psychology
Suuuuper disappointed with how the exam today went. Feels all my hard work throughout the year has gone to waste, and I'm not going to be anywhere close to hitting my goal SS for this subject. I literally cried at the end of the exam, which is something I've never done before. When I was doing practice exams, I was able to bang out the multi-choice in 15-20 mins, and drop not more than 2 marks on average. However on the exam today, it took me upwards of 30 mins. I checked my muli-choice with the teacher's answers after the exam (probably not the best idea looking back) and it turns out I got 7 multi choice wrong........... Hadn't dropped more than 4 multi's in all the practice exams I'd done and then I drop almost double more on the actual exam. The main problem was that I didn't change my strategy for the exam. I realised that the multi-choice were difficult, so I should've given myself a lot more time to do them and to look over them, instead of rush it. So that fucking sucked. Not only that, but I freaked the fuck out on every single short answer question and over complicated and overthought every question that was asked. There was a question that I had done literally 5-6 times over on practice exams and gotten correct. The exact same question came up on the exam, AND I FUCKED IT because I over complicated it. I was so calm going into the exam. In all honesty I'd never felt more prepared for an exam in my entire life. But as soon as writing time started I got extremely nervous and stressed out, it was definitely the most nervous I've ever been in an exam for sure, waaaaay more than my first ever 3/4 exam. Really not happy with how I went, but now all I can do is hope to pass methods and to annihilate economics. Not all hope is lost. Probably.
Expected SS - ~37
Guess I was wrong?
GA 1 - A+ (94/100 unscaled)
GA 2 - A+ (86/90 unscaled)
GA 3 - A+
SS - 44

My goal at the very start of the year was always in the high 40s for psychology. Although I didn't complete 1/2 psych, going into the subject it almost immediately became one of my favourite subjects, and definitely one of the ones I was best at. I literally cried after leaving the exam, thinking I screwed it completely, but I guess I went better than I initially thought I did. I talked to my teacher and she told me she had me predicted for a 47, so I'm kinda sad I didn't live up to her, or my own expectations. I don't think my result reflects the work I put in throughout the year, BUT, I can't really complain about a 44 after my poor (by my standards) exam performance. Overall, I am mildly dissatisfied with my result, I was hoping to score well enough to be able to tutor the subject but at the moment that's up in the air. Definitely one of my favourite subjects though would highly recommend to anyone thinking of doing it.

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Methods
SOOOOO FUCKING HAPPY with how exam 1 went. Even though I made a fuckton of silly mistakes, after I checked the solutions I got 21-22/40 when i'm being suuuper harsh. Going into the exam I was just aiming for over 15/40 so I really exceeded my expectations. Kinda annoying that the only exam I don't really need to perform well on, I perform well on...... Oh well I'm still happy. Also how the fuck do I stop needed to piss during the exam. Every single VCAA exam that I've done I have needed to take a piss during so I just waste 5 mins of my time that could be used to check over answers.

What the fuck. I did so fucking well in today's exam (by my standards). I calculated what I got if I was being super harsh, and I got 57/80, which is well above what's needed for a 25. Honestly I think with the scores I got I may end up with a 35, which may be higher than psych after scaling. Just thinking how much I improved with a few weeks of revision I wonder how much better I could've done in methods if I actually put effort in in throughout the year. Honestly, I actually started to enjoy methods once I actually learnt how to do shit, kinda regret not putting in the effort throughout the year, but oh well.
Predicted SS ~35
Expected
GA 1 - B (71/100 unscaled)
GA 2 - B
GA 3 - B+
SS - 33

Now I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with methods. At the beginning of the year, after completely bombing 1/2 methods and not paying attention at all, my ultimate goal was a 25 with minimal study (pretty stupid looking back). Throughout the entire year, in class I genuinely did not understand a single thing that was going on until sac revision came up and I understood the basic concepts. Apart from probability I really had no good grasp of content for sacs through the year and I still managed to pull through with a B. In terms of exam scores/revision, when first starting revision for the tech free exam, I could genuinely not complete even one question. I was literally getting 5/40 on the exams. This is probably due to the fact I hadn't done maths without a calculator for two years, further in YR 11 and all of our methods sacs were tech active. So I thought I was fucked. However, once I took the time to actually learn maths..... I was starting to do alright and I really started to enjoy doing methods as well. I actually enjoyed doing methods so much that it got to the point I started doing exams as a form of procrastination from doing English revision. I am pretty happy with my score in Exam 1 and Exam 2 alike. Overall, I am happy with my result, but I really do wish I put in more effort into methods at the beginning of the year, because I genuinely do feel like I could have performed a lot better than I did.

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Economics
Right. Well. I aced multi choice, which I am really happy about. Exam overall was quite straight forward, but there were two six markers that I know I screwed up quite bad. There was a question where it asked for ONE impact on two goals, but instead I ended up giving two different possible impacts on the goals which kinda contradicted themselves, so I don’t really know how many marks I’ll get for that question. There was another 6 marker which I think I misinterpreted, as well as a 4 marker in which I talked about more than they wanted, which again, may have led to me contradicting myself. There was also a ton of small stuff that I may have screwed up. Overall, going into the exam I was going for a 44+ since I was suuuper confident and was only dropping 3-4 marks on practice exams, but after completing it I don’t think that’s possible.
Estimated SS ~40.
My dreams have come true
GA 1 - A+ (94/100 unscaled)
GA 2 - A+ (94/100 unscaled)
GA 3 - A+
SS - 48

I would've never imagined that Economics would end up being my highest scoring subject. Along with psychology, economics was definitely one my favourite subjects in school. Most of my friends completed the subject in Yr11, and after hearing the horror stories of how hard the exam is, how you can only drop 8 marks for an A+ on the exam, how some got 3 A+s and still got a 39, I was seriously considering not doing Eco in Yr12, but I'm glad I stuck to my gut and completed a subject that I enjoyed. Even though I knew I aced the multi choice of the exam, I though I would've been penalised harder for contradicting myself in some of the discuss questions. I really can't even explain how happy I am with the result and I'm glad my hard work for the subject paid off. I really don't know what else to say about this subject to be honest, I genuinely enjoyed exploring some of the concepts so much. The grind in terms of sacs really paid off, I wasn't rank one at the start of the year and as I started to put in more effort I finally got there. Me and one of my mates celebrated, he was rank 2 and got the same SS as me so we were both really stoked. My goal for this subject had always been 40+, mostly due to all the horror stories I'd heard, and overall, I am extremely satisfied with my result, and I hope it's high enough for tutoring  ;D.

ATAR - 97.5

My goal, ever since year 10/11 was always 95, and seeing that I greatly exceeded my expectations I am suuuuuuuuuuper stoked. Further maths ended up in my bottom two along with methods, something that I really couldn't have imagined since I studied much harder for Further than accounting, but oh well. In terms of Uni, I'm pretty confident I will get an offer for my top preference, which is commerce/science at monash, in which I plan to major in psychology and economics. My parents really want me to change my preference to something that requires a higher ATAR but I think I'm going to stick to my gut and study something that I will actually enjoy.

Again, thanks to everyone that has been reading and commenting on my journal, I greatly appreciate it. Congratulations to the class of 2019, and good luck to those of you who graduate in the years to come. You'll most likely see me answering questions on the Psych, Eco and Further boards ... and hopefully at tutesmart if I get the job :P :P :P.

Peace ✌️



Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Snow Leopard on December 12, 2019, 07:21:49 pm
Congrats on the awesome marks and good luck for Uni and beyond!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: Joseph41 on December 12, 2019, 07:28:28 pm
Great stuff. Really happy for you!
Title: Re: Journey to something????
Post by: NomotivationF on December 13, 2019, 01:28:33 pm
Great stuff. Really happy for you!
Congrats on the awesome marks and good luck for Uni and beyond!

Thank you both so much, I appreciate it