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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #60 on: November 27, 2019, 02:41:16 pm »
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27 / 11 / 2019  -  Wednesday

With December just around the corner I thought I'd do one last update before results drop. Since memories of exams, revision, SACs, and just about everything is still somewhat fresh in my mind, here's just some things I've learnt from my subjects, and some tips to future students:


Music Industry / Dance
I'm grouping these two together as they're quite similar. My best advice with any performance subject is to do them early as they are so time consuming. Try not to leave them to year 12, when you've got other 3/4s to worry about. My next best advice is to decide on your repertoire early so that you can start as early as possible. Finally, for dance: devote a lot of time to studying theory. One of my biggest mistakes was focusing too much on my performance exam, to the point where I completely neglected the written component. (Flashbacks to 2018: opening the first page of the exam and thinking to myself "what the heck is *unified composition*??")

Literature
I think the biggest thing to understand about literature is that it is NOT English. Literature isn't just a 'harder/more competitive' version of mainstream English specifically designed for students that always achieve A's and A+'s. It is assessed on a completely different criteria. Once you realise this, literature is quite straightforward. The second advice is to avoid deliberately trying to sound sophisticated. Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. You're not assessed on how well you can swallow a thesaurus.

Further / Methods
First off, do the textbook questions and make sure you have a solid foundation before moving on to harder application-style questions. With maths, the best way to study is just to grind through practice question after practice question, there's no magical shortcut. Also, know your CAS well, but also make sure you can quickly differentiate between questions that are better solved with technology, and those that are better solved by hand. Finally, creating your own questions is a great revision tool in the lead up to the exam.

Biology / Chemistry
Both bio and chem are heavy in content so make sure you know your theory before jumping into any practice questions. I personally found creating chapter summaries of key points to be very helpful. Regarding practice questions, I think my best tip is to do them consistently throughout the year, not just in the days leading up to a SAC or the final exam. In particular you should aim to constantly revise over unit 3 throughout unit 4, because otherwise if you leave it all till SWOTVAC, you will be overwhelmed with content.

General VCE tips
My top tip for VCE is in regards to subject selections - choose subjects you enjoy, but also be mindful of prerequisites. In year 10 I chose literature, further, psychology, dance, drama, and music, but at the suggestion of a teacher, switched from drama to methods after transition (or Head-start as some schools call it). Back then I was reluctant but now I am so grateful for it, as methods is a prerequisite for every single one of my 8 VTAC preferences!

Also, don't be afraid to do subjects that seem difficult or daunting. Do a subject outside of your comfort zone. For me, doing lit 3/4 in year 11 without 1/2 seemed scary, but it worked out! And TBH none of my subjects this year are exactly within my comfort zone (I'm no STEM kid, in case you couldn't tell by my year 10 subject choices) but this year didn't turn out completely catastrophic either (not yet, anyway. We'll know for sure on the 12th of December).

My next piece of advice is unorthodox, but do a 3/4 in year 10. Why? First off, when you're in year 10 you don't have the stress of juggling other VCE subjects. Next, it's good to get a general idea of exactly what VCE involves early on. Finally, if you do well - great! That's one 3/4 out of the way. But if you don't - no stress! You can treat it as a learning opportunity and do 6 other subjects in year 11 and 12.

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The past couple of days have been super productive! Ocean Grove was fantastic. I got about 6 hours on my L's from driving to and from there. I was also tasked with driving my youngest brother to school (with dad in the passenger seat, of course) which really bumped up my logbook. After a year of sitting on 35 minutes, I've gotten almost 50 hours since exams ended! At this rate, I'm well on track to getting P's when I turn 18 in March.

Since getting back from Ocean Grove, I've sorted out all my resources from this year. As I handwrote most of my notes for bio and chem (and ALL for further and methods) there's not much I can sell lol. BUT if anybody is after a heck ton of methods trial exams, I'm selling my entire collection for a $35 donation to my bank account. ;D

Finally, I did a blood test and found out I am allergic to cats... Well that's convenient isn't it? Imagine a vet who is allergic to cats, that's like a sailor who can't swim! I've been around plenty of cats before and have never realised I have an allergy, so it's probably really mild. Hopefully, if I do get into DVM and become a vet, it won't be too much of a problem.

See you all on December 12th! Good luck to everyone :)
« Last Edit: December 28, 2019, 02:01:34 pm by colline »

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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #61 on: November 27, 2019, 03:12:48 pm »
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Great Tips!

Finally, creating your own questions is a great revision tool in the lead up to the exam.
Never heard of this tip ever, but I will definetly have a crack at it next year.
In particular, you should aim to constantly revise over unit 3 throughout unit 4, because otherwise if you leave it all till SWOTVAC, you will be overwhelmed with content.

This is soo true, I realised it with psychology this year so next year I will def be prepared.

Finally, I did a blood test and found out I am allergic to cats... Well that's convenient isn't it? Imagine a vet who is allergic to cats, that's like a sailor who can't swim! I've been around plenty of cats before and have never realised I have an allergy, so it's probably really mild. Hopefully, if I do get into DVM and become a vet, it won't be too much of a problem.

That is so unfortunate but your allergy probably isn't that bad if you've never noticed, and hopefully, when you become a vet it won't affect you much.
Also, that is a really good analogy

Well, see you on December 12th Colline.  :)
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #62 on: December 12, 2019, 02:31:21 pm »
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How'd you go, Colline?!? Have been reading your journal from day dot, and am so excited to hear about your success!!!!

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« Reply #63 on: December 13, 2019, 12:56:30 pm »
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Sorry for my late reply, thanks Ionic Doc! Well done on psych, and all the best for year 12!

How'd you go, Colline?!? Have been reading your journal from day dot, and am so excited to hear about your success!!!!
Hey Ist1103, sorry for my very tardy update! ;D Thank you so much for following my journal, it really put a smile on my face <3 <3

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13 / 12 / 2019 - Friday

This episode - ATAR Day

I didn't get any ATAR nightmares the night before, mainly because I got not one ounce of sleep. At 11pm a friend and I went to a 24-hr Maccas and sat there eating McNuggets and contemplating life. At 1am, we left and drove around the block while contemplating life some more. At 4am, we went home after my dad got worried. With 3 hours to go, I tried to watch one of Vanessa Hudgens's bad Christmas movies, but couldn't concentrate at all.

At 6:40, I got a text from an unknown number which apparently had my results, but one look at them told me they were a prank (according to said text, I got 49 in bio and 17 in further and methods... If that didn't already give it away, the "final ATAR" of 42.0 definitely did). Only a few minutes later, an email from VASS popped up, but I dismissed it as a prank, again, since in previous years the email always came around 7. I straight up deleted that email without even checking because I was not in the mood for pranks - who knew it was legit? Finally, just before 7am hit, I turned on my camera, having promised my family and friends to do a reaction video. Except the website crashed and for about 20 minutes, while my messages and group chats were all exploding, I sat there nervously refreshing until it finally loaded.

My Results

At the very top was biology. Seeing my GA's, I was reminded of how horrifically I screwed up the exam. I had gotten A/A+/C, with a final score of 33. While I was relieved it was higher than how I went in dance, it was disheartening nonetheless as I was on track for high 30s the entire year until I massacred my exam.

Next up - chemistry. My GA's were A/A+/A+! I was getting C's and B's in my SACs - and how did I get an A+ on the exam?? But the biggest surprise was my study score of 40!! I was mind blown.

Further, on the other hand, was sadly just as expected. I got right on my prediction of 48. So all those urban myths about -1 exam mark is -1 study score must be true.

And finally... Methods was by far the biggest (and best) surprise of them all. While I knew I did well on the exam, I would've never expected that somehow, I did well enough to get 50?? But I did! That's right! Your girl got 50 in methods!! It felt like I was dreaming!

My final ATAR was 99.75!! Absolutely over the moon. Never ever in my wildest dreams could I have imagined getting so high.

Complete results
1. Literature - 50
2. Methods - 50
3. Further - 48
4. VET Music - 48

5. Chem - 40 (10%)
6. Bio - 33 (10%)
7. Dance - 31 (didn't count)

Aggregate: 203.56
ATAR: 99.75

My classmates and friends' results all started trickling in while I was checking my scores. Our school dux had a 99.80 and I cannot think of anyone who deserved the title more than they did. My goal of duxing further was ultimately not achieved - someone got 50. While it did leave me with some regrets, I'm overjoyed for our dux. The further dux and I had known each other since year 7 but we've never really talked until year 12. We were in the same further class and had our free periods together. Both of us were fighting to dux, and both of us KNEW the other was fighting to dux, yet we still became great friends. If I hopped in a time machine, went back to term 1, and told myself that I didn't dux further, my younger self would probably throw a fit. It's funny how times change.

After the initial excitement, lack of sleep finally caught up to me and by noon I had passed out on the couch where I didn't budge till dinner. At night, a bunch of friends and I went to a Karaoke bar at the Crown to celebrate, until we were promptly kicked out after I got ID'd. :P We walked around the city some more, I got drunk for the first time in my life, and our group eventually made our way to Melbourne Uni, where we played a wild game of Sardines (reverse hide-and-seek) until 3am.

This morning, I got up early and made breakfast and lunch for my dad and youngest brother (middle brother is away on school camp), as a small thank-you for all the support they've given me. I'm not the best at cooking, but I tried my best and here's my final product:
brekky

lunch


So that's my ATAR story. It was a restless night and now I can finally relax. I think I will do one more update for when I get my VTAC offer (which should hopefully be the December round), so I'll see you all then!

Congratulations to the class of 2019, and everyone who did an early 3/4 this year!!
« Last Edit: May 24, 2020, 11:57:37 am by colline »

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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #64 on: December 13, 2019, 02:52:57 pm »
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Wow colline!!!
Congrats on your fantastic ATAR and dat 50 in Methods :)

Any advice for how to well in Methods cos I'll be doing 1/2 next year.

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« Reply #65 on: December 13, 2019, 03:22:04 pm »
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You did soooo well - super proud of your efforts!!!!

I love your post-ATAR celebration, too, hahahahah!! I LOVED Sardines when I was younger (twilight game at UniMelb is on my bucket list for next year now!!!). Good luck with everything uni-related xxxx

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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #66 on: December 13, 2019, 03:32:01 pm »
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Congratulations Colline, amazing results you have there! It was awesome to read your journal throughout the year and to see what you have been up to. This is also a lot of inspiration, so thank you for documenting your journey. Good luck for next year!

- I may have to take some inspo for next year when my ATAR results come out.....
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #67 on: December 13, 2019, 03:54:24 pm »
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Congrats Colline! And an amazing achievement for methods!!

Its been so inspiring to read your journal throughout the year!  ;D
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #68 on: December 13, 2019, 03:58:12 pm »
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A massive congratulations, colline! A 50 in methods is amazing!  ;D
I've loved reading your journal throughout the year and all the best for next year and beyond!

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« Reply #69 on: December 13, 2019, 04:53:05 pm »
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WHOOP WHOOP CONGRATS COLLINE!! You did absolutely amazing, especially that 50 in methods!! So proud of what you have achieved and I can only imagine what more you'll achieve in university and beyond! Enjoy the early and well-earned break !
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #70 on: December 14, 2019, 07:31:53 pm »
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Thanks Snow Leopard!! 🧡
Iím actually putting together a post/guide of the tips and tricks that worked for me in methods this year ó it might take a while to complete ó but I think some of the most important things are making sure to not waste too much time doing textbook questions and introducing yourself to application problems ASAP. Itís also worth getting SACs and resources from other schools because you donít want to just get comfortable with how the teachers at your school write questions. Finally, the CAS is SUPER important. I went through the CAS manual and watched a ton of YouTube videos on CAS functions, shortcuts, and guides on self-written programs which applies for the VCE study design. It saves you a lot of really precious time on the exam and during SACs.
Thanks again colline :)
I'll be looking out for that guide!
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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #71 on: December 14, 2019, 08:42:04 pm »
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WOWWWW! Congratulations Colline I have been reading your journal for quite a while now, and cannot find words to express how interesting and exciting it is to see another student's experience with school (especially one who has gone above and beyond). Thank you for inspiring me.

Any advice for tackling UCAT?
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« Reply #72 on: December 15, 2019, 07:27:54 pm »
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Aww thanks Joyn! And right back at you - your results are extraordinary! I guess weíll see each other at Melbourne Uni next year then? Well done!! 🧡

Thanks Colline! Yeah I'll see you at Melbourne next year! It's so exciting isn't it? Have you had a look at the subjects you'll want to take?

I was 0.05 off the cutoff for BSci/DVetMed, unfortunately, so now I only have a FFP :(
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« Reply #73 on: December 15, 2019, 11:00:12 pm »
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Thanks Snow Leopard!! 🧡
Iím actually putting together a post/guide of the tips and tricks that worked for me in methods this year ó it might take a while to complete ó but I think some of the most important things are making sure to not waste too much time doing textbook questions and introducing yourself to application problems ASAP. Itís also worth getting SACs and resources from other schools because you donít want to just get comfortable with how the teachers at your school write questions. Finally, the CAS is SUPER important. I went through the CAS manual and watched a ton of YouTube videos on CAS functions, shortcuts, and guides on self-written programs which applies for the VCE study design. It saves you a lot of really precious time on the exam and during SACs.

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Thank you so much Ist!! Hahah yeah Sardines is such a legendary game, and the Parkville campus is the perfect place for it ;) Thank you and all the best to you too! 🧡

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Thank you so much Geoo!! Iím really glad that my journal hasnít just been mindless rambling to everyone reading 😅 And congrats on your sick score in bio!! Good luck with year 12, and donít get too drunk after ATAR Day 2020! ;) Iím so keen to continue following along your journey 🧡

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Thank you so much Evolio! And wow, congrats on your superb scores too, Iím sure youíll do amazing next year! 🧡

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Aww thanks Joyn! And right back at you - your results are extraordinary! I guess weíll see each other at Melbourne Uni next year then? Well done!! 🧡


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Any advice for tackling UCAT?
Thank you SmartWorker!! 🧡

Regarding the UCAT, frankly I am not the best person to ask. Since med was never my aim to begin with, I didn't actually put too much thought into it - I did the UCAT out of interest - so I didn't actually do any targeted practice. I downloaded the UCAT app and did a lot of questions from there, but other than that, I didn't do any preparation.

I think I was partly able to get the score I did because I simply wasn't stressed about it, so I approached test day with a 'YOLO' attitude and didn't panic during the duration of the test. So my (totally very practical) advice is to have a calm attitude to avoid performing below your potential.

My more practical advice would be to play a bunch of IQ-test-type puzzles or games. They're really fun and I was addicted to them for a good part of my life. Most UCAT questions are built on the same foundations as those games, so if you have experience with those types of brain-puzzles, you'll naturally be more familiar with the sorts of patterns that tend to pop up or the type of distractions they could include to throw you off track.

I'm sorry if both pieces of advice sound kind of weird haha, now reading back on what I wrote, they seem pretty dumb.

Thanks Colline! Yeah I'll see you at Melbourne next year! It's so exciting isn't it? Have you had a look at the subjects you'll want to take?

I was 0.05 off the cutoff for BSci/DVetMed, unfortunately, so now I only have a FFP :(

Oh no!! I'm sorry, that's so unlucky! I'm pretty sure you'll still have opportunities to get a CSP in uni though. Regardless you still did really well!

Yes I am so excited for next year! From looking at the sample course plan we don't seem to have a lot of choices - I'll have to take physics - but I haven't looked too much into electives/breadths yet. Also I've been hearing my friends at Melbourne Uni say this sort of stuff and now it's so weird to hear this vocabulary coming from myself!

Pls don't mind a cheeky plug ;)
« Last Edit: April 23, 2020, 12:05:31 pm by colline »

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Re: COLLINE VS VCAA | Who will come out victorious?
« Reply #74 on: December 17, 2019, 09:39:25 pm »
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Thank you SmartWorker!

Regarding the UCAT, frankly I am not the best person to ask. Since med was never my aim to begin with, I didn't actually put too much thought into it - I did the UCAT out of interest - so I didn't actually do any targeted practice. I downloaded the UCAT app and did a lot of questions from there, but other than that, I didn't do any preparation.

I think I was partly able to get the score I did because I simply wasn't stressed about it, so I approached test day with a 'YOLO' attitude and didn't panic during the duration of the test. So my (totally very practical) advice is to have a calm attitude to avoid performing below your potential.

My more practical advice would be to play a bunch of IQ-test-type puzzles or games. They're really fun and I was addicted to them for a good part of my life. Most UCAT questions are built on the same foundations as those games, so if you have experience with those types of brain-puzzles, you'll naturally be more familiar with the sorts of patterns that tend to pop up or the type of distractions they could include to throw you off track.

I'm sorry if both pieces of advice sound kind of weird haha, now reading back on what I wrote, they seem pretty dumb.

Oh no!! I'm sorry, that's so unlucky! I'm pretty sure you'll still have opportunities to get a CSP in uni though. Regardless you still did really well!

Yes I am so excited for next year! From looking at the sample course plan we don't seem to have a lot of choices - I'll have to take physics - but I haven't looked too much into electives/breadths yet. Also I've been hearing my friends at Melbourne Uni say this sort of stuff and now it's so weird to hear this vocabulary coming from myself!

Pls don't mind a cheeky plug ;)

Thank you Colline for your advice😀
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