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    Advice for a 3U student

    I am doing 3U atm, I enjoy it and understand it well most of it besides the odd topic or two. The only problem I have is finding hsc past questions difficult and not being able to think conceptually well enough. I understand the maths but sometimes not straight away, I can go home & reflect on it and then understand. With this in mind, is Engineering a right fit in terms of maths ability, I really do enjoy physics and maths, but would being weak in 3unit have a negative effect once I start?

    I know this may be a simple enough question to some of you, but I don't know anyone who can give me a clear enough answer so I'm asking on here.

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    Re: Advice for a 3U student

    Hsc questions are usually much harder than your typical textbook questions, it's natural that you struggle with those problems initially.
    If you consistently get into the habit of understanding those problems as you said, then you'll be fine since your mathematical abilities would improve a lot by the time your final exam comes about.

    Personally if I were you, I would just focus on HSC and worry about university a bit later, since there's still a lot of time.
    But with that being said, engineering is a great degree for math and physics enthusiast, it does require a lot of work though.
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    Re: Advice for a 3U student

    Quote Originally Posted by premking View Post
    I am doing 3U atm, I enjoy it and understand it well most of it besides the odd topic or two. The only problem I have is finding hsc past questions difficult and not being able to think conceptually well enough. I understand the maths but sometimes not straight away, I can go home & reflect on it and then understand. With this in mind, is Engineering a right fit in terms of maths ability, I really do enjoy physics and maths, but would being weak in 3unit have a negative effect once I start?

    I know this may be a simple enough question to some of you, but I don't know anyone who can give me a clear enough answer so I'm asking on here.
    I think you'll do just fine in engineering

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    Re: Advice for a 3U student

    Quote Originally Posted by integral95 View Post
    Hsc questions are usually much harder than your typical textbook questions, it's natural that you struggle with those problems initially.
    If you consistently get into the habit of understanding those problems as you said, then you'll be fine since your mathematical abilities would improve a lot by the time your final exam comes about.

    Personally if I were you, I would just focus on HSC and worry about university a bit later, since there's still a lot of time.
    But with that being said, engineering is a great degree for math and physics enthusiast, it does require a lot of work though.
    Sounds encouraging, thank you I will take it on board

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    Re: Advice for a 3U student

    Quote Originally Posted by sida1049 View Post
    I think you'll do just fine in engineering
    Thank you

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    Re: Advice for a 3U student

    I think im in the same boat :/

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