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Potato's VCE Journey
« on: August 01, 2020, 08:39:30 pm »
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Introduction
Hello everyone! I've been stalking everyone's VCE Journals and after a 6 month contemplation I've decided to make my own VCE Journal! I'm in Year 11 and I'm going to graduate from Cory in 2021, and I really want to be able to come back, read my journey, and see how far I've grown. I also want to contribute more to AN as I have always been the one to ask questions, and honestly I just want to develop more confidence in myself so this VCE journal is a great way to put myself out there as you all are generally so supportive and positive!!
Anyways, a little about what subjects I'm doing:

Bio 3/4
I love it so much! It's so much fun just learning content which you can apply to yourself and the world around you! We're currently doing evolution right now and it's so much fun! That being said, immunity was definitely my favourite aos. In Unit 3, I think I did okay.. my sac average is 88% and I'm around rank 10. In Unit 4 my performance dropped a little in the aos 3 sac with an 80% (I have no idea what my rank is but from many conversations I think it's around rank 15-20). I just did the aos 2 sac on Wednesday and I'm pretty upset with how I went... I had a panic attack during the sac and to the point where I couldn't read the words sometimes. I lost two easy marks which everyone else got, and it was a relatively easy sac so I'm expecting a low mark. Anyways, it's all about picking yourself back up and doing better next time, so I've contacted a psychologist to help me manage my anxiety better!

English
I've always been a B+ student in English and tbh I never liked it much, but something changed this year and I really love English! I probably sound dumb but I love how you can just analyse and judge intricacies in texts and just put it on paper. I'm happy with my progress in English and I'm excited to become a better writer! We're doing Into the Wild and Tracks which tbh I found really boring at the start but now I find analysing the protagonists' psyche really fun!

Methods
Maths has always been my strength so methods has been so much fun! I love how structured maths is and I find a certain beauty to graphs. Am I a nerd? We're doing trigonometric functions right now and I love it!

General Maths
As much as I love maths, GM is really dry and easy. I wish it was more challenging! Financial maths is coming up some day or another so I'm excited for that.

Chemistry
Love Chem! It's a strength for me and similar to Bio I love how you can apply minute details to our everyday world. Right now, we're doing water and redox reactions, and we're moving so fast through the content!

Health and Human Development
1/2 is pretty cool but also kinda dry. I'm really excited for 3/4 though, where we'll learn about how organisations help make the entire world a better place and such!

A little bit about me: I love reading books, writing stories, and I'm currently working on an app for the first time! Like many AN users out here, my dream is to get into medicine and become a paediatrician or ob/gyn. If I don't get into med, I'll go into physio, radiography (I'm really interested in sonography), or another allied health course. The reason why the allied health courses are my back up and not my first preference is because physicians get to diagnose and lead the patient recovery, and I love leading and problem solving (but this isn't my main motive for aiming for med)

My goals for 2020 are:

1. Get 40+ study score for Biology
2. Finish and upload my app to the App Store
3. Learn to cook at least 10 Indian dishes
4. Be able to manage my anxiety and develop a more positive thought pattern
5. Handle at least five house chores a day (I know this is not a lot, but I'm not really good at maintaining these kind of habits lol)
6. Contribute more to AN and answer more questions on the Bio thread
7. Exercise everyday for at least 30 minutes (I have a feeling this is going to be the hardest. I'm so lazy lol)

 Anyways, I'm so excited to start this journey and I hope you also achieve your goals for the year!
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2021: Methods, Chemistry, HHD, English, Further

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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 08:55:00 pm »
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Hey Potato!

Congrats on starting your VCE Journal! I don't usually post on the VCE forum, but I saw that one of your goals was to develop an app which sounds super cool! Are you planning on going onto computer science by any chance?

Also about your subjects, why not choose to do a higher level of maths and perhaps a technology course? It seems like it would suit your skills a bit better? Otherwise, it seems like a really well rounded and enjoyable selection!
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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 08:57:54 pm »
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Welcome to the VCE journal side of AN :)

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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 09:06:39 pm »
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Hey Potato!

Congrats on starting your VCE Journal! I don't usually post on the VCE forum, but I saw that one of your goals was to develop an app which sounds super cool! Are you planning on going onto computer science by any chance?

Also about your subjects, why not choose to do a higher level of maths and perhaps a technology course? It seems like it would suit your skills a bit better? Otherwise, it seems like a really well rounded and enjoyable selection!
Hi Justin_L! Computer science is definitely a backup! My passion is to mix computer science and a health science/ med to improve the technological aspect of medicine. I'm developing an app for parents of autistic children in Australia so they can receive support when raising their children after diagnosis. A relative of mine was diagnosed when I was 9/10 and their parents when through hell trying to navigate through funds and learning how to raise a child. For now, I'm prioritising a science related degree but I've also got my eyes on computer science!
I didn't pick Specialist Maths because I felt that to balance my extracurriculars I needed a chill subject (so I picked GM). I really wanted to do software dev for a 6th vce subject but our school took it off the options last year. I was really annoyed when I opened this year's options and they reintroduced software dev. Thank you for your warm welcome!!  ;D

Welcome to the VCE journal side of AN :)


Thank you!  :D
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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 06:44:04 am »
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Hey, looks like this is going to be an awesome journal and congratulations on your first VCE journal entry!

Hi Justin_L! Computer science is definitely a backup! My passion is to mix computer science and a health science/ med to improve the technological aspect of medicine. I'm developing an app for parents of autistic children in Australia so they can receive support when raising their children after diagnosis. A relative of mine was diagnosed when I was 9/10 and their parents when through hell trying to navigate through funds and learning how to raise a child. For now, I'm prioritising a science related degree but I've also got my eyes on computer science!
I didn't pick Specialist Maths because I felt that to balance my extracurriculars I needed a chill subject (so I picked GM). I really wanted to do software dev for a 6th vce subject but our school took it off the options last year. I was really annoyed when I opened this year's options and they reintroduced software dev. Thank you for your warm welcome!!  ;D
Thank you!  :D
This is actually amazing! How long have you been working on the app and when do you think you will finish it? It sucks that they took software off the list as a subject (it looks like it would have really suited you!), hopefully you'll get a chance to explore more about computer software development and computer science after high school (even if you do end up going into a science/med course).

What type of extracurricular activities do you do? Also are you inspired to cook Indian dishes because you simply like their food or do you have an Indian heritage?

Can't wait to follow more of this journal, have a great week!  ;D
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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2020, 08:58:24 am »
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Hello homeworkisapotato! (I love your username by the way, very cool  8))
So glad that you started a VCE Journal!

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We're currently doing evolution right now and it's so much fun!
I'm so happy I found someone who loves evolution because sadly everyone I know doesn't.  :( Which aspect of evolution interests you? I really love human evolution because I think it's super cool that we can trace the human species so far back in time.
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Anyways, it's all about picking yourself back up and doing better next time, so I've contacted a psychologist to help me manage my anxiety better!
This is so good that you're trying to improve for your next sac! With that mindful improvement and resilence I'm sure you can get that 40+!  ;D

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I'm currently working on an app for the first time!
Like people above me have said, this is super cool!! It's amazing how you're combining your interests with helping people to achieve a great product!

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3. Learn to cook at least 10 Indian dishes
Indian food's my favourite, maybe I'm slightly biased lol  8). Which Indian dishes are you thinking of making? Does that mean you like really spicy food?

I can't wait to see your future updates and follow you on your VCE Journey!!  ;D
Have a good day!
« Last Edit: August 02, 2020, 09:04:32 am by Evolio »
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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2020, 11:00:25 am »
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Hey, looks like this is going to be an awesome journal and congratulations on your first VCE journal entry!
This is actually amazing! How long have you been working on the app and when do you think you will finish it? It sucks that they took software off the list as a subject (it looks like it would have really suited you!), hopefully you'll get a chance to explore more about computer software development and computer science after high school (even if you do end up going into a science/med course).

What type of extracurricular activities do you do? Also are you inspired to cook Indian dishes because you simply like their food or do you have an Indian heritage?

Can't wait to follow more of this journal, have a great week!  ;D
Thank you for reading my journal!! It means a lot  ;D
I started this app a bit before the term holidays and I really want to finish the app before the end of the year but we'll see how it goes as I'm trying really hard to find a work life balance. I used to play the piano and I was studying for the AMEB Grade 3 exams but covid happened so I've put it on a hold for now. I love baking and now that my school is in lockdown I can do more! I also love reading fantasy books and writing my own stories every now and then while listening to music. I'm currently planning an urban fantasy novel right now so hopefully when I finally hit that perfect balance between studying and chill time I can start writing again! I'm Indian and my parents are trying to get me to cook food that is tasty AND healthy, so unfortunately they won't let me cook butter chicken everyday. Btw I love your vce journal and your guide to Bio..literally saved my sac marks!

Hello homeworkisapotato! (I love your username by the way, very cool  8))
Ahahahaha thank you!
So glad that you started a VCE Journal!
I'm so happy I found someone who loves evolution because sadly everyone I know doesn't.  :( Which aspect of evolution interests you? I really love human evolution because I think it's super cool that we can trace the human species so far back in time. This is so good that you're trying to improve for your next sac! With that mindful improvement and resilence I'm sure you can get that 40+!  ;D
Thank you for reading my journal and your kind words! Hopefully 40 is still not too out of reach haha! We did aos 2 before aos 1 so I think we're quite behind and we haven't reached human evolution yet (but I'm SO excited for that). To be honest the whole ethical issues stuff in aos 2 was kinda dry and I'm really happy we're kinda done with that until exam revision time. We're up to fossils now and honestly I love it all equally. When I was young I was a HUGE dinosaur nerd and evolution is really interesting because I can apply it to dinosaurs lol.
Like people above me have said, this is super cool!! It's amazing how you're combining your interests with helping people to achieve a great product!
Indian food's my favourite, maybe I'm slightly biased lol  8). Which Indian dishes are you thinking of making? Does that mean you like really spicy food?

I can't wait to see your future updates and follow you on your VCE Journey!!  ;D
Have a good day!
Thank you! Honestly it's kind of daunting to make an app because there are quite a few good apps for parents of autistic children already. Unfortunately a lot of the good apps cost money and I don't think it's really fair to charge money for areas of mental health.
I love spicy food but for some reason my tolerance for spicy food has decreased significantly. My parents think I only pretend to find the vegetarian food spicy so I don't have to eat it but I seriously cannot eat spicy food  :'(
I want to start easy with:
1. Indian tea and coffee (idek if there's such a thing called Indian coffee but everyone loves my mum's filter coffee so I want to master it)
2. malai kofta (paneer balls in curry)
3. Channa curry (chickpea in curry) and rice (I seriously don't know how to make rice. I know it's sad but I have never been interested to cook Indian food until recently)
4. Everyday south indian meals (south indian food that we actually eat everyday contains a lot of vegetables cooked in different ways and I have always been put off from eating them because I don't like the way it's cooked. I really want to change that so I'm going to learn how to cook it and gain a better sense of appreciation for the food)
5. Chicken 65 (South indian spicy fried chicken. So good.)
6. Chilli chicken (my favourite. so good)

I look forward to continuing my vce journal with you guys! Thank you for reading  :D
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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2020, 10:31:12 pm »
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Introduction
Hello everyone! I've been stalking everyone's VCE Journals and after a 6 month contemplation I've decided to make my own VCE Journal! I'm in Year 11 and I'm going to graduate from Cory in 2021, and I really want to be able to come back, read my journey, and see how far I've grown. I also want to contribute more to AN as I have always been the one to ask questions, and honestly I just want to develop more confidence in myself so this VCE journal is a great way to put myself out there as you all are generally so supportive and positive!!
Anyways, a little about what subjects I'm doing:

Bio 3/4
I love it so much! It's so much fun just learning content which you can apply to yourself and the world around you! We're currently doing evolution right now and it's so much fun! That being said, immunity was definitely my favourite aos. In Unit 3, I think I did okay.. my sac average is 88% and I'm around rank 10. In Unit 4 my performance dropped a little in the aos 3 sac with an 80% (I have no idea what my rank is but from many conversations I think it's around rank 15-20). I just did the aos 2 sac on Wednesday and I'm pretty upset with how I went... I had a panic attack during the sac and to the point where I couldn't read the words sometimes. I lost two easy marks which everyone else got, and it was a relatively easy sac so I'm expecting a low mark. Anyways, it's all about picking yourself back up and doing better next time, so I've contacted a psychologist to help me manage my anxiety better!

English
I've always been a B+ student in English and tbh I never liked it much, but something changed this year and I really love English! I probably sound dumb but I love how you can just analyse and judge intricacies in texts and just put it on paper. I'm happy with my progress in English and I'm excited to become a better writer! We're doing Into the Wild and Tracks which tbh I found really boring at the start but now I find analysing the protagonists' psyche really fun!

Methods
Maths has always been my strength so methods has been so much fun! I love how structured maths is and I find a certain beauty to graphs. Am I a nerd? We're doing trigonometric functions right now and I love it!

General Maths
As much as I love maths, GM is really dry and easy. I wish it was more challenging! Financial maths is coming up some day or another so I'm excited for that.

Chemistry
Love Chem! It's a strength for me and similar to Bio I love how you can apply minute details to our everyday world. Right now, we're doing water and redox reactions, and we're moving so fast through the content!

Health and Human Development
1/2 is pretty cool but also kinda dry. I'm really excited for 3/4 though, where we'll learn about how organisations help make the entire world a better place and such!

A little bit about me: I love reading books, writing stories, and I'm currently working on an app for the first time! Like many AN users out here, my dream is to get into medicine and become a paediatrician or ob/gyn. If I don't get into med, I'll go into physio, radiography (I'm really interested in sonography), or another allied health course. The reason why the allied health courses are my back up and not my first preference is because physicians get to diagnose and lead the patient recovery, and I love leading and problem solving (but this isn't my main motive for aiming for med)

My goals for 2020 are:

1. Get 40+ study score for Biology
2. Finish and upload my app to the App Store
3. Learn to cook at least 10 Indian dishes
4. Be able to manage my anxiety and develop a more positive thought pattern
5. Handle at least five house chores a day (I know this is not a lot, but I'm not really good at maintaining these kind of habits lol)
6. Contribute more to AN and answer more questions on the Bio thread
7. Exercise everyday for at least 30 minutes (I have a feeling this is going to be the hardest. I'm so lazy lol)

 Anyways, I'm so excited to start this journey and I hope you also achieve your goals for the year!


Whoaaaaaa, you're so ambitious!!!! I rlly hope you'll maintain your outstanding work to achieve them, unlike me who kinda slacks off while halfway there hahah. That's a rlly great reason of staring your journal! It would be rlly great to be able to look back and see how much you've matured, and that can be a valuable source for your learning journey in life.

Honestly, I can relate heaps to you, particularly your 4th and 7th goal, those two aren't that easy to be managed.

GOAL 4:
Since yr 11, I occasionally have a RLLY bad anxiety and panic attacks when it comes to school stuff (won't go into the deets), but I'm not sure if I still have it as I haven't been having it lately for the first time in two years, so I should be good for now. I can offer you a few tips to help you manage your anxiety whenever you do have one.

Tips:
* Whenever you have one, you should talk to a very close friend about it, don't keep it to yourself, otherwise you'll just bring more burden to yourself, which you wouldn't want. It doesn't matter how many times you have anxiety, it'd be a good idea if you do always tell them about it cuz it has helped me heaps, given that I have rlly bad anxiety.
* It'd be a good idea if you do tell your parents about it, and it has worked for me well. If your relationship with your parents isn't too stable, it'd be good to slowly work on it and discuss it with them, then it'll eventually work. They're the ones who'll be there for your 24/7 (unless you don't live with them), and they'll be there to offer you support in real life. I used to not have a very opening relationship with them (only to some extent), but now I'm a bit more open to them than before, and my mental health has become a lot better than before, tho there are times I do feel p shit, but yeah.
* If you have an anxiety while doing work, take a break, and distract yourself, such as doing something you enjoy or talking to someone who you trust, as aforementioned. It's not worth doing work while having it cuz you'll only just hold yourself up while not being able to think clearly.
* It probably doesn't make sense, but it's true: make sure to have enough sleep cuz you're more prone to having it with little sleep, and that normally happens to me when I don't receive enough sleep, where I do end up having a bit of anxiety while at school, tho I try v hard to hide it.
* Reward yourself over the weekend, such as having foods you like to eat. For me, I rlly love boba and I enjoy eating out. Now this is tricky due to COVID-19. If there's a fast-food place or drink store near your home, lucky you. If not, probs have to find an alternative way to reward yourself.

GOAL 7:
I used to exercise everyday, but for the past week, due to my abdominal pain, I couldn't do any exercises unfortunately. Exercising is very beneficial for you for a number of reasons, such as making you feel happy due to the release of serotonin and endorphin, allowing you to improve on your cardiovascular fitness, uhhhhh I forgot what else. I learnt this in psych last year ahahah.

I hope these help, and good luck with living in this hard lockdown!!!!! Ik it'll be very difficult, but we're in the same boat, so we got this!!!!

From mi-xao-14 ^^

P.S. thank you so much for your reply to my journal, I appreciate heaps!!!! : )))))))

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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2020, 10:06:02 am »
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Whoaaaaaa, you're so ambitious!!!! I rlly hope you'll maintain your outstanding work to achieve them, unlike me who kinda slacks off while halfway there hahah. That's a rlly great reason of staring your journal! It would be rlly great to be able to look back and see how much you've matured, and that can be a valuable source for your learning journey in life.
Thank you for reading my journal and your sweet and positive attitude!!!

Honestly, I can relate heaps to you, particularly your 4th and 7th goal, those two aren't that easy to be managed.

GOAL 4:
Since yr 11, I occasionally have a RLLY bad anxiety and panic attacks when it comes to school stuff (won't go into the deets), but I'm not sure if I still have it as I haven't been having it lately for the first time in two years, so I should be good for now. I can offer you a few tips to help you manage your anxiety whenever you do have one.

Tips:
* Whenever you have one, you should talk to a very close friend about it, don't keep it to yourself, otherwise you'll just bring more burden to yourself, which you wouldn't want. It doesn't matter how many times you have anxiety, it'd be a good idea if you do always tell them about it cuz it has helped me heaps, given that I have rlly bad anxiety.
* It'd be a good idea if you do tell your parents about it, and it has worked for me well. If your relationship with your parents isn't too stable, it'd be good to slowly work on it and discuss it with them, then it'll eventually work. They're the ones who'll be there for your 24/7 (unless you don't live with them), and they'll be there to offer you support in real life. I used to not have a very opening relationship with them (only to some extent), but now I'm a bit more open to them than before, and my mental health has become a lot better than before, tho there are times I do feel p shit, but yeah.
* If you have an anxiety while doing work, take a break, and distract yourself, such as doing something you enjoy or talking to someone who you trust, as aforementioned. It's not worth doing work while having it cuz you'll only just hold yourself up while not being able to think clearly.
* It probably doesn't make sense, but it's true: make sure to have enough sleep cuz you're more prone to having it with little sleep, and that normally happens to me when I don't receive enough sleep, where I do end up having a bit of anxiety while at school, tho I try v hard to hide it.
* Reward yourself over the weekend, such as having foods you like to eat. For me, I rlly love boba and I enjoy eating out. Now this is tricky due to COVID-19. If there's a fast-food place or drink store near your home, lucky you. If not, probs have to find an alternative way to reward yourself.

GOAL 7:
I used to exercise everyday, but for the past week, due to my abdominal pain, I couldn't do any exercises unfortunately. Exercising is very beneficial for you for a number of reasons, such as making you feel happy due to the release of serotonin and endorphin, allowing you to improve on your cardiovascular fitness, uhhhhh I forgot what else. I learnt this in psych last year ahahah.

I hope these help, and good luck with living in this hard lockdown!!!!! Ik it'll be very difficult, but we're in the same boat, so we got this!!!!

From mi-xao-14 ^^

P.S. thank you so much for your reply to my journal, I appreciate heaps!!!! : )))))))
Thank you so much for those amazing tips! All of those tips are so helpful and I can definitely see areas of improvement for me to work on to reduce my anxiety  ;D I can't put into words on how much that advice means to me!! I hope you are doing well in these difficult times and don't hesitate to message me if you ever want to talk about well anything haha! Your kind words mean a lot and I look forward to reading your journal  :)
2020: Biology
2021: Methods, Chemistry, HHD, English, Further

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Re: Potato's VCE Journey
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2020, 10:17:51 am »
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Hello Potato!  :)
I love methods too! Seems like you're achieving so much in VCE. As someone who is taking further this year, you'll love financial maths (I found the core data the most hardest to learn out of the course so far because there's so much reading and understanding of the terminology involved)! Financial maths involves a lot more understanding of the number recursions and exponentials in general.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of your endeavours. (And please, let me know the day you've learnt to cook 10 indian dishes because I love to eat  ;))

- Mary

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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2020, 10:29:26 am »
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Hello Potato!  :)
I love methods too! Seems like you're achieving so much in VCE. As someone who is taking further this year, you'll love financial maths (I found the core data the most hardest to learn out of the course so far because there's so much reading and understanding of the terminology involved)! Financial maths involves a lot more understanding of the number recursions and exponentials in general.
Hi Mary!
Great to see another fan of methods! A lot of people complain about methods which makes me sad because I feel that maths has a beauty to it.. but to each their own! Wow, I'm a lot more excited to start financial maths now ahaha how is further going? I've heard it's super competitive so I'm excited to start it next year.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of your endeavours. (And please, let me know the day you've learnt to cook 10 indian dishes because I love to eat  ;))

- Mary
Bahaha I will definitely let you know as I tick each Indian food off and if I take a photo before I devour the food I will upload it on this journal. Thank you for reading my journal, it means a lot!! I'm excited to read your VCE Journal as well (I haven't had a chance to yet but I will definitely read it by today :))
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2021: Methods, Chemistry, HHD, English, Further

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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2020, 10:38:07 pm »
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Term 3 Week 4
First week of online learning and it started off a bit bleary tbh but I've picked up in terms of productivity!

English
English is kinda hard to do without a teacher constantly spitting out deadlines lol. However, in our zoom call our teacher made us do an analysis of a theme (btw I'm doing Into the Wild and Tracks) and it went alright. I've made a document full of themes, quotes, issues, and other stuff for both texts and tomorrow I'm going to write a paragraph comparing the theme of Identity and Self Discovery to ease into comparative.

 Methods
I did a few subchapters in Trigonometric Functions and thankfully it's pretty easy so far. Going to do more of that tomorrow and go a bit ahead of class. Our sac in methods is coming in a few weeks but I think but this is probably one of my most chillest subject rn.

General Maths
Hella behind in this subject because I had other sacs to study for. We have a sac for matrices and networks which was scheduled for this friday but I think it's been postponed. I need to do these chapters by the end of the week oof. Matrices is easy but networks has stuff to remember. Memorising networks is definitely not hard but it's dry and I'd rather use those brain cells to memorise types of fossils haha. Praying for financial maths to come quickly lol

Chemistry
We have a sac coming up next week covering Unit 2 AOS 1 (all the water stuff) so I need to quickly finish the chapter review questions for Acids and Bases, take notes for Redox, and finish the chapter questions for Redox. I'm aiming to get up to finishing notes for Redox tomorrow, and the chapter questions can be done on Thursday as I want to focus on other subjects tomorrow as well! Chemistry is probably one of my favourite subjects atm as the whole chemical reactions stuff is so interesting. We've had some overlaps with Physics, and my friend talking about what she's learning in physics makes me wish I picked Physics as well. Honestly given a choice I'd want to do almost all subjects hahaha

HHD
I'm so tired I spent ten minutes staring at the page thinking what subject I haven't written about yet lmao. HHD is another neglected subject which needs attention ASAP! We're learning about the human lifespan (I think!). Given that I don't even know what we are learning it's enough to say that this subject is barely in the back of my mind.  Thankfully I have a zoom class tomorrow, and I will spend most of the morning working on the HHD hw our teacher set for us. It's only due on friday but I HATE leaving things to the last minute and I don't want to fall down into the procrastination spiral lmaooo

Biology
I spent early morning writing notes and learning fossil stuff, and the late evening revising fossils. Every second thought I'm having is the word fossil. Help. I'll do my best to take notes on Determining Human Relatedness Between Species from my textbook so I can be prepared for my zoom lesson on Thursday. Our sac on evolution has been moved to around week 7 but I'm unsure on how it's going to be formatted because of online learning. Super excited for human evolution I wish it would come faster.

App
Things are going a bit slow with this because I'm still trying to find the perfect balance between school and me-time but I had a zoom call with my cousin on Sunday (she's like my partner in crime and I usually delegate her tasks she's interested in every now and then). I've finished the users journey for a few different features such as:
- the quiz which narrows down articles me and my cousin wrote for parents who use the app regarding different aspects of autism diagnosis
- location feature: an integrated google maps which shows different services such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists, special schools, near the address entered
I'm now working on the users journey and a basic sketch for a Daily Schedule feature, Goal Tracker, and Habit Tracker for parents to use to find tracking their child's appointments and goals with different medical professionals easier to manage. I want to get this done by Friday night so I can zoom my cousin again and discuss the community section (which I'm planning to be like a forum for parents of autistic children to discuss and support with each other with raising their children in a judgement-free zone). After this, I'll only have the resource section to go which is basically a section where parents, teachers, and other medical professionals can post different worksheets and resources for other parents to access. Once I finish the users journey I get to start designing what the app looks like (prototyping) which I'm really excited for!

Personal Life
I've started meditation this week and it was tough at the start to stop stressing about school, as my mind is always thinking/ stressing about something. However, I've gotten a better control of my mind and I really enjoy just thinking about nothing. Having a blank mind and feeling the music echo within you feels great! Btw I usually sit on my bed cross-legged and meditate to the Spotify playlist called Peaceful Meditation. I have not done any exercise today (I usually go on walks with my parents but because of the new restrictions only two people can go :'(). Butttttt me and 5-6 other friends have made a pact to work out at 8am everyday so I'm hoping that'll work out! I also had a dream of a memory of me volunteering to tutor my family friend to get into the accelerated program in different schools, which reignited my passion to teach again haha. I'm starting to collect different resources so maybe if I get a decent study score in Bio I can tutor my family friends. In terms of stress levels thank you so much mi-xao-14!! I took your advice to just take a break when feeling stressed and I felt great for the whole day!!

I'm so sleepy and I have to wake up tomorrow to work out (nooo) so good night! I hope this entry isn't too big and you enjoyed reading my journal!
2020: Biology
2021: Methods, Chemistry, HHD, English, Further