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Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« on: February 09, 2012, 12:42:48 am »
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Paulís Guide to Year 12!


So, Iíve been noticing that a lot of people have been asking about Year 12, the workload, how hard other people workÖetc. Well, Iím here to make a Survival Guide to Year 12 which I worked by and was able to attain the scores shown below in my signature! Hope it helps everyone! (This is also atonement for my last misdemeanour :P )



Firstly, some myths! Ė Paulís Top 5 Myths!


Myth 1: The amount of work you do is directly proportional to your marks.
False! Itís not about how much time and effort you put in, but also how well you use your time, how you prioritise and structure, how you efficiently study and also whether youíre productive during the time which you have reserved for studying. I can assure you, I did a lot better than other people who worked far harder.


Myth 2: Some people are geniuses, I can never be as good as them.
False! The first step to succeeding in VCE is to have a goal and to be able to imagine your goal. Imagine yourself opening up the website and seeing your ATAR goal on the screen. Not everyone does well, but then and again, a lot of people who do well arenít geniuses. They just work effectively, have a set goal and know what they want to do. On the flip side, a lot of smart people falter in year 12 due to over confidence and naivety.


Myth 3: Year 12 is important, my life is over if I do badly.
False! First of all, think about what you want to study and consider other universities. Although engineering at Swinburne is not as great as at Monash, I have a friend who went to Swinburne and did Engineering, he has a job, he gets paid the same as his friend. His friend went to Monash. Secondly, thereís always a graduate entry pathway. Do a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts if you donít get into your course. After three years, itís all GPA, no-one even knows/cares about your ATAR. Transfers are also an option (but difficult). Interstate is also another option.


Myth 4: I should do high scaling subjects.
False! Even though as of 2011, it is no longer possible to get 99.95 without doing Specialist Maths or a Language, it makes no sense to do only subjects that scale up. Think about it this way. If you were no good at maths and had to choose between doing Methods or doing, for example, IT Applications, you might get something like a 35 in Methods and a 43 in ITA, which essentially will scale to around the same score. So do subjects you think you will do well in, donít do it for the scaling. Plus, languages are hard, donít do them for the scaling unless you know what youíre in for.


Myth 5: My school is shit, my teachers are shitÖ(complaining)
False! It doesnít matter! Year 12 is about you! Itís not about your teacher, not about your school. Youíre blessed to have such a great online community here at AN and youíll have plenty of access to other resources outside of school. These include books, tutors, practice exams and most of all, your own effort!



Now letís talk about time management

Paulís block methodology
This is the method I use to study. Itís known as the Block methodology. Instead of organising your time loosely, organise your time strictly, and follow this! If you decide to study from 6.00PM till 8.00PM, being strict about it has two benefits. Firstly, youíll be more efficient, no more waiting around till 6.30PM and secondly, youíre more likely to persevere till 8.00PM. Youíre more likely to push yourself a little harder if you get tired at 7.30PM.


Paulís topic methodology
This is the method I use to organise subjects. Instead of fitting subjects to allocated times, fit time to subjects. For example, you want to finish Trigonometric Functions by the end of this week. This is an example of the topic methodology. It is a lot freer, and you have the opportunity to change subjects when you get sick of it. This keeps you concentrated and doing what you most want to do. But be disciplined enough to finish it within the week though!


Paulís rule of rests and Facebook
What time do you get home from school? Add 30 mins. What time do you hit the bed? Subtract 30 mins. Now count the number of hours in between. This is known as your Active at Home hours! The rule of rests states that at least 30% of this time should be devoted to resting, eating and other endeavours. You donít want to wear yourself out. The rule of Facebook states ďDo Not Deactivate FacebookĒ. Why? Paulís expert research shows that youíll spend more time wondering about whatís going on than actually going on Facebook every day, which is what I did. Itís also not good to lose contact with your friends.



Now letís talk about studying


Paulís rule of holidays
Holidays are holidays. Spend a maximum of 50% of your holidays working. You donít want to wear yourself out.


Paulís rule of going ahead of your class
Go ahead, but donít aim to ďfinish the courseĒ in 2 months or something crazy like that. It doesnít help when people ask you a difficult question and you canít answer it despite ďfinishing the courseĒ. It's so much better to do one section in detail than to skip ahead because the section you've done well will give you confidence and act as a foundation for your other areas of studies. If you know that area and are exam grade, then move on, don't skip over things and rush!!
 
Paulís rule of effort
In the end, itís about you and how well you want to do with the amount youíre willing to exert. No-one can tell you how much you effort you need to put in to get a certain ATAR, that varies, but always give it your best shot and remember to not put in more effort than you are physically and mentally capable of. The ATAR gain will be minimal, if not reversed due to your frustration, health issues and f***ed up sleeping patterns.



The issue of practice exams (From the debate involving Rohitpi, Special at Specialist, b^3 and others)


Myth 1 - Doing 100 practice exams for a subject will get me good marks.
False! It doesn't work that way. Remember that the most important part of doing a VCE subject is not doing practice exams, but it is knowing and understanding the material in the course. Hence, the bulk of your time throughout the year should be devoted to learning and perfecting the components of the course rather than on doing practice exams. Why do people do 100 practice exams and still underperform on exam day? They don't know the course. I only did around 15 practice exams for Methods, Spesh...etc. Even less for Physics and Chem. But I spent a lot of time learning theory, revising, doing Checkpoints...etc.


Myth 2 - I should start doing practice exams in January while I'm still on holidays
False! Why would you do that? Think about it. You have pretty much zero experience in the subject. I can almost assure you that you've probably rushed the course and don't even know the material properly and I can also assure you that you're probably sub-par on some other subject (this is usually English for some reason). So what should you do? If you're keen to work on the holidays and feel guilty like I did, read on.


What can I do on Holidays?
First of all, make sure you read your first text for English. You won't have enough time to do this once you've started the year. After you've done that you're a little bit more free. I suggest downloading the study designs of each subject and having a read through what is required. This is important. After this, pick out what the first blob in each subject is. For Methods, it's usually the different types of functions, Trig, Exp, Polynomials...etc. For Spesh, it might be Vectors or Complex Numbers. For Chem, it's stoichiometry, gravimetric, volumetric analysis. Do these topics and these topics only in the holidays. After you've done them, get out your favourite question book (Checkpoints, Lisachem, WERMS...etc.) and do the questions relating to the area you have done. Try to perfect and improve your knowledge. This should put you in good stead for the year. Look at what you have gained:
  • A good foundation for further topics
  • A solid head start over what you're doing in class
  • You've saved yourself about a month come September
  • You know that you're perfectly good at one topic, you have confidence
When is the best time to start practice exams?
The September holidays, when you have finished the course properly. Those who are fast might like to start practice exams in August, but in reality, no sooner. Think about it this way, the course was designed for you to finish in essentially 7-8 months. If you finish it in 1-2 months, no matter how many practice exams you do, you're not going to do a good job.




Final Wishes!
Good luck to all Year 12s. If I can do it, you can do it! (:
« Last Edit: February 09, 2012, 07:30:17 pm by paulsterio »

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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 12:50:52 am »
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http://www.27bslash6.com/1000characters.html

I think.

Anyways good guide.
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 12:59:27 am »
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Nice! Although I disagree with Myth 2, some people ARE geniuses :P

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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 01:28:51 am »
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Myth 3 holds true for people with asian parents =P
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 01:32:59 am »
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Nice! Although I disagree with Myth 2, some people ARE geniuses :P
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 01:34:10 am »
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2012, 01:40:40 am »
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Nice! Although I disagree with Myth 2, some people ARE geniuses :P
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2012, 04:26:45 pm »
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b^3, none of us are actually qualified yet :P

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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
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b^3, none of us are actually qualified yet :P
I was waiting for one of you guys to say that. Time: 14 hours :P
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2012, 04:42:04 pm »
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Most of this I agree with, just one thing I was unsure about...
Why is it bad to finish the course over the holidays? The sooner you finish the course, the sooner you can start practice exams and revision material.
Plus, I heard if you go over something for a second time in class, it is easier to retain that information.
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
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What's this about not being able to get a 99.95 without doing spesh or language??
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2012, 04:45:21 pm »
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Most of this I agree with, just one thing I was unsure about...
Why is it bad to finish the course over the holidays? The sooner you finish the course, the sooner you can start practice exams and revision material.
Plus, I heard if you go over something for a second time in class, it is easier to retain that information.

It's called "burning out". I've seen it happen to people at my school, it's not nice and it seriously effects not only their academic results, but also their mental well-being (overdosing on self-induced expectations and pressures, etc.).

Don't do it unless you contradict Myth #2 :P


What's this about not being able to get a 99.95 without doing spesh or language??

Yeah, its not possible.

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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2012, 04:45:58 pm »
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Most of this I agree with, just one thing I was unsure about...
Why is it bad to finish the course over the holidays? The sooner you finish the course, the sooner you can start practice exams and revision material.
Plus, I heard if you go over something for a second time in class, it is easier to retain that information.

Burn-outs, overconfidence, complacency, running out of exams papers, unnecessary stress are a couple of the many reasons that finishing the entire course too soon isn't advisable for most. There are some people who can pull this off though but many tend to slack off and lost their drive once they finish the course.
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Re: Paul's Year 12 Survival Guide in 1000 Words :)
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What's this about not being able to get a 99.95 without doing spesh or language??

Yeah, its not possible.

Because of scaling and whatnot?? that's silly :/
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What's this about not being able to get a 99.95 without doing spesh or language??

Yeah, its not possible.

Because of scaling and whatnot?? that's silly :/

I believe that for almost every year the minimum aggregate to get a 99.95 is greater than 210 which is the maximum possible score if one gets all 50's in non-scaled subjects
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