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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2017, 10:15:49 pm »
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Hey!

We're studying Chris Wallace-Crabbe- a Melbourne poet. I just love his work. He tackles all those big, but sadly elusive questions.

Seamus Heaney seems like a wonderful poet too. Personally, I've never read his poems, but from what I've heard they're amazing. There's something so engaging and enthralling about poetry. It allows you to be 'in' the language, as weird as that sounds. Will you study poetry on the exam?

Yes I am definitely doing poetry for the exam. I love how you are able to be super specific with language choices and poetic devices. Also there are only so many combinations that can appear whereas with a novel there are practically endless.
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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2017, 09:13:43 pm »
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30/09/17

Wow this day is significant for two reasons. It is the last day of September and Richmond won a premiership. Anything is possible.

But in all honesty, I can't believe how quickly the year is slipping by. In two months everything will be done and dusted. Still not too sure what I will do when it all ends, though. I'm not sure whether I'll feel elated or strangely flat. Probably the latter given the intensity of this year.

The holidays have been a good opportunity to gather my usually scattered thoughts. I love making lists... they make me feel so productive :D
It's hard to say whether my revision has actually been effective or not. For many of my subjects I've actually recorded myself and then listened to it back. It's much easier than continually writing out old essays.

While it may sound bad, I actually haven't started timing myself for subjects yet. I'm really big on quality and so want all my interpretations, understandings, arguments and general thought processes down pat first. This coming week I have practice exams so will be timing myself. Perhaps this will signify that I'm more ready than I think. Hopefully.

I'm also trying to work more on mental preparation. This is, well for me, the biggest part of any revision. It's so important to back yourself, even when everything isn't going as planned. As I've experienced in SACs, this attitude can turn things from the seemingly disastrous to the unexpectedly good.
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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2017, 04:58:15 pm »
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17/10/17

Not long now!  :D I know I've always expressed anxiety regarding the end of school, but I'm actually looking forward to move on. Since my German oral, I've just been feeling ready to take on everything else and be done (maybe so I can stop obsessing over grammatical errors in the oral ) :P

English- Probably the subject I'm most prepared for and confident in. I'll just be refining my skills, breaking down prompts and doing maybe 2-3 more 3-hour practices. It's important that I don't get burnt out. Ha! In roughly two weeks time I'll be done with the complex woman that is Medea.

Literature- This requires a lot of mental energy. Without a doubt, Lit is the most intellectually stimulating subject I've done. I'm feeling good for my section A response. I'll need to spend some more time experimenting with poem combinations, though. Timed responses will come later.

Methods- It's growing on me. I've been going through VCAA papers again to familiarise myself with VCAA 'style.' Given the difficulty of the school SACs, I have no idea where I stand with Methods. I'll just keep going with practice papers and see where it goes.

German- Such a hard subject to study for. The oral has dramatically improved my vocabulary in the language, which I am so grateful for. I need to be more meticulous with grammar. Perhaps I'll continue with VCAA papers and hope for the best.
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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2017, 03:42:25 pm »
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1/11/17

Today has been a pretty good day. After having received MoM, and the completing a better than expected English paper, I'm feeling alright. Though I must admit that it was one of the most overwhelming things I've ever had to do. I need to learn how to not mull things over. My goodness... I've just been doing it with my Medea essay! It's so easy to question, double guess and feel angry over things not said. But I know that it was my best given the time restraints and general nerves. Now looking forward to lovely Methods  ;)
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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 03:47:41 pm »
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14/11/17

This is such a strange time of year. Everything seems disorientated and confused. All year I've been striving for this abstract, arbitrary number that would somehow reflect my schooling efforts. But after having done most of my exams I've come to realise how ridiculous this kind of mindset is.

It's so odd how you can walk out of an exam, feel ok, and then mull everything over; making it seem like a disaster in a few minutes.

I honestly cannot wait for this year to be over. Just to remove myself from this whole VCE system will be liberating. I think it is only then that I'll be able to unearth my true interests/passions. VCE, in many ways, has obfuscated my sense of clarity. The break is also looking very appealing at this point in time  :D 
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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 06:41:27 pm »
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14/11/17

This is such a strange time of year. Everything seems disorientated and confused. All year I've been striving for this abstract, arbitrary number that would somehow reflect my schooling efforts. But after having done most of my exams I've come to realise how ridiculous this kind of mindset is.

It's so odd how you can walk out of an exam, feel ok, and then mull everything over; making it seem like a disaster in a few minutes.

I honestly cannot wait for this year to be over. Just to remove myself from this whole VCE system will be liberating. I think it is only then that I'll be able to unearth my true interests/passions. VCE, in many ways, has obfuscated my sense of clarity. The break is also looking very appealing at this point in time  :D 
Don't worry. This happens to basically everybody who ever cared about it at the time.
You work so hard, then suddenly it's over and you're sitting here going: "Well, now what?"
The good news is that the post-exam non-alcoholic equivalent of a drunken stupor is often easily cured by sleeping and getting your life back together.

You're almost there, Clarke54321! Just keep chipping away! 
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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 06:57:51 pm »
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All year I've been striving for this abstract, arbitrary number that would somehow reflect my schooling efforts. But after having done most of my exams I've come to realise how ridiculous this kind of mindset is.

God this resonates... couldn't agree more
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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2017, 02:30:07 pm »
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14/12/17

I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted here! To my surprise, the time between my last few exams and results day has come around fast. Throughout this time I've been on an emotional spectrum (much like my experience with VCE as a whole). On some days I've felt excited to see my results, and on others quite dejected. It's difficult not to lapse into a state of self doubt or overthinking. I'm sure every VCE student does this. All year I've had goals in my head, which have either diminished or evolved. But after these exams, I think it's safe to say that the goals will fall short (as much as I don't like to admit it). Confronting this fact is exceedingly hard, and even saddening. However, I've tried to build perspective in these last few days. Things are never as bad as they seem. After all, receiving my ATAR will just be a mere moment  :)
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Re: Clarke's VCE Journal
« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2017, 03:32:35 pm »
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Hope you absolutely smash it! :)

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« Reply #24 on: December 24, 2017, 08:50:51 pm »
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I think itís finally time to close this journey  :D

The last week has been tumultuous. With the release of ATARs, increased media coverage of scores and general VCE chatter, itís been somewhat overwhelming. For something that should be, in my opinion, a time for personal and private gratification, it has in many ways become an opportunity to compare students. Only this year has such negative exposure become palpable.

Iím looking forward to cleansing myself of this toxicity. Many refuse to, or simply cannot, achknowledge just how damaging this VCE environment can be for students. Through some exciting new volunteering prospects I endeavour to ease the mental burden of this system (even if itís only for one student).

In a different vein, Iím looking forward to studying a Bachelor of Arts at UoM next year! Who knows, maybe Iíll be back with a University Journal.....:)



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