Jul 5, 2011

10 units or 12 units

I'm facing the choice that all of us will facing sooner or later this year, year 12 subject selection. I'm currently doing 3 unit maths and English, Economics, Chemistry and Physics, making up 12 units. I've already decided I'm not doing extension 2 English or Maths, because it's just not worth it considering the time and effort I have to put in to get a decent mark. But the problem now is that I want to keep doing all 12 units, and mum wants me to drop one of either Economics, Chemistry or Physics, and do only 10 units.

She thinks I should cut out everything unnecessary and focus all of my time on only the necessary works, and not have to waste time on 2 units that aren't going to count towards my ATAR.

Her logic makes sense, but I feel that it leaves no wriggle room at all if something goes wrong. What if I find that the extensions are too hard or that I'm just not getting one of the subjects. What if I can tell that one of the subjects will get a bad mark? Wouldn't it be better to be able to drop that subject?

But it's not just about another option in year 12, it's also about another option in university. It would be to my advantage to have done one more subject. That knowledge might be the keys to doors of opportunity that I might otherwise have missed out on.

But it is true that the time spent on one extra subject may well impact on the results of my other subjects. Year 12 is definitely going to be harder and I might not have time, or maybe just that I would get better results if I'm not doing that one extra subject.

So I need help, what do you think? What you doing? 10 units or 12 units?


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  2. I'm probably going to do 13 units actually. Mainly because I'm feeling insecure about my subject choices - mostly Economics, Ag, and Legal. Music I'm practically obliged to do, since I still go piano lessons and have secret help from there :D

    This is just my view, but i'd rather work really really hard and juggle an extra units, with 'wiggling space' - in case i find out that one of my subjects are just not getting me good marks. I always keep my choices open - better safe then sorry.

    I can sorta see the side - if i did 10 or 11 units, I'd be more focused, and will have more of an incentive to work hard because any discrepancies can lead to disaster - i.e. i have more at stake.

    To me, unless I am completely sure I will get good marks in the 10 units of subjects I choose, I'll stick to anything more than 10 units.

  3. 13 units? That might be a bit too much. My vice principal said to us: "You're not doing 13 units. Girls, some of you may think you're doing 13 units, but you're not." I'm thinking 13 units might take too much time. And if you're doing extension, they eat up a whole lot of time and effort and they will affect your marks on other subjects. That's what everyone's been telling me. So be careful and weigh up your pros and cons.

  4. I'm keeping 13 units, until the first assessment task, to see which one I did the worst in or least enjoy ... then drop it! :D