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HSC Subject Selection Advice (Physics vs. Bio, 3U vs 2U English) (1 Viewer)

occhiolisms

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Hi! I am a year 10 student at a top 5 academically selective school and have to choose HSC subjects very soon. I intend to do medicine after school.

My current plan is to do:

3U Maths
English Advanced
Modern History
Chemistry
Biology/Physics
Spanish Beginners

I am very confused as to whether I should choose biology or physics. I have always been good at maths, and I have a good memory. I enjoy aspects of both, and I dislike aspects of both. The teachers of both subjects are okay.

I am completely at a loss as to which subject I should pick. Any advice? (If the new syllabus could be taken into account as well that would be greatly appreciated).

Also:

I generally get very good marks in English, but all of my good marks come from public speaking and acting. Essays are my weakest area which is why I have chosen to do 2U English and do Spanish as a 'filler' of sorts (one that I may or may not drop for year 12, depending on workload, marks, etc.) Is this a good choice? Or should I take 3U English? My school also has a very good english program, however I'm not sure how helpful it's be if I am not very good at essays. Once again, it would be greatly appreciated if the new syllabus could be considered.

Thank you so much
 
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jjuunnee

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List of things to consider when choosing subjects
- whether you enjoy it or not
- whether it's a prerequisite for your desired uni course (or whether it will be useful)
- scaling

Between 3u english and spanish, 3u scales much better, however, there's no point doing it if you don't like it, or if you like Spanish more than English. Don't worry too much about not being great at essays right now, because there's plenty of time to improve, and you can always get help from teachers/tutors. One thing you could also look into is how well your school does in each subject - I'm guessing quite well since you're at a top 5 school but every school has a weakness unfortunately hahaha (at a selective school as well and our chem teachers are absolutely hopeless)

With bio and physics, it doesn't really matter too much but I reckon bio may be more relevant/useful for medicine???
 

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As for English Extension and Spanish Beginners, I reckon go with Spanish Beginners. The reason being that starting to learn another language will provide more useful knowledge later on in life. I am currently really regretting that i did not select Chinese Beginners, just saying.

As for Biology & Physics, it really depends. Many people enter a medicine degree without doing any biology in senior school. It is good that you have Chemistry, as that would be the most useful, but either way would fork for your 2nd Science. But hey, why not take a leap of faith and do triple science? also regret not doing Biology (I only do Physics & Chemistry). The more science, the better, so take as many as you can manage. Of course, ignore if u really want to do Modern History.
 

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