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Guildford College Exam Tips: Choosing Your Subject Areas For The Future

Guildford College Exam Tips: Choosing Your Subject Areas For The Future

Published at 2:47pm 9th August 2019.

Your subject choices can have an impact on what you study at college or university, and what job you go on to in the future. Your enjoyment of your course will also have a huge bearing on your overall college or university experience and performance, so it’s important that you take the time to consider the best option for you.

How do you like to learn?
Do you like English and drama because you get to talk and listen? Or woodwork because you are good with your hands? Working out how you like to learn can help you choose your subjects.

Where could they take you?
Know what you want to do when you leave school? Picking the right subjects could help you get there, or keep your options open if you haven’t decided yet.

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What subjects do you enjoy?
You're more likely to get better marks in subjects that you find interesting. Does time fly by in some subjects and go at a snail’s pace in others?

What subjects are you good at?
What do you get your best marks in? There may be some you've never studied before but would do well in. 

What do others think you’re good at?
Talk to your parents, friends, family, teachers and careers adviser. What do they think would suit you and why? Ask for their opinions, and see how they weigh up with your own thoughts.

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What to avoid
It’s easy to choose subjects for the wrong reasons, too. Avoid picking subjects just because:
• You like the teacher – the teacher may change
• There isn’t much homework – that will change
• It’s traditionally a boys or girls subject - there’s no such thing
• Your friends are taking the subject – it might be right for them, but not for you

Keep your options open
You might be unsure what direction you want your career to take yet – that's fine. It just means you need to keep your options open when you're picking your subjects and keep them quite broad. You could choose some subjects which are known as ‘facilitating subjects’. This means they’re asked for more often than others for courses and jobs. These include things like Maths, English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography and Languages.

Talk to a careers adviser
They're on hand to give you information, advice and guidance on what you'd like to do when you leave school, and the different routes you can take to get there.

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