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    Phys or Modern?
    I'm confused on which one to pick for year 11 and 12.
    My other subjects are:
    3u Maths
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    Economics

    I enjoy both subjects, yet want to know how hard/stressful both courses are and also how interesting all topics are.

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    Re: Physics VS Modern History- Year 10 Subject Selection

    The people in my school find physics perpetually harder compared to the history/humanities subjects. If you're doing better in science right now pick physics or if you think you can dominate the essay-based subjects go for modern history.
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    Physics VS Modern History- Year 10 Subject Selection

    I chose physics and can confidently say that it is one of my favourite subjects. I really enjoy studying it so it's never a struggle and the content is cool.

    You guys have the new syllabus and I genuinely envy you because the content is soooooo interesting. So from me, I'd pick Physics
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    Re: Physics VS Modern History- Year 10 Subject Selection

    Yeah it honestly depends what kinda person you are, I think you can either be a Science person or a Humanity person and judging by your subject selection, you're probably a Science person, people who prefer getting straight to the point and understand the scientific principles of life and whatnot. I don't do Physics myself but I did take Modern History. If you like writing essays and generally writing as much as possible to your heart's content, then take Modern History. I wouldn't say Modern is hard, all you have to be good at is remembering key events and knowing how to structure an essay and understanding how to use perspective and reliability to assess a source's usefulness (this will be assessed quite a lot) but in saying that, if you love to learn about History and specifically World Wars, then take Modern. It'll also act as a sort of refresher from your heavy Sciency and Maths based subjects of Chem and 3 Unit Maths. Good Luck buddy!
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    Re: Physics VS Modern History- Year 10 Subject Selection

    Quote Originally Posted by omg1234 View Post
    Phys or Modern?
    I'm confused on which one to pick for year 11 and 12.
    My other subjects are:
    3u Maths
    3u English
    Chemistry
    Economics

    I enjoy both subjects, yet want to know how hard/stressful both courses are and also how interesting all topics are.
    You guys have a way better physics syllabus especially with more calculations and no more society and impact stuff which is extremely boring, I'd go with physics but I can't speak for modern history I don't do it.
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    Re: Physics VS Modern History- Year 10 Subject Selection

    Thanks for your advice guys, I've gone with Physics!
    What's new in the new syllabus?

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    Re: Physics VS Modern History- Year 10 Subject Selection

    Okay, so personally I had the exact same dilemma: choosing between modern and physics. In the end, I caved and chose physics- let's just say it's one of my biggest subject regrets. Of course, I chose it for all the wrong reasons, aka the supposedly very high scaling (though if you really analyse the raw data modern isn't two far off, in fact it is consistently one of the best scaling humanities) and the lack of memorisation (a big plus for me since I hate memorisation).

    Those two reasons however, weren't enough for me to make it through this year (barely did) and if I could somehow turn back time I would pick modern. Of course, maybe I would've hated modern as much as I hate physics now. Let me tell you, if you have no genuine interest or passion in anything physics related (I recommend you look at the new syllabus and judge for yourself) , but you are considering it solely for its high scaling or for lack of a better word, laziness, then CHOOSE ANY OTHER SUBJECT BUT PHYSICS. Since you say that you like year 10 physics, you should be fine... though i would imagine it to be very different to the new syllabus.
    What physics requires is true dedication and consistent practice, both of which come wayyy easier when you are genuinely interested in the subject.

    ALSO YOU CANNOT CRAM FOR PHYSICS LIKE YOU CAN FOR MODERN AND OTHER HUMANITIES SUBJECTS

    IT TAKES CONSTANT PRACTICE TO ACHIEVE HIGH MARKS

    Also with the new syllabus, its going to be mostly calculations based, so I would recommend that you only do it if you are very confident with your math skills (mostly algebra).
    Here are some pros and cons of physics (dk about modern since i don't do it)
    Pros:
    -not as much 'content' as other sciences (memorisation wise- even less memorisation with new syllabus)
    -useful for engineering uni degrees

    Cons:
    -Can be dry (imo)
    -Consistent practice required, can't really cram as there isn't much to memorise, you have to understand the material and know how to apply it in different situations

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    Re: Physics VS Modern History- Year 10 Subject Selection

    I had the same dilemma. Chose physics. Personally don't regret it but everyone is different. The workload for physics is not bad. I'd say that its the same as most 2U subjects. The only difference is that physics is more conceptual and requires you to actually understand what is going on - you need to regularly consolidate your knowledge. I would say that modern is more memorisation/writing based. Borrow a textbook or read the syllabus' for both subjects and go for which one appeals to you most. However, your pattern of study is more science/math based so you can think in two ways: you can choose modern because you want a break from chem and math or you can choose physics so that you have a more coherent study pattern. Just go for what appeals to you most, what you think will apply to your future studies and what subject has the best faculty at your school

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