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im doing computer a level but havent done it in gcse.. the class is really hard and everyone else has done it for gcse and im just feeling so overwhelmed and i dont know if i should drop it or not. i really like the subject and i am interested in it howveer its just really hard and i dont know if i can cope
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(Original post by MaliciousFlower)
im doing computer a level but havent done it in gcse.. the class is really hard and everyone else has done it for gcse and im just feeling so overwhelmed and i dont know if i should drop it or not. i really like the subject and i am interested in it howveer its just really hard and i dont know if i can cope
Talk to the teacher and your head of year.
You can always teach yourself GCSE.
Some of the students probably do it as a hobby as well.
You have to work out whether you like it enough and you have the aptitude to get a good grade.
Try and make the decision within the next few weeks as they only allow switches in the early stages and then its too late.
Try and work out what the really hard bits are and devote extra time to it.
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The A-Level CompSci syllabus itself is supposed to cover everything from basic principles without assuming any previous exposure to the subject, so you've definitely got enough time to do this. If you decide to stick with the subject, try not to get distracted by people around you who have done everything at GCSE though, focus on keeping up with the pace of the material for yourself instead.

The things which usually need the most time and effort are learning new ways of solving problems and how to think computationally - it's all about practice. Try using whichever language your college is teaching to solve some of these programming challenges and get used to the method of breaking problems down into smaller, simpler pieces then solving them one-step-at-a-time, and get used to Google'ing/StackOverflow to find snippets of code/information to help (But when you find code online, make sure you explore it and figure out what it does/how it works and try to learn by figuring out how other programmers 'think' when you're using their code.)

Some of these should help too:
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