Hello again BoS,
I completed my Higher School Certificate in 2014, achieving the following results;
English Advanced: 96/100
English Extension I: 49/50
English Extension II: 46/50
Mathematics Extension I: 43/50
I received an ATAR of 99.35...
1. Of course, you've only had one assessment task so far
2. Again, yes
3. I try and translate the information I read into notes I understand - which means making notes takes a long time, however I've noticed it improves my recall and understanding significantly. So I'd go with the former.
I only got tutoring for 3U maths, which was my worst subject that also ended up not counting. imo it wasn't worth it, though to be fair I always disliked maths and was less likely to try hard than subjects I liked and did better at.
I have to agree, I dropped to 11 because I thought being on 12/13 would drag down my ATAR. My friend doing 13 units ended up with 99.85, which was in the end significantly higher than my ATAR. I think this may have had something to do with the fact I tended to waste the huge amounts of spare...