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    So I started sixth form and really enjoyed my other subjects of Maths and I.T however when I had my first Biology lesson I didn't understand anything. I then continued into the second lesson and picked up little things in biological molecules. I don't know if I can do it and I want to pass all my A-Levels im willing to work hard but still have the option to change.

    I wanted to be a paramedic and that was the reason for me taking Biology, I also got an achievement for working the hardest on my Biology summer homework. I also found the first lesson boring but I think this was due to nobody from my previous school been in the class.

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    (Original post by JMF1)
    So I started sixth form and really enjoyed my other subjects of Maths and I.T however when I had my first Biology lesson I didn't understand anything. I then continued into the second lesson and picked up little things in biological molecules. I don't know if I can do it and I want to pass all my A-Levels im willing to work hard but still have the option to change.

    I wanted to be a paramedic and that was the reason for me taking Biology, I also got an achievement for working the hardest on my Biology summer homework. I also found the first lesson boring but I think this was due to nobody from my previous school been in the class.

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    I think you probably found it boring because you don't really do anything all that exciting at the beginning of the year in all the sciences.

    As far as the not understanding anything thing goes, I had the same issue. Never really knew what was going on in lessons unless I revised before the lesson - or right after (which I did most of the time). I personally think that that's probably because of how much memorising is involved in biology. I found all the biochemistry modules the easiest because they made more sense to me.

    I carried on with biology only because, even though it required a lot of work, it was still my easiest subject. I don't know what exam board you're with but I definitely felt that, while my other subjects got better (content wise) in year 13, biology went downhill. It became incredibly boring, and I really didn't feel like memorising all the ecology bs (it got to the point that I considered dropping it a week before my A2 exams).

    So, I definitely can't say that it gets any better because for me it didn't. I realise this isn't very reassuring. Now is probably the best time to drop it - you can easily catch up with a different subject. To become a paramedic you need a science A Level so maybe chemistry would be a better subject? I found it a lot more logical - and there's plenty of maths too.

    Speak to your head of sixth form, or even your biology teacher about this issue. It's definitely not too late to do anything about it and you really don't want to be stuck with a subject you don't enjoy. It's really difficult to find motivation to revise for a subject you dislike. I had to force myself to revise for bio, and usually found myself doing a maths or chemistry past paper instead..
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    I think you probably found it boring because you don't really do anything all that exciting at the beginning of the year in all the sciences.

    As far as the not understanding anything thing goes, I had the same issue. Never really knew what was going on in lessons unless I revised before the lesson - or right after (which I did most of the time). I personally think that that's probably because of how much memorising is involved in biology. I found all the biochemistry modules the easiest because they made more sense to me.

    I carried on with biology only because, even though it required a lot of work, it was still my easiest subject. I don't know what exam board you're with but I definitely felt that, while my other subjects got better (content wise) in year 13, biology went downhill. It became incredibly boring, and I really didn't feel like memorising all the ecology bs (it got to the point that I considered dropping it a week before my A2 exams).

    So, I definitely can't say that it gets any better because for me it didn't. I realise this isn't very reassuring. Now is probably the best time to drop it - you can easily catch up with a different subject. To become a paramedic you need a science A Level so maybe chemistry would be a better subject? I found it a lot more logical - and there's plenty of maths too.

    Speak to your head of sixth form, or even your biology teacher about this issue. It's definitely not too late to do anything about it and you really don't want to be stuck with a subject you don't enjoy. It's really difficult to find motivation to revise for a subject you dislike. I had to force myself to revise for bio, and usually found myself doing a maths or chemistry past paper instead..
    Thank you for the advice, I think dropping Biology would be a good thing. The only problem is that I also don't fancy any of the other A-levels I can swap it for. I have a choice of law, politics, media studies (but blacklisted for some unis) and maybe history and business. I might just stick with Biology and work crazy hard on it but am going to talk to my careers manager and whoever first.

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