How to Pick a Subject to Study at School when Faced with a Choice

There are several times when you will have to narrow down your options in your academic career. When faced with a choice of subjects, here a guide to help you make the best choice

Steps

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    Check your ideal career or career field and see what kind of qualifications you need. Also, if you need higher level qualifications than the ones who are picking subjects for, find out what the typical requirements for these courses are as well.
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    Ask yourself which subjects you enjoy the most and why. Examine these reasons carefully. Sort out valid reasons, which will remain throughout your academic career, from invalid ones, which could change at any moment. For example, choosing to do Business studies because you are fascinated by business is a good reason. Choosing to do business studies because the person you have a crush on is doing it, is not a good reason.
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    If you have studied the subjects before, look over the past grades and marks you have got. If you are clearly better in one subject than you are in another, this should be taken into consideration.
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    If you have not studied the subject before, ask the head of department what subjects their subject is similar to. For example, Drama is similar to English Lit in some aspects. If you do well and enjoy in English Lit, you may like to do Drama.
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    Ask the head of department what studying this subject may mean for you in the long run. In other words, what do people who take their course generally go on to do next?

Tips

  • You could try borrowing revision books on the subject from the library. Leafing through these could help you make your decision.

Warnings

  • Be sure to check if the subject requires you to have studied anything in particular before. It is generally not the teachers obligation to do this for you.
  • Don't pick to do a subject just because you came top of the class this year. There is always the possibility somebody better will come along. If you were second best, or even near the bottom of the class, would you still enjoy the course?

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