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General Studies - What A Joke.  
User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

I'm currently at School (AS/A Levels) and am sitting in a 'General Studies' Lesson.

One of the questions we have been presented with is: "Why are heat shields necessary when space vehicles re-enter the atmosphere"

Now I'm sorry, I dropped Science for a reason.
I was crap at it for one. I do English, Business, Maths and Geography for AS choices so its not as if I am free from academic subjects, I just don't see the reason for this bulls**t subject where I could be studying (admittedly this would involve browsing a.net)

Does anyone else get lumbered with this moronic subject?

Thanks
Alex

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User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Thread starter):
Now I'm sorry, I dropped Science for a reason.
I was crap at it for one. I do English, Business, Maths and Geography for AS choices so its not as if I am free from academic subjects, I just don't see the reason for this bulls**t subject where I could be studying (admittedly this would involve browsing a.net)

Its good to see that they are TRYING to teach you something useful!

Hint: Thats NOT a science question! Its a logic question!

Gemuser



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User currently offlineCabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Is it compulsory for you to do General Studies?

I'm doing the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma (dunno if you've heard of it?) and I have to do six subjects at both AS and A2. Plus I get loaded with Theory of Knowledge which is like studying knowledge, more philosophy. IMO that is even more boring. On top of that I've got to do 150 hours of sports and community service. Oh well... who said life was easy.

I do English Lit. Maths, Business, Physics, Spanish and French.


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

I remember General Studies while doing my A-Levels at sixth form college.

I seem to recall it was an excuse to go down to the beach in the summer and to the pub the rest of the year Big grin



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2601 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 3):
I seem to recall it was an excuse to go down to the beach in the summer and to the pub the rest of the year

That was one of the many excuses used at my school too!

I didn't really go to any of the General Studies lectures through the last year of sixth form, instead I would work in the design technology rooms on my very time consuming project. I was apprehended by a head of year once who demanded an explanation for my absence; I pointed out that all of the Universities I had applied to did not accept general studies as a valid A-Level, and so I was using my time more constructively by doing my project. She couldn't actually fault this explanation, so I didn't have any more problems after that, or General Studies lectures.

I did though take the exam - it was set on a beautiful day and I was not best pleased at having to be in there (along with everybody else). I didn't take the questions seriously, and despite writing one answer on the hypothetical link between Communism and baked beans, I somehow passed  Wow!

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineBrettbrett21 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
I didn't take the questions seriously, and despite writing one answer on the hypothetical link between Communism and baked beans, I somehow passed

haha in my GCSE Religious Education exam I compared religious with the easter bunny, santa clause and UFO's and still got a C!



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4307 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

I hear such wonderful studies all the time:

"Scientists in 46 countries conduct a 6 year multi-million study. The scientists announced a link between lack or rainfall and drought condititions".

"New study suggests sleepyness may lead to higher incidences of fatigue".

"Decade long government research links rise in unemployment with increased rates of poverty"

"World's leading universities announce stunning breakthrough: fewer earthquakes and storms correlate to less property damage".



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User currently offlineBA0284 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

HAHAHAHA General Studies! What a load of rubbish that was lol! I did AS and A2, only for the reason that i'd get another grade, another result. But the fact you have lessons on it! ouch! If you want to go to uni, your uni may accept it! Mine did, but not for my course, so it was a bit pointless, but it's a laugh!

Our general studies lessons were called "Enrichment" which was a joke lol! It is quite boring, and there's no way of revising for it. Just keep reading newspapers, watching the news, keeping ontop of current affairs!

Last year's A2 paper was great (i did OCR exam board) , all about transport and the growth of transport, so I sat there for 1h30 writing about LHR Terminal 5 etc, and got an A for it!

I think randomness sums up what GS papers are. lol! something like "what's love to you" or "what's the most important..love, friendship..." etc was a question last year. I also remember doing something that was like a logical story, that one about the Goose, Fox, maize and the man with the boat having to cross the river getting everything accross, and there were only 2 spaces in the boat at once or something, and you couldnt leave the fox and the goose together at each bank because the fox would eat the goose, same with the goose and the maize, so you had to solve the problem of getting everyone accross the river without each thing eating things...it was REALLY random!!!

Good luck and have fun!!...ahem

BA0284  Smile


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

When I was doing my A-levels (all those years ago!) we refered to General Studies as"A-level Trivial Pusuit"  

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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Be careful - study hard or you'll end up in Iraq

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Waste of time indeed - but I got an A, which contributed to the grades for my two chosen universities. Not complaining!


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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 2475 times:

Quoting Cabso1 (Reply 2):
Is it compulsory for you to do General Studies?

Yup and no major Uni will take it as a UCAS point.
F**king ridiculous. Today the teacher just wandered off and left us there to 'do work'
Whatever.
Utter insanity

Thanks
Alex


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 2462 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 11):
F**king ridiculous. Today the teacher just wandered off and left us there to 'do work'
Whatever.
Utter insanity

I agree, hence the reason why I refused to attend.



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

A waste of time, maybe, but the fact you can't answer such a simple question shows just how much science topics have been dumbed down, and how much the country will suffer as a result.

Kids should be forced to take 2-3 science subjects, and at least one maths GCSE. The entire A-level system needs overhauling, and then there should be a strong emphasis on maths and science.


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 13):

Kids should be forced to take 2-3 science subjects, and at least one maths GCSE. The entire A-level system needs overhauling, and then there should be a strong emphasis on maths and science.

Oh god, its you again.
I took 3 sciences at GCSE, did relatively OK, but hated them. Why should I be forced to do it again at A level? I dropped it because I do not want to pursue a career in science. I am doing Maths A level and got 2 GCSEs in it. Problem?

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 13):
A waste of time, maybe, but the fact you can't answer such a simple question shows just how much science topics have been dumbed down, and how much the country will suffer as a result.

I can answer the question, I'm not a stupid moron despite what you want to make out, I just don't want to to science considering I dropped it.

Stop being so god damned rude about everything and everyone.

Thanks
Alex


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2440 times:

Quoting Brettbrett21 (Reply 5):
haha in my GCSE Religious Education exam I compared religious with the easter bunny, santa clause and UFO's and still got a C!

We had our GCSE exam in the middle of the heatwave, and my answers reflected that of the summer weather, boiling hot exam room and poiintless questions, whilst having a dig at Margaret Thatcher.

Needless to say, I got a D


User currently offlineSv2008 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

The worst thing about those subjects is even the worse universities don't count them....such a waste of time.

Fotunatly they hadn't been invented yet when I was at school.


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2376 times:

Quoting Sv2008 (Reply 16):
The worst thing about those subjects is even the worse universities don't count them....such a waste of time.

Loughborough did count it for me - and that is one of the best. I think it depends on course - more demand for places means the competition will be higher, so academic subjects will be rated more highly.



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User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days ago) and read 2366 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Thread starter):
Does anyone else get lumbered with this moronic subject?

Yes, but it was a piss easy 4th A level! I got D's in two of mine, but passed General Studies and Geography in about 1846!

Just grin and bear it, you'll be glad you did one day.


User currently offlinePureKiwi From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

One of my test questions was what colour is grass when its dry????
Ummm i don't know blue lol


User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 14):
Why should I be forced to do it again at A level?

Because science is behind every single thing in the world, including most arts subjects; and scientific reasoning is a skill that most Brits don't have anymore.

People would be embarrassed to admit they can't read or write, yet being scientically illiterate seems almost cool. It's a pathetic trend that needs to stop.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 20):
Because science is behind every single thing in the world

He is right. If me and my friend both drink five pints of lager then why is my friend a lot further inebriated than myself? There are many scientific factors to this question which if you knew could help you a lot when going out in the evening. Alas, the answer is below:
































My friend is a Southerner.



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 21):
My friend is a Southerner.

Haha, nice one Big grin



Lee



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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 20):
yet being scientically illiterate seems almost cool.

Yes, I find it INCREDIBLY cool not to have my 3 As at GCSEs for three sciences

*Rolls eyes are 777236ER's moronic comments.*


User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 13):
A waste of time, maybe, but the fact you can't answer such a simple question shows just how much science topics have been dumbed down, and how much the country will suffer as a result.

Kids should be forced to take 2-3 science subjects, and at least one maths GCSE. The entire A-level system needs overhauling, and then there should be a strong emphasis on maths and science.

Erm... last time I checked (which was now) maths, physics, chemistry and biology are compulsary. I have 3 maths lessons, 2 chemistry and physics lessons, and 1 biology lesson per week... I certiainly wouldn't be doing science if the government didn't make me. BTW, there IS a strong emphasis on maths/science, otherwise we'd have 1 lesson a week of each (Like RE and PSE). I'm not sure where or even when you went to school, but that's how it is now. I can drop science fully at the end of YR10 and only come out with 1 GCSE qualification rather than 2. Oh, and I wouldn't be doing higher maths if I was that stupid. Embaressing as it sounds, I'm doing worse in English than I am in maths, science, etc....


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