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Harder or easier? And to be fair I self-study everything, I am given no help from teachers at all. So now which would be harder for me?
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Why would a degree be easier?
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Comes up every day...

But much harder, far far far far more work to get done in far less time left over after lectures etc, with more exams requiring greater depth of knowlege across a broader spectrum etc.
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do you think it's easier to do single subject degree than do THREE a levels at the same time?

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(Original post by EierVonSatan)
Is it easier to do GCSEs in ten subjects or just three subjects at A-level?
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(Original post by randomistloz)
do you think it's easier to do single subject degree than do THREE a levels at the same time?

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Hard as in what? Content? Ability to get a good grade? At university you're studying a subject you enjoy and want to study, whereas at A-Level you're forced to do a number of subjects you may not want to study. I'd say, however, the content is certainly harder at degree level, no question.
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. .The feeding spoon is taken away from you @ University . . .
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Personally, i think its alot harder. Content is harder. ALOT more work, and alot less time to do it in. Hardly any help from lecturers (ive never even spoken to most of them).
The fact you're only doing one subject has no effect at all. Because you have one subject, you do it in more detail. One subject is split into lots of different classes.
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It's harder in terms of depth, but the fact you can dedicate all your time to it makes learning it a bit easier.

The lecturers will help you if you seek them out, which is alright in a tight knit department (such as UoL's chem dept), but may be difficult in a bigger department.
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(Original post by randomistloz)
do you think it's easier to do single subject degree than do THREE a levels at the same time?

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Yes but you do many different modules at university that feel like different subjects.

And in the case of my degree, we actually do many different subjects. xD
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I don't know personally (still doing my A Levels) but I have a friend who swears blind her degree is 10x easier than her A Levels. But I think that might just be because she's just so much more interested in it. Still, I'm expecting the workload to increase and get harder, myself :/
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Well harder. That's if you don't do the work and rely on powerpoints. Fairly sure it'd be alright if you y'know, bought textbooks and stuff
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Degree = 10x harder.


Everything is independant; here's a 2000 word essay. You've never studied it before, go and write it. So you have to find books online, go to library (not easy if you go to the UoL library Senate house and you don't live anywhere near there), get books, find parts of books, learn the whole subject on wikipedia etc...
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My degree has been easier so far, but I suspect physics will be harder (and rightfully) once I start it next year, which is half the reason I'm changing anyway!
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Harder. You have to be a lot more independent in your studies and you can no longer get by on just natural ability.
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(Original post by Bubbles*de*Milo)
Learn the whole subject on wikipedia etc...
We got told that "Anybody citing from Wikipedia will get a zero"

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Harder. Wouldn't it be a waste of time otherwise?
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(Original post by Irrelevance)
We got told that "Anybody citing from Wikipedia will get a zero"

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Noooooooooooooooooooo. Learn from Wiki! Don't cite it! Use the references at the bottom :p:
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I think 'harder' is an ambiguous word. On one level, a degree is quite obviously more demanding than A level. There's much more work, the work is more demanding, and the marking is much (much much) harsher. But on another level, 'hardness' is completely subjective. How hard a degree is really depends on how much you develop intellectually whilst doing it.

Hardness shouldn't be measured by the challenges in and of themselves. It's more about how well equipped a person is--or feels--when attempting to meet those challenges. That's why, for me, GCSEs have been the hardest test overall, because I was least focused when doing them. That definitely doesn't mean that GCSE questions are as advanced as degree questions, though.
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