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April 15, 2021, 05:28:58 pm

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cojaki

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Conor's VCE journal
« on: April 08, 2021, 03:28:53 pm »
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Hello!

My name's Conor, I'm in year 10 currently and thought I would start one of these to hold myself accountable and to look back on.

Before halfway into year 9, I was a pretty lackluster student, my marks were fine, maybe slightly above average but I just had no motivation or desire to learn and focus in class (i have always loved learning in some capacity though, especially when I was younger more passive learning like history youtube videos and things like that). But at some point after the first lockdown, I really started to think about what I want to do in the future and after that, something just clicked and I have been really motivated to study and learn. I still have absolutely terrible study habits but I'm getting better day by day so I'm happy with that. A Byproduct of my disinterest in school was that I elected not to take a 1-2 in year 10 and I'm already regretting that lol. I have a wide range of academic interests but currently English is probably my best subject and one I enjoy moderately, while I have come to really love maths and science in the last 9 months but am still getting better at them.

My subjects for this year are-

Pre-Methods (I believe other schools call this advanced math but I'm not sure)
Methods Boost
Specialist Boost
Chemistry
History (the Fight for Freedom)
English

The VCE Subjects I'm thinking of doing are (very in progress I will probably change my mind a thousand times)-

Methods
Spec (Without doing the 1/2 in year 12)
Chemistry
Physics
Legal (only the 3/4 in year 11)
Lit (only the 3/4 in year 11)
Possibly Uni Extension

I think this year for me is going to be all about building good study routines and getting better at learning than anything, as that's going to be my main problem I think, with that said, I made very good progress in term 1 but I think the amount of study I do consistently and the efficiency could still use some work. I think this showed in my chemistry marks, which I got a C+ in my first test and I haven't got my results for my bonding test back yet but I imagine it's similar.

I guess my ultimate goal for VCE would be to get an above 90 atar and go to a good UNI, but I don't really have any specific idea of want I want to do, just a vague sense of which direction to go in (actually ty in school lol). I guess a good goal (more of a pipe dream really) would be the chancellor's scholarship as my family is not that well off and it would be an amazing opportunity but I'm gonna see how year 10 goes before really evaluating what I'm capable of and what my expectations and goals should be in VCE.

I'll probably update this decently regularly, Thanks for reading.





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Re: Conor's VCE journal
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2021, 03:34:58 pm »
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Nice one, Conor - welcome to ATAR Notes! :)

IMO getting study habits/practices right is such a big thing, and it sounds like you're making great progress with that. If you had to describe how you study at the moment, what would you say? :)

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Re: Conor's VCE journal
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 05:45:06 pm »
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Thanks!

in Term 1, I would get home and for maths do textbook questions, and for chemistry just look over and rewrite notes, but I think I'm
going to try to do more textbook questions for chemistry and generally making my study more efficient and focused.

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Re: Conor's VCE journal
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 08:40:57 pm »
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This looks interesting. :)
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Re: Conor's VCE journal
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2021, 10:55:11 am »
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A belated welcome to AN (and the journals)!

Just a heads up: You might want to revisit your English subject choices as I believe you need to pass 3 units of English (or English subject equivalent, like Literature) to complete VCE satisfactorily, and I think youíve only got 2 English units in that list right now.

Itís great that youíre starting to look at improving your study habits. I remember doing the same when I was in Year 10 too (way back when).

Do you do any extracurricular activities or have any hobbies?
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Re: Conor's VCE journal
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2021, 10:30:33 pm »
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A belated welcome to AN (and the journals)!

Just a heads up: You might want to revisit your English subject choices as I believe you need to pass 3 units of English (or English subject equivalent, like Literature) to complete VCE satisfactorily, and I think youíve only got 2 English units in that list right now.

Itís great that youíre starting to look at improving your study habits. I remember doing the same when I was in Year 10 too (way back when).

Do you do any extracurricular activities or have any hobbies?

Thanks!

I actually thought about that the other day and wasn't sure whether i had to do 2 units or 3 units of English for vce so thanks for letting me know, in that case, I will probably do English language as well.

Aside from chess club which I attend, I don't really have any extracurriculars currently, but if debating runs this year I really enjoyed it in year 8 and would love to do it again. apart from that I do play guitar (poorly) and have lessons but I think I'm just going to pick up some skill/hobby/extracurricular to kill some time haha.