The Next Step
Nina explains, “I’m currently a college student studying forensic and criminal investigation. I would like to complete a medicine degree in future, and I knew I needed an A-level along with my current BTEC to do so. I thought that Chemistry would be the perfect subject to gain this qualification in”.
Getting into a Routine
“I usually wake up, get ready, eat breakfast and then head to college. I use some of my free periods to catch-up on the A-level chemistry course. After finishing the day at college, I come home and relax by watching some TV shows and go on social media. I would then continue with my A-level chemistry course.
“The pandemic has definitely affected my study routine. However, it hasn’t done so in a negative way. For example, during the second lockdown, I found I had more time to complete my course since I was at home whilst doing my college work. This meant I saved on travel time.”
For Nina, it took a bit of time to familiarise herself with chemistry as a subject. So, it’s fair to say that like most good things, her studies didn’t come without their challenges.
“Organic chemistry was one of the most dreaded topics I thought I would come across. However, with a bit more understanding, it feels great to finally be able to do the nomenclature, and being able to draw and write the different formulas.
“Currently in chemistry, I enjoy studying organic chemistry as it’s satisfying drawing the display formulas.”
When it comes to completing her course, the biggest obstacle for Nina is time itself.
“The most challenging part of my learning journey would definitely be the time pressure I had as I have to complete this course before the end of next year in May to sit my exams.”
Advice for Others
“I managed the stress by planning out my day in advance to find enough time to do the course, whilst also having enough time to relax. Furthermore, I used my time wisely by doing some of the coursework during my college breaks.”
So, efficiency has been the key to success for Nina. Prompt responses from her personal tutor also helped to make this efficient approach to her studies possible.
“I would be able to email my personal tutor about any question I had and she would answer it within a short period of time which was great.
“She also marks my assignments and gives me feedback on the questions that I answered incorrectly, meaning I can look back and go over them and learn from my mistakes.”
By studying online, Nina also feels she has improved in certain areas.
“I have definitely developed better independent learning skills and time management as I’m doing this course myself in my own time.
“My advice to anyone taking my course would be to use the right resources, such as textbooks and the online resources that are free. Using online practice worksheets and buying revision guides are also a must! Watching different YouTube clips can be useful in gaining a better understanding too. I would also recommend people plan out their time wisely when they complete each of the topics.”
Hopes for the Future
So, what does Nina hope to do next?
“After qualifying, I intend to go onto university to study medicine or forensic science where I will also try to gain some extra work experience in my field.”
For Nina, having these two options in mind helps keep her on her toes when it comes to her studies.
“Not knowing where I might end up in the future in terms of career paths keeps me motivated. I am most excited about starting a university course and experiencing the life of a university student.”
Nina is also quite a sociable person. “Another thing that motivates me is the people around me”, she explains, “whether that be my family at home or my friends.”
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