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    Hi, I'm going to start my A-Levels in September (Distance Learning) and I want to take five subjects.

    I'm sure about:
    1. History - Linear
    2. Economics - Linear
    3. Philosophy - AS+A2
    4. Government & Politics - AS+A2

    But I'm having trouble deciding my fifth subject which one should I take between:

    English Lit - Linear
    Classical Civilisation - AS+A2
    Geography - AS+A2
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    (Original post by ElisaR)
    Hi, I'm going to start my A-Levels in September (Distance Learning) and I want to take five subjects.

    I'm sure about:
    1. History - Linear
    2. Economics - Linear
    3. Philosophy - AS+A2
    4. Government & Politics - AS+A2

    But I'm having trouble deciding my fifth subject which one should I take between:

    English Lit - Linear
    Classical Civilisation - AS+A2
    Geography - AS+A2
    What do you intend to do afterwards?
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    Would suggest Geography but it depends how good your colouring-in skills are.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    What do you intend to do afterwards?
    Law
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    (Original post by vela1)
    Would suggest Geography but it depends how good your colouring-in skills are.
    OMG...You're so funny!
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    (Original post by ElisaR)
    Law
    I guess by your 5th A level it doesn't make too much difference. Just go with whatever interests you. Why do you think its better to take a 5th rather than putting 25% more time in to the original 4 you have already chosen.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    I guess by your 5th A level it doesn't make too much difference. Just go with whatever interests you. Why do you think its better to take a 5th rather than putting 25% more time in to the original 4 you have already chosen.
    Because I only did five subjects (fast-track) at iGCSE (I don't live in England and I had many reasons for doing so) so I was trying to compensate the lack of iGCSEs subjects through A-Levels.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    I guess by your 5th A level it doesn't make too much difference. Just go with whatever interests you. Why do you think its better to take a 5th rather than putting 25% more time in to the original 4 you have already chosen.
    You mean 20 percent extra time.

    time spent over 5 subjects per subject = 100/5 = 20%.
    by dropping 1 subject, you gain an extra 5% to give to each subject (20/4), meaning you now spend 25% of your time on each subject, but the increase is 1/5 (or 20%).
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    (Original post by hockham jaynsaw)
    You mean 20 percent extra time.

    time spent over 5 subjects per subject = 100/5 = 20%.
    by dropping 1 subject, you an extra 5% to give to each subject (20/4), meaning you now spend 25% of your time on each subject, but the increase is 1/5 (or 20%).
    For simplicity, imagine you study 5 hours a day. If you study 5 subjects, you have 1 hour per subject per day. Now remove one of those subjects and redistribute that hour to the other 4 subjects. Thats an additional 15 minutes per subject. The time spent per subject has increased from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Thats a 25% increase.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    For simplicity, imagine you study 5 hours a day. If you study 5 subjects, you have 1 hour per subject per day. Now remove one of those subjects and redistribute that hour to the other 4 subjects. Thats an additional 15 minutes per subject. The time spent per subject has increased from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Thats a 25% increase.
    5 hours / 5 subject = 1 hour per subject
    5 hours / 4 subjects = 1.25 hours.
    25% increase.

    5 hours / 5 subjects = 1 hour per subject
    1 hour to spread over the remaining 4.
    1/5 = 20% increase.

    So per subject it's a 25% increase but your net time increases by 20%? Is that correct? maths at 1:41 not good!
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    (Original post by hockham jaynsaw)
    5 hours / 5 subject = 1 hour per subject
    5 hours / 4 hours a day = 1.25 hours.
    25% increase.

    5 hours / 5 subjects = 1 hour per subject
    1 hour to spread over the remaining 4.
    1/5 = 20% increase.

    So per subject it's a 25% increase but your net time increases by 20%? Is that correct? maths at 1:41 not good!
    Net time remains constant at 5 hours. I don't really understand your confusion if I'm honest.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    Net time remains constant at 5 hours. I don't really understand your confusion if I'm honest.
    Well lets say you study english, maths, physics, chemistry and history. 1 hour each during AS per subject
    You flunk the english exam and so drop it at a2 but use the same amount of your time to study for the remaining 4 subjects. you have an extra hour out of the 5 to play around with. Why isn't this a 20% increase in time to revise for the other 4 subjects? That seems intuitively correct to me.
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    (Original post by hockham jaynsaw)
    Well lets say you study english, maths, physics, chemistry and history. 1 hour each during AS per subject
    You flunk the english exam and so drop it at a2 but use the same amount of your time to study for the remaining 4 subjects. you have an extra hour out of the 5 to play around with. Why isn't this a 20% increase in time to revise? That seems intuitively correct to me.
    Your time to revise remains constant. Whatever way you look at it, you revise for 5 hours. There is no increase in total available time, only in time you can spend on each subject.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    Your time to revise remains constant. Whatever way you look at it, you revise for 5 hours. There is no increase in total available time, only in time you can spend on each subject.
    No, you're correct that the time is still 5 hours. That's not my confusion.

    If your maximum capacity for revision is 5 hours a day, then for 5 subjects you have 1 hour x 5, right? for 4 subjects, you have 1 hour x 4 + 1 hour left over.
    Now, that 1 extra hour out of the 5 is 20%. An extra 20% to spend on 4 subjects that you wouldn't have had if you'd studied 5. Doesn't that mean that if you decide to study 4 over 5 subjects, you have an extra 20% of revision time?
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    (Original post by hockham jaynsaw)
    No, you're correct that the time is still 5 hours. That's not my confusion.

    If your maximum capacity for revision is 5 hours a day, then for 5 subjects you have 1 hour x 5, right? for 4 subjects, you have 1 hour x 4 + 1 hour left over.
    Now, that 1 extra hour out of the 5 is 20%. An extra 20% to spend on 4 subjects that you wouldn't have had if you'd studied 5. Doesn't that mean that if you decide to study 4 over 5 subjects, you have an extra 20% of revision time?
    Yes. You free up 20% of your time (1hour) and divide that by 4 other topics (which you already study for 1 hour each) hence you can study each topic for an additional 25% of the time. 1 hour + (1hour/4) = 1 hour 15 minutes. Thats an increase of 25% per subject.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    Yes. You free up 20% of your time (1hour) and divide that by 4 other topics (which you already study for 1 hour each) hence you can study each topic for an additional 25% of the time. 1 hour + (1hour/4) = 1 hour 15 minutes. Thats an increase of 25% per subject.
    Yes. So as I tried to say before. You have a overall gain of 20% revision time over the 4 subjects, but 25% per subject. That was what I was trying to say.
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    (Original post by hockham jaynsaw)
    Yes. So as I tried to say before. You have a overall gain of 20% revision time over the 4 subjects, but 25% per subject. That was what I was trying to say.
    No. Originally I said you increase your time on each subject by 25%. You said I was incorrect and that you increase your time by 20%.
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    (Original post by josh_v)
    No. Originally I said you increase your time on each subject by 25%. You said I was incorrect and that you increase your time by 20%.
    'Why do you think its better to take a 5th rather than putting 25% more time in to the original 4 you have already chosen.'

    To me, that doesn't read like 'per subject', which is why I disputed it. Just an error in communication.
 
 
 
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