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    I'm going to take Mathematics and Further Mathematics, it's combined into one, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. What do you think of them? If you took any of them, could you tell me how you found them? My classmates have said that Physics is difficult, but I don't have anyone to tell me what it's actually like.

    Some students have taken History or Geography instead of Physics, but I thought that having a humanity in the middle of my options didn't seem to go well together. I considered taking Geography, but I don't like the humanity half of it, e.g. Tourism.
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    (Original post by lifebook02)
    I'm going to take Mathematics and Further Mathematics, it's combined into one, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. What do you think of them? If you took any of them, could you tell me how you found them? My classmates have said that Physics is difficult, but I don't have anyone to tell me what it's actually like.

    Some students have taken History or Geography instead of Physics, but I thought that having a humanity in the middle of my options didn't seem to go well together. I considered taking Geography, but I don't like the humanity half of it, e.g. Tourism.
    Well for maths it depends on what modules you do. If you do a fair bit of Mechanics in maths, then there will be a massive crossover between maths and physics which will work to your advantage. People who struggle at physics, struggle at Maths, and it's the mechanics physics students struggle with and find difficult. History is a very odd irrelevant choice. Biology is an awful lot of memorization and exam technique, and some GCSE maths. Chemistry is considered harder than physics for someone who can do maths. I have no idea about geography, but you do get to go on some nice trips.
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    (Original post by lifebook02)
    I'm going to take Mathematics and Further Mathematics, it's combined into one, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. What do you think of them? If you took any of them, could you tell me how you found them? My classmates have said that Physics is difficult, but I don't have anyone to tell me what it's actually like.

    Some students have taken History or Geography instead of Physics, but I thought that having a humanity in the middle of my options didn't seem to go well together. I considered taking Geography, but I don't like the humanity half of it, e.g. Tourism.
    hey i think it would be wise for you to chose Geography in all honesty as it will show universities that you can think divergently - i.e. not just along scientific pathways - if you get where i'm coming from? i take geography and i'm like you, i don't like the human part of it, i prefer the physical part, but as there's a balance, i don't really mind.
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    hey i think it would be wise for you to chose Geography in all honesty as it will show universities that you can think divergently - i.e. not just along scientific pathways - if you get where i'm coming from? i take geography and i'm like you, i don't like the human part of it, i prefer the physical part, but as there's a balance, i don't really mind.
    I did put Geography as my reserve option and considered it seriously, but in the end, the more I thought about taking Geography, the more I was going to dislike the humanity part. Other students who took it instead of Physics wished to become marine biologists, which sounds really, really cool. But others who took history instead of Physics said that History was better than Geography and that Physics was too difficult.
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    (Original post by lifebook02)
    I'm going to take Mathematics and Further Mathematics, it's combined into one, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. What do you think of them? If you took any of them, could you tell me how you found them? My classmates have said that Physics is difficult, but I don't have anyone to tell me what it's actually like.

    Some students have taken History or Geography instead of Physics, but I thought that having a humanity in the middle of my options didn't seem to go well together. I considered taking Geography, but I don't like the humanity half of it, e.g. Tourism.
    Don't do history or geography, your options are good. I wouldn't recommend doing 5 though, you're best taking 4 and then doing 3 in your second year. I'm doing maths, f.maths, physics and chemistry and having an extra AS level would be a lot of extra unnecessary work that would just become frustrating. Doing a 5th A level will only put you at a disadvantage to others with high marks in their best 3, as your marks will inevitably come down with extra workload.
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    (Original post by poiuy)
    Well for maths it depends on what modules you do. If you do a fair bit of Mechanics in maths, then there will be a massive crossover between maths and physics which will work to your advantage. People who struggle at physics, struggle at Maths, and it's the mechanics physics students struggle with and find difficult. History is a very odd irrelevant choice. Biology is an awful lot of memorization and exam technique, and some GCSE maths. Chemistry is considered harder than physics for someone who can do maths. I have no idea about geography, but you do get to go on some nice trips.
    History is a good subject to take, but it did seem odd to have a single humanity subject in the midst of three Sciences. I think I'm fairly good with Maths since I got an A* in it and rearranging formulas isn't a problem for me, but I'm struggling with the Application side of Maths. Maybe it's because I haven't revised it yet though.
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    Don't do history or geography, your options are good. I wouldn't recommend doing 5 though, you're best taking 4 and then doing 3 in your second year. I'm doing maths, f.maths, physics and chemistry and having an extra AS level would be a lot of extra unnecessary work that would just become frustrating. Doing a 5th A level will only put you at a disadvantage to others with high marks in their best 3, as your marks will inevitably come down with extra workload.
    Thanks for your advise. I haven't chosen which subject to drop yet, but I think it might be Physics. I'll have to see how things go though. I don't think the amount of work matters for me though, I can easily sit at a desk for 14 hours revising, especially if it's a subject I like. That's what I'm currently doing with my GCSEs.
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    (Original post by lifebook02)
    History is a good subject to take, but it did seem odd to have a single humanity subject in the midst of three Sciences. I think I'm fairly good with Maths since I got an A* in it and rearranging formulas isn't a problem for me, but I'm struggling with the Application side of Maths. Maybe it's because I haven't revised it yet though.
    An awful lot of A* gcse maths students got d's, A level maths really does throw some people. It's pointless doing 5. AAAA>AAABB
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    An awful lot of A* gcse maths students got d's, A level maths really does throw some people. It's pointless doing 5. AAAA>AAABB
    GCSE Mathematics is indeed easy and nothing compared to A Level Maths. If I'm not able to cope with it, then I might drop the Further Maths or just do the AS Level. I suppose it's my ego that's driving me to take it. I do like Maths and it's my favourite subject, plus several other students are taking it as well which makes me think "if they can do it, I don't see why I can't as well". At the end of the day though, I suppose I really do have to see how I cope with it personally. Thanks for your advice.
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    (Original post by lifebook02)
    GCSE Mathematics is indeed easy and nothing compared to A Level Maths. If I'm not able to cope with it, then I might drop the Further Maths or just do the AS Level. I suppose it's my ego that's driving me to take it. I do like Maths and it's my favourite subject, plus several other students are taking it as well which makes me think "if they can do it, I don't see why I can't as well". At the end of the day though, I suppose I really do have to see how I cope with it personally. Thanks for your advice.
    Well if your doing further maths hopefully you'll be fine. I remember in our induction day when the teacher got the grades up of what kids got for their gcse's ten what they got for A levels. Bit of a shock and a kick up the backside. Really you should take whatever you find interesting, not what you got the highest mark in as if you've got motivation you'll be alright. There's no such thing as an easy a level, you have to work for those grades. The difference between GCSE's and A levels (for science/maths anyway) at some point you will hit a brick wall, and for especially maths there's a lot of people who have a 'I can't do it' attitude when they hit the wall.
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    Well if your doing further maths hopefully you'll be fine. I remember in our induction day when the teacher got the grades up of what kids got for their gcse's ten what they got for A levels. Bit of a shock and a kick up the backside. Really you should take whatever you find interesting, not what you got the highest mark in as if you've got motivation you'll be alright. There's no such thing as an easy a level, you have to work for those grades. The difference between GCSE's and A levels (for science/maths anyway) at some point you will hit a brick wall, and for especially maths there's a lot of people who have a 'I can't do it' attitude when they hit the wall.
    I honestly find Maths and the three Sciences the most interesting, that's why I'm taking them. Lots of people have said that the jump from GCSE to A Level is huge, but I don't think I'll give up and have a "I can't do it" attitude if I hit a brick wall.

    I don't know if you could call it one, but I might have already hit one at GCSE English (I am not a smart person). I was pretty confident that my skill in English was an A standard, but I ended up getting a B and I'm not so confident with the subject anymore. The wall hasn't completely collapsed on me though. I'm thinking "I MUST get over the wall", especially since it's English. There's no other option for me other than to go over it.
 
 
 
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