Login | Register

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

February 24, 2020, 06:00:34 am

Author Topic: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student  (Read 520 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

darthone

  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 6
  • Mooing my way through life
  • Respect: +4
Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« on: February 10, 2020, 11:10:21 am »
+8
Hey y'all
Im not too confident with my abilities, and Im hoping making a journal will make me accountable for my work.
I got to a top 10 selective school and im doing: Maths Ext 2, Chemistry, Economics and of course, Advanced English.
I did the 2 Unit maths exam last year, got 94/100. I did not try much for the Trials, but I crammed a lot for HSC, yet I got a two mark difference  ::). I did stuff up a bit on the last questions in the actual HSC exam, when I practiced at home I got high 90's and even 100 once, so I was surprised (in a bad way) with 94.

Im not very confident in my economics and English, looking for some tips or anything like that. Maths and Chemistry is fine. Im decent at maths and I find Chemistry pretty fun  :D

I have around 2 hours of travel time in the train every day, Im thinking of making flashcards (which I have never tried before). I hope to post some samples here to get an opinion of its usefulness, since I have no idea.
Also planning on laminating and adding sheets in the shower + other parts of the house so that I can read them (also something new).

I have trouble with procrastination and game addiction (although right now I'm going cold turkey). Seems to be working, but sometimes I feel like I want to relax and play, for which I can't. Therefore it makes studying or relaxing through other means (eg Youtube, Tv shows) feel less effective and like time waste.

Hit me up with some advise ATAR gods, ill try posting here when possible.

Note: the "Hey y'all" running across the screen at a post indicates a journal entry
Just to separate it from my replies to other comments  :)
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 10:59:09 pm by darthone »
No flex intended.

Bri MT

  • VIC MVP - 2018
  • Administrator
  • ATAR Notes Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3448
  • invest in wellbeing so it can invest in you
  • Respect: +2496
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 11:29:23 am »
+6
Hey!

I used to travel 3 hours each way to uni (so glad I don't do that anymore) and I found doing flashcards on my phone to be a good way to make use of the travel time, as it's often easier to pull out your phone than other study resources. Have you read this article on economics or this one on English tips for math students? Seems like they might be pretty relevant to you.

Good luck with managing your procrastination and with your HSC journey in general!

darthone

  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 6
  • Mooing my way through life
  • Respect: +4
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 06:10:46 pm »
+4
Thanks a lot :)

I found the English article very interesting, maybe ill put some complicated words and their definitions on here too.
Anyways, what apps do you use for flashcards?
No flex intended.

Ionic Doc

  • Forum Obsessive
  • ***
  • Posts: 469
  • Respect: +136
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 07:55:15 pm »
+3
Thanks a lot :)

I found the English article very interesting, maybe ill put some complicated words and their definitions on here too.
Anyways, what apps do you use for flashcards?

Hey, keen to read your journal entries in the future and I love your signature lol.

Anyways as I have been using flashcards this year too, some of the apps I use are Quizlet and Anki.
They're both great but both different. IMO Quizlet is better, you can even search for premade sets on Quizlet instead of having to make your own flashcards. (making your own flashcards is always better though)

Me personally, I like to make physical flashcards that I can carry around, I'm very pen/paper-oriented but yeah Quizlet is more user-friendly and if your able to get Quizlet Pro it's literally the best thing. 

 :D
2019 ~   Psychology 
My Year 11/12 Journey

angewina_naguen

  • HSC Lecturer
  • HSC Moderator
  • Forum Leader
  • *****
  • Posts: 868
  • Musical Theatre Tragic And Ultimate Pun Generator
  • Respect: +621
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 08:25:05 pm »
+4
So excited to read your journal, darthone! The flashcards are a great starting point  ;D Keen to hear more of your HSC journey over the year  :)

-HSC 2018-

-ATAR-
97.50

-UNI 2019-2022-
Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Bri MT

  • VIC MVP - 2018
  • Administrator
  • ATAR Notes Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3448
  • invest in wellbeing so it can invest in you
  • Respect: +2496
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 08:39:28 pm »
+3
Thanks a lot :)

I found the English article very interesting, maybe ill put some complicated words and their definitions on here too.
Anyways, what apps do you use for flashcards?

No worries! :)

I used Quizlet

darthone

  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 6
  • Mooing my way through life
  • Respect: +4
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 09:13:36 am »
+2
Hey y'all,
Basically, I was wondering when I should start doing past papers, I've tried chemistry and economics past papers. The problem is that a lot of questions are ignored as I have not learnt the content.
What should I do? My parents want me to do past papers, but I feel like past papers should be used closer to the trials, and that instead I should work on making notes by going through the text book instead of doing past papers based on what I learnt so far. Is there anything else you recommend?
Today, I don't have school so a quick reply would be greatly appreciated so that I can begin right away.

TL;DR
Two options to study:

Do Past Papers
Learn from mistakes and by researching questions

Make notes by going through textbooks
Learn everything and apply to past papers closer to the exam date.

Word of the Day
Beleaguered
- to lay siege to
- to put in a very difficult position
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 10:59:45 pm by darthone »
No flex intended.

Bri MT

  • VIC MVP - 2018
  • Administrator
  • ATAR Notes Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3448
  • invest in wellbeing so it can invest in you
  • Respect: +2496
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2020, 09:56:56 am »
+4
Hey,

If you're ready to do exam style questions you might want to try finding some by topic  rather than doing whole papers at this stage. If you don't feel like you have the knowledge, skills & understanding for exam-style questions I recommend developing those things first. Imo when you start exam style questions should be based on that rather than a date

darthone

  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 6
  • Mooing my way through life
  • Respect: +4
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2020, 10:09:32 am »
0
Thanks for the advice :)
Are there any good websites or anything like that, or do I have to go through each paper to filter the topic questions out?

No flex intended.

Bri MT

  • VIC MVP - 2018
  • Administrator
  • ATAR Notes Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3448
  • invest in wellbeing so it can invest in you
  • Respect: +2496
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2020, 10:52:53 am »
+3
I'm not sure about economics but you can find some questions here for vce chem (vce and hsc have significant overlap in topics):
- groups of questions with topic highlighted
- revision questions - no answers


angewina_naguen

  • HSC Lecturer
  • HSC Moderator
  • Forum Leader
  • *****
  • Posts: 868
  • Musical Theatre Tragic And Ultimate Pun Generator
  • Respect: +621
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2020, 07:37:50 pm »
+4
Hey y'all,

Basically, I was wondering when I should start doing past papers, I've tried chemistry and economics past papers. The problem is that a lot of questions are ignored as I have not learnt the content.
What should I do? My parents want me to do past papers, but I feel like past papers should be used closer to the trials, and that instead I should work on making notes by going through the text book instead of doing past papers based on what I learnt so far. Is there anything else you recommend?
Today, I don't have school so a quick reply would be greatly appreciated so that I can begin right away.

TL;DR
Two options to study:

Do Past Papers
Learn from mistakes and by researching questions

Make notes by going through textbooks
Learn everything and apply to past papers closer to the exam date.

Word of the Day
Beleaguered
- to lay siege to
- to put in a very difficult position

Hey, darthone!

I didn't do the subjects you mentioned above so I won't be as much of help but I do have a suggested approach for English. I would recommend motivating yourself to attempt a practice essay question for the module you're studying done and submit it to your teacher for marking by the end of a fortnight period. I started doing this in Term 2 and found it really effective because it helped me gauge how to best utilise the two weeks I had before my English assessment was due when it was coming up and I gained a momentum that stayed for the rest of the year. It also exposed me to a variety of essay questions I could possibly get asked and by the time Trials came, I was even writing original questions to test my knowledge of the rubric and to tackle other possibilities I hadn't faced. Even if the essay attempt isn't your best work, still force yourself to give it in to your teacher so you can get feedback and gradually improve your writing over time. It will take a lot of self-discipline but it reaps rewards beyond compare.

See if this is something that might work for you and good luck with finding the best study strategies for the rest of your subjects!

Angelina  ;D
« Last Edit: February 18, 2020, 09:58:02 am by angewina_naguen »

-HSC 2018-

-ATAR-
97.50

-UNI 2019-2022-
Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

darthone

  • Adventurer
  • *
  • Posts: 6
  • Mooing my way through life
  • Respect: +4
Re: Stressed and Complacent - The Journal of a Confused Student
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2020, 10:40:11 pm »
+4
Hey y'all,
My studying process hasn't been going well lately. I have been stuck in a homework cycle, and I never find much time for self study. It think this is partly due to the reason I'm still trying to find a method to self study. If anyone got some very detailed methods please help :(

Also matching my school ranking with my ATAR, I'm estimated to get 95. I do feel somewhat demotivated, but I am unsure to why for some reason. Maybe its because I was expecting a higher ATAR, or maybe its just stress building for the lack of self study.

In all honesty, just looking for someone who was in a similar situation to help me get back on track.

BTW, I deleted all (addictive) social media and games, so procrastination isn't a reason as to my aforementioned 'homework cycle'. I think its partly because the only goals I have is to finish homework. I think once I learn the technique to self-study, I can set goals to self study for a certain amount, making me more efficient in completing homework, therefore allowing me to self study.
Sorry to sound so whiny, it'll get better later  ;D

Word of the Day
Antithesis
- A contrast or opposition between two things
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 11:00:16 pm by darthone »
No flex intended.