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    Has anyone, where general studies is a compulsary subject found a way round having to do it?

    I can't honestly see the point, as at university it counts for absolutely nothing, and it's a bit of a joke anyway.

    Plus, I want to drop it and continue with the subjects I chose.

    Do you think a letter of exemption would do it?
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    It's worth a try, but couldn't you just not go to the lessons and sit the exams?
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    In my school, we have a mock exam during AS to see who will sit the exams in AS and in A2. Whoever doesn't get a grade C/D or above, won't sit the AS and A2 exams. If you do more than 4 A-levels, I guess you can be exempted.
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    Is your tutor/exams dude friendly? Ask him/her if you might be allowed not to do it, especially as you're already doing four other A levels.
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    we didn't even have lessons for general studies we just got entered for the exam.
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    (Original post by oblivious)
    we didn't even have lessons for general studies we just got entered for the exam.
    Same here
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    Whilst you don't require any specialist teaching for General Studies and can get an A without any lessons, I wouldn't completely write it off. A good grade in General Studies can show that you have a good general knowledge about a wide range of subject areas (as it covers everything from pure science to social science), and that you can write well (there are lots of marks for written communication). Of course, you may be unlucky and not know anything about any of the topics that come up in the exam, but there's usually at least one accessible question for most people. Apparently, at my sixth form, people usually improve a grade from AS to A2, so it's different to other subjects!

    You might as well do it, you won't lose anything and will gain an extra A-level, even if it isn't a "proper" one.
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    i know it feels really pointless, and i felt the same at the time, getting through it by not really going to any lessons, but i still got full marks on 3 papers :rolleyes:

    anyway, don't completely write it off, because some universities DO accept it, and even those that don't may consider you if you drop a grade from your offer as it shows you have a broad general knowledge plus took an extra a level so it boosts up your points.

    Just don't think too much about it, don't stress about it...just get on with it. you're wasting far much more energy with this!
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    What do you hope to do at uni? You'd be surprised how many universities will accept an A in gen studies to make up for something else.
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    I'v got to do it for As, we can ditch it at A2 where I am but a letter won't cut it unfortunately...this might have something to do with a few of the weird rules enforced by our spiffy new head :rolleyes: ...i say new ^^;
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    We don't even study do General Studies or anything similar at my school....happy days....just turn up, have a nice sleep or have fun failing the exam and then be done with it. Do you have to declare the result?
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    Universities may not accept it but I imagine a lot of current employers i.e. not from our generation, will not know the difference and will be impressed!
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    Has anyone, where general studies is a compulsary subject found a way round having to do it?

    I can't honestly see the point, as at university it counts for absolutely nothing, and it's a bit of a joke anyway.

    Plus, I want to drop it and continue with the subjects I chose.

    Do you think a letter of exemption would do it?
    I feel the same.
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    What's pointless about my school is that we have the remnants of General Studies, but we don't take the A-level...

    We will have 1 lesson per week next year of "General English", which is entirely pointless. My current English teacher said that she usually takes people out for walks in the park or lets people go and sit on Green (a grassy area oustide Westminster Abbey). It must get wonderfully pointless and annoying when you're close to exams and you want to revise but you can't.... Especially since I'm doing 5 full subjects :p:.

    Oh well - better things await us next year .
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    (Original post by kpg)
    What do you hope to do at uni? You'd be surprised how many universities will accept an A in gen studies to make up for something else.
    Yeah, I heard one of my GS teachers saying that too.
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    It is ABSOLUTELY POINTLESS! Do what i did, just never turn up to the lessons and avoid the teachers that teach it. Then when your head eventually finds out that your not going and drags you in for a private chat, claim you cannot handle the extra A level, and your very stressed and feeling pressured (aaaaww), then get your parents to write you a quick letter supporting your case - and your FREEEEEEEEEEEEE!
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    (Original post by libby227)
    It is ABSOLUTELY POINTLESS! Do what i did, just never turn up to the lessons and avoid the teachers that teach it. Then when your head eventually finds out that your not going and drags you in for a private chat, claim you cannot handle the extra A level, and your very stressed and feeling pressured (aaaaww), then get your parents to write you a quick letter supporting your case - and your FREEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    Some students didn't turn up for lessons too, and for us, the teachers didn't care much. The GS teacher is old anyway, lol. He just stress the importance of being in class. If you don't attend, it's the students problem and not the teacher.

    Starting from year 13, a lot of people slacked and didn't go to GS lessons that much.
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    In our college there is a loophole where you can get your parents to ring the college and say how you dont need to be doing the subject and basically make a massive complaint about it and the student is usually dropped from the course....i did it just because its only 1 lesson a week and its not that had, some unis do take it!
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    i'd say it would be difficult to be exempted. i tried my hardest and got nowhere. i doubt there's much you can do, other than "forget" about the lessons - although i suppose that depends on how many you get.

    if you can't avoid the lessons, i'd advise just turning up and being bored in a very pointed manner. give handouts back to the teachers at the end of the lessons and stuff. it doesn't really achieve much, but at the same time, it doesn't half make you feel better. plus the exams can be quite fun - you can play exam games (make a list of words, for e.g. 'ketchup,' 'flamenco' and 'chimera' and see if you can get them into your exam script. or try and turn the exam on its head and subtly criticise the education system, most particularly, pointless GS exams.) i assure you that it is possible to do this and still get full marks.

    i know you wanted ways of getting out of GS so sorry i'm not very helpful there. only advice is: if they won't let you drop it, make it hard for them. i know it's very childish and petty but if they don't trust you to make your own decisions about your education, i feel that they're asking for it.
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    (Original post by buttons7)
    i'd say it would be difficult to be exempted. i tried my hardest and got nowhere. i doubt there's much you can do, other than "forget" about the lessons - although i suppose that depends on how many you get.

    if you can't avoid the lessons, i'd advise just turning up and being bored in a very pointed manner. give handouts back to the teachers at the end of the lessons and stuff. it doesn't really achieve much, but at the same time, it doesn't half make you feel better. plus the exams can be quite fun - you can play exam games (make a list of words, for e.g. 'ketchup,' 'flamenco' and 'chimera' and see if you can get them into your exam script. or try and turn the exam on its head and subtly criticise the education system, most particularly, pointless GS exams.) i assure you that it is possible to do this and still get full marks.

    i know you wanted ways of getting out of GS so sorry i'm not very helpful there. only advice is: if they won't let you drop it, make it hard for them. i know it's very childish and petty but if they don't trust you to make your own decisions about your education, i feel that they're asking for it.
    I think that this is the best suggestion lmao VERY FUNNY hahahahaha! I love the "make a list of words" bit hahahha excellent!
 
 
 

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