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how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« on: December 06, 2009, 04:24:25 pm »
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like what the subject says, what sort of material do you need to get and how much preparation do you need for their exams?

could anyon,who went to/studying at Melbhigh or Macrob or knows any details, please help out?

That will be very grateful!

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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009, 04:30:34 pm »
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My brother recently got accepted into the MHS year 9 intake.

He went to preparation classes every weekend at this place: http://www.edxinstitute.com.au/

But he's really freakishly smart so I don't know if it's because that place actually worked, or because he's just smart anyway :P
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009, 04:59:24 pm »
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I went to JAC MHS prep classes, they were somewhat useful.

But I think the most effective method is to go to a non academically inclined government school. Worked for me =] When noone at your school sits the test it makes it somewhat easier.

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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009, 05:01:14 pm »
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What kind of questions do you get? Do they let you see "tests" from previous years or do they just make slight changes to it every year?
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2009, 05:35:26 pm »
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I can remember when I did the written section for Year 11 entry. You had several different pictures.. e.g a radio, a shack, a fire. And you had to construct a story.

Can't remember much else, but it would be like most entrance exams probably

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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2009, 06:21:16 pm »
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I THINK (I did the exam in year 8 and I have really, really bad long-term memory) I started "prepping/studying" during the summer holidays by looking through English textbooks which we bought for a few dollars at secondhand book shops and then doing questions from year 9 maths textbooks. I can't remember how much the maths actually helped in terms of relevancy to the exam.

It's very similar to the AIM test the way the maths/reading questions are formatted. But then there were really weird questions that are like, 'What number comes after: '2,4,6,8'?' And questions like 'Which one does not belong: cat, rabbit, cane, camel?). Damn you, logic.  Then you had to write 2 pieces, one being a story with a collection of pictures as a prompt, but you only refer to a few of them and the other was persuasive like 'Public Transport should be free. Do you agree?'.

Anyway, despite all my studying I still missed the cut-off mark (by 5 marks or less. omg this is one of my 'should have' moments that just screw up my brain when I think back). I had no idea how to structure an argumentative essay back then and my story ended up being a bit psychotic. :|. Hmm.

But on the other hand, my best friend did the exam in year 11 and studied 0. She did nothing, and had no idea how the exam was even formatted until the day before because she asked me. She ended up doing brilliantly and passed, only missing out because they didn't have room to accomodate her subjects.
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009, 07:02:46 pm »
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I went to Melbourne High and from what I remember of the entrance exam, there were some things that we didn't cover in year 8 that turned up on the exam. Things you should learn are basic trigonometry, pythagoras, ratios and surds. Also, another element of the exam was where they gave you four pictures, and you had to create a story out of them. We had....a flag with a smiley face, a prisoner, a key, and a castle. I remember writing a dreadful story about some guy who had escaped from gaol and had to go to the kingdom of happiness or something. Somehow I got in. Our persuasive piece was about reality TV and the exploitation of its contestants. A tip that I have for you, which is what I did, is to keep a watch nearby. When you see that there are only five minutes left, fill in the rest of your multiple choice sheet, either randomly, or by selecting a single letter. Then, skim through the ones that you had to guess, and pick out what appears easy, and do only them. It'll ensure that you at least get an answer for everything, and that you'll get the easy ones near the end.

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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2009, 07:51:11 pm »
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I didn't study at all. All I did was read a novel a few weeks beforehand in the hopes that it would magically enable me to write a good essay. Back in Y8 I had no idea how to prepare so I didn't.

In the end I got accepted but I opted to stay at my school.
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2009, 09:48:45 pm »
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I got into Mac. Rob; I attended a few weeks classes of JAC, which was very helpful as it trains you to do practice exams. You could look at doing this.

In addition, you might want to study a bit at home too, like if you don't get something at tuition, doing a whole exercise on it might reinforce concepts etc.

In general, you should probably know: sector angles, trigonometry, linear equations and graphs, basic probability (like when do you add/multiply), surds might be helpful and basic addition/subtraction and areas/perimeters of solids/2D objects.
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2009, 11:03:36 pm »
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But I think the most effective method is to go to a non academically inclined government school. Worked for me =] When noone at your school sits the test it makes it somewhat easier.

Yep. Haha agree with this, since they only select a few from each school.
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2009, 11:23:51 pm »
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those motherfuckers know how to teach aslong as you put in the work
they give your practice exams as hard as the real thing and then you learn hwo to do the wrong answers
I did that and got just about the same style of stuff but differant. I actually enjoyed it. Then i got in and i hate the school. terrible teachers and substandard janitors. students good and competitive is the only plus but what's the point if you have vcenotes for that anyway.
I went to Melbourne High and from what I remember of the entrance exam, there were some things that we didn't cover in year 8 that turned up on the exam. Things you should learn are basic trigonometry, pythagoras, ratios and surds. Also, another element of the exam was where they gave you four pictures, and you had to create a story out of them. We had....a flag with a smiley face, a prisoner, a key, and a castle. I remember writing a dreadful story about some guy who had escaped from gaol and had to go to the kingdom of happiness or something. Somehow I got in. Our persuasive piece was about reality TV and the exploitation of its contestants. A tip that I have for you, which is what I did, is to keep a watch nearby. When you see that there are only five minutes left, fill in the rest of your multiple choice sheet, either randomly, or by selecting a single letter. Then, skim through the ones that you had to guess, and pick out what appears easy, and do only them. It'll ensure that you at least get an answer for everything, and that you'll get the easy ones near the end.
this guy knows what he's talking about
...you need to learn random stuff
oh and you can pretty much memorize an essay with variable elements...you just need to have the objects or concepts vaguely in your story.

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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2009, 09:34:50 am »
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those motherfuckers know how to teach aslong as you put in the work
they give your practice exams as hard as the real thing and then you learn hwo to do the wrong answers
I did that and got just about the same style of stuff but differant. I actually enjoyed it. Then i got in and i hate the school. terrible teachers and substandard janitors. students good and competitive is the only plus but what's the point if you have vcenotes for that anyway.
I went to Melbourne High and from what I remember of the entrance exam, there were some things that we didn't cover in year 8 that turned up on the exam. Things you should learn are basic trigonometry, pythagoras, ratios and surds. Also, another element of the exam was where they gave you four pictures, and you had to create a story out of them. We had....a flag with a smiley face, a prisoner, a key, and a castle. I remember writing a dreadful story about some guy who had escaped from gaol and had to go to the kingdom of happiness or something. Somehow I got in. Our persuasive piece was about reality TV and the exploitation of its contestants. A tip that I have for you, which is what I did, is to keep a watch nearby. When you see that there are only five minutes left, fill in the rest of your multiple choice sheet, either randomly, or by selecting a single letter. Then, skim through the ones that you had to guess, and pick out what appears easy, and do only them. It'll ensure that you at least get an answer for everything, and that you'll get the easy ones near the end.
this guy knows what he's talking about
...you need to learn random stuff
oh and you can pretty much memorize an essay with variable elements...you just need to have the objects or concepts vaguely in your story.

I must beg to differ about my MHS experience, but ok.
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2009, 11:31:57 am »
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Same here, that wasn't my Mac.Rob experience.
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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2009, 12:20:14 am »
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If you're amazingly smart, you should get in anyway, but if you're a borderline student, maybe look at the following things:

English:
-Practise comprehension
-Expand your vocobulary

Writing:
-Expand your vocabulary
-Practise - keep a blog, write a diary
-Familiarise yourself with the time limit
-Experiment with different styles

Maths:
-Do some trig, pythag, surds
-Work quickly
-Practise looking for patterns in numerical sequences

 

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Re: how to study to get into Melbourne High and Macrob?
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2009, 08:59:53 pm »
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But I think the most effective method is to go to a non academically inclined government school. Worked for me =] When noone at your school sits the test it makes it somewhat easier.

HAHA so true. That's exactly what I did, and there were about 4 people who did it from my school, so all I had to do was pass the test. But make sure you pass it though, cause if you take the risk of going to a mediocre school, you're going to be stuck with it for the rest of VCE if you can't pass, unless you change again of course ;)