I'm 14... Should I take highers this year? Watch

dramafreak13
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I'm going into S4 after the summer, and I have to choose my subjects this week. But they don't fit, as usual. My problem is that I COULD fit all of my subjects in if I took Nat 5 physics, mod studs, maths and English, but then French, my favourite subject doesn't fit. Neither does chemistry.

SO. I've spoken to my French teacher and he thinks I'll be able to pass higher french next year with an A, if I work hard, and then I'll just drop chemistry and take up crash german.

All I want to know is, will a higher be too difficult, stress/study-wise for me at the moment? I'll only have 4 periods of French instead of five, to start with. And also, if I take a crash nat 5 german, which I've never studied before, will THAT be too difficult, combined with my h. French?

This is so confusing! Hopefully someone here can honestly just tell me if it will be seriously stressful or not!

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Depends how easily you get stressed. There's plenty of time throughout the year for studying anyway, just make sure you start earlier and you should be fine.
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Depends how easily you get stressed. There's plenty of time throughout the year for studying anyway, just make sure you start earlier and you should be fine.
Thanks. I just needed to hear it from someone other than myself! I'm an average sort of stress-level person so I think I'll be fine. Cheers!
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Overloading yourself isnt a great idea because you want to make sure that you get the highest grades possible in all your subjects, which can be difficult if you are doing too much. When you are 21 years old you wont care whether you took Higher French, but you'll certainly care if you messed up your academic career by getting bad grades.

Are you in a position where you could just study French outside school (not for a qualification, purely for fun), for example by attending language classes or taking private lessons? You dont need to be studying foreign languages academically in order to learn them; if you told your parents that you wanted to learn French/German in your spare time and asked for private lessons then they might be happy to provide them.
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(Original post by dramafreak13)
I'm going into S4 after the summer, and I have to choose my subjects this week. But they don't fit, as usual. My problem is that I COULD fit all of my subjects in if I took Nat 5 physics, mod studs, maths and English, but then French, my favourite subject doesn't fit. Neither does chemistry.

SO. I've spoken to my French teacher and he thinks I'll be able to pass higher french next year with an A, if I work hard, and then I'll just drop chemistry and take up crash german.

All I want to know is, will a higher be too difficult, stress/study-wise for me at the moment? I'll only have 4 periods of French instead of five, to start with. And also, if I take a crash nat 5 german, which I've never studied before, will THAT be too difficult, combined with my h. French?

This is so confusing! Hopefully someone here can honestly just tell me if it will be seriously stressful or not!

cheers
Do it! Your enjoyment of French shouldn't make it too difficult to learn on your own.

It is also rare to see a teacher that encourages you to do a Higher early. They must believe in your ability.
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I've already left a more detailed reply on your other thread, but my advice is just do it.

Hope it works out for you
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I was younger than most people when I started highers, but I find that I'm coping fine. Obviously our situations are slightly different since you'll only be in S4 and I am S5 but if you feel capable then why not? I think you're lucky to have the option of taking highers in S4 as it means you'll have a wider range of qualifications when entering university, which is great. If you and your teachers both think you can manage this and get good grades at the end of the day, then I'd definitely say do it. Good luck!
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