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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #195 on: March 25, 2020, 06:53:33 pm »
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It sounds like you've had a real good start to the holidays! I've been the same, I haven't done like anything yet but unlike you, I don't want to be on holidays although it's a great chance to make sure you've done everything you need to and get ahead! Do you have any tips for Psych????

Ahh,,, the good old days of psych! I really miss those days :'(. Psych is a really enjoyable subject, especially because you can apply all the content you learn to everything happening around you! Sometimes, I'd just be sitting on the couch with my hot chocolate when my mind would wander off to think about the sensory receptors in my fingers sensing the warm mug, and sending it to my brain via afferent pathways! Yes - I am weird like that. But I really encourage you to apply psych to real life! You're so much more likely to remember the content this way as well. Another tip is to learn to write concisely - I'd often ramble on about things I didn't need to, which caused my answer to go up to 4 lines, when all I needed was 2 lines for the marks. Your examiner doesn't want to sit there sifting through the crap you wrote to find where the actual answer is, so simplify it for them. I even recommend underlining certain words/phrases, which I didn't do on the exam, but I did it on my SACs to make it easier for my teacher to identify that I'd included everything I needed for the marks. I also don't recommend you write in dot points, because students often forget simple things like a comparison word between two statements (e.g. whereas). If the question asks to 'compare' or 'differentiate', then you won't get full marks if you don't include this word despite including all the other information you need. I also went to the ATAR Notes lectures for revision, which was a much more productive way to use my time than sleeping at home. I'd also recommend giving your teacher multiple 10 markers in the lead up to the exam for them to mark. I only gave my teacher a few throughout the whole year (my bad!) but I was really effective in marking my own anyway, and I'd send them to my friends so we could mark each others' response.

This leads to my other tip: study groups! I had two different study groups for psych and it was really useful. Before each SAC, I'd go through all the content with one of my study groups by asking each other questions from the content. It's really important to apply the content in scenarios, rather than simple questions like 'what is the role of myelin?', because these don't test your ability to apply information to a certain question. I also recommend that you make your own notes. I did buy the A+ notes, but I didn't use them at all because I believe notes are pretty much useless. The whole point of making notes is the process of compiling all that information, which helps you remember the info. I never really looked at my notes after making them, except if I needed to check something for clarification. I typed all my notes, but this was a personal preference. Some people like typing them, and some people like writing them out. It's really up to you!

Psych is all about practice. Input = output. Do as many practice questions as you can, and mark them. Mark them really harshly. It doesn't matter if you get only x% on your first practice SAC. If you neglect marking your SACs harshly, then you aren't learning from them and there was no point in doing the practice SAC anyways. I kept an excel document of all my practice SACs, exams and actual SACs. I'd have the marks I got, and all the mistakes I made. I'd look over them many times before an assessment/the exam was coming up so I wouldn't make the same mistakes again. My last piece of advice is to compile all the questions you got wrong/didn't know the answer to. For me, this included questions from the textbook (I did all of them), the workbook, practice SACs, SACs, any additional question books you may have, practice exams and any questions you asked your teacher. This is a really neat way to ensure you know everything you didn't know before. I don't think I could have gotten a 50 without this one tip! Also, please, please ask your teacher lots of questions! I'd ask my teacher at least 5 questions per lesson. It doesn't have to be this extreme, but asking questions is a great way to consolidate anything you don't know or need extra clarification for. It also helps solidify your knowledge. If you don't have any questions to ask, it's because you haven't gone into the content deep enough!

I really hoped the above dump of words helps in some way haha. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask away!
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #196 on: March 25, 2020, 06:57:11 pm »
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Glad your enjoying the holidays whys! Seems like you've had a great start  :D

Ooooo some drawing! Would love to see some pics soon if you're willing to share!

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« Reply #197 on: March 25, 2020, 07:23:57 pm »
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Hey whys!  ;D
That's really good that you're improving in Abstract Reasoning! Good for you!  :D I really need to be doing more UCAT practise and timed as well. Do you have any tips with timed?

Oh cool about the drawing! What do you usually draw?

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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #198 on: March 25, 2020, 07:39:22 pm »
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Ooooo some drawing! Would love to see some pics soon if you're willing to share!
I'll definitely send some once I finish something!

Hey whys!  ;D
That's really good that you're improving in Abstract Reasoning! Good for you!  :D I really need to be doing more UCAT practise and timed as well. Do you have any tips with timed?

Oh cool about the drawing! What do you usually draw?
My biggest tip for timed is probably to not do timed. I think it's important to build on accuracy first. Once you are consistently getting questions right, then start on timed. Usually what happens is people start trying to build up their speed before working on accuracy, which I don't think is as effective as nailing accuracy first and working on speed second. I think this really helped me get more questions right, rather than jumping into timed, only doing 90% of the questions, and only getting 60% of those questions correct.

I like drawing animals! Their anatomy, movement and behaviour are very interesting and fun to replicate on paper. I also suck at drawing humans :P.
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #199 on: March 26, 2020, 01:34:11 am »
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How's it going, whys?

I'm a former VCE psych student (and a current uni psych student haha), and I have to congratulate you on your impressive scores from last year! A quick look at your subjects, and I've just found out your subject selection is very similar to mine. Love your tips, and your passion for the subject! I do have a question that may benefit the current psych students in the room, have you got any pointers/tips for the research methods portion of the VCE psych course? I don't know if you found it really dry or actually somehow tolerated it. I ask because I found research methods to be almost certainly the most tedious part of the VCE course, and now that I'm in uni, with a LOT (and I mean a LOT) more readings to complete, the dryness of research methods isn't going away, sadly. It would be nice to get some perspective from someone who loved VCE psych even more than I did!

I know it's weird being on a Year 12 student's journal as a first-year uni student, but I still think research methods is a part of the course that is slightly more neglected, which may explain its dryness (to me, at least).
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #200 on: March 26, 2020, 02:17:23 am »
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How's it going, whys?

I'm a former VCE psych student (and a current uni psych student haha), and I have to congratulate you on your impressive scores from last year! A quick look at your subjects, and I've just found out your subject selection is very similar to mine. Love your tips, and your passion for the subject! I do have a question that may benefit the current psych students in the room, have you got any pointers/tips for the research methods portion of the VCE psych course? I don't know if you found it really dry or actually somehow tolerated it. I ask because I found research methods to be almost certainly the most tedious part of the VCE course, and now that I'm in uni, with a LOT (and I mean a LOT) more readings to complete, the dryness of research methods isn't going away, sadly. It would be nice to get some perspective from someone who loved VCE psych even more than I did!

I know it's weird being on a Year 12 student's journal as a first-year uni student, but I still think research methods is a part of the course that is slightly more neglected, which may explain its dryness (to me, at least).
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Yay, another psych lover! And it's not weird haha, I really appreciate that you took some time to read my journal - uni students bring a whole different perspective! I hope uni psych is treating you well.

I definitely agree that research methods is one of the least interesting parts of the VCE course, and I can imagine there's even more of it in uni. I think that because students often neglect research methods (I can't blame them!), there's a higher likelihood of doing 'worse' on the exam/on SACs, since VCAA makes scientific research/research methods a pretty large part of all science subjects. Even if you have a sound understanding of all the other dot points on the study design, it's still really important to understand research methods - this is to all the VCE psych students out there! When I did 1/2 psych, I didn't really pay much attention to research methods. I put effort into making notes and whatnot, but stopped there. I had a really superficial understanding of RM and refused to do any practice questions because I like to set myself up for procrastination :P. Fast forward to 3/4 psych, I realised that I really needed to work on RM if I wanted to do well. My teacher gave us a lot of practice for RM at the start of the year (about 1-2 weeks for only RM) but then we never touched it again. I never did any 'extra' work for RM, but I tried not to neglect it. Doing practice questions is one of the most beneficial ways to get around RM, since there's an emphasis on wording and phrasing to get full marks.

I never found RM particularly interesting, but I didn't exactly hate it either. I just got it over and done with so I could focus on the content, then solidified my knowledge with practice questions before each SAC. RM was integrated into many questions, so by exposing yourself to many practice questions, you will have the upper hand in knowing how to answer those questions. I don't really think there's a short way around learning RM thoroughly. I don't really think this applies to uni though, since I'm under the impression that you guys don't get many practice exams/questions as VCE? Is research methods a big part of uni psych? In VCE, I just got it done and closed the book so I could spend time on actual content, but I doubt that's possible in uni, since it seems like research methods is ~everywhere~ there. However, I guess everyone hates/likes aspects of a certain subject/course, and the only thing we can do is get through it.

I also find that many people who don't like RM haven't really gone into learning it thoroughly. This is exactly how I felt before I went out of my way to learn about research methods. I contacted an Australian researcher with my friend in 1/2 psych who had done an experiment with mice with induced schizophrenia symptoms and something to do with NMDA receptors (I can't remember what exactly it was). Learning about their process was really insightful for me - I really appreciate those who do hours of research so we can learn the things we do today! I guess you could say I sort of learnt to respect the part of psych that is RM - it may be boring, but it's an essential part of learning new and interesting theories and models, or testing ones that already exist. Seeing it in this way helped me appreciate RM more, which helped me push through that part of the course. I understand why many students take one look at RM, go 'nope' and don't look at it ever again. However, approaching RM in a new light may help you get into the groove, which puts you miles ahead in VCE since many people neglect RM severely (not sure about uni, does everyone there hate RM too?).

RM was the most tedious part of the course for me, but changing the way I approached it made it more tolerable, and by the end of the year I didn't mind it at all. You could almost say that I started enjoying it. :D

I really hope my insight helped a little, and to all the VCE psych students out there: don't despair! Get RM done and dusted so you can get to the more interesting content! ;)
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #201 on: March 29, 2020, 10:34:18 am »
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I really hoped the above dump of words helps in some way haha. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask away!

Yes! It was helpful!
How did you study for it? How did you take notes, did you use flashcards etc?
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #202 on: March 29, 2020, 02:08:58 pm »
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Yes! It was helpful!
How did you study for it? How did you take notes, did you use flashcards etc?

I type my notes on onenote, but it might not work for everyone. I suggest experimenting to find the notetaking style that works for you. I made around 100-ish flashcards with all the questions I got wrong, and went through them before SACs.

EDIT: I'll add a little update in here.
We got our chem SACs back a while ago, and when I saw my score I went like


So yeah, that was a nice surprise. I really did not expect to do well, I honestly don't know what I was writing and still ended up with apparently the highest score (I say apparently because this is speculation from all the scores we know so far). I'm not really fussed with chem, I'll be really happy if I'm in the top 15 in terms of ranking, since everyone is (un)fortunately smart. I'm aiming for top 3 for bio though, which would be nice. I don't know what rank I was for psych, but I think I was in the top 10 somewhere (I know I wasn't rank 1, since my friend was rank 1, and I think the other person who got 50 was also higher in rank than me) so I know you don't need to be in the highest rankings to do well, but I've still got my fingers crossed for bio. The only thing I'm dreading right now is getting back my English SAC... I hope it never comes.
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #203 on: March 29, 2020, 04:28:13 pm »
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Congratulations whys! That's amazing!  ;D  ;D
So happy for you!   ;D Yay!

Also, about your english sac, don't worry about it! Enjoy your achievement for now and don't dwell on what could be!


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« Reply #204 on: March 29, 2020, 05:08:27 pm »
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YES whys, congratulations! You deserved it (it's always such a nice surprise to do better than you thought you did!)

Enjoy the holidays and all the best for bio and english  ;D
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #205 on: March 29, 2020, 06:04:43 pm »
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Congrats whys!! I'm so happy for you!  :)

Don't worry too much about your English SAC, I'm sure you did better than you think, but even if it isn't exactly what you're looking for, remember it isn't the be all and end all; you'll have plenty of other opportunities to do well in the future.

Hope you have a relaxing break!
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #206 on: March 29, 2020, 07:53:28 pm »
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whys I'm so so proud of you!! ;D ;D Literally just reread the new updated post and my LORD SO PROUD OF YOU

Congrats for doing so well! All your effort is paying off nicely and go give yourself a pat on the back. It's an amazing feeling knowing that you did much better than expected :D.

Don't worry too much about the English SAC, rather try think of the future!! ;) Take a nice deserved break these holidays~
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #207 on: April 03, 2020, 01:35:09 pm »
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Thank you everyone! ;D

Holiday update!
Stuff that has happened in the past week:
- I finally finished The Good Place
- I cooked stuff (churros and Asian sesame chicken and others)
- I have officially started to use a 2020 dairy so I can write down what I need to do
- I have completed over 3000 UCAT practice questions!

Goals for the end of the holidays:
- Reread + annotate comparative texts for English
- Use all resources for AOS 1 for bio
- Get up to date with chem
- Get ahead in methods
- Write at least 5 AA essays
- Complete 5000 UCAT practice questions
^I know I won't finish all this but it's nice to have goals anyway haha

I currently have the worst sleep schedule where I sleep at like 1-3am and wake up at ~12pm, which really sucks since I waste the entire morning sleeping and the entire night on Netflix or Youtube. Is it just me or do these holidays feel like the long summer holidays? No? Just me maybe 8)

Looking at everyone else and all the productive stuff they do makes me feel guilty for not studying, because I know I should be but I can't push myself to (which is not a good thing!). I need to learn to take year 12 more seriously. That started when I uninstalled league from my laptop at the end of last year. That game cost me so much... I used to play it for hours over the weekends and on the holidays in year 11, which compromised my scores, so I vowed to never play it again (for this year). I guess that's a first step? Sometimes I really don't feel like studying and just end up lying on my bed and doing nothing. I can't go out either (no one can) which feels really confining. I'm a people person and seeing no one except family can get claustrophobic, if that makes sense! I spend lots of time with my family to ease that feeling, but it's not the same as going outside.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday!
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Re: whys' VCE journal
« Reply #208 on: April 04, 2020, 12:19:02 pm »
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Yes, the Good Place is amazing!  :) Did you like it?

WOWOW! 3000 questions! That's amazing whys! I've only completed like 1000 or so, so you're giving me motivation to do way more questions every day!  ;D


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« Reply #209 on: April 04, 2020, 12:48:32 pm »
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Yes, the Good Place is amazing!  :) Did you like it?

WOWOW! 3000 questions! That's amazing whys! I've only completed like 1000 or so, so you're giving me motivation to do way more questions every day!  ;D

YES! It was really funny and a light-hearted time-pass during the holidays. I'm glad I chose to watch it (despite being like 3 months late oops).

I'm glad I could motivate you! :D
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