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Re: calamity and sanity: my journey through vce
« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2019, 05:50:16 pm »
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Hello hello!
This turned out way longer than it was meant to be... it's kind of a brain dump about all the things that happened over the holidays and the things coming up at school next week.

My Last Weekend Of The School Holidays - *screams*
I am surprisingly not stressed about the large amount of homework I have to get done before the end of the holidays. I never usually leave things to the last minute so I assumed that at some point I would find some motivation and knuckle down... but alas, no motivation to be found... anywhere. I spent time at the RACV club today in Healsville with some family friends today and it was amazing. (It was super posh which really isn't my scene, but they are super lovely and we spent time playing table tennis and a board game called codenames.) I really enjoyed the time, but I probably should have studied today. I have church tomorrow morning, but the afternoon should be enough time to get everything done if I work wisely. I only have biology work left to complete and some new books to label for other subjects. I also have a competition on Wednesday on some psychology stuff that I haven't even started learning, so I should do that at some point. It's called "The Brain Bee" and with a lot of hard work, I passed the first round. All the knowledge I crammed into my short term memory has since disappeared so I have no idea what to do about it.

The Rest Of My Break
I spent a lot of time with close friends and family. I really enjoyed getting to see both of my sets of grandparents and spending time with my sister. I went with my mum and sister to Geelong (by VLine) to visit her parents and it was a really nice day out. We went to Geelong gallery and saw an interesting exhibit about the moon. There was a really political art piece that drew my attention (it was about China and the space race). A different day, my sister and I went to Preston market for the morning and just wandered around. We use to live around there and would go there a lot so it was fun to reminisce.

ExperienceClever
Last time I wrote an update I was about to go to ExperienceClever. I ended up going and really enjoyed it. I saw some old friends and made some new ones as well as learning about the course. I found out more about VCEPlus and their Aspire Program as well as their OT, Physio and Speech courses. I also got to see their anatomy labs and look at cadavers. It was a bit intimidating but as it's something that all allied health students must do, it was a good experience. I also found out a little bit more about Auslan.

Production Rehearsal
Our production is in 19 days and I am quite stressed about it. Before every show, it always feels like it cannot possibly come together in time, but I know it will. I'm acting in it, but I also have to learn three dances (which is totally not what I signed up for). The play is A Midsummer Night's Dream... but with lots of pop songs. I am Starveling, for those who know it. He is a Shakesperian tradie who is scared of most things, an interesting character to portray. We had a group rehearsal; yesterday with all of the musicians, actors and dancers. It was chaotic but lots of fun. I also got to see my second costume and I. LOVE. IT. I have been getting a lot of migraines and losing my voice a lot (since the start of the year), so as much as I enjoyed it, I came home feeling awful.

Community Service
Every Year 10 at our school does three or four afternoons of community service. I am volunteering at a pre-prep program for kids with intellectual disabilities and really excited about it. It was set up by the school and should be heaps of fun. It really feels like it will be my kind of thing. I am doing two sessions this week, Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday was also meant to be one of my sessions but I'm on the Brain Bee excursion. (Rather disappointing as I would really rather not go). I am hoping that I will have opportunities later in the year to return, or else that I can contact the organisation directly.

Today's Playlist:
Brown Eyed Girl
American Pie
Hotel California
Sweet Home Alabama
Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Keep calm and study like Granger.
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Re: calamity and sanity: my journey through vce
« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2019, 09:31:28 pm »
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Hey guys!
Minor update: I am having a really hard time getting motivated this term. The work is already piling up as I've already missed a bunch of classes (after only two days). Any advice?

I was reading this article and the tips seem good. I've been working really hard on sorting out my sleep schedule and drinking more water, so hopefully, I start to see some improvements.

I thoroughly enjoyed community service, and I am so disappointed that it's all over. I am off to the Brain Bee tomorrow (having learnt almost none of the content). There was an 18 chapter book to read, and I have read the introduction and most of the first chapter. I think that I am going to have to wing it at this point, but y'know, not actually super disappointed about that. Was feeling a lot more stressed about it this morning when I was trying to learn everything.

The rest of my week continues to be just as busy with Parent-Teacher interviews on Thursday; Tour Guiding, a Maths test and an event for the school book club on Friday; and production rehearsals pretty much every evening. UGH! Sometimes I just don't have the energy.

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Re: calamity and sanity: my journey through vce
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2019, 03:27:35 pm »
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I don't really want to give you much motivation advice since going by your other threads you're already doing a lot and I don't want to add another thing to juggle. What I will say is that it's ok to not meet most of your goals in a given day and it's ok to struggle. Motivation is fickle, but by working on building better habits you're already helping to nurture it.

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Re: calamity and sanity: my journey through vce
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2019, 05:12:10 pm »
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Hey guys!
Minor update: I am having a really hard time getting motivated this term. The work is already piling up as I've already missed a bunch of classes (after only two days).
Same! I feel like I'm already so behind on work.


 I am off to the Brain Bee tomorrow (having learnt almost none of the content). There was an 18 chapter book to read, and I have read the introduction and most of the first chapter. I think that I am going to have to wing it at this point, but y'know, not actually super disappointed about that. Was feeling a lot more stressed about it this morning when I was trying to learn everything.
What's that about?

a Maths test.
Which topic, I have a maths test next week.
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Re: calamity and sanity: my journey through vce
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2019, 05:17:33 pm »
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Motivation is fickle, but by working on building better habits you're already helping to nurture it.
Good luck! :)

Thanks Bri!!

What's that about?

It's a competition about neuroscience that involves learning a lot about the brain from this book. It was super difficult, but I actually really enjoyed the day. We got to go on a tour of some labs at Melbourne Uni and see some really interesting research into epilepsy using mice. We also got to go to the Dax Gallery. There were also lots of researchers who spoke about their areas of expertise.

I think that the best bit was the fact that after we have handed in our worksheets (done in an auditorium with a super relaxed feel), they went through the answers so that we learnt something from it.

Which topic, I have a maths test next week.

Probability. (I actually don't have probability so hopefully that will motivate me to do some study.)
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« Reply #35 on: July 18, 2019, 08:03:45 pm »
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Having a great time reading your journal :)

I plan on entering the Brain Bee in Year 10 also! It seems like a really interesting area of science to look into. Did you find passing the first round particularly difficult?
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« Reply #36 on: July 18, 2019, 09:47:17 pm »
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Having a great time reading your journal :)

I plan on entering the Brain Bee in Year 10 also! It seems like a really interesting area of science to look into. Did you find passing the first round particularly difficult?

I found that the first round was very similar to the preparation that you are given. (In fact, a couple of the questions were identical.) My biggest advice for you would be to start early and work efficiently, as there is a lot to cover.

The day at Melbourne Uni is such a great experience, so I would definitely do your best with the initial study if only to have the tour and get to learn a lot about neuroscience on the day.
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Re: calamity and sanity: my journey through vce
« Reply #37 on: July 18, 2019, 09:57:35 pm »
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The day at Melbourne Uni is such a great experience, so I would definitely do your best with the initial study if only to have the tour and get to learn a lot about neuroscience on the day.
Not sure if I'll be touring unimelb as I'm in Queensland, but I'm sure there will be something similar. Just started to think about studying for it because the online resource we were given for Spanish class also had courses for the 2019 Brain Bee. Currently working through them. In terms of starting early, I may have jumped the gun by about two years, so that could come in handy down the track.

Thanks for sharing your experience; It's been a help :)
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« Reply #38 on: July 18, 2019, 10:01:03 pm »
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Not sure if I'll be touring unimelb as I'm in Queensland, but I'm sure there will be something similar. Just started to think about studying for it because the online resource we were given for Spanish class also had courses for the 2019 Brain Bee. Currently working through them. In terms of starting early, I may have jumped the gun by about two years, so that could come in handy down the track.

Thanks for sharing your experience; It's been a help :)

Wow! You certainly are prepared! You'll have to let us know how it goes!

Also, it would be worth noting that they standardised the questions this year across the states (the first time that this has been done) and they were a lot more challenging than previous years. The national organiser said he may have gone a little too far, so hopefully, they have levelled out a little by the time you start. I think that QLD is also slightly less competitive than NSW and VIC due to fewer competitors, so hopefully, that is a small advantage!
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« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2019, 05:42:53 pm »
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Hello hello!
What an insane week!! I feel like I was barely at school, and I certainly have a lot of catching up to do.

Where was I and what did I do?
Monday and Tuesday I spent most of the day at community service. It was a really great experience and I wrote a summary for the school newsletter which pretty much describes what it was.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at (the centre) as part of the Year 10 Community Service Program. (the centre) is a pre-prep centre for children who could benefit from another year of kindergarten before they enter primary school. It is a place full of a diverse range of kids with a diverse range of needs and it was so lovely to be a part of. I really enjoyed helping out with their classes, running some basic language activities and playing lots of games with them. It was so wonderful to feel helpful and to be able to see the way that the class teachers incorporated activities that suited every individual. It was so special to build a connection with each of the kids, and the affection and kindness they showed us was priceless. I am so glad that I had to opportunity to be part of the program, and my only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. I am certainly going to miss the kids and the great feeling of volunteering but I am so grateful for the opportunity and all that the children taught me. 

I spent all of Wednesday at The Brain Bee which I've already talked a bit about. No, I did not get around to studying for it, but I thoroughly enjoyed the day regardless.

I was tour-guiding this morning which meant that I missed the first two hours of class. Tour-guiding is always an interesting experience because you never know which kind of parents you will get. Thankfully, today's were really lovely!

My Subjects This Semester
- Unit 2 Bio (same class as last term)
- Unit 2 Religion (same class as last term)
- Advanced Maths (same class as last term)
- English (new teacher and class)
- History (new but same teacher as my hums last semester)
- Forensics (new but same teacher as my science last semester)
- All the other things: careers, health and pe (which we do once a week or once every two weeks)

What Did I Get Done At School?
Well... very little really.

I am caught up for English as my class at the end of last term got ahead. We are still only looking at Chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird, but we also spent some time on context.

Maths: I went to Maths Help after school today and I am all caught up. My test is next week in the first lesson back, but I am feeling on top of things. (I managed to move it from today as I had been away.)

For biology, I am a bit behind because I missed three hours but apparently, I have not missed much.

Religion and Society: Completely lost. We have had two lessons and I missed the first one. The second was pretty self-explanatory but all of the handouts make no sense. To make things worse, the teacher hasn't given me my own copy so I can't even go on with them over the weekend.

For forensics, I have a video to watch and a bunch of questions to answer. I also need to finish writing up the pracs we did today in class.

History: My teacher emailed me all the work so I am caught up!

What I Want To Do Over the Weekend:
I am at church tonight and on Sunday morning until 12:30ish. I am also working 8:45-2:45 tomorrow, and I have an interview at 4:00 for Eltham Youth Leadership Council. That leaves Saturday evening, maybe an hour on Sunday morning and then Sunday afternoon and evening.

In that time I want to:
- Read and annotate TKAMB Chapters 2-5 and read the summaries we were given in class. I also want to finish off the questions about Chapter 2 and write my own chapter summaries about all that I have read.
- Finish Chapter 2 of Bio Basics and work through the powerpoint I missed in class. (And also work through the four worksheets that I missed in class.)
- Write up my science prac report and finish a glossary of forensic terms. Also, watch the last video that I missed and fill in that worksheet.
- Read over my maths notes in preparation for the test and maybe do some practice problems.

Sending good vibes!
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« Reply #40 on: July 19, 2019, 05:50:59 pm »
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What did you miss out on for R&S? Feel free to PM me.
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« Reply #41 on: July 19, 2019, 05:59:04 pm »
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What did you miss out on for R&S? Feel free to PM me.

Thanks Nathan! I don't even know what I missed, just the introduction to the ethics topic and the lesson where the teacher explained this half of the course. There is also a booklet of work to do that she still has to print for me. Luckily, I have a grasp on what ethics is, but I just have no idea what work from the booklet I am meant to have done, or how to write up an essay about an ethics topic.
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« Reply #42 on: July 19, 2019, 07:52:52 pm »
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Thanks Nathan! I don't even know what I missed, just the introduction to the ethics topic and the lesson where the teacher explained this half of the course. There is also a booklet of work to do that she still has to print for me. Luckily, I have a grasp on what ethics is, but I just have no idea what work from the booklet I am meant to have done, or how to write up an essay about an ethics topic.

I suggest having a look at the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights pdf attached if you haven't already, cause we have to base our reasoning on it. I've also attached a list of terms for the ethics topic so far. The definitions are all from the Nelson textbook (reliable according to my teacher). The ones I haven't typed a definition down aren't in the glossary so I advise creating a definition and getting it checked.
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« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2019, 10:08:50 pm »
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I suggest having a look at the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights pdf attached if you haven't already, cause we have to base our reasoning on it. I've also attached a list of terms for the ethics topic so far. The definitions are all from the Nelson textbook (reliable according to my teacher). The ones I haven't typed a definition down aren't in the glossary so I advise creating a definition and getting it checked.

Really appreciate it!
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« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2019, 07:14:07 am »
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What did I actually get done over the weekend?

- Read and annotate TKAMB Chapters 2-5 and read the summaries we were given in class. I also want to finish off the questions about Chapter 2 and write my own chapter summaries about all that I have read.
I finished the Chapter 2 questions, but I only read up to Chapter 3.
- Finish Chapter 2 of Bio Basics and work through the powerpoint I missed in class. (And also work through the four worksheets that I missed in class.)
Did the other stuff, but procrastination and a strong dislike for powerpoints mean I still urgently need to do this.
- Write up my science prac report and finish a glossary of forensic terms. Also, watch the last video that I missed and fill in that worksheet.
Really need to get around to this!
- Read over my maths notes in preparation for the test and maybe do some practice problems.
My test is actually on Tuesday, so I guess I still have tonight.

Sending good vibes!
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