• Question: Did you struggle with science in school?

    Asked by Tinkerbell to Adrian, Ali, Charnelle, Deborah, Kit, Phil, Rob on 6 Nov 2017.
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      Robert Cullum answered on 6 Nov 2017:


      No I was really lucky at school and always found science one of my best subjects, probably helped by the fact that I had some really good teachers who really inspired me, especially my biology teacher! The thing to remember is that although medicine is all about communicating with people, you have to have a good understanding of science to be able to understand how diseases work and then how treatments can help people.

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      Philip Williams answered on 6 Nov 2017:


      I absolutely loved science! I had great teachers who made it really interesting and fun, with lots of great experiments. I really was rubbish at sport, art and music though! But even though I was really quite bad at those things, I really love listening to all sorts of music and I loved being part of a running club and going to the gym. I don’t think you necessarily need to be good at something to love it!

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      Adrian Taylor answered on 6 Nov 2017:


      Yes with physics and then physical chemistry, but in both cases it was the teacher rather than the subject, I had another teacher help me and I understood the subject but it was the case of a little too late for my exams.

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      Deborah Draycott answered on 6 Nov 2017:


      Yes, I found the ‘O’ levels (GCSE) quite easy, but then ‘A’ level Chemistry was a nightmare. I studied my ‘O’ level Physics at the same time as my ‘A’ levels as an extra subject as I felt it was important. Luckily I passed them all, but the only one I really found easy was Biology.

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      Charnelle Lusuku answered on 7 Nov 2017:


      I really loved chemistry because of the teachers that I had and the class that I was in but I struggled with biology during AS because even though I knew the answers in my head I couldn’t write it the way the mark scheme wanted me to! (which isn’t very helpful). But I was able to talk to my teachers and get some extra help in that area and managed to get a top grade by the end of sixth form 🙂
      So if you are struggling make sure you let people know so they can give you the help you need!

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      Kit Tigwell answered on 7 Nov 2017:


      As people have said, being naturally good at science doesn’t necessarily make you a better healthcare professional. I loved biology but chemistry was something I didn’t naturally ‘get’ so had to work at. I had some extra tuition after school for my final A level exams which helped. I never liked physics so chose not to do that, which wasn’t a struggle!

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      Ali Blatcher answered on 8 Nov 2017:


      Like Kit, I only chose the 2 sciences that interested me (biology and chemistry) and chose to do languages as well to balance it out a bit.

      I didn’t find these a struggle, but you do have to get your head down sometimes and make sure you keep on top of the work. My friend struggled and I helped her out a bit, so always ask for help from friends, tutors, teachers, parents etc.

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