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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #195 on: January 05, 2020, 05:49:47 pm »
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2) 100 UCAT score. Yes, its an extremely hard goal but why not.

I don't mean to be a party pooper, but your goal isn't just hard - it's impossible. The highest percentile you can go up to in the UCAT is 99th, just like how you can't get a 100 ATAR ;(. It would be nice to get 100th percentile though! :D

And, with regards to you feeling like a failure, you aren't! It's okay to feel like one - I certainly have at some points of my life, but it's all about growing from what you see are failures and learning from it. It's great that you're identifying and changing things to achieve your goals, and I'm jealous of the fact that you said you don't procrastinate much!! I believe in you to achieve all your goals in 2020 and I'm proud of how far you've come :). Good luck for the year - make it yours and enjoy the crap out of your last year of schooling!

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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #196 on: January 06, 2020, 10:41:43 am »
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And, with regards to you feeling like a failure, you aren't! It's okay to feel like one - I certainly have at some points of my life, but it's all about growing from what you see are failures and learning from it. It's great that you're identifying and changing things to achieve your goals, and I'm jealous of the fact that you said you don't procrastinate much!! I believe in you to achieve all your goals in 2020 and I'm proud of how far you've come :). Good luck for the year - make it yours and enjoy the crap out of your last year of schooling!
Haha, thank you! It's the last year and so I'm going to make the most of it.

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I don't mean to be a party pooper, but your goal isn't just hard - it's impossible. The highest percentile you can go up to in the UCAT is 99th, just like how you can't get a 100 ATAR ;(. It would be nice to get 100th percentile though! :D
Actually, the highest percentile is indeed 100th. I know it doesn't make sense but...here's an attachment.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2020, 10:43:29 am by Evolio »
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #197 on: January 06, 2020, 12:06:08 pm »
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Actually, the highest percentile is indeed 100th. I know it doesn't make sense but...here's an attachment.
Depends on what definition you take.

The mathematical and statistical definition generally goes as the X Percentile means that X% of the population scored below you. Since 100% of the population would include the student in question it is not possible to score the 100th percentile as the population includes that student - they can't beat themselves.

If you use the definition of the percentage below or equal to then the 100th percentile is possible.

I would probably take the strict definition where there isn't a 100th percentile but there could be a 99.99%ile etc

I guess casually people will talk 100th percentile but they mean extremely high 99th percentile.

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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #198 on: January 06, 2020, 12:13:16 pm »
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Actually, the highest percentile is indeed 100th. I know it doesn't make sense but...here's an attachment.

According to the official UCAT website, a scaled score of 3600 (the highest score you can get) in 2019 would have landed 99th percentile. I checked this here. Furthermore, the person who got the highest score in Australia and New Zealand on the UCAT, who got a total scaled score of 3530, landed 99th percentile. I think this follows the idea that multiple people can't get 100th percentile, as it would mean you did better than 100% of participants and therefore got the highest score (as percentiles are a ranking and represent the top x% it wouldn't work). When I searched online it was Australian companies that mentioned a 100th percentile on the UCAT, however these companies are likely to be inaccurate. This is because 2019 was the first year the UCAT ran in Australia, so no one knew what to expect and we had to rely on UK companies for more accuracy.

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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #199 on: January 06, 2020, 03:16:54 pm »
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Oh Ok, that makes so much more sense!

Thank you for the clarification Sine and whys!
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #200 on: January 10, 2020, 03:14:59 pm »
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Random thought but I like the font of the new format. Makes me happy for some reason.
Anyways, life's been pretty stagnant right now. This week, I've been pretty productive and I've had a more or less structured routine (except for Wednesday, but we won't talk about that). Routine's usually learning Psychology first in the morning (always), then doing Chemistry and Specialist. By learning (for psychology and chemistry), I've been reading the textbook, trying to understand everything it's saying and then writing annotations in the margins and little summary notes on the textbook itself. Then after I've finished the topic, I usually write dotpoint answers to the review questions.  I've started learning the Dynamics stuff in Specialist because I really struggled with that last year (50 % on the test) and I'm actually understanding it! It's really exciting because it seemed extremely hard at the time and I was always marvelling at everyone in my class about HOW ON EARTH DO YOU DO THESE QUESTIONS?! ARE YOU HUMAN?
Anyways, the learning method for Chemistry and Psychology seems to be working! I'm actually enjoying studying the topics and sometimes I'd rather be studying than watching Netflix, which I don't think I've ever felt in my life! I've been trying something new and it actually worked! It's made me so happy! Learning is actually fun, when you do it the way that works for you.
My life is just studying and watching Netflix and going to parties and get-togethers right now. I've been watching the series Messiah on Netflix and it's pretty good! I haven't seen any series like it so it's interesting to see.

I've also asked my dad for the pumper to pump up the flat basketball in my garage because I've been itching to get outside and shoot some hoops.

Also, I haven't exercised for about a month now and to be honest with you, I don't feel any different. I've kept going off the excuse that, 'I'm working on my exercise routine. I need to change it up. I'm not seeing any progress.' But, in reality, I should get back into it, no matter if it's helping me or not.

That was my stream of consciousness writing so it's a bit rambly but my life is pretty boring right now.
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #201 on: January 10, 2020, 03:24:17 pm »
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I'm so happy for you, things seem to be going great!


Thank you for the update :)

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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #202 on: January 16, 2020, 10:13:54 am »
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I'm so happy for you, things seem to be going great!


Thank you for the update :)
Thank YOU!

I woke up later than usual and because of that, I don't feel like studying. It sounds ridiculous but whenever I wake up late, I feel so demotivated. I did a bit of Specialist Maths that I was struggling with and I wasn't thinking straight with those problems so I stopped. I've wasted like 2 hours of doing literally nothing, just staring at those inclined planes and forces and feeling under accomplished because it takes me 2 hours to do half an exercise and the questions aren't even that difficult to achieve. I did like one question...
So, in hopes of regaining my motivation back, I'm about to start reading 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' since I haven't been able to read as much, sadly. Then, hopefully I can do some chemistry and psychology before I go to literature tuition at 2. HOPEFULLY, I'll do the Decision Making test (for UCAT) when I come back if I take an earlier train (because unfortunately vlines don't come as often as metro so I'll have to wait like 35 mins if I don't catch it).
Maybe I won't do Specialist today but then again, there are only 2 more questions left in the exercise...maybe after UCAT?

Let's get my motivation back... :-\
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #203 on: January 23, 2020, 11:26:08 am »
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Update:
I guess my current goals are to have completed area of study 1 and/or the study design dot points for the first SAC for all my subjects.
 
Chemistry
- Nearly finished Area of Study 1 (yay!), so I'm just finishing up Chapter 5: Galvanic cells from the Heinmann Textbook. Today, it took me quite a long time to learn the content so I feel like it's getting slightly harder to understand.
- Just need to do 4 questions from the Holiday Homework sheet. I forgot how to the excess/limiting reactant questions and other stuff so I need to watch some youtube videos and figure them out
- I've started doing the checkpoints for Fuels but stopped because I felt like I didn't have a deep understanding of them yet. Should start up checkpoints again after revising all the fuels.

Psychology
- Really ahead with this subject compared to the others. I've finished Area of Study 1 quite a while back and I'm upto Chapter 5 I believe. It's pretty interesting stuff.
- Finished the Nervous System Functioning in Checkpoints and have completed the Multiple Choice section for Stress. Need to do the Short-Answer.
- Have finished all my holiday homework!

Literature
- Have finished my essay! Still revising the Introduction and Conclusion though.
- Have read 'Only the Animals' and studied quite a few poems from 'Ariel'. Not all of them though which I need to do for the first SAC.
- Have written close analyses of 'Tulips' and need to do the rest of the poems as well, maybe one a day? I'm having my tutor check them and provide me feedback. I need to revise Tulips today and then I'll send it to my tutor.

Specialist Mathematics
- Finished all my holiday homework! Just need to clarify 4 questions. I don't think I'll do the chapter review because it's only the preliminary skills. I have a test on this stuff possibly second week back
- Have finished the Mechanics chapter because I really did not get any of it last year. It didn't seem so bad when I kept doing the questions. Need to clarify some questions though (as always). This stuff's going to be on the last SAC but I didn't like going into the new year with loose ends because I found it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. Although, I've only done the textbook questions so I don't know what the exam questions are going to be like.  :-\
- So, I've started Vectors. I'm upto 2B and I'm thinking of getting it done BEFORE school starts (Wednesday). After that, 3 more chapters. My first SAC is in Term 2 in April so a while away but I need to get this stuff done and not slack off.
- Also, Specialist is taking a really long time do the questions and it's driving me crazy.  :o
- You know what, I actually like Specialist and I might be one of those people that find Specialist easier than Methods.  :D

UCAT
- Just need to do 4 more question sets (Decision Making and Quantitative Reasoning) from the Official Question Banks on the website and I'll probably be buying Medify really soon this week.
- I've also gotten better at Abstract Reasoning which is great news! I hope it's not short-lived...It might be my favourite section!
- Situational Judgement is my worst section so far so I've watched some videos on Youtube to help me with my thought processes.
- I have a UCAT Tracker which has the relevant info for each of the 5 sections and also tips and things to look for (patterns, scenarios and just general tips)
- I'm really slow at Verbal Reasoning. Actually, I'm really slow at everything except SJ which doesn't help matters because it's my worst section which is really concerning  :( I think I'll be focusing on accuracy first and then time.

Interview Prep
- I know,  I know, it's pretty early to be thinking about something that'll be happening in close to a year from now but still... I don't want the interview to mess me up and make me not get into Monash Med.
- I'm thinking of at least doing some scenarios by myself so I don't feel like I'm doing nothing to prepare.

Anyways, we start school next week but there's no classes that day, there's something fun planned for us.  ;D I hope I enjoy that day before the Terror of VCE begins.  :-[
I know I said I want to get the highest UCAT and highest study scores and stuff but in reality, my main goal in my mind is a UCAT in the 90s and an ATAR above 99 so that I'll be considered for MonashMed.

Movies
Also, not related at all but I've started watching The Good Place and it's pretty good! I'm waiting for Season 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina which is coming out on Friday! Last Friday, we went to a movie (not an English one, the other language I speak) and it was great! I don't go to the movies that often so that was excellent! Then, we went to another movie two days later * laughing emoji* and that was excellent as well! They were great movies and some of the songs from the second one are stuck in head as I type this. I love watching these movies (of the other language not English) because they're so...interesting and funny! And they really connect me to my culture which is a major plus.  ;D

Anyways, see ya.  ;D
« Last Edit: January 24, 2020, 10:04:16 am by Evolio »
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #204 on: January 23, 2020, 05:31:59 pm »
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Specialist Mathematics
- Also, Specialist is taking a really long time do the questions and it's driving me crazy.  :o

Hey Evolio  :) Good work on all your subjects! Especially on your UCAT preparation :) I can totally relate to taking FORevER to do specialist questions and then getting frustrated because they take so long (you are not alone)
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #205 on: January 24, 2020, 10:06:03 am »
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Hey Evolio  :) Good work on all your subjects! Especially on your UCAT preparation :) I can totally relate to taking FORevER to do specialist questions and then getting frustrated because they take so long (you are not alone)
Thank you!  :)
Yeah, the PAIN is real. But, hopefully it's worth it in the end!
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #206 on: January 24, 2020, 05:32:14 pm »
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- Situational Judgement is my worst section so far so I've watched some videos on Youtube to help me with my thought processes.

Hey Evolio! I would recommend having a read of Good Medical Practice (https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Code-of-conduct.aspx) to help out with this section :)

All the best for the year!
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« Reply #207 on: January 24, 2020, 05:59:37 pm »
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Hey Evolio! I would recommend having a read of Good Medical Practice (https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Code-of-conduct.aspx) to help out with this section :)

Hey rani_b!
Thank you for the suggestion but I have read it and I did pick up a few useful things but I still seem to be getting a lot of questions wrong. Do you have any tips that might help?

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All the best for the year!
Thank you!  ;D

Also, CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing ATAR and getting into Medicine! That's amazing and super inspirational!  :)
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #208 on: January 24, 2020, 09:15:57 pm »
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Hey rani_b!
Thank you for the suggestion but I have read it and I did pick up a few useful things but I still seem to be getting a lot of questions wrong. Do you have any tips that might help?

SJT is a tricky section but luckily also one of the longest time allocations, so take your time answering!
Usually when answering the question you can first pick which 'half' it belongs to - as in, is it going to be on the appropiate side (A or B) or the inappropriate side (C or D). If you are picking A and the answer is D, that's probably a genuine difficulty with knowledge/content and just something to note and remember for next time so you don't get it wrong again.

More often than not the issue is that you've picked C, and the answer is D - so close but not quite right! This kind of nuance is why I suggested the GMP and is something I personally just picked up over practice.

Some general things I learnt was that:
- Some things are ALWAYS bad and option D: lying to patients, coercion, cheating, stealing, breach of confidentiality etc. Basically anything that highlights a lack of integrity.
- try not to escalate situations to people in higher positions if you can come up with a solution yourself / have a private conversation (but it is definitely okay to in the serious situations mentioned above)
- Pick the answer that is what you SHOULD do, rather than what you WOULD do in a real life situation. This is a test of the most perfect, ideal doctor/med student so pretend you are.  :P
- Look at your role: are you a med student or doctor? Depending on which you are, you have less/more ability to do things. E.g. as a med student you can't solely treat patients, prescribe medications etc.

Can't remember much more (walked out of that exam and tried to forget about it hahaha) but hope this helps! If you have more questions, I'm happy to help  :)

Also, CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing ATAR and getting into Medicine! That's amazing and super inspirational!  :)

Thank you so much! I wish you all the best in your goals and I'm sure you will achieve them  ;D
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Re: Evolio's VCE Journey
« Reply #209 on: January 24, 2020, 10:14:26 pm »
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Thank you so much for the tips and the encouragment. ;D
I'll keep those things in mind.

All the best for your future!   ;D


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