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Hyugo

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Subject Dilemma
« on: February 24, 2020, 08:28:14 pm »
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So this year (year 10) I'm doing three 1/2's, which are Methods, Biology and Latin. However, in year 11 I am only allowed to do two 3/4 subjects, and such I have to pause/drop one of the subjects. I know that I definitely want to do Latin 3/4 in year 11 however between Methods and Biology my friends tell me that I should do Biology 3/4 in year 11 and do Methods 3/4 with Specialist 3/4 in year 12. I was originally planning to pause Biology until year 12 but now I'm conflicted and want your guys' opinions on these two things:
1. Is it beneficial to do both maths methods and specialist 3/4 in the same year?
2. Is it a good idea to have a year gap between doing bio 1/2 and 3/4?

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Re: Subject Dilemma
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2020, 08:52:48 pm »
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So this year (year 10) I'm doing three 1/2's, which are Methods, Biology and Latin. However, in year 11 I am only allowed to do two 3/4 subjects, and such I have to pause/drop one of the subjects. I know that I definitely want to do Latin 3/4 in year 11 however between Methods and Biology my friends tell me that I should do Biology 3/4 in year 11 and do Methods 3/4 with Specialist 3/4 in year 12. I was originally planning to pause Biology until year 12 but now I'm conflicted and want your guys' opinions on these two things:
1. Is it beneficial to do both maths methods and specialist 3/4 in the same year?
2. Is it a good idea to have a year gap between doing bio 1/2 and 3/4?

Doing specialist maths and methods in the same year is doable and most people actually do this combo in year 12. Spec links and extends of methods.

It would be better to do biology 3/4 in year 11 as bio is a content-heavy subject, so doing it in year 11 when you are able to dedicate more time towards your 3/4's would be the better move imo.

A gap between bio 1/2 and bio 3/4 won't have any dramatic effect as a good chunk of the content in 3/4 bio is different to that of 1/2.

You still have a little bit of time to decide, choose whatever you would feel more comfortable doing. 

All the best with your studies and Welcome to AN  :D
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Hyugo

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Re: Subject Dilemma
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2020, 05:33:17 pm »
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Doing specialist maths and methods in the same year is doable and most people actually do this combo in year 12. Spec links and extends of methods.

It would be better to do biology 3/4 in year 11 as bio is a content-heavy subject, so doing it in year 11 when you are able to dedicate more time towards your 3/4's would be the better move imo.

A gap between bio 1/2 and bio 3/4 won't have any dramatic effect as a good chunk of the content in 3/4 bio is different to that of 1/2.

You still have a little bit of time to decide, choose whatever you would feel more comfortable doing. 

All the best with your studies and Welcome to AN  :D

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Re: Subject Dilemma
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2020, 03:38:49 pm »
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trust me, if you want to do well in both maths subjects the best way is to finish method 3/4 in year 11 before doing spesh 3/4. You can always pause bio and do it later because it's not really related to any other subjects. In comparison, year 12 methods is great foundation to year 12 spesh. If you are doing both at the same time, you will find spesh very difficult
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Re: Subject Dilemma
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2020, 03:50:36 pm »
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trust me, if you want to do well in both maths subjects the best way is to finish method 3/4 in year 11 before doing spesh 3/4. You can always pause bio and do it later because it's not really related to any other subjects. In comparison, year 12 methods is great foundation to year 12 spesh. If you are doing both at the same time, you will find spesh very difficult
not necessarily true. Plenty of people have done very well whilst doing methods and specialist within the same year. Whilst some Specialist Mathematics topics rely a little bit on prerequisite methods knowledge schools/tutors know this so you will most likely have learnt the required content from methods before going to specialist.

For OP I would say doing biology 3/4 in year 11 would be good since it is one of the most content-heavy subjects so I don't think doing it in year 12 is wise. You can always learn the methods 3/4 content during the year if you want and are worried about not being prepared for specialist but this is definitely not required.

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Re: Subject Dilemma
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2020, 04:07:26 pm »
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So this year (year 10) I'm doing three 1/2's, which are Methods, Biology and Latin. However, in year 11 I am only allowed to do two 3/4 subjects, and such I have to pause/drop one of the subjects. I know that I definitely want to do Latin 3/4 in year 11 however between Methods and Biology my friends tell me that I should do Biology 3/4 in year 11 and do Methods 3/4 with Specialist 3/4 in year 12. I was originally planning to pause Biology until year 12 but now I'm conflicted and want your guys' opinions on these two things:
1. Is it beneficial to do both maths methods and specialist 3/4 in the same year?
2. Is it a good idea to have a year gap between doing bio 1/2 and 3/4?

Well I personally would do Methods and Biology in Year 11, and Latin in Year 12. Curiously, why do you want to do Latin so quickly?
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Re: Subject Dilemma
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2020, 04:20:42 pm »
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Well I personally would do Methods and Biology in Year 11, and Latin in Year 12. Curiously, why do you want to do Latin so quickly?

I agree with this. I think you can continuously learn languages from year to year and pausing a year of Latin (I'm assuming you will do 1/2 in y11 again) will most likely boost your score. The other subjects pretty much only rely on the years teaching of the content and I think both are doable in year 11 (I'm doing methods myself :))
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Re: Subject Dilemma
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2020, 10:50:21 am »
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Delaying latin likely isn't an option for him--as far as I know, the only school that allows latin 3/4 in year 11 is Haileybury, and from what I've heard you aren't allowed to take it in year 12.