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class of one? - April 26th 2009, 03:25 PM

i plan on doing philosophy next year for AS along with psychology, english language and drama.

my only slight concern is that i'm going to be the only one in my school doing it. [i'm staying at my schools sixth form next year, its a relatively small sixth form of about 20-30 in each year]

has anyone else had a subject where they are the only one studying it?

i'm worried about it particularly for philosophy because isn't part of the point of philosophy hearing other peoples opinions? but if i'm the only one doing it, it might be kinda boring? idk.,

my other option would be to change to sociology. has anyone done this at AS/A level? is it good? could you tell me a bit about it?

or another option would be english lit, but they don't suggest doing both lit and lang so thats probably less likely.

i know i shouldnt change my subjects just because no one else is doing it, and i do want to do philosophy.. but idk. i guess i could use a little advice? thanks guys.

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Re: class of one? - April 26th 2009, 04:48 PM

Personally I don't. But I have friend doing music where she's the only one, and another friend who is doing Philosophy as an extra this year, and he's the only one [they don't even teach Philosophy at our school, but 'the reverend' is teaching him].
They have both said that being the only one can be useful, you don't get distracted and if you have any problems you have one-on-one attention. I would have thought that Philosophy was about opinions as well, but my friend said that the course looks at opinion anyway, so he doesn't find it a problem [also if he wants to debate something, the teachers always up for playing devils advocate].

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Re: class of one? - April 26th 2009, 05:51 PM

In our school you have to have at least 10 in the class otherwise it is canceled and then you get sent to another school to join there class for that lesson.
In some of my lessons there is only 5 but we started out with 10 and some dropped out.

It is best to just go and see the head of 6th form or college and ask them what will happen if your lesson doesn't have enough people for a full class. They normally have a procedure for this because they don't get funding for classes of under 10 students so they want classes over 10.
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Re: class of one? - April 26th 2009, 06:09 PM

oh the course is still definitely being run. my school has a policy that there are no more than 8 people in a class.

so long as one person wants to do the subject, and they have a teacher for it, then it still goes ahead. so its not a case of whether i can do it or not. i'm just wondering if anyone else has had any experiences of being the only one, cos i'm a bit worried that it might be a bit annoying/boring/blahh. the teacher is nice though, so i guess it would be ok.

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Re: class of one? - April 26th 2009, 07:01 PM

I did Government & Politics solely alone, admittedly with no teacher. All the issues I had would be cleared up by a teacher (homework, what was important etc) but in terms of a class, it was really frustrating to not have anyone to bounce idea off or to disagree with you or point out mistakes you were making- but it did help me keep focus and there were a lot less distractions for the whole course of people who don't get something and hold everyone up (as is natural) but when in the same position I couldn't ring anyone from school and get a reminder of what something was.

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Re: class of one? - April 26th 2009, 09:42 PM

Having a class of one is nice to get 1-1 teacher interaction but it's horrible in the sense that you cannot debate, unless of course it's with the teacher. It's better to debate with fellow students as they probably are at a similar knowledge level. I'd have imagined that a class of one would be canceled, however, if it can run, hope for more students or be good friends with the teacher.
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Re: class of one? - April 29th 2009, 09:43 PM

i've never regularly been in a class of one, but i go to a class of four and it's brilliant.

in a class of one, however, you can be easily embarrassed if you don't know the answer, you can't ask your friends for help, you can't debate, which is pretty relevant to philosophy, unless it's with the teacher. and though it's very fun to debate with a teacher, they're much more experienced =o

on the other hand...you always get noticed, you can always ask for help, you never get distracted/disrupted by the rest of the class, and you get all the attention. it'll be beneficial to your actual education, you'll probably get higher grades. and also, you will have more control over the direction of the class, i.e. what you study and when.

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Re: class of one? - April 29th 2009, 09:49 PM

For a few of my classes there are only two of us doing it, so if the other is ill then we're by ourself with the teacher. I have no problem with it, I actually prefer it.
I seem to get more done and it's better having one-to-one help as the teacher is focused on helping you. They're also able to tailor the lessons around you specifically so you'll be able to learn however you feel best. The teachers always seem nicer when you're on your own too, you can just treat them like they're a friend really. If you already think the teacher is nice then I doubt it that you'll have any problems.
I'd honestly do the subject that you're more confident with and is the subject that you want to do, don't sacrifice doing what you want just because no one else is doing it with you
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Re: class of one? - April 29th 2009, 09:54 PM

I have a few friends who do sociology, and they absolutely hate it.
but that's just their opinion, maybe you could see the teacher whos gonig to be teaching and ask him if its going to be worthwhile being the only one if you need others opionions etc x


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Re: class of one? - April 29th 2009, 10:49 PM

I'd go for it, you're likely to do better because of it, not worse.

Have to ask though what lead you to chose lang over lit? Lit is more well regarded at Uni's. I started out this year doing lang, then changed to lit/lang, then pure lit. haha
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