Some courses hold mid semester exams & quizzes during the tutorials (definitely maths and statistics, i think chemistry did as well), so some people would choose the tute that occurred latest in the week so as to get some feedback from others as to what the quiz / test is like (of course they will have to sit a different version of it though). Everyone doing a course sits the final exam at the same time though, regardless of what tutorial you attended. Having a tute later in the week also means you are more likely to have learned the related lecture content, plus you have a bit more time to attempt the tutorial questions prior.
For structuring your timetable, I'd try to always leave a gap after a lab, as especially 1st year chem labs tend to run a bit overtime, so you don't want to be rushing out of your lab and in to a tute. Survivor makes a good point though, I know BABS1201 and BIOS1011 have lab quizzes that you might like an hour to study for beforehand.
SCIF1011 is a joke and math you do well in just from sheer practice, so no real need to make extensive notes.
I only did 2 unit maths in high-school and so chose MATH1031 in 1st semester. In general at uni it's not worth doing harder subjects unless they are a pre-requisite for a later course. You can do MATH1131 if you have a real interest in mathematics, but you'll never need that knowledge through out the rest of your degree. I personally wouldn't do physics, as apparently it is seriously hard (and way beyond the understanding of physics you need for the GAMSAT).
I'm trying to figure a way to upload a zip file containing all my notes from undergrad, the size is the main problem though! The current folder is about 800mb, so I may have to place it on file-front or something. Once it's up I'll make a post on the forums.
I always space out my labs because many of them have lab quizzes and I wanted to study them before the lab. Having a second lab in the aftenoon may mean you only get 1 hr break to have lunch or to study.
This worked quite well for most subjects, as med sci does not have any insanely hard concepts or equations to try and solve, it is more just a huge volume of information you need to be able to recall at will.
There were a few subjects where this is obviously not needed. The main ones being SCIF1011 & any mathematics courses you do.
I graduated with an 83.76 WAM, I made the interview for the lateral entry pathway, but was later informed I had not qualified
The system I used requires a lot of dedication, if you're a bit of a procrastinator, I wouldn't recommend it. Basically I didn't attend many lectures, but instead listened to their recordings (known as ilectures) on my computer. This has the vantage that I would have the ilecture open in one window and MS word in another, thus I could listen to 5 mins of the lecture, type up notes, listen to the next 5 mins etc etc.. I then printed off my summaries in blocks of about 6 lectures and read them when ever I had the chance (on the bus was the main time). In addition to this I made sure to have always completed any homework prior to tutorials. During study for exams I would typically re do all the homework / tutorial sets for that subject as revision, along with any past exam papers / questions that were given out.