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AS level confusion

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
hiya people I was wondering what you think about these new AS levels? do you think they're a good idea or what? i have major problems, i started doing 5 courses, ended up switching drama for critical thinking cos a) i wasn't enjoying it and b) i wanna b a psychologist so crit is a lot more useful and interesting actually. i really wanted to do history but becos my 6th form is small it couldn't b timetabled and it didn't occur to me to do it out of school until a few weeks ago and it'd b too late now. well critical thinking is an AS over 2 years in my college, and because of this i have no idea what i'm going to do next year now! it just dawned on me some only a few people will do 4 next year, i want to continue my 4 main ones but then again i'll have the second part of the crit AS to do as well, this is more than ANYONE as all the people in my crit class are basically planning to do 3 next year too except for one girl who probably won't in the end as she's finding it hard now with the five. 4 and a half, this seems like a lot, doesn't it? I don't know what to think, ppl say wait until the end of the year and see how well it goes but i know that when the time comes i'll have not thought about it and i may make hasty decisions. i don't want that. my gcses were mostly As and could have been better though I know that sounds pretantious but I know it's true now looking at what I achieved. I think I could cope if I make an effort. my other option is that next year i could do my history AS, which could be easier switching say english lit for history and doing 3 Alevels and one and a half AS levels. AHH! Too many options! Why did they have to change stuff? I don't need this stress, I just need to have decisions made for me but I have it constantly on my mind. I know I sound like a complete dumb-ass moaning about nothing but I've just realised how much potential I have as a student, and it hurts to think I have jepodised it already and could do it again by not pushing myself. CRAP. I know a girl doing 5 Alevels. but I don't know anymore I just want to curl up and die frankly half the time. Any advice? I'd have liked to do law but I couldn't do history like I said and also my dad works in the university for the maritime law and said if I did you should aim for oxbridge... well the chances of me ever getting in there are so minimal it's not even funny, they would laugh at critical thinking i am sure of it, (a couple of my friends don't take it seriously as it is but i had nothing else i could do instead, mush as i like it nowi wish i could have been doing history) and at my GCSEs. good as they were when i see all my friends... well it doesn't help my confidence. sorry about this pile of crap i hope someone bothers to read this i just needed to vent somewhere or i may explode. i sound like such an ungrateful big-headed bitch but I'm not! what I am saying is honest it actually pains me to realise I wasted so much in the past and to admit it, it's a lot easier to just have people think you did your best at least it has merit. *sigh*


  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ahhhhugrhgrhgh! It's too late for solid blocks of text. Put some white space in there man. I'll read it another time otherwise <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;
  • Girl-From-MarsGirl-From-Mars Mega Poster Posts: 2,822
    i dont know anything about AS levels coz im in year 13 at the moment and practically dying. i guess if its the same as GCSEs, ASes are worth about half an A level, but actually take up 75% of the work? or something equally as improbable. i considered doing 4 A levels, coz im like an A/A* student (although i could have done better at my gcses like you, read my post which i'll paste the url of in a minute), but decided i didnt really want to do english when i started it. im doing chem, bio and geog, and thats hard work enough. i know there arent the essays like in history and english, but all teachers think they're the only subject you do and that you dont actually want to eat or sleep or god forbid, watch tv, at any time at all! at the moment they all expect me to do all my work on time and doit brilliantly and also be revising for my 5 module exams in january and about 5 or 6 mocks. and so basically im dying. my other post explains it more, only in a ranting angry way!

    so i think that doing as many AS levels as you say you want to next year will be tough. it just depends whether you think you can do it. if it gets too much you can always drop one. im glad i didnt drop chemistry at the beginning like i thought about, coz ive decided to do biochemistry at uni (if i ever get over my problems with geography and pass!).

    it all depends on how much effort youre going to put in, and whether you want time to breathe. but speaking from personal experience, do as little as poss coz then you can do it well! as long as you have the min sorta thing, like 3 a levels, for uni, if you wanna do that. dont know the system for AS, again, im afraid! soudns like you need to talk to someone about this, a teacher or career adviser perhaps?

    anyway good luck with whatever you decide! <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;

    heres the URL, my post was right at the bottom http://www.thesite.org/ubb/Forum12/HTML/000020.html

    [This message has been edited by Girl-From-Mars (edited 02-12-2000).]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    hey don't even worry about the re-takes, I now a boy who got a D in his maths modules after the first year and then he ended up with an A and he's a Oxford doing law. It really is not a big deal and I'm sure you'll do well! I sympathise with the teacher, my chem teacher is a totaly retard, I used to be great at science ok I didn't get an A* but my exam was A* it was my coursework, damn that stuff, and in year 9 I got a level 8 for science, I loved it! Now I'm getting like Cs with this perticular teacher, she treats me like an idiot it's really bad, in the last test I got the bottom of the class. Ok there are only 7 people in my class but it was still bottom! It was less than 50%. I have never ever got that low, or come last. WEll I got my mother to complain and I think it's ok cos she's going to be away at least until Xmas so hopefully... the thing is i had a chance to move classes at the beginning of the year, when i quit drama, and do biology as well, but they really didn't want me to cos the other classes were full, had 20 peopl in them, and my friend had already been turned away from going into the class so I felt very evil, in the end I gave in and stayed in my sensible small class of 7 like people told me cos that way I'll do better. Apparently if I start getting more that 50%. Life sucks and so do teachers. I know what you mean about the illness thing I just started getting an allergy to SOMEthing we don't know what it's really bad, I was never allergic before. They reakon it's either that or stress either way it shows my life is pretty bad. My love-life is also non-existant and always has been, so count yourselves lucky! Generally I'm just depressed about myself being lazy and good for nothing as this is what people have been trying to get me to feel guilty about for years, until now i never took notice until parents evening when this teahcer came out with all this stuff about me being really talented and clever and I don't focus, and I'm one of the cleverest people in the class and stuff. Anyway I'm just going to cruise along as I am for now, try my best in the 5 things I'm doing this year and if I drop next year I'll try history since I'm beginning to think that's the biggest mistake ever not doing it. But you're right I can drop something if it gets hard, a friend who started the year doing double maths, chem, biology and english lit is dropping f maths next week. Also I do do a lot in my spare time, I play the clarinet and piano, sometimes I play badminton on mondays, I'm in the engineering education scheme which takes up time, I'm in a play for school, I help with the school paper. I should be realistic because I'm not just going to drop everything and focus entirely on my work, I'm not like that, there are people I know who enjoy work but I don't! I really really don't. And besides people like a well-rounded student, or so I hear. Thanks for your help I think I was just a little mad when I posted. I think you were on your other post too and if you want to chat anything you can email me on Gotta go.
    Anna X
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Please try to remember to break up your text and insert some white space. It makes it so much easier to read.

    When you type without breaks it doen't give people a chance to pause, and quite often people won't bother reading the post.

    <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    yeah, i just can't be fucked to read it all, got better things to do.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by dirty_harry:
    yeah, i just can't be fucked to read it all, got better things to do.

    lol sorry but me too. I started reading it and then gave up half way through.
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