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Am I cut out to take grad/postgrad physics?

  1. Jul 16, 2008 #1

    I'm currently taking my AS/A2 levels (in the UK, its the course before Bsc/Msc). I am finding it ok, and have scored consistently high (80% being an A, with my averages around 90%).

    Its not the work I'm struggling with, its rememembering old stuff!
    Its 6 months since I last looked at the previous module, we dont need to, im just trying to keep on top of things. I can remember most of it, but not all of it.

    Is this the same or everyone or should I remember all of the course??
    Many thanks
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  3. Jul 16, 2008 #2


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    The "use it or lose it" rule applies here. It's pretty easy to forget stuff when you're not working with it on a regular basis. Of course, as you progress in your studies you'll find yourself returning to the fundamentals more and more. What's most important, I find, it that you develop a clear understanding of the concepts rather than memorizing them - that way you can apply them to new circumstances later on.

    Whether or not you're cut out for grad school will be a conclusion you'll have to reach yourself towards the end of your undergraduate work. At this stage of the game, it's best just to figure out what kind of things your really enjoy studying.
  4. Jul 16, 2008 #3
    It's like riding a bicycle, Once you had the knowledge to do it. You haven't done it in a couple of years, it's rusty like a mother****er and feels really awkward to boot. But when You get the rust off, get some new whistles and bells it's good to go.

    Same in academia. I promise you.
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