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Last edited by Jackabc; 05-04-2013 at 22:00.
- 01-04-2013 02:43
- 01-04-2013 06:29
Of course it's possible!
I totally understand the perfectionism thing, I'm autism spectrum myself, I know how annoying it is if my notes aren't quite right. But I find if you figure out a system for writing them and stick to it, it can be quicker. And if you really think about what you're writing as you write it, you'll be studying as you do your notes!
I'm in a similar situation socially, as I dropped out of uni for health reasons, am living with my parents, and have no friends here, so I don't know what to advise on that front.
But seriously if you apply yourself and work REALLY, REALLY HARD for the next while, there's nothing to say you can't get the ABB you need.
And even if you don't, not getting into uni isn't the the end of the world. As I myself am discovering, there are so many different ways of getting ahead in life - not having a university degree doesn't mean you're doomed to have rubbish jobs.
Good luck with your studies, and everything else!
(Original post by Jackabc)
- 02-04-2013 02:28
Thanks, I feel a bit more confident now. I suppose I will have to work REALLY, REALLY HARD lol. I think the hard thing is I will put in the effort but my strategy is terrible at revising and I am inefficient. Like I can learn something but then you forget it. What are the other options as people make it out its university or nothing? Won't I be too old as most people are ahead of me as I chose to resit?
I did maths on the Open University last summer, and I found the easiest thing to do (for me at least) was to write down formulae and methods in a separate book to my sample questions, and keep referring back to them for every question I did. That way the formulae and methods became like second nature to me, and when it came to my exam I remembered them more easily.
If you're still having trouble remembering them, write them on some flash-cards and bring them with you the day of your exam, you can be going over them right up to when you go in!
I've never studied business, but I'm sure there are rules and stuff involved in that, too. If you try to figure out what the most important parts are, do likewise and keep referring back to them. Hopefully that will help somewhat.
As for other options than University, I don't know what you want to study/work as, but there are BTEC courses, which you don't have to have as high grades to get into, and can often be a stepping-stone to University, as a good grade in a relevant BTEC can often be counted towards your Uni application if you choose to then go to Uni, or often a BTEC qualification is enough to get you a job you like, depending on how prodigious the field is really.
There's also the Open University, which you don't need any particular qualifications/grades to study with, and has pretty much every subject you could want on offer! You can also study part-time with the OU, so if you wanted you could get a part-time job, which would get you some savings at least, and maybe you could make some friends there too.
If none of that takes your fancy, there are always companies that take school/college leavers on and train them up, you might start out with something boring but in a few of years you'd have a degree or similar, as well as having been paid for it! They tend not to look for any particular grades, either. Just an aptitude and eagerness. I mean someone I know got a degree in Business Management with Lidl for god's sake! there are SO many options.
I totally know what you mean about it seeming like Uni or nothing. When I dropped out, I thought I was such a failure, that I was going to end up working at a checkout when I was fifty or something. But now I'm working up to either go back to uni (to do something I actually enjoy this time!) or if I don't get in, which is possible, I'm either going to try for a 2 year BTEC course in the same area I want to study, or maybe try for an apprenticeship/unpaid internship with a company I'd like to work with.
Anyway, GOOD LUCK!! And you can totally do whatever you put your mind to.
Well, almost anything. You can't reverse gravity, create a black hole in your living room, or spontaneously turn into a penguin. But why would you want to?
(Original post by Jackabc)
- 02-04-2013 14:57
Thanks for your help! I am going to spend a few hours to make a plan for the next 10 weeks. I think I get what your saying about maths notes, are you saying like write down the main ideas? I think when I look at the textbook, I can't decide what to write down but do you think just writing the method of the examples in words will be enough to remember it? Also what is a good way to recap it, just read the notes and practice questions every month? My main question is learning the concepts enough and then once tested them all I need to do is test myself, maybe with flash cards?
A btec qualification would help if I didn't get my grade for business. Lol that is my exact same fear too! I think part of the thing about uni is meeting some people too and get a degree that will put me in a job with like minded people. Sometimes it's like everyone feels its them vs the world.
I think learning the concepts is all you really need in maths most of the time, so long as when it comes to the exam you can recognise which method is for which problem, and you remember how to apply the methods, you should be a-ok.
Try every couple weeks going back over the questions from earlier weeks work, to see if you still remember how to do them, and if you're unsure, go over the methods again until you do remember.
And try to have it all covered a little while before your exam, so you can spend a few days just going over the whole lot again, so that learning one thing doesn't push the last thing out of your head (I know how that can happen!) -flash cards can work really well for that, I find.
It's good you know now that there are ways of getting into what you want to do if your plan-A doesn't work. I find knowing you've got a back-up plan often relieves a bit of the stress, and hopefully being less stressed will help.
I know what you mean about the you-against-the-world thing, and you're right that everyone feels it from time to time. Which just goes to show it's not really true, right? If it was true, EVERYONE would be working at a checkout age fifty, eh? I think that really it's just a case of knowing what you want from life, and going for it. Which is easier said than done, sure, but definitely doable.
- 02-04-2013 15:19
If you're lonely but don't want to socialise with real people, why don't you try talking to people online? There are tons of people here so you're half way there by being here! We're also more your age and have been through/are going through the same part of education so perhaps can relate a bit better?
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(Original post by Jackabc)
- 03-04-2013 02:31
Lol that brought up a funny image of everyone working in checkouts.
Yeah that's the problem really is I don't have much trouble grasping the subject but its keeping it in my memory and I never write notes which means I have to go through the whole book again. I will write up a daily plan and a strategy. Hopefully I will have it done by tonight or the stress will finish me off. Thanks for all your help, you have been really kind.
And no problem, I've been happy to help. Good luck!