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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2016, 09:23:55 pm »
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I'm still in year 11 but thought I'd join in  :)

Things I'm glad about doing during VCE:
-Completing lots of practice essays and questions to give to teachers
-Asking questions on AN
-Using goals to keep me motivated
-Helping others out when I can
-Doing 2 3/4 subjects
-Getting tutors to maximise my potential
-Learning not to listen to toxic teachers (ie. those ones who are obsessed with marks  :-\)

Things I wish I was doing during VCE:
-Being CALM
-Not letting sac scores affect me too much
-Asking more questions in class
-Not thinking too much about my final study scores

Things I'm doing but probably shouldn't be doing during VCE:
-Spending a lot of time on AN
-Putting study before a lot of social events
-Day-dreaming too much about my dream career (lawyer  :D)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #31 on: June 13, 2016, 09:38:35 pm »
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I'm in Year 11 too  :P

Things I'm glad about doing during VCE
- Trying to figure out what I'd be interested in doing in university
- Keeping my options for my 3/4 subjects next year flexible
- Doing 2 3/4s this year, so less pressure in Year 12
- Going to the TSFX lectures
- Going to the ATAR Notes lectures!!

Things I wish I was doing during VCE (and what I WILL begin doing right now!!)
- Asking my teachers for help, if I don't understand something
- Doing more practice questions, and exams in timed conditions
- Making use of all my resources - Checkpoints, practice exams
- Using time effectively

Things I'm doing and probably shouldn't be doing during VCE (and what I WILL stop doing now!!)
- Going on YouTube WAY too much
- Spending too much time on my phone
- Not taking VCE as seriously as I should, and then being disappointed with SAC marks as if it's not my fault (:'()
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2016, 10:59:05 pm »
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-Day-dreaming too much about my dream career (lawyer  :D)
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo never stop that
in year 12 you're going to have some downs - some are going to be horrible but i just day dream about my future and everything suddenly becomes alright. it makes everything a tad less insufferable and gives you a reason to keep moving forward when all the signs are telling you to stop :)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2016, 01:18:48 pm »
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If you don't mind me asking, considering that you did so well in your exams wasn't it reassuring to see that you did well on the exams? Or did you want to get perfect score in all exams?

Ok, so I knew I did well in all (or most) of my exams. After exams I'd binge use AN exam discussion threads, just to relieve suspense. Looking back though, it's probably better to move on from a perspective of healthy mental state. And anyway, in life, you have to face it- what's done is done, and you need to move on. I guess I should have taken it as an opportunity to practice that.
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2016, 03:58:00 pm »
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Hi everyone!  :)

I'm a Year 11 student and would also like to share my thoughts...

Things I'm glad about doing during VCE:
(i) Considering potential university courses and career options
(ii) Undertaking two Year 12 subjects in Year 11
(iii) Attending ATARNotes Lectures
(iv) Browsing the ATARNotes forums - I have actually found these forums an immensely helpful resource. I once considered the possibility of tutoring but I feel that it is no longer necessary now that I can simply ask a question on the forums.
(v) Reflecting on each of my SACs (in particular for Units 3 & 4 subjects), practice exams and essays in order to evaluate any strengths, weaknesses and potential areas for improvement.  :)

Things I wish I was doing during VCE:
(i) Practicing piano...on a more regular basis - hehe.
(ii) Establishing a more regular, consistent study routine.
(iii) Asking more questions!
(iv) Maintaining more of a balance between exercise and study.
(v) Reading more novels for leisure.
(vi) Actually participating in A-Grade debating as opposed to simply timing the debates...

Things I'm doing and probably shouldn't be doing during VCE:
(i) Listening to music whilst studying...hehe. (I usually consider listening to music counterproductive - some may disagree)
(ii) I become quite disappointed in myself when I don't achieve a high enough/perfect SAC score and so feel obliged to "play the numbers game". I should probably make more of an effort to change my attitude...perhaps I would perform to a higher standard!

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I also wanted to mention that I am in awe of the Class of 2016 - they have been such incredible role models over the past six months to us Year 11 students. You are such an inspiring and truly wonderful group and I look forward to see what you all achieve in the future.  :)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #35 on: June 14, 2016, 04:35:45 pm »
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What you're in Year 11 now... Seems like only yesterday you were posting as a Year 9 hahaha. Gosh I feel so old now LOL

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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2016, 05:31:13 pm »
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im currently in year 12 but i thought id give this a shot  :P

Things I'm glad I did/am doing during VCE:
- create an atarnotes account
- study 2 VCE subjects in year 10 + 11. although it was challenging at times, it allowed me to develop my study habits early and made year 12 less stressful/more enjoyable
- discover what i'd like to study at university (commerce/law)
- exploit practice questions for SACs and exams
- teach myself the course content for each subject, instead of relying on my teachers to do so
- made goals and ensured that i never lost sight of them
- wake up at 9am for practice english exams  ::)

Things I wish I did during VCE (and fully intend to do so before the year ends!):
- ask more questions in class (namely in methods)
- send more essays/prac. exam questions to my teachers instead of thinking i'll annoy them if i do
- go out more/socialize instead of staying home and studying
- find time for relaxation/leisure activities without feeling guilty that i should be studying
- balance time for all my subjects, rather than focusing on the subjects i find easy/interesting
- put more effort into maths methods

Things I do/did but probably shouldn't have done during VCE:
- stress insanely over every SAC
- sacrifice sleep for study
- neglected biology for accounting in yr 11
- picked subjects im good at instead of what i found exciting (eg, less maths/science subjects and more english)
- rejected a leadership position for the sake of more study time
- not seek help for my mental health issues sooner/prioritise VCE over my health
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #37 on: June 14, 2016, 06:34:30 pm »
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I'm doing year 12 this year  :)
Things I am doing
- ATAR NOTES  :)
-Asking a lot of questions (and by a lot, I mean that I'm pretty sure my physics teacher is sick of my asking questions haha  :P but he always encourages it...so that's where I am for 50 mins of every one hour period haha)
- stay ahead of school (that way if a hard topic comes up and I find I need to spend more time on it than everyone else, I am able to  :) )
- ask around friends/previous year 12 s for exams/prac tests a: though I've been in tutoring since year 10
- have a clear goal in mind
- AND: It's my first year in high school that I don't have anorexia (in case it wasn't obvious to anyone, grades improve dramatically when you have the energy to actually learn, rather than spending looooong hours learning things that everyone else does in a short period of time. Not eating+ heavily excerciseing+being underweight+fainting don't allow for good marks!  :)

Things I wish I did
- ask more questions early on in the year rather than spend time trying to wrap my head around the idea myself
- do more practice essays (though literature is my strength so this is a minor detail)
- socialise- I have zero social life
- exercise: I pretty much just study  :P
- timing myself during tests

Things I do/did but probably shouldn't have done
- not spending like half an hour after every test (of which there are around 8 in a 2 week period) calculating what my grade is now, then what it would be if I hypothetically got, 'this %', 'x%' and y% in the next test
- stressing
- not listening to anyone when they tell me that study breaks are good. I'm one of those 'study in 8-hour blocks people'  :P
- letting my well-known perfectionistic nature make me worried when i drop a few marks (even when i get the highest mark)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2016, 07:04:16 pm »
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I'm doing year 12 this year  :)
Things I am doing
- ATAR NOTES  :)
-Asking a lot of questions (and by a lot, I mean that I'm pretty sure my physics teacher is sick of my asking questions haha  :P but he always encourages it...so that's where I am for 50 mins of every one hour period haha)
- stay ahead of school (that way if a hard topic comes up and I find I need to spend more time on it than everyone else, I am able to  :) )
- ask around friends/previous year 12 s for exams/prac tests a: though I've been in tutoring since year 10
- have a clear goal in mind
- AND: It's my first year in high school that I don't have anorexia (in case it wasn't obvious to anyone, grades improve dramatically when you have the energy to actually learn, rather than spending looooong hours learning things that everyone else does in a short period of time. Not eating+ heavily excerciseing+being underweight+fainting don't allow for good marks!  :)

Things I wish I did
- ask more questions early on in the year rather than spend time trying to wrap my head around the idea myself
- do more practice essays (though literature is my strength so this is a minor detail)
- socialise- I have zero social life
- exercise: I pretty much just study  :P
- timing myself during tests

Things I do/did but probably shouldn't have done
- not spending like half an hour after every test (of which there are around 8 in a 2 week period) calculating what my grade is now, then what it would be if I hypothetically got, 'this %', 'x%' and y% in the next test
- stressing
- not listening to anyone when they tell me that study breaks are good. I'm one of those 'study in 8-hour blocks people'  :P
- letting my well-known perfectionistic nature make me worried when i drop a few marks (even when i get the highest mark)
same. except im pretty fat (and getting fatter tbh im shoving cakes down my throat left right and centre) no ragrets through it's fking great and im so happy when i have cake

So happy to see that you overcame anorexia! Hope you're feeling much better :D

you goo gurl :)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #39 on: June 14, 2016, 10:42:07 pm »
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same. except I'm pretty fat (and getting fatter tbh I'm shoving cakes down my throat left right and centre) no ragrets through it's fking great and I'm so happy when i have cake

So happy to see that you overcame anorexia! Hope you're feeling much better :D

you goo gurl :)
Thankyou  :)  I am very happy when i am around cake as well....though not as happy as I am now with a mug of hot chocolate in my hands...perfect for this cold weather  :)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #40 on: June 28, 2016, 01:00:41 pm »
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Sorry, but I was just reminded of one vitally important thing I missed.

Things I did but probably shouldn't have done:
- Gave my contact details to TSFX.

amirite? ::)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #41 on: June 28, 2016, 02:19:58 pm »
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Sorry, but I was just reminded of one vitally important thing I missed.

Things I did but probably shouldn't have done:
- Gave my contact details to TSFX.

amirite? ::)

Defs ;) same here haha
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #42 on: June 30, 2016, 12:41:09 pm »
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Sorry, but I was just reminded of one vitally important thing I missed.

Things I did but probably shouldn't have done:
- Gave my contact details to TSFX.

amirite? ::)
Things I'm glad I did;

Not give my contact details to TSFX ;)
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #43 on: July 20, 2016, 10:13:31 am »
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Things I'm glad I did:
- Go to a lot of open days!

Things I wish I did:
- Ask more questions at said open days!
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Re: 'Doing VCE' - the good, the bad, and the future
« Reply #44 on: February 15, 2017, 11:06:06 am »
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Bump! I'd love to get some fresh insights from those in the Class of 2016, now that you've had a little bit of time to digest things. :) And, of course, I'd love to hear from anybody else!
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