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Postby nattheweirdo » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:56 pm

I'm in year 11 at secondary school, so therefore I am chosing my A levels (4 courses taken over 2 years, only 3 taken in the second, needed to get into university) and I have chosen 3 of these but I'm torn for my third :( I want to go into medicine so I have done my research and I know that i have to take, preferably, biology, chemistry and physics.
My school's sixth form is made up of our 6th form and the 6th forms from two other schools in my town (one is literally across the road from ours :shock:). all of my science courses I'm taking at my school sov far because it fits itno the schedual. for my fourth option i'm torn between doing psychology, french or spanish. becuase of the timetable and other factors to do french or spanish i would have to trave across town 5 times a week with the provided minibus. psychology is at my 6th form.
I've asked my friends for advice, but they're pretty useless and havn't really helped :lol:. Soo... any advice?
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:15 pm

Well Psychology is a boom industry Nat - look how many nuts we have just on this one forum? :wink: Some of us you can even get 3 psyches for 1 apparently... :P

French and Spanish? - how much will you go and practice medicine there? If you aren't planning on a career abroad then do you need to know the language that well - most of us get by with a phrasebook and then only use the restaurant and bar pages... :twisted: ?

A more practical method - would you rather travel across town in all weathers or stay in the warm on your home patch? :lol:

Adventurous option - use a pin... :wink:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:00 pm

Any chance you could learn Latin?

Does that help in medicine these days?
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:21 pm

Take something that you really enjoy doing that might not even be connected to science. :)
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Postby PeterKesel » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:41 am

It's really awesome.Thanks a lot..

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Postby nattheweirdo » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:09 pm

thanks guys :) and is the post above spam?
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Postby Danny B » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:30 pm

Are you willing to take advice from a bloke who got expelled from high school, so doesn't have even a single, solitary GCSE? If you are, then my advice would be to take whichever subject will give you the most pleasure to study. With your science requirements, your courses are going to be interesting if your mind works a certain way, but there's an unavoidable dryness to the subject matter, however cool and exciting people like Stephen Fry and Dr Ian Stewart (TV Geologist, not the one who co-wrote the Science bits of The Science of Discworld) make it seem; absorbing the knowledge is - not to put to fine a point on it - as dull as ditch water. And the ditch is in Milton Keynes.*

It's important that at least one subject each day is something that's going to make your brain switch on in a different way, if only to avoid burnout for hard science. Whichever of the options you've mentioned is the one that excites you the most, is the one that's going to the best option for you. The travel to the language lessons is hardly that big an inconvenience if you really want to learn one of them, you'd be amazed at how quickly it becomes a part of your routine. Take whichever one will allow you to relax a little, away from the endless procession of equations and mathematics you'll be swamped by from the hard sciences.:)

Whether that means learning a soft science :wink: like psychology, or learning how to order ten grams of ham in Spanish (Gongame dos gramos de jamon, por favor) then that's the correct choice.


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Postby Danny B » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:35 pm

Yes Nat, by the way; the post above yours is indeed spam. The damned spammers get everywhere these days. If I had a pound for every similar comment I've deleted elsewhere I'd have approximately £200 pounds just since September on my blog, never mind the other forums I loiter around on. :roll:
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:38 pm

C'mon then, Danny B.

Where are your answers to our suggestions?
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Postby swreader » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:40 am

I definitely agree with Tony and Danny B in suggesting that you take something that will give your mind a break from the sciences. But while they both stuck more or less with suggestions based on your comments, I think you ought to try something other than the three ideas you mentioned.

Based on my experience in learning languages, I rather think that you're not going to learn enough of either Spanish or French in one year's study to have any real useable command of either language. And although psychology sounds "interesting", it has almost the same problem as the languages. Further, psychology is now really trying to be a science and failing. I think, therefore, that these are rather a waste of a year’s work.

Instead I'd suggest (with the caveat that you are getting advice from a retired English Literature Professor, Lawyer, and Bookstore owner) that you seriously consider English Literature for your 4th subject. You obviously enjoy reading and a year’s intensive study will give you a breadth of mind I think important for all intelligent University graduates. Or you consider English or European history.

When I was studying on a fellowship for one year in Edinburgh years ago, I remember spending several evenings telling my flat mates (all from England or Scotland) about the fascinating history of their own country, about which I knew considerably more than they did. The thing I noticed about the British educational system is that it was then (and may still be) so focused on the University subject you think you want to do that you learn almost nothing about the Liberal Arts in general. This is the basis for my suggestion that you take something totally different for your fourth subject. In any event, let us know what you decide and how things are going.
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:58 pm

Obviously I'm going to say something completely different. You don't need a break from the sciences! :P But seriously, I think your mind will have enough breaks outside of school, so take maths. Yes, I know you hate it, everybody hates it. But it will really help with science, trust me :wink:
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Postby poohcarrot » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:41 pm

Dotsie wrote:Obviously I'm going to say something completely different. You don't need a break from the sciences! :P But seriously, I think your mind will have enough breaks outside of school, so take maths. Yes, I know you hate it, everybody hates it.


:shock: I didn't hate maths at school. :lol:

Here's a very interesting maths question. What's special about this number?

142857
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Postby Dotsie » Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:54 am

Everyone knows that one :roll: If you multiply it by anything, the numbers come out the same, but shifted along.

Try it! Fun with maths! :D
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Postby Dotsie » Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:54 am

poohcarrot wrote: :shock: I didn't hate maths at school. :lol:

I knew someone would disagree, and I knew it would be you! :lol:
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Postby poohcarrot » Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:18 pm

I like maths. I like designing and solving killer sudoku. :P Do you want one? I'll make one so the cages spell out DOTSIE if you want. Tell me how hard you want it. 8)

I was always crap at science and didn't do any sciences for O level. I did languages instead - which I was equally crap at!
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