'Best' subject

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In your opinion, which of the following subjects is the most appropriate to the dyspraxic mind?

Maths
5
14%
English literature/English language
10
29%
Modern foreign languages (i.e. French)
2
6%
Classical languages (i.e. Latin)
0
No votes
Humanities (i.e. history, geography, Religious Education)
5
14%
The sciences
2
6%
Art
3
9%
Information Technology (includes Graphic Design)
4
11%
Design Technology (woodwork, metalwork, etc.)
1
3%
Other (please specify)
3
9%
 
Total votes : 35

'Best' subject

Postby parnassus » Wed Mar 16, 2005 4:22 pm

There is a lot of talk about what subjects people with dyspraxia under-peform in, but what about the areas where we are typically good?
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Postby towildhoney » Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:37 pm

I was alsways good at polotics as it utilised my verbal recal I permanently listened to radio four when do my A levels also my ability to see the big picture enabling me to link diffrent political and historical events was usefull. It has avery logical structure and I think it gives the oppurtunity to ground dyspraxic students often unusual take on the world in sound argument.
I loved english and was good at English litterature but I found the unusual way I phrased things, and not paticularly good grammer and spelling seemed to disstract teachers from the content of my work. I love books and did consider reading English at university but found the technicalities of writing (I'm much better verbally) which English teachers love to wearing to pursue it after A level the constant refrains that I was making huge leaps without explaining the process to the reader just frustrated me. The way Enlish is taught at school is enough to put anyone off anyway the boring drudgery of GCSE is swapped by A level English where none of the units seem to fit together and build on each other nearly sapped my great love of the subject as your taught to meerly fulfill assesmant objectives (aoi - nearly drove me crazy). Any individual skill flair or love of litterature is easily drained when you study something with constant reffrence to a mark scheme. Though saying this books are still my most prized possesions and my love.
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Postby parnassus » Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:49 pm

I took the English A-Level in one year and totally ignored the mark scheme, as I had the luxury of teaching myself the A2 part of the course. I devised my own A2 coursework title, everything. "This is AO3," and, "Today we need to hit A01," were ping-ponging off the walls in the AS classroom, but to this day I don't know what each assessment objective number stands for. I got a very high grade A - 596 out of 600 - so I think it is possible to ignore the irritating exam-speak. It doesn't do anyone any good. It just stops them from enjoying the subject.

I nearly took politics, but decided against it. However, I am attempting to learn more about different political systems and party positions in readiness for the General Election. It's currently a toss-up between the Lib Dems and the Monster Raving Loony Party!
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Postby ~Jenny~ » Sun Apr 03, 2005 8:30 pm

I don't think there can be a specific subject that is most appropriate as everyone is affected differently and has different thought processes. From what I've read of the forum though everyone seems to be good and like english. In my case this is not true as English is one of my least favourite subjects. I prefer the sciences and maths as they're logical (in my opinion) but I also like german, history and music (but only out of school due to having a bad teacher).

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Postby lucinda » Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:18 am

For me, I find Geography is the easiest. It's enough about common sense and basic factual recall, so I can do it. I find Economics is alright if I understand it, but if I don't understand it, I can't do it at all. I hate History AS Level and I really don't want to continue it next year, but my teachers and my family want me to continue. I like Latin, I got an A* at GCSE, and once I understand the grammar, I'm ok. I really like Latin Literature, and I really enjoy doing Latin AS level, I'm just not brilliant at it. Geography I'm really good at, and I want to take it at university, but my mum said people don't see it as an academic enough degree. People keep pushing me to do History, but I really can't stand it.

At GCSE level, I had huge problems with Chemistry, although mainly due to bad teaching, and I never learned a single Physics formula, because the letters involved confused me. I always got them the wrong way round or divided the wrong things.
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Postby parnassus » Sun Apr 24, 2005 11:02 am

The value of a geography degree depends on the course you follow and the university you attend. At some places it really is just a Mickey Mouse subject, but I would say that as far as future careers are concerned a good geography degree is much more valuable than one in history - there is very little work for historians nowadays. You can only have so many teachers, lecturers, authors and museum curators. I have a friend who graduated from Cambridge with a First in history...and she currently works in a bank! But there are lots of specialist tributaries that run out of a geography degree, ranging from seismology to marine biology. Geographers can nearly always get work.
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Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:06 am

The subject I find easiest (not including General Studies, which I don't think counts) is English Lit. However, the subject I enjoy the most is Latin, which I study at evening classes. It's probably the hardest subject I do, but that's why I like it. I also like knowing things that other people don't!
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Postby k9ruby » Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:09 pm

I am extremly talented at art and IT (Not boasting!!!!!!) I learnt to daw before i could walk and once at nursary at 3 years old i did a picture of my familey with arns and legs hand, feat and facial features! they framed it as they couldn't believe a 3 year old did it! when i was in year 7 (age 11)my art teacher said my artwork was at a standard of the higher end of year eleven! (15-16) !!!!!!!!!!!

I am in the top 20-25 people in my yeargroup (year 9) at IT. I am using a computer for at least 3 hours a day in school and quite alot at home!! I run more than 8 websites!
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Postby tears_on_a_pillow » Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:00 pm

I loved Religious Studies and Child Development and Food Technology whilst at school, loved english lit and still do now but due to the teaching didnt preform to best of my abilities in school
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Postby Joss1991 » Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:00 pm

i like drama and it helps my confidonts, maths i dont mind the number bits but i hate geometary and i enjoy science and ict
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Postby kitty_cute » Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:21 pm

I would say my strongest is Geography, but Im very good at English and English Literature.
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Postby Danni » Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:09 pm

Definitely IT. At my first school, I knew more than the technicians, taught the A level students how to use a scanner (I was in Year 8 ) and the librarian how to use the computers. I was doing year 11 work in year 7, and am doing the best in my course at the moment. Until year 6, I'd only had access to BBC Acorns (remember those?) about twice a year :P

After IT, maths is my best subject. It's logical.
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Postby happy_go_lucky » Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:27 pm

History all the way actually any subject where empathy helps but history was something i was always good at im not doing it any more intend to take it up again next year at Uni
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Postby fuzzy » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:31 am

Woo hoo; a kindred spirit! History is easily my best subject- it was at school and is at uni- well its the only thing i do at uni, lol!!! :lol: Iv found in my 2 years of university that im best at cultural history (eg- history of medicine/ science) and the history of art; in particular architcture of 11th/ 12th century cathedrals :D :D :D
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Postby GirlInTheGraniteCity » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:34 am

I am best at art.

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