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    How has everyone’s day been? Let me know the following in the replies…
    -What was your favourite session today and why?
    -Which subject tasters did you try today? What did you look at?
    -Have you started your animations? What ideas do you guys have for the project
    -One question you’d like to ask me?

    Really good engagement yesterday so lets try and repeat that this afternoon to ensure you guys are getting the most from this platform!
    -Beth

    P.S Remember there is a quiz tonight with a prize!

    #9690
    James F
    Participant

    My favourite session today was the money management session because it was very helpful in suggesting ways to to look after your money. I tried the biochemistry taster session today. We looked at the different areas covered in the course and also we got asked different biology questions to decode a question. I haven’t started my animation yet but I think I have got some ideas about. Yesterday I asked you about University Courses , but how did you choose your A levels?

    #9695

    Fab James- I certainly learnt a lot from the money management session.
    So my A-Level options were History, Theatre Studies, Sociology and Biology. Looking back, I wish I’d taken politics rather than Biology. The reason I picked biology is because my school told me I needed 2 ‘facilitating subjects’ to get into Uni (facilitating being highly regarded like sciences, english, humanities). This is actually not true at all, universities like to see a range of subjects (unless specified otherwise so do look at entry requirements of uni courses to see if they say you need a certain subject, but that is mainly for uni courses in science.)
    I loved all my gcses, but ultimately picked the ones I enjoyed the most and did well in. There is a chance to switch your options though if you start a subject and decide its not for you!

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    Samuel T
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    I would agree with James that the money management session was extremely useful because it was packed with advice and new information for university. I tried to do as many tasters as I could today and ended up doing your creative writing screenplay session alongside the sign language and German subject tasters. The sign language was mainly based on the alphabet and translating it whilst the German session were common phrases, numbers, unusual vocabulary, etc. I haven’t started my animation yet I will do so this evening- I think I’m going to do a simple plot about common household objects coming to life but I haven’t written or planned anything yet. I would like to ask about any advice you would give to someone who has lots of possible pathways/different university courses yet is unsure about which one to take; what do you think are the best ways to narrow these down?

    #9699

    Great to hear Samuel and glad you enjoyed my session. I loved the German taster, reminded me of my GCSE days! Do you study German or was it something new?

    That animation idea sounds great, I’m looking forward to watching them all tomorrow.

    In terms of your question about uni pathways, my main suggestion would be to go to as many taster days as possible. Often University’s offer applicant days or taster days where they put on a ‘typical’ lecture/seminar/practical session to help you see if its a good fit for you. I also wasn’t sure what to do, and when I applied to uni I applied for: Theatre, Liberal Arts, Psychology, English and Politics- quite a mixed bag! It gave me some time to think about which one to go for. You don’t have to just apply for one course. Remember as well that masters courses allow you to change route slightly- so even though I’ve not studied politics before, because I have my first degree I can take a masters in that. Because uni study is so self-motivated, I would say make sure that what you are applying for is something you enjoy so much that its going to make you get up and go to your lectures, and make you want to go to the library to research it further. Seek advice from your teachers as well. Hopefully in the next few years you’ll get a better sense of one or two pathways that stick out from the rest.

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