Soon, depending where you study, you may not have a choice.
When you’re rounding on theend of Year 10, planning what you’re going to sign yourself up for next year, Maths can be a bit of a brain-burner. High school history is littered with students who picked Biology because they had to do something science-y, and didn’t want to deal with too many numbers. But it’s also littered with people who get to uni and realise they wanted to pursue a career that required them to know all that stuff.
So what’s the right decision for you?
Firstly, if you’re absolutely terrible at the subject, knowwhat you want to do after high school and it’s not related to Maths or Science,don’t feel forced into picking anything that isn’t right for you. In thatsituation, you can do perfectly well without needing to get stressed out fortwo years. There’s enough pressure during the HSC without adding another loadwhen you don’t need to.
On the other hand, studying Maths is a great way to keep your brain fit, able to solve problems and prepare you for more options when you’re older. Heaps of people do one year of something at uni before realising it’s not for them, and having your Maths prerequisites sorted means you’ll have more flexibility to do that. Also, there’s some evidence that studying something you intensely dislike is a good way to develop personal discipline. But that probably depends on what kind of person you are, and what motivates you.
Finally, you should know that NewSouth Wales is making it compulsory to study Maths at a senior level, likeit is for English. Which means two things: they think it’s important for you todo in Year 11 and 12, and the decision could be out of your hands.
But the good news is, you’ll still be able to choose the levelof Maths you study.
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