Year 12 Exams: You will survive!

It’s this time every year that many of students all around the country are busily studying for their Year 12 exams. This year I am in year 11 but did two year 12 subjects: Further Maths and ITA (Information Technology Applications). Over the last few week I, along with thousands of other students have been studying hard, getting in as much preparation as possible. Long days studying, long nights thinking. Many even struggle to get a couple of hours of sleep leading up to the exam. The day of the exam comes and many people are still studying. They wake up early to get as much revision in as they can.

I think nearly every student in the state who has a Year 12 exam stresses until the exam has finished. And yet it is when they walk out that they realise: “What was I stressing about?”. There really is no point stressing out about an exam. You will survive! You may fail, you may pass, you may do better than you thought, you may not do as well as expected. It doesn’t matter what happens inside and after the exam, life will go on.

While I saw many of my classmates trying to cram in last minute study, I thought “Well I’ll either know it or I won’t. I have done as much as I can all year. There is nothing more I can do.” I believe that these last minute thoughts really helped me. I felt prepared but I wasn’t too stressed. Like any normal student I was still feeling the pressure but I walked into the exam feeling reasonably relaxed. If only I knew before the exam that all the stress counts for nothing. There is no point. People stress that much that they have failed the exam in their heads even before they open the papers. Year 12 Exams: You will survive!

My Favourite Place

I love the moment when I step inside and I suddenly feel safe and calm as my family surround me, comforting me in any way they can no matter how bad of a day I’ve had. And the feeling of truly belonging.

I love the cold, winter day when I sink into the couch, a warm blank wrapped around me, the flames of the fire bringing warmth to the house while your mouth waters at the smell of the hot chocolate that being tightly held by my two hands. And the voices on the TV bring me laughter.

I love gazing outside the window observing the sheep grazing on the luscious grass, the birds chirping, with the sun’s rays beaming down all the while I’m relaxing on my bed in the comfort of my home. And the sound of baaing sheep in the paddock.

I love the peaceful and relaxing feeling that runs through my body as I lay on the comfortable, soft bed sitting in the centre of my room as the most important piece of furniture in my room. And the moment my eyes shut as I fall asleep.

I love the way how every stain, where the furniture belongs, every creak in the floorboards, all marks on the walls, have all been inserted into my memory. And the way I’m able to find my way around without thinking.

My home is my favourite place

My own CD cover

Here is a CD cover I made. To make this CD cover I did the following instructions:]

  1. Go to Wikipedia and click on random article in the sidebar. The name of the article which comes up is the name of your band.
  2. Go to quotationpage and click on random quotes on the left. Go to the last quote and the last 3-5 words is the name of your album.
  3. Now go to compfight to find a photo to match your band or your album title. Make sure you are allowed to use the photo.
  4. Now go to picnik and put all the things together.

Here is my CD cover:

CD cover- Such a foolish thing

When I searched foolish things in compfight there was some strange things that turned up but when I saw this picture I thought yes this is the right one. The card with said ‘The Fool’ just made the picture suit my theme of my CD cover.

Photo courtesy of JoelStuff

Blog Action Day-Water

Blog Action day is coming up and the topic is Water. Below is some information about bottled water and my view on it.

Currently 3.6 million people die each year because they don’t have clean water to drink and every day 4,000 children younger than 5 die from preventable, water-borne diseases.

Reports in the last 10 years have shown the consumption of bottled water in the U.S per person has doubled and they now drink an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year.

Millions of people across the world don’t have access to clean water but an overwhelming majority of Americans have safe and cheap tap water flowing but choose to spend their money on bottled water.

Food and Water Watch reports that 17 million barrels of oil, which is enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year, are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles we use in the U.S. each year. 86 percent of them will never be recycled.

A third of bottled water is from the same source as tap water. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Nestle who are the three big water bottle companies suck metropolitan water systems for the product they bottle and sell to us for more cost. Nestle has been mining groundwater in rural communities. Many of these communities are concerned about their springs and streams going dry because of bottling operations.

I don’t understand why so many Americans are buying bottled water when they’ve got drinkable tap water. Bottled Water may not be causing much of a problem now but in the future they’ll be no oil and communities won’t be able to use their springs and streams because bottled water companies will have mined all their drinkable water.  If people all over the world who had safe, clean tap water than we would save lots of oil and water from other communities.

My Classes

It’s nearly the end of the week and I’ve been told to reflect on the class I had throughout the week. In Maths we have been learning about index laws. I’ve just started to get some more difficult questions and have needed some help. But after some help I think I’ve got it. Sometimes I can make some silly mistakes but I’ve got the idea of how to do them. In Studio Arts (ceramics) we have started drawing pictures of ourselves. We are eventually going to use these pictures on tiles.

Studio Arts and Maths are only 2 of many subjects I’ve had this week. Next week I’ll right about some of my other subjects I have.

Do you think that Formal style, proper grammar and good spelling ARE important in student posts and comments!

Do you believe that a formal structure or style for writing posts and comments necessary? Would you mind if somebody other than you came and corrected your comments and posts?

Sue Waters, who is the editer of the edublogger wrote a post asking if formal style, proper grammar and good spelling ARE important in student posts and comments.

How do I feel about somebody correcting my blog posts and comments?

I wouldn’t mind if somebody edited my blog and my comments. If there were any mistakes on  my blog I probably wouldn’t have meant it and don’t know it’s there. I also wouldn’t mind because that person may be having trouble understanding what I’m saying and if he/she is then many other readers may be having trouble.

Is a formal structure or style for writing posts and comments necessary?

I believe it is important to use a formal structure when writing posts and comments. Some people find it hard to read slang words or lingo especially people who have to translate or aren’t used to using or seeing it. I believe it is really important for people to use proper grammaron their blogs and other people’s. It only takes a couple more seconds to write the word properly.