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r1ckworthy

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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #120 on: June 21, 2019, 09:27:30 pm »
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Hello guys.
This is going to be a very sad post (on purpose) so just putting that out there. Note that I am usually an optimistic person. Like, I'm the most optimistic person I know. Trust me. But, my life has gone downhill since yesterday.
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Damn, just know you are not the only one that goes through this shit. Me for instance. While I am lucky in not having a competitive cohort, I have had my share of disappointing marks. For my maths x1 (I'm from nsw), I got 78%, which while it was top mark was so disappointing. Like you, I've sped through all my practice questions and ended up making a ton of errors (could have gotten high nineties if I actually slowed down!). But it's great that you now know where you need to focus. I'm only starting to realise what you have realised right now, and it's great you are learning this now!

Having an ambition to get a 50 in method is great. In fact, I salute you! Just know you are doing all the right steps. Organising that meeting to figure out what part is stuffing you up is what will help you get there. So many students don't do this, and I have only started to do this in depth. Just don't waste time thinking "oh my god, I'm never gonna get 50 now!" because I used to and still do that. With all you've said so far, you're on track! Don't think too much about marks, and figure out what kept you from getting that 100.

I would highly advise to ignore all the toxicity and competition of your school and just focus on yourself. Whatever happens at the end of the day, whether you get a 50 or a 40, the sun will rise the next day. So while you are still in school focus on constantly improving. Try out the strategies you've listed on your post, and use your tests as a kind of gauge to how effective they are! Your final exams are a long time away, and while SAC's are creeping up, you still have time. Just keep pushing forward despite the doubt, and you'll get there.

You want to know something. I'm scared sometimes of people who get low marks. You know why? Because they work their ass off afterwards to get the best mark possible. It has happened to me, and it has certainly happened to you now (preparing 3 weeks before the SAC, that's bonkers ;D ;D ;D). I feel in a few months, years, you will look back and be thankful for this bad mark. Because now you are on the other side and have experienced how it feels! Your aim now is to identify what is dragging you back, and rectify that. The end is certainly not here, so while you got time, keep pushing!

Hopefully that kind of helped you a bit! It takes a bit of time to get out of this shitty experience, but just know you'll be fine!

Peace,
r1ckworthy.

EDIT: Realised how long the quote was, cut it down a bit.
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #121 on: July 03, 2019, 06:46:07 pm »
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Hello r1ckworthy!
Thank you for your kind and empowering words! They made me so happy and full of hope for methods!
They have made me realise that this is not the end all be all. I should stand tall and face my next SAC head on.

Haha, actually I didn't start SAC prep after I got back from a holiday travelling thing, so it's 2 weeks before a SAC. I don't want to regret the time wasted in the holidays, especially because there's so much time which allows me to do whatever I want to get done. I love that I have the holidays before the SAC.

I just really hope, no not hope, want to achieve a score that I will be proud of and which will allow me to keep pushing hard and getting the results I want!

Thank you again!
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #122 on: August 02, 2019, 04:12:24 pm »
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Hello guys! Long time no see! (see what I did there, lol).
But nevertheless, I have been lurking around the forums, especially around the VCE Journal thread hoping for someone to post. Yes, I am desperate!
Seriously though, it has been an extremely long time but not much has happened. Actually, letís scratch that, a considerable amount has happened.

Letís start off with Methods, the most demanding subject currently(but not for long):

This is my Methods SAC 2 List of Accomplishments I have achieved so far in terms of preparation:
Neap Exam 1 CAS Active
Neap Exam 2 CAS Free
School Prep CAS Free
School Prep CAS active. Have repeated.
School Set of Questions CAS Active. Have repeated
Tuition Questions

When I was doing the school SAC preparation questions, I said that I would do 5 pages each day for the CAS Active and 10 pages each day for the CAS Free. For the CAS Active, when I was doing the questions, I purposely took a long time to do them so I really sunk into the depths of the question and really tried to understand the question itself but also what the questions were asking. Sure, it took an extremely long time. But what I need to focus on right now is how to actually understand the question and then implement the correct working out steps that will get me the solution. I took it real slow but it was really worth it sometimes. I got questions right that I maybe wouldn't have gotten right if I hadnít taken it real slow and steady. I want to know if this strategy is working or if Iím just wasting my time and not going hard core with understanding the question AND doing it with time restraint. I will never now until I get the result of my SAC 2 or when I am actually doing SAC 2. I want to document the strategies I am using so that I can look back and see if it worked or not and it can also hopefully help people when they are struggling.
There were questions I wrote down on sticky notes that I didnít understand but over time I either looked at the solutions and understood it or I emailed friends and they showed me how to do it. I am just glad that I got those trouble questions out of the way. But then new questions popped up today but itís okay. Iíll give it some time and come back to them and repeat and hopefully I will think of the solution.

FUN Adventures(not studying)
So, letís run away from methods for a second and actually talk about something I did on the holidays not a part of studying. So on the day after the holidays, my family and a couple of other families packed up our suitcases, ready to head to the Mornington Peninsula for some hot springs and other cool stuff. But first, my family went to Mcdonalds (we were the last ones) and we quickly ate our breakfast and then we journeyed to the unknown. Personally, eating at McDonalds wouldnít be a first choice for me (Nandos, Iím looking at you)but breakfast is good Well, at least, it was the unknown to me. It was an hour and a 56 minute ride. I think. It actually didnít feel that long though. But after I felt like vomiting. It wasnít a great feeling.
We went to the hot springs that day after having lunch and it was an amazing and extremely cold place but that was okay. No pain no gain. The hot springs were quite hot at first but when you got used to it, it was so calming. I felt like sleeping but I closed my eyes and just sighed.  It grew dark quite quickly but there were these magical light everywhere and I felt like I was in Fairyland or something. It was magical. But every time I got out of the water, it was pure pain. I felt the chills.
That night, me any my family friend buddies, watched a movie but I fell asleep like halfway through onto my brother. He didnít mind.
The next day was a lot of walking. But nothing I couldnít handle. We saw some forts that were used in World War II and it was pretty surreal. We also looked at some prisons and the bars were still there! If only I could time travel back into the past and see the prisons for what they really were and how the prisoners lived and such. We saw the beach also. We also went into this really big rock with really awesome designs engraved onto it by nature and it was awesome. We took plenty of photos, no doubt sucking up all the storage space.
That night, I watched The Nun. Have I mentioned that I love horror movies? Theyíre amazing and full of twists and backstories and scares and scary things and more scary things. Itís great. It wasnít as good as I expected though. But I watched it. Then we watched another movie which was the complete opposite. It was a comedy.
The next day we ventured out of good olí Mornington and headed home. That was a nice trip and we hadnít had those in a long time where you stay in a house altogether with everyone, enjoying a good break. I mean, who knows when weíll get to do it next time?

TIME TRAVEL TO NOW, PRESENT DAY, VICTORIA.
Hello guys!
Iíve been gone for more than a month which I did not expect at all but it happened obviously.
Itís pretty chill at the moment, since I have no SACS looming. However, I do have bucket loads of homework and I have a psychology test on Monday which I have not studied for at all. I am dead. Iím going to go through as much revision as I need to by paying close attention to the key ideas. We just finished looking at the visual illusion with the two lines. One is a feathertail and the other is an arrowhead.
Specialist has been going ok until I go my test back today. I got 24/27.89%. Not that great. I could have done better and of course itís because of my biggest enemy: silly mistakes. Theyíll always be there but I shall conquer them.
In Literature, we have moved onto Post Colonialism and I am very excited for this topic since weíll be looking at a range of media to connect ideas together. For example, weíll be looking at music videos, studying Disney films and reading other books which relate to the idea of Post Colonialism and the Hamilton Case which is the book we are studying for this unit. A few weeks ago, we went to the Much Ado About Nothing play at the Arts Centre and it was nothing I had ever seen before. It. Was. Amazing. Pure bliss. That was the first play I had watched and boy, are my expectations high for whichever one Iím going to watch next. The play was modernised which made it even more interesting.
In chemistry, weíve been looking at water. The whole of unit 2 is literally just water. Weíre looking at concentration and dilution and stuff. Lots of formulas that I need to imprint in my mind.
In methods, weíre doing probability. Weíre upto Continuous Random Variables since weíve finished Discrete Random Variables. We only have 3 chapters left until we finish the whole methods course! Itís exciting but sad at the same time. After this year, Iíll never ever do methods again ever. Probability is very CAS heavy so Iím being extra careful when typing in the values and the commands.
Biology is pretty chill and I really need to write my notes for the content weíve gone through in class in my own words instead of mindlessly copying it from the textbook which is what I used to do.
Iím also applying for school captain which is cool. We need to submit an application with 4 references and then do a speech in front of the whole school and also on the same day or the day after have an interview with the board of selectors. I just want to try because I know Iím going to regret it if I donít. Itís still an achievement if I try and donít get in. Even if I do get in, I might reject the position. Itís all a learning experience and thatís all Iím looking for. I need to finish my letter in a week, it;s due next Friday.Eek!

So, Iíll go now.
See you!
P.S Happy to be back
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #123 on: August 14, 2019, 02:07:43 pm »
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Hey everyone!
How's it going?

I'm on the train, just casually typing this as people walk by wondering what on earth I'm doing.
Right now, I feel dead internally. Like we're moving and I was allowed to not go to school today but I did because I didn't want to miss anything and while I was at school, I just did the work and listened to the teacher without the drive I usually have. Especially for methods, I feel blank. I don't know what to think about it anymore. BUT, the biology SAC is coming up in one week and five days which is soon! and I haven't even made notes on all the topics that are going to be on it. It's fine though. I still have time. Also, making notes in your own words is actually really helpful and is sort of revision because I learnt the stuff in class.
I got the first part of my methods SAC back and I got 37/50 so 92.5%. I was happy at first as I clapped my hand to my mouth but I'm not so sure anymore after hearing that someone I know got 100%. I haven't gotten the second part back though. I'll be getting it tomorrow and I'm just going to accept anything I get because I'm so tired of calculating marks and figuring out which mark is enough. I am also soo tired of trying over and over and over again and not getting the results I want.
In psychology, we're looking at attitudes and it is extremely interesting. We looked at the Halo effect which is basically the impression you form about someone in other qualities based on one quality (eg physical attractiveness). For eg, if you are conventionally 'attractive' in society, then people will have good judgements about you. It's sad but that's what we are learning.
I had a chemistry test yesterday and let's just say that I did all I could and I really am hoping that I didn't make any silly mistakes.
Specialist is getting really hard now. Probably the hardest topic in the whole year. We're doing triangle of forces and it's so much physics which does NOT appeal to me. There's a reason why I didn't pick physics and now here we are, back it again. Sigh.
We looked at Beyonce's Flawless music video and analysed it in literature. It was cool even though I'd never heard the song before.
Well, I'm also thinking of finally using my physical diary which I am really excited for!.
St Johns was cool this week. We revised the doses of medicine we are allowed to give and also looked at what they are used for. Eg, St John is allowed to give aspirin only if it's chest pain.
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #124 on: August 14, 2019, 04:47:50 pm »
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I am also soo tired of trying over and over and over again and not getting the results I want.
Same! It's so frustrating, but I guess we just have to persevere.
Just wondering, how hard is Literature?
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #125 on: August 17, 2019, 08:59:39 am »
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Same! It's so frustrating, but I guess we just have to persevere.
Just wondering, how hard is Literature?
Hello!
For me, personally, I don't find it hard.
I find it hard to express myself sometimes when I'm writing but I think that 'problem ' is there in the other English subjects as well.
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #126 on: August 17, 2019, 10:49:51 am »
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Hey Evolio!

Yeah I also found unit 2 of psych to be interesting but somewhat disheartening - it can be difficult to learn how unfair & cruel people can be.  On the other hand it's good to learn more so you can be more aware of your own actions and attitudes that may be not so great. Kind of like learning about conservation.

Good luck for methods! If you can resist the temptation I think staying away from calculating marks is a great idea
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