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I really want to help with research / PhD students in the field i want to go to uni for (computer science). However i have no idea where to even start looking, I've seen in personal statements that people have done this, so it is possible, i just don't know where to start looking.

I'm currently in year 12 if thats important
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Do Maths A-Level, + one science, Physics would be a good choice. CS A-level isn't necessary but if you can do this for A-level it will let you judge whether CS is what you want to do.

Most CS degrees teach Python and/or Java. Take a free online course in one or both of these. See

https://www.edx.org/learn/java
https://www.edx.org/learn/python

Download and play with free/community editions of PyCHarm, IntelliJ or Eclipse IDE's.

Build some PC projects in Java and Python

MIT have most of their lectures online for free. Take a look and see if this is for you:-

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electric...ideo-lectures/

Get a Raspberry PI and explore creating some projects

A CS degree isn't all about programming but it is the language of CS a probably the most fun bit.

Good Luck
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Do Maths A-Level, + one science, Physics would be a good choice. CS A-level isn't necessary but if you can do this for A-level it will let you judge whether CS is what you want to do.

Most CS degrees teach Python and/or Java. Take a free online course in one or both of these. See

https://www.edx.org/learn/java
https://www.edx.org/learn/python

Download and play with free/community editions of PyCHarm, IntelliJ or Eclipse IDE's.

Build some PC projects in Java and Python

MIT have most of their lectures online for free. Take a look and see if this is for you:-

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electric...ideo-lectures/

Get a Raspberry PI and explore creating some projects

A CS degree isn't all about programming but it is the language of CS a probably the most fun bit.

Good Luck
Thanks for the reply, sorry if i confused you but I'm already doing my a levels (Physics, computer science, maths and FM), and id say am at an intermediate level with python. Mainly looking for the opportunity to work with research students to produce things i can show.

Also what do you mean by 'PC' projects
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Thanks for the reply, sorry if i confused you but I'm already doing my a levels (Physics, computer science, maths and FM), and id say am at an intermediate level with python. Mainly looking for the opportunity to work with research students to produce things i can show.

Also what do you mean by 'PC' projects
PC = Software projects for your PC as opposed to for an embedded device such as a raspberry pi.
OK so your further on. Contact some of your local universities and their CS departments to see what opportunities they have. Unless you have a significant skill set now I can see how they might see this as more work for them than an opportunity. One opportunity might be to offer your time and skills as a tester or whatever they else they may need help on.

However if it were me at this stage of the game I would dig into MIT and other University resources at that Year1/Year2 CS degree level. Look at the practical assignments and projects they set on these courses and work your way through them. This will give you a portfolio of programs covering all of the bases.

Another resource you could check out is:-

https://github.com/ForrestKnight/open-source-cs
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