Help on Subject Choice
This may be the first time you have the chance to choose which subjects you want to study. It’s important that you choose your subjects carefully, as getting the right mix of subjects will affect your future in school, at third level and in the work force.
Make sure to choose your favourite subjects. If you are good at a subject it will come naturally to you, and if you enjoy it, you will excel at it.
It is also vital that you take into account future college and career paths and ensure that when it comes to applying for higher education you are not caught out because you did not study a particular subject at Leaving Certificate level. Organise a meeting with your Guidance Counsellor who will have knowledge of the subject requirements necessary to gain entrance into particular college courses. Get advice from the teacher of the subject and ask them what the syllabus covers. Speak to other students who have studied the subject and browse the textbooks to see if they appeal to you.
After all the advice you have to make your own decision.
There’s a little quiz for you on the next tab – Quiz
Here’s a simple Quiz to see how well prepared you are for Subject Choice
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General Do’s and Dont’s of Subject Choice
|Choose a subject because your friend is taking it||Choose subjects you enjoy|
|Choose a subject just because you like or dislike the teacher||Choose subjects you are good at|
|Choose a subject because you think it will be easy||Choose subjects you need for your chosen career|
|Choose a new subject without finding out more about it||Keep your options open for the future by making a balanced choice now|
|Make a decision at the last minute without thinking about it||Talk to your Guidance Counsellor and your teachers|
|There isn’t much homework||Talk to your parents or guardians|
|Your friends are taking the subject||I like the subject material|
- Allow plenty of time, a few months if possible from start to finish.
- Develop a whole school approach with several teachers giving input over a period of time.
- Students need facts, time and advice.
- A rushed decision is more likely to be a bad decision.
- Inform the parents of the process and the issues around choosing subjects.
- Tell parents where they can get more information.
- Allow time to meet individuals if necessary.