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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2019, 12:35:37 pm »
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Hi Joseph, I don’t know too much about linguistics, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to learn more off. My school sadly didn’t run Eng Lang and I thought 4 external subjects was too much so I settled for English. I’d love to maybe learn more at uni. In particular I have an interest in learning about language use in the media, especially around political issues (is that socio linguistics?)

If I fall short of the ATAR needed for global studies or media, I might do arts at Monash with majors in linguistics and either media or int’l relations. I’m just not so sure about job prospects for such a broad degree like arts.

Unffff. Yeah, that'd fall under sociolingustics - and that's pretty much exactly what I looked at through Honours! So, *more* than happy to chat about it further if you're interested. :)

Job prospects - I think it's a valid concern but would be equally valid with a number of other degrees.
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2019, 01:53:34 pm »
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Late hi from me,
Seeing as your learning so many languages, I am curious about your strategy to help you learn so many languages. Also:
english... I don't even know what's happening. Does anyone get the feeling in english class that nothing ever gets covered and that nothing productive happens?
Can relate. Mainly bc Literature stuff goes above my head. Hope that changes tho lol
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
And I fear no evil because Im blind to it all
And my mind, my gun they comfort me
cause I know I'll kill my enemies when they come
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
All the days of my life and I will dwell on the surface ever more
Said I'd walk beside the still waters and they restore my soul but I cant walk on the path of the right cause Im wrong

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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2019, 12:12:42 am »
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Unffff. Yeah, that'd fall under sociolingustics - and that's pretty much exactly what I looked at through Honours! So, *more* than happy to chat about it further if you're interested. :)

Job prospects - I think it's a valid concern but would be equally valid with a number of other degrees.

It's so cool to hear that you did that for honours! Did you major in linguistics or politics? What exactly was your topic if you don't mind me asking?

Re: job prospects - I do think that each degree has its own problems and it can't just be said for arts. From my understanding arts is more suited for people who wants to pursue post-grad study while the more specific degrees Monash offers are less suitable for research (idk if that's correct, that's the general concensus I get). Thing is, I don't think I would want to do honours/masters at this stage.

Do you have much experience with what Monash arts might be like, by the way? Sorry about all these questions haha.

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Late hi from me,
Seeing as your learning so many languages, I am curious about your strategy to help you learn so many languages. Also:Can relate. Mainly bc Literature stuff goes above my head. Hope that changes tho lol

Hi Comet striker, with my strategy (idk if you can call it strategy lmfao) I mainly just rely on watching the news or movies in the language I'm trying to learn. Or if I want to improve my reading skills I'd use subtitles in that specific language. Sometimes when I'm not feeling socially awkward I'd venture out of my cave and into civilisation to talk to human beings.
Sometimes I also go on duolingo but since tragically losing my 200-day streak I've been feeling very unmotivated

Hope english can change for the better for you too. ;D
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2019, 01:47:36 pm »
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Get ready for the most  S C A T T E R E D  exam schedule which you most likely do not have the misfortune to have:

October
23: Russian
30: English
November
6: Methods #1
7: Methods #2
18: GloPol
20: Chinese

And this isn't including oral exams for Russian and Chinese which will be even earlier! How great, an exam period which spans from Day 1 to Day 1 if you go from the end.

I don't think my concentration can last that long.

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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2019, 02:12:33 pm »
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Get ready for the most  S C A T T E R E D  exam schedule which you most likely do not have the misfortune to have:

October
23: Russian
30: English
November
6: Methods #1
7: Methods #2
18: GloPol
20: Chinese

And this isn't including oral exams for Russian and Chinese which will be even earlier! How great, an exam period which spans from Day 1 to Day 1 if you go from the end.

I don't think my concentration can last that long.

yeet

Yikes!

I mean, in one respect, I guess it's kinda good that they're spread out?
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2019, 05:05:34 pm »
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Yikes!

I mean, in one respect, I guess it's kinda good that they're spread out?
Prolonged suffering for more revision time? Seems like a fair trade.

Monthly update time!

With term 3 approaching I think it's time to start picking up the pace. I've more or less finished my scripts for LOTEs but there's always more to add. Got destroyed in my most recent Russian SAC, but hopefully I'll be able to bounce back for the next one. As for Chinese, I'm going on an exchange to Harbin during the holidays to really work on my oral and listening skills.

Methods is dull, it's hard being motivated for a subject which I see no practical purpose in, at least not for the path I'm hoping to go down I'm more or less only doing it for dat baccalaureate lmao but I guess I gotta know SOME math. GloPol is interesting and spicy as fuck as always. For Unit 4, we're studying people movement & human rights.

English - I've started an "essay-exchange" system with a classmate who also wishes to do well, a rare breed at my school. We started this about a month ago - at the start of each week we each write an essay, then we'd email each other what we wrote, correct the other's response, and send back with our comments, corrections and suggestions.

So far it's working out well and we haven't missed a single week. Hopefully we'll keep this going throughout the holidays. I think it's a great system as it ensures I'm writing at least one essay a week and am getting feedback for it. Also, marking others' work is really conductive in helping yourself improve. Go give it a try yourself, highly recommend ;)

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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2019, 06:28:30 pm »
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Hey Remy!

I love your subject choices and am so keen to follow your LOTE-filled journey.
 As someone who did Chinese 3/4 last year as a yr 11 subject and had to wait until the very end of the exam period when everyone else had already completed their exams and were rejoicing in holiday mode, I can definitely relate to the struggle of such a scattered exam schedule. On the bright side, you'll have plenty of time to study and prepare for each exam in between.  :)
Chinese exchange sounds like such a wonderful opportunity to improve your vocab and also learn more about the unique culture there. Chinese is such a great subject that's actually applicable to real life, unlike *cough cough* Methods.
The system of collaboration that you have started with your classmate is such an amazing idea, as sometimes in Year 12 it's so easy to get caught up in rankings and to forget that other students can also be helpful teachers as well.

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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2019, 06:43:34 pm »
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English - I've started an "essay-exchange" system with a classmate who also wishes to do well, a rare breed at my school. We started this about a month ago - at the start of each week we each write an essay, then we'd email each other what we wrote, correct the other's response, and send back with our comments, corrections and suggestions.

So far it's working out well and we haven't missed a single week. Hopefully we'll keep this going throughout the holidays. I think it's a great system as it ensures I'm writing at least one essay a week and am getting feedback for it. Also, marking others' work is really conductive in helping yourself improve. Go give it a try yourself, highly recommend ;)

What a great idea! Is writing practice essays particularly time-consuming or no more time consuming than other study methods? Also, what criteria do you use when marking?  :D
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2019, 06:53:29 pm »
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50s for Chinese and Russian?

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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2019, 11:00:35 pm »
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Hey Remy!

I love your subject choices and am so keen to follow your LOTE-filled journey.
 As someone who did Chinese 3/4 last year as a yr 11 subject and had to wait until the very end of the exam period when everyone else had already completed their exams and were rejoicing in holiday mode, I can definitely relate to the struggle of such a scattered exam schedule. On the bright side, you'll have plenty of time to study and prepare for each exam in between.  :)
Chinese exchange sounds like such a wonderful opportunity to improve your vocab and also learn more about the unique culture there. Chinese is such a great subject that's actually applicable to real life, unlike *cough cough* Methods.
The system of collaboration that you have started with your classmate is such an amazing idea, as sometimes in Year 12 it's so easy to get caught up in rankings and to forget that other students can also be helpful teachers as well.
Thanks smallbean! Agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment there about methods ;D Yeah I agree, VCE may be a competition but that doesn't mean you can't work collaboratively with others and help each other improve. Chinese is definitely a great subject. A lot of work, but worth it. Would love to hear any tips if you have some!
Love your journal too, can't wait to read more updates! Good luck with your year 12 journey :)

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What a great idea! Is writing practice essays particularly time-consuming or no more time consuming than other study methods? Also, what criteria do you use when marking?  :D

I'd say writing practice essays would take a lot more time than say, reading up other people's analysis on Sparknotes (bless sparknotes btw), but it's definitely also the most helpful. Like, definitely the best investment for your time if you want to see improvements. For marking, we mainly just look at stuff like the structure of essays, the content and the analysis, as well as vocab and sentence structure things like that, making sure we go in-depth and also write in a sophisticated manner.

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50s for Chinese and Russian?

That's the dreeaaam! Gotta aim high ;D
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2019, 01:00:09 pm »
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Does the Russian alphabet confuse you?
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2019, 09:33:07 pm »
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Does the Russian alphabet confuse you?

A little. Definitely incredibly confusing when I first started learning. Their alphabet is really different to the English one (for example, 'B' in Russian is not 'B' in English, but rather 'V'; 'H' in Russian is 'N' in English, 'P' is 'R', 'C' is 'S' et cetera). But I find it interesting and the writing system is actually so fancy so I deal with it lmfao.
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2019, 09:11:12 pm »
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Hi Remy! I just read through all your updates and I love your journal! The way you write is so entertaining. Your essay exchange system sounds like a good idea, I’ll definitely try to implement it among my peers somehow!

3 LOTEs sound very hectic! Did you take scaling into account at all when choosing your subjects? You mentioned that you initially wanted to do Eng Lang or EAL, if you don’t mind me asking, what is your native language?

It’s amazing that despite the not-so-motivating environment you are aiming high and being independent and accountable for yourself. Can’t wait for your next update and good luck with your journey!
Hi, thanks for reading! Glad you find the essay-exchange system useful.

I didn't take scaling into account at all when choosing subjects - I chose based on interest (global politics, Chinese, Russian), what I thought I'd do well on (Portuguese) and also on what could leave me more options with in the future (methods). Had I considered scaling, I would've done French instead of Russian or methods.

My native language is Brazilian Portuguese, though I reckon my english isn't too bad.

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Just got back from my exchange trip to Harbin. For those who don't know, Harbin is a city in China located on the border of Russia - so what better place to visit for my exchange than a city which beautifully blends the best of Russian and Chinese cultures? I had a productive time perfecting my speaking skills for both languages.

Term 3 is now upon us. Bring. It. On.

加油啊!
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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2019, 10:40:13 pm »
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Привет, парни и девушки!


VTAC preferences are upon us. (excuse me how are we at this point already)

The Preferences
   1. Bachelor of Global Studies
   2. Bachelor of Media Communications
   3. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business
   4. Bachelor of Arts

All are for Monash. I've had my eyes set on Monash for years and simply cannot imagine myself at another uni. I know I should be "keeping an open mind", as my career counsellor at school never fails to remind me twice a week. But from talking to a lot of current Monash students, as well as from my wonderful experience at Open Day, I think Monash is *the one*. How else can I explain it? It's just love at first sight.

The Plan
The plan I'm almost 100% set on is Bachelor of Global Studies, specialising in International Relations along with a second major in Media Communications, plus a Diploma of Languages in probably either French or Spanish.

Of course, all of this depends on whether or not I actually get in.

Global studies needs an ATAR of >90. With the Monash guarantee plus countless sympathy points adjustment factors I can probably get in with 80. Currently, my ATAR estimate is roughly 90 just. I'm confident that I can get in, though whether or not I can get in without SEAS is a different matter.


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Re: Remy’s DeLOTEful VCE Journey
« Reply #29 on: September 19, 2019, 08:45:48 pm »
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好久不见啊。Long time no see. Things are picking up the pace now with exams just around the corner, so I'll keep this update short and sweet.

Trial exams finished this week, and SACs have ended too for all my subjects except GloPol. The feeling of walking out of that final English SAC was phenomenal.

Oral exams for both my LOTEs are coming up. Russian is quite early on, so I can get it out of the way immediately, but I have Chinese on Oct 29, the last possible day, which is even later than my Russian written test!

I've also changed around my VTAC preferences, mainly adding a whole new "bachelor of commerce" to my preferences. Legal studies and business management weren't that great in VCE (hence I dropped them for 3/4) but I'm open to giving commerce another go in uni.

LE PREFERENCES
Monash uni for all my preferences:

(1) Bachelor of Global Studies / Bachelor of Commerce
(2) Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce
(3) Bachelor of Global Studies


(4) Bachelor of Media Communication / Bachelor of Business

(5) Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business
(6) Bachelor of Media Communication
(7) Bachelor of Arts


Pref 1 - 3: I'd need an ATAR of at least 95 to get in comfortably with no SEAS, meaning putting these 3 up there is probably a bit idealistic.

Pref 4 (Media/Business): an ATAR of 85 (no SEAS) should get me in no problem, so I think this is my most realistic preference.

Pref 5 - 7: Back-up plans, just in case I choke on any exam.

There is less than a month to go until my Russian oral exam and I am so fucking ready for it to be over.
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