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mccarthyp639
In TY and need help picking subjects

So I've been struggling to figure out what I want to do in life nevermind LC subjects. I'm trying to keep as many courses open as I can for courses such as Medicine or Arts. I'm obviusly keeping up German as my language as well as Biology as I was good at it and enjoyed it at JC. The question is between: 1.Chemistry 2.Geography 3.Music 4.Business ...in no paticular order. I'm interested in Chemistry and the topics but I'm afraid I wont be very good at it. With Geography I got great grades and I am interested in it but I've heard horror stories of it beingh too hard. Music I studied at JC and found it a bit boring in parts but I compose in my spare time and (because I play trad) I know I'll get the full marks for the practival. With Business I'm good at learnin g big chunks of information but I'm afraid of using that slot instead of using it for a subject required for a course. I'm trying to keep courses open and that would mean picking Chemistry and of the above but I'd like to enjoy my education also. I'm scared I wont be happy with what I'm doing for the rest of my secondry education as I actually do enjoy school and would like to keep it that way, Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.


11 Comments
caoimhebuckley1
Chemistry is a really interesting subject and it can be challenging but I wouldnt let that put you off. I'd say about a third of it learning off - definitions and stuff- but its one of those subjects that's mostly about understanding what's being taught. There's a lot of practical work (like experiments) and maths (mainly just algebra) in it so take that into account. I won't lie it is quite hard but nothing unmanageable and you'll be fine if you keep on top of the work. Music's a really nice subject to do. I wouldn't say it's easy but there's definitely as much learning off as some other subjects. I also play trad which it helps me with dictation and a good bit of composing. Then there's just the set works which can be a bit boring but it's only for a few months in 5th year and then it's on to practical work. The learning off is for features of the set works and definitions for musical terms. I really like music and it's a such a nice break from some of the heavy classes. I wouldn't be too worried about what you need for course, just pick what you actually like and you'll be doing fine :blush: Hope this helps
dnagle
dnagle
If you want to study Medicine then you need two science subjects, one of which has to be Chemistry. If you take a look at the course requirements it's Chemistry and Biology/Physics.
Noni
Noni
Geography is an overall great subject, I'm in sixth year now, and have has it since the start. I would completely go for it if you are capable of learning off a lot of essays. For me, it is not hard at all, but you just have to make sure to keep on top of the work :) as for Chemistry, I didn't have the best teacher in 5th year, but I am still finding it straightforward now going back over it, it's interesting and quite fun when you get used to it. I also do business (outside the school) and it is again full of learning. You have to be able to learn definitions, stages, etc, and of course keep on top of the work. I don't do music as I take biology instead. Overall I think that you will do great with any subject you will choose! Good Luck!
CCL353
CCL353
I was in the completely same position as you two years ago. I ended up choosing biology, chemistry ang geography. Definitely do biology if you enjoyed it in JC. It's a broad course but easy enough- just learning off. Chemistry can be difficult but if you put the work in you'll be fine. It is interesting and plus as you said it helps to keep options open. Also, if you end up hating it, you'll know that a science/medicine career mightn't be the best option as all of those college courses implement some aspect of chem. As for geography it is an interesting course however it is incredibly broad. I was unlucky with teachers meaning we are now very behind, which is stressful. If i were good at music, I would've picked it. It is in no way easy, but if you are musical you will enjoy it and probably do well. Personally, I wish I had picked business or econ instead of geography, because I now feel as though those college routes are cut off because I have no idea whether I would like them or not. Basically, the best way to keep your options completely open is to do biology, chemistry and maybe a business subject or else one you enjoy are think will suit you for points. You could love all three. Either way it will all work out. I know the stress, but it will be fine just follow your gut.
CCL353
CCL353
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Stannes1
Stannes1
What colleges are you thinking of going make sure you have a third language iif the college requires it
MoeAl1
MoeAl1
chemistry is a great subject once you know that your teacher is good in my opinion like my teacher is terrible at teaching but the subject itself is easy to learn once you understand the basics Medicine needs only 2 science subjects doesnt matter where unless its Trinity if you think youll enjoy maths an interesting subject is definitely physics id recommend it to anyone
Student105
I do chemistry, geography and business. Honestly. for me personally, I find business quite similar to JC business it's just adding on to it so if you did that it'll be easy. Personally I find the subject a boring at times but very easy to get good grades in. Chemistry is fine and is very interesting making it fun to learn once you understand the basics. While it can be difficult at times, once you spend time on it and use exam papers you'll fly through it. I was really worried about not being good at it too since I'm better at English, essay subject types but it's one of my best and favourite, Geography is fine too, again some of it is adding on from JC, but is an essay based subject so there'll be a decent amount of detail but you do have some options in the exam. I don't have experience with music but if you like it and think it'll have some value go for it. Honestly in the end everything will be fine, I was doing this last year and found it extremely daunting. I chose subjects that gave me options and that I liked in JC and am really happy with my subjects.
Ellenmccarthysalerno
I think that sometimes doing a lot of subjects that require large chunks of information to be learned off ( like business, biology , geography history etc.) can be alot harder than understanding chemistry / playing music especially if you are doing two of these subjects I would suggest picking one that makes your study time a bit more varied but its different for evveryone. Definetely pick the subjects you like the most rather than ones you think you can do well in/ need for certain courses :)
Aisling.543
I think choosing subjects is a really good indicator if you will like it down the line. I chose chemistry and I was nervous after all I heard but I found it is as hard as everyone says. However it also is not as interesting as I thought it would have been. It is also a long course with a lot of theory.
hollymcparland
100% do music. If you have the practical down thats 50%! My class finished the whole course in 5th year. It's such a nice subject as there isn't as much to learn off as other subjects with a heavy amount of course work. Aswell as that the grades for this subject are great every year. If you are aiming for a course with high points its a very good subject to have as a banker. would 100% recommend that you pick it!
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