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lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« on: July 12, 2020, 08:08:21 pm »
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Hello!

I'm currently mid-way through year 10 and procrastinating doing math homework by making a VCE journal! I've been very much addicted to reading VCE journals so I've decided to make my own VCE journal, mainly as a way to log my process and my ups and downs throughout the journey.

This semester I've done unit 1 and 2 biology and methods and my results have been... less than satisfactory. However, while I've been failing almost every test in methods, I recently got a 98% for one of my tests. I'm trying to hang on to every last speck of that feeling of pride as motivation to feel that feeling again. I'm trying to remind myself that hard work really does pay off in more ways than I think. I'm really hoping I can pull good marks consistently in unit 2 methods and ride that wave of productivity towards a good exam score.

For year 11 and 12 I'm looking to do english language, chemistry, psychology, physics and specialist maths. This means I'll be doing seven VCE subjects which is torture to some, but advantageous to me. I'm planning to do spesh as my extra year 12 subject, meaning I wouldn't be doing unit 1 and 2 spesh. This is really just for fun and to possibly get a taste of that sweet, sweet scaling that everyone at my school raves about.

In the future, my main goal is to get into medicine, but I'm not keeping my hopes up due to the competition to get into that course. All I really want is a 90+ ATAR so I have some freedom in looking into courses in the science and health departments. I'm not that fussy, and I love learning new things, so I'm not going to be overly disappointed if I don't get into my dream course.

Tomorrow I go back to doing in-school VCE subjects and the next week will be the additional remote learning for my year 10 subjects. The only thing I'm looking forward to is the fact I get to bring my bag to class this week, which means no extensive walking across the school. However, I'm probably going to be doing a math test tomorrow since my teacher doesn't know what school holidays does to the brain, so wish me luck!

I'll most likely update this either in a few days or until I have enough content to ramble on about to make a good journal entry. :)
« Last Edit: July 12, 2020, 08:22:30 pm by lucyaii »
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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2020, 09:27:22 pm »
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Hi Lucy!

Glad to welcome you to AN and the VCE Journals :)

Any reason for your goal for medicine or your VCE subjects?

If you need any help for methods, feel free to PM me. I also completed methods 1/2 in year 10 as an accelerated subject and I assure you while it isn't easy it definitely pays of!

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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2020, 04:01:09 pm »
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Hi Lucy!

Glad to welcome you to AN and the VCE Journals :)

Any reason for your goal for medicine or your VCE subjects?

If you need any help for methods, feel free to PM me. I also completed methods 1/2 in year 10 as an accelerated subject and I assure you while it isn't easy it definitely pays of!

Eloise 8)

Thank you for the welcome!
Medicine has always been one of my possible career paths for a long time as I've always had an admiration for doctors and how they help people during their most vulnerable times. I've also loved learning about biology and the human body, so I thought medicine would be the way to go. :)

Also thank you for the offer! I'll probably have to take you up on it since math isn't my strongest suit haha.
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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2020, 04:34:54 pm »
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It's been a week since I've last updated and... this week has been kinda disappointing. So here's a quick update!

Methods:
On Monday I got my methods results back and it was less that satisfactory. Nearly the whole class failed (including me) so the atmosphere was a little depressing. My teacher then dropped the bomb on us that we need an average of above 70% to continue methods. I could literally hear the air being sucked out of the room... or maybe it was just me. I quickly calculated my average and I am just over. The rest of the week I've been studying like a maniac in order to maintain my average so I don't fall behind. Next week we have a test on probability which is my weakest topic so I am very anxious but I'm trying to smile through the pain. :)

Biology
On Tuesday I got my exam results back and it was basically a repeat of Monday. Fails across the board. Around half of the class failed and I was amongst them. Apparently the teachers made a decision to take off all the easy questions from the test and add questions that were apart of head start. The same head start that I didn't attend due to VYLC trip... nice. I thought biology would be one of my stronger subjects but I guess not haha. I'm just trying to use this failure to motivate me to do better.

General:
Anyways, course counselling is coming up next week and I'm kind of excited? I've been super stressed on what to pick for VCE. I wanted to do physics but now I want to switch it with further. I also probably can't do spesh, so I'm wondering whether I should just switch it with accounting. Theres so. many. choices. Core classes are also starting back next week with remote learning and I am less than excited.

That's it for my update. A little depressing but I hope I can redeem myself. I'll most likely update again at mid-week next week because remote learning is always quite eventful in my case.
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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2020, 04:54:41 pm »
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Hey!

Welcome to the forums :)

I did almost exactly the same subjects as you for my VCE! (couldn't do spec because my school didn't offer it :( made up for it with uni maths tho)

Also remember you're only in year 10 - your marks now can't tell you what ATAR you'll get and you've got time to adjust your study methods and see what works so try not to be too disheartened by not getting the results you want now.

Good luck for next week!

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2020, 07:07:37 pm »
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Hey!

Welcome to the forums :)

I did almost exactly the same subjects as you for my VCE! (couldn't do spec because my school didn't offer it :( made up for it with uni maths tho)

Also remember you're only in year 10 - your marks now can't tell you what ATAR you'll get and you've got time to adjust your study methods and see what works so try not to be too disheartened by not getting the results you want now.

Good luck for next week!

It's hard to not get down on myself but thank-you for the advice. I'm mainly using this year to test out various study methods while I still have the chance to experiment. Hopefully I can find something that works for me... :)
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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2020, 07:19:48 pm »
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It's hard to not get down on myself

Ey, it wasn't long ago when I struggled with the same problem. We all know after completing something, we could've done better. No one here's a Doctor Who (at least not that I know of).  A good approach would be after understanding what you could've improved, write down in a journal (digital or physical or even both lol) your mistakes or tribulations, and what you could've done to improve the outcome. E.g. the study methods your testing out. Write down the ones that didn't work well for you and what could've improved that method and what methods were better and vice versa. 

Have fun :)
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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2020, 06:18:57 pm »
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Hello Lucy and welcome to AN and the VCE Journals!  ;D (If you want an example of how NOT to do a journal I would suggest looking at mine)

Just thought I'd let you know that it is perfectly normal to feel confused or overwhelmed by all the subject choices. (I'm in Year 11 and I still don't know which subjects I want to do for VCE lol) The best advice I can give is try to avoid choosing subjects based on your perceived difficulty of them or their scaling. If you choose a subject that genuinely interest you, this will outweigh any scaling because you will actually be motivated to learn and study the subject. (This will in turn make it easier.)

I know it's difficult to not get down on yourself after a bad test ahem me after butchering my methods sac last week. Keep in mind that you are only in Year 10 and there is plenty of time to improve, iron out mistakes and experiment with what helps you learn and study the best. It's clear that you have a lot of pride in your school work and you are eager to learn and grow, so you're already halfway there!  :)

Best of luck for the rest of the week!  :)
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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2020, 10:27:45 pm »
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A good approach would be after understanding what you could've improved, write down in a journal (digital or physical or even both lol) your mistakes or tribulations, and what you could've done to improve the outcome. E.g. the study methods your testing out. Write down the ones that didn't work well for you and what could've improved that method and what methods were better and vice versa. 

Thank-you for the advice! I'm still trialling a few more study methods but the journal is helping a lot to understand what method is best for me. It's a slow process but it will definitely help in the long run. :)

Just thought I'd let you know that it is perfectly normal to feel confused or overwhelmed by all the subject choices. (I'm in Year 11 and I still don't know which subjects I want to do for VCE lol) The best advice I can give is try to avoid choosing subjects based on your perceived difficulty of them or their scaling. If you choose a subject that genuinely interest you, this will outweigh any scaling because you will actually be motivated to learn and study the subject. (This will in turn make it easier.)

I know it's difficult to not get down on yourself after a bad test ahem me after butchering my methods sac last week. Keep in mind that you are only in Year 10 and there is plenty of time to improve, iron out mistakes and experiment with what helps you learn and study the best. It's clear that you have a lot of pride in your school work and you are eager to learn and grow, so you're already halfway there!  :)

Best of luck for the rest of the week!  :)

I still dwell on my marks for months after the test, so thank-you for the comforting words. I've also taken your advice and chosen my subjects based on enjoyment rather than scaling and I think I'm happy with my choice, though I can't be too happy when it comes to school. I'll make sure to check out your VCE journal because I'm sure it's not as inconsistent as mine haha

Thank-you for the reply! :)


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Re: lucy's journey to the 90+ club
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2020, 11:19:57 pm »
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UPDATE TIME!!!
I've been having fun with the text formatting as you can see...

Remote learning has started and I want it to end... immediately. There are more cons than pros when it comes to remote learning, the only pro being that I don't have to wear my uniform. Anyways, onto the subjects.

Methods:
My probability test went amazing and I was shocked to see that I got a high grade since probability is my worst subject. However, that role was quickly fulfilled by the bane of my existence, polynomials. I cannot understand a single thing in that damn topic. I thought factorising those long ass equations was enough but then they had to add graphs??? Are they trying to kill me??? On top of that I cannot concentrate one bit with remote learning. Last term I literally just set up a camera to record the meeting and then left because it was THAT boring. Methods does NOT pass the vibe check.

Biology:
Slightly lost with this subject but I still love her ;D. We've been learning about reproduction which is interesting enough, but I feel very lost. I understand the material but I don't know what I'm doing? I write all my notes after the lesson but recently all the information I retained just melts into one big mush. Maybe if I just stopped procrastinating...  :'(

Subjects that I do not care about:
And this is where science, humanities, English and PE will go! I'm actually trying with English since I need it for my future but I cbs doing any of the other subjects. I don't think I have completed a single worksheet my humanities teacher has put out. It's bad, I know, but I can't manage my time outside of a classroom for the life of me and it's driving me insane.

General:
I finished my subject selections a few weeks ago and the course counsellor said I most likely will get into all of my subjects!! The final choice was: Englang, physics, biology, methods, accounting and chemistry. I'm very excited for next year as I will be doing subjects that I actually care about ;D. I've also been kinda sad as I've just now come to the realisation that all of the work experience and programs I applied to are now cancelled due to coronavirus. I was really looking forward to this one program for girls looking to be scientists and we get to conduct our own research with other female scientists and it looked so fun :( I was also guaranteed a place since no one turned in their forms in time... I guess it is what it is.

Anyways, it's Friday tomorrow and I have a bajillion worksheets to complete before then so I will now stop rambling and actually end this post. Thank-you for reading!!

2021: methods [goal 35+] | biology [goal 40+]
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