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Mediocre VCE Journal! WARNING: Generic.
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:40:08 pm »
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Hey everyone.
I am year 11 VCE currently.
Just thought I might keep a little journal in order to motivate myself.
So, the subjects I am doing are a little weird, in that they don't really compliment each other.
I'll mark them with the SS I am aiming for.

- Further Maths (SS 42+)
- Biology (SS 42+)
- Physics (SS 38+)
- Legal Studies (SS 40+)
- English (SS 38+)

My favourite subject is definitely Physics. At the start of year, people thought that I had a death wish choosing Physics without Maths Methods, but so far I am the second best in my class (tests so far: 72, 86, 97%). My least favourite subject, probably Further. It is so boring and repetitive. I feel like I'm trapped there for not trying hard enough in previous years.

I've had a good year thus far. In fact, this is my best year. By how much? 40%. My average grade has improved by 40% since last year, where I received a 49% yearly average. Now I am up to an 89% average. I thought that it would require a fuckload of work, but honestly it's just 1 or 2 hours a night, still, I seriously need to amp it up in order to get the 90+ ATAR I am hoping for. It's really a shame that I didn't try harder in previous years. I can see here, going through my reports. I remember that I actually decided to do the work in year 10 Core Maths for a semester. Looks like I got 100, 100, and 97% for those tests, which is pretty telling I think. I'm sure I'm capable of doing well, I just need to stick to it. It's actually pretty suspicious that I have improved by such a substantial amount. It makes me think that maybe my school is low ranked and easy, and that I need to work extra hard to REALLY do well.

P.S when school is over, I am definitely teaching myself Maths Methods, it looks really fun and interesting.

Anyway, I'll just post some recent results I got and what I thought about them (warning: I am extremely boooooriiiinnnngggg)

Biology: Enzymes Prac Test - 96%.
I was hoping for 100%, and I was disheartened to see that people where getting 80s and 90s, and someone got 100. I know that in order to do well, you need to be better than your cohort. Oh well, still a pretty good mark.

Legal Studies: Criminal Case - 94%.
Damn! Thought I would do better than the last one. Keep making silly mistakes.

English: Opinion on an Issue - 85%
I don't even know what I did as an improvement from last, but I did just receive my best English mark ever, so I'm pretty proud of it.

Physics: Motion - 97%
Hell yeah! Top of the class, baby! I'm pretty happy with that. I was also the only person in the class who got the last question right LOL. I'm still worried for year 12 Physics, I don't know if I'm doing good enough yet, but at least these marks show an increase in performance from the start of the year.

Uh... the date is 5/9/19... I'm out. See you guys next time!

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Re: Mediocre VCE Journal! WARNING: Generic.
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 09:44:19 pm »
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Congrats on the great results! I can definitely relate about making dumb mistakes that make me lose marks on tests.
I can't wait to read your journal :)
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Re: Mediocre VCE Journal! WARNING: Generic.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 08:11:31 pm »
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11/9/19

Had a pretty challenging biology test today on Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.
I know I missed at least one mark, because I answered a question about where chloroplasts are located on a leaf wrong... damn it.
I'm hoping for at least a 90%, which is a bit disappointing as I thought I would be capable of 100%.

I have a physics test coming up soon, so far no problems there.

Anyway, that's it, pretty uneventful sequence of days.

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Re: Mediocre VCE Journal! WARNING: Generic.
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 08:13:14 pm »
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11/9/19

Had a pretty challenging biology test today on Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.
I know I missed at least one mark, because I answered a question about where chloroplasts are located on a leaf wrong... damn it.
I'm hoping for at least a 90%, which is a bit disappointing as I thought I would be capable of 100%.

I have a physics test coming up soon, so far no problems there.

Anyway, that's it, pretty uneventful sequence of days.


Losing marks where you know the answer can be super frustrating but imo it's better to know and get lower marks than to fluke i and not know. Good luck for physics!
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Re: Mediocre VCE Journal! WARNING: Generic.
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2019, 10:58:39 am »
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Awesome to see your journal pop up. Incredibly improvement from last year! What would be your top advice for somebody in a similar position to what you were last year? How have you turned things around? :)
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2019, 02:18:57 pm »
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Hey, I sort of forgot about this journal for a bit... but I'm back now (ikr, exciting). Not much has happened, I got into chess... that's about it really. I joined the chess club and ended up beating a couple of my friends at it. If I recall, I won 5 games and lost 1. Although, I did play against my younger brother 7 times... and lost all 7. That's a given though, he's infuriatingly smart.

Biology: - 93%
I ended up with a 93% on that biology test, top of the class :)
I'm in heavy competition in biology with a classmate, who has been fighting for the number 1 position against me since the start of the year. On this test, he got 91%. Looks like I still have lots of room for improvement.

Further Maths: Bivariate, Univariate Data - 100%
This was so stupid. I finished the test in 14 minutes and somehow got 100%, which ended up being 29% better than the person who got the second highest - insane, right? So far I am CRUISING through further maths. However, I am a bit worried that I might actually be dragged down by my low cohort, I've read that if the results in year 12 are generally low, they scale you down even if you got an excellent mark...

English: Montana 1948 - 78%
78%... fuck. I made such laughable mistakes, such as including additional information in my conclusion, having an inaccurate contention against my arguments... so stupid.

Legal Studies: Civil Case - 100%
100%... again... :) I wonder what could happen if I manage 100% all the way through year 12 in legal studies. It's really interesting how people are approaching me in class asking ME for help, when last year I was supposed to be the dumb kid of the class.

Physics: Physics Application - 86%
86% on a much harder test. 2nd in the class this time, but I did score higher than all my friends who are in Spesh and Methods, which I think is quite funny. I wonder if I can keep this up...

That's just about it, not much happened.
Oh, and @Joseph41, my advice for people in a similar position to me last year... fucking around, getting shit marks... is that it's not too late for you, no matter how bad you're doing at the moment. Also, don't get involved with the wrong crowd - they will negatively influence you. I was apart of the "bad kids" from year 7-10, and it seriously fucked me.