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    I'm taking biology, geography, maths and English literature this September at a new college after a few months out of school; as someone with fatigue and who is a slow worker & good at procrastinating, will this many academic AS levels be too much?

    I'm hoping to go on to do a biology kind of degree. The subject I would substitute in if I didn't take one of the above would be art.

    If anyone has any experience with managing sixth form/college or information on the workloads of these particular subjects, I would appreciate any advice a lot.

    Thank you!
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    That really depends on how you work to improve yourself. You've identified the issues (slow worker, good at procrastinating, etc.) so you need to work on that, rather than trying to decide if those A Levels are too much.

    When you look at it like that, you're even trying to procrastinate away from your problem. You're asking if it'll be too difficult and would consider swapping out one of the subjects for something easier. Rather than looking at the reason they could be too hard (procrastinating, working slow, etc.) you want to make the work load easier.

    I'll be blunt, unless you deal with the underlying issues of procrastinating and so on it won't really matter what you choose. You won't succeed anywhere near your potential until you do something about these issues.

    Of course that could come down to many things. Maybe you procrastinate because you don't find the work interesting. Maybe you're trying to work in a way that doesn't suit you. Maybe you just get easily distracted and need to remove those distractions. It's up to you to identify the problems and fix them.

    But to go back to the original question, no taking Biology, Geography, Maths and English Lit isn't too much for you. It will be if you don't deal with the problems you've identified with yourself but that has nothing to do with the subject choices. The issue lies entirely with yourself, not your choice of subjects and changing subjects won't necessarily result in any differences.

    As for as help on managing the subjects goes, I've only done A Level Maths out of the bunch. Not really an awful lot to say about my methods. All I did was revise everything weekly so that it was all fresh in my mind for the exams and to do past papers regularly. Completing as many exercises from your textbooks is good too.
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    (Original post by blooptop)
    I'm taking biology, geography, maths and English literature this September at a new college after a few months out of school; as someone with fatigue and who is a slow worker & good at procrastinating, will this many academic AS levels be too much?

    I'm hoping to go on to do a biology kind of degree. The subject I would substitute in if I didn't take one of the above would be art.

    If anyone has any experience with managing sixth form/college or information on the workloads of these particular subjects, I would appreciate any advice a lot.

    Thank you!
    Most people do 4 AS levels, so you should be fine. However, I would recommend only carrying 3 forward to A2.

    Those are all good options. I did geography and English lit, though I dropped geography after AS. English lit is very light, with regards to work load. Geography isn't difficult, but it does have a lot of facts and case studies so you need to memorise quite a bit of content.

    On an ongoing basis, if you are recapping your notes every night from the start of the year you will be fine.
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    Most people do 4 AS levels, so you should be fine. However, I would recommend only carrying 3 forward to A2.

    Those are all good options. I did geography and English lit, though I dropped geography after AS. English lit is very light, with regards to work load. Geography isn't difficult, but it does have a lot of facts and case studies so you need to memorise quite a bit of content.

    On an ongoing basis, if you are recapping your notes every night from the start of the year you will be fine.
    Yeah, I did geography for GCSE and looking at the exams for AS/A they're the same layout with similar questions. With English lit. are there an extortionate amount of essays? Do you have any English essay tips?
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    That really depends on how you work to improve yourself. You've identified the issues (slow worker, good at procrastinating, etc.) so you need to work on that, rather than trying to decide if those A Levels are too much.

    When you look at it like that, you're even trying to procrastinate away from your problem. You're asking if it'll be too difficult and would consider swapping out one of the subjects for something easier. Rather than looking at the reason they could be too hard (procrastinating, working slow, etc.) you want to make the work load easier.

    I'll be blunt, unless you deal with the underlying issues of procrastinating and so on it won't really matter what you choose. You won't succeed anywhere near your potential until you do something about these issues.

    Of course that could come down to many things. Maybe you procrastinate because you don't find the work interesting. Maybe you're trying to work in a way that doesn't suit you. Maybe you just get easily distracted and need to remove those distractions. It's up to you to identify the problems and fix them.

    But to go back to the original question, no taking Biology, Geography, Maths and English Lit isn't too much for you. It will be if you don't deal with the problems you've identified with yourself but that has nothing to do with the subject choices. The issue lies entirely with yourself, not your choice of subjects and changing subjects won't necessarily result in any differences.

    As for as help on managing the subjects goes, I've only done A Level Maths out of the bunch. Not really an awful lot to say about my methods. All I did was revise everything weekly so that it was all fresh in my mind for the exams and to do past papers regularly. Completing as many exercises from your textbooks is good too.

    Solid advice tbh, thank you. Although I don't forsee being able to speed up my actual working, getting used to the type of questions will probably help, and you're right about the distractions, I'll have to manage that closely.
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    (Original post by blooptop)
    Yeah, I did geography for GCSE and looking at the exams for AS/A they're the same layout with similar questions. With English lit. are there an extortionate amount of essays? Do you have any English essay tips?
    For geography AS, it's very similar to GCSE except there's a lot more content. I couldn't comment on A2 as I dropped it after AS.

    The number of essays set on an ongoing basis will depend on your English teacher. Personally, I was set 2 per week which wasn't too bad.

    Both the English Lit AS and A2 exams on my spec (OCR) consisted of 2 essay questions.

    Essay tips? Well, in your intro you want to briefly summarise the points will will make in your essay and make the conclusion that you will ultimately reach clear from the start. You only need 3 points in your essay, so long as you develop them well. Do one paragraph per point. In your conclusion, weigh up the various arguments you have made and the decision they led you to make, which should logically follow on. You might want to identify which arguments were stronger or weaker than others.

    Learning several multi purpose text quotations and quotations by critics is important for lit, too.
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    (Original post by blooptop)
    I'm taking biology, geography, maths and English literature this September at a new college after a few months out of school; as someone with fatigue and who is a slow worker & good at procrastinating, will this many academic AS levels be too much?

    I'm hoping to go on to do a biology kind of degree. The subject I would substitute in if I didn't take one of the above would be art.

    If anyone has any experience with managing sixth form/college or information on the workloads of these particular subjects, I would appreciate any advice a lot.

    Thank you!
    I only do Biology out of the 4 but I used to take maths as well.

    Biology

    You will be doing the new spec so be prepared for new content. I suggest after you learn a topic make some Flashcards for that topic and go over it. After that give the Flashcards to your friends/family to test you. You could also make posters, mindmaps, try the pomodoro technique while revising or even teach the whole topic to your friends. I think teaching will be the best way. Memorising doesn't really work for Bio. You really have to know the content. Also you will be doing 12 core practicals in Biology and you will be assessed on the practicals in the exams in both yr 12 and 13. You will be doing 6 in yr 12 and 6 in yr 13. There are no coursework for all exam boards since you're being assessed in the exam. You will have to write up your practicals in a lab book. Also during yr 12 or yr 13 a member from AQA will visit your school (it's the same for all exam boards I believe) and they will watch a class doing a practical. If you're doing AQA new spec (7401), in yr 12 there are 2 papers and in yr 13 there are 3 papers. Paper 1 has knowledge questions, application questions and comprehension question which is worth 10m. Both papers in yr 12 are out of 75 and in yr 13, paper 1 = 91, paper 2 = 91 and paper 3 = 78.

    AQA - http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resource...-2015-V1-1.PDF

    OCR - http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171693-...ogy-a-h020.pdf

    Maths skills - http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/294471-...s-handbook.pdf

    Edexcel - http://qualifications.pearson.com/co..._BioB_spec.pdf

    Edexcel Salters-Nuffield - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...015.html#tab-1

    Also since you're thinking of doing a bio degree you will need to get some sort of work experience. It could be in hospitals, shops etc. If you're getting work experience in a hospital be sure to contact them early like if you want to do it next year you need to contact them at least by September/October because a lot of my friends were placed in waiting lists as there weren't enough places. Or try getting experience in a surgery.

    P.S. Don't do Biomedical science - the job prospects are quite low for this degree. There are about 37,000 undergraduate courses so really have a think about which course you want to do and since you're only starting there's plenty of time.

    If you need any resources please check out this thread.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3845551

    Any more questions feel free to drop me a message. Good luck on Results day
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    I only do Biology out of the 4 but I used to take maths as well.

    Biology

    You will be doing the new spec so be prepared for new content. I suggest after you learn a topic make some Flashcards for that topic and go over it. After that give the Flashcards to your friends/family to test you. You could also make posters, mindmaps, try the pomodoro technique while revising or even teach the whole topic to your friends. I think teaching will be the best way. Memorising doesn't really work for Bio. You really have to know the content. Also you will be doing 12 core practicals in Biology and you will be assessed on the practicals in the exams in both yr 12 and 13. You will be doing 6 in yr 12 and 6 in yr 13. There are no coursework for all exam boards since you're being assessed in the exam. You will have to write up your practicals in a lab book. Also during yr 12 or yr 13 a member from AQA will visit your school (it's the same for all exam boards I believe) and they will watch a class doing a practical. If you're doing AQA new spec (7401), in yr 12 there are 2 papers and in yr 13 there are 3 papers. Paper 1 has knowledge questions, application questions and comprehension question which is worth 10m. Both papers in yr 12 are out of 75 and in yr 13, paper 1 = 91, paper 2 = 91 and paper 3 = 78.

    AQA - http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resource...-2015-V1-1.PDF

    OCR - http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171693-...ogy-a-h020.pdf

    Maths skills - http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/294471-...s-handbook.pdf

    Edexcel - http://qualifications.pearson.com/co..._BioB_spec.pdf

    Edexcel Salters-Nuffield - http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...015.html#tab-1

    Also since you're thinking of doing a bio degree you will need to get some sort of work experience. It could be in hospitals, shops etc. If you're getting work experience in a hospital be sure to contact them early like if you want to do it next year you need to contact them at least by September/October because a lot of my friends were placed in waiting lists as there weren't enough places. Or try getting experience in a surgery.

    P.S. Don't do Biomedical science - the job prospects are quite low for this degree. There are about 37,000 undergraduate courses so really have a think about which course you want to do and since you're only starting there's plenty of time.

    If you need any resources please check out this thread.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=3845551

    Any more questions feel free to drop me a message. Good luck on Results day
    Thank you for such a detailed and resource-rich reply!!
    I'm more interested in ecology/environmental biology, so I don't think the hospital work experience would really apply.
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    For geography AS, it's very similar to GCSE except there's a lot more content. I couldn't comment on A2 as I dropped it after AS.

    The number of essays set on an ongoing basis will depend on your English teacher. Personally, I was set 2 per week which wasn't too bad.

    Both the English Lit AS and A2 exams on my spec (OCR) consisted of 2 essay questions.

    Essay tips? Well, in your intro you want to briefly summarise the points will will make in your essay and make the conclusion that you will ultimately reach clear from the start. You only need 3 points in your essay, so long as you develop them well. Do one paragraph per point. In your conclusion, weigh up the various arguments you have made and the decision they led you to make, which should logically follow on. You might want to identify which arguments were stronger or weaker than others.

    Learning several multi purpose text quotations and quotations by critics is important for lit, too.
    Thanks for the advice!! I think stopping myself from waffling/tangenting will certainly be important for my essay answers.
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    Being a lazy arse myself, I found maths pretty easy to deal with. I had pretty much no memory of any GCSE maths I'd done but yet I'd managed to catch that up and still keep mostly on top of learning the new A level stuff as well.

    Biology isn't totally mad, there's a lot of content but it's not tooo complex I don't think personally.

    I didn't do the other 2 but the people in my year doing geography don't seem to have any complaints about workload.

    Overall tho sort yourself out and you'll likely be able to manage any combination of stuff.
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    (Original post by Retired_Messiah)
    Being a lazy arse myself, I found maths pretty easy to deal with. I had pretty much no memory of any GCSE maths I'd done but yet I'd managed to catch that up and still keep mostly on top of learning the new A level stuff as well.

    Biology isn't totally mad, there's a lot of content but it's not tooo complex I don't think personally.

    I didn't do the other 2 but the people in my year doing geography don't seem to have any complaints about workload.

    Overall tho sort yourself out and you'll likely be able to manage any combination of stuff.
    Thanks for the reply
 
 
 
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