Originally Posted by dillawearsprada
Oh. I might just be stating crap here, cos I haven't actually gone through any of that but from where I see it, I thought programmes like AUSMAT, CPU, etc. would be better because our final mark isn't entirely based on one paper but our whole length of studying instead. Or am I wrong there?
Haha well, in all honesty, I did enjoy some of the experiments. So you were an A-levels student? Would you say you regret you decision of going for A-levels? Or would you not have it any other way?
Finishing my A-level this June. Yeah our final marks are based on just one paper you know. CIE though more rigid than Edexcel, still provides for a modular examination system, meaning your aggregate grade is not based on your performance on one paper and is not crammed into one session, unless you choose to do so. The latter meaning you did badly for the first half of your exams, then it becomes linear because you will be taking both halves of the exams together i.e. repeating. The good thing is your best score, whether the new or old, is the one taken into your final calculation of your aggregate grade.
Hey, do you think that our assignments and projects will be marked as lenient as in secondary school? You must research, digest, transcribe and elaborate on your findings. Not to mention you'll need to prove what you write and the sources, if you have any idea what is bibliography is about. If your materials really look like copy and paste or do not impress your lecturer in terms of maturity of the writing, it's the equivalent of sending in an empty paper. Sure lecturers can be a bit more understanding if they know who you are and stuff, but the fact boils down to the fact they still have an obligation to be responsible people.
I regretted taking more than necessary subjects for A-level considering the fact even after I finally decided what I want to pursue
and also possibly a little on the overall decision to take it. However, this is now and it can't be said back then. I took A-level because I literally had no idea what I wanted to do, only did the time in A-level finally got me to decide to do Economics. And frankly, if you are not aiming high, a foundation which is a much easier route is enough to go this field of study. That said, a foundation can NEVER prepare me in the likes of what A-level has done to my academia.
Besides, I met GREAT friends in A-level.
THEN AGAIN, please consult some others who took those other pre-university courses you mentioned. It could be I never wrote all these without giving the benefit of doubt to them or it's just my examination mentality speaking
NEITHER, am I discouraging you at all for trying out these programs. I don't know who you are but God knows? Maybe you will actually prefer assignments and stuff rather than exams?