Apprenticeship or A-levels? 10 Questions To Ask Yourself!

Apprenticeship or A-levels? What subjects do you pick? How will it shape your future? It’s a tough job being a student! They are all incredibly important decisions you have to make in order to get on the right track in life.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”
– Confucius


By the time you have completed your GCSE’s you would have developed a good sense of ‘yourself’. It is important by this stage you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are. A good way of finding out is by doing a ‘self-evaluation’. Try to answer the following questions/statements:


10 Questions To Ask Yourself:

1. What am I good at?

2. What am I not so good at?

3. I like..

4. I don’t like…

5. I am interested in…

6. I am bored by…

7. I am proud of…

8. I wish I was better at…

9. People think my best points/aspects are…

10. People think my worse points are…


These questions will really push you to start thinking about where you fit in this big world! Everyone has a place and everyone has key strengths that will allow one to flourish in the environment they are in. 

Always go with what you are good at – these are often things that you naturally excel in and answer positively to questions 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 above. For the remaining questions, you must use it to reflect and build upon your character and see it as a way of self-development. 



“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is”
– Isaac Asimov

Reflecting upon your character and your strengths mean that you can succeed in what you truly believe in to be right. If you have a strong desire to peruse quantum physics (!) because you have a natural curiosity – then attain it. If becoming a photographer or owning your own business is something that you have often found dreaming of – then make it happen! Always try  and you will find that with persistence and determination, you can go far.



“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always try one more time”
– Thomas A. Edison


You may not even decide to continue with education after 16 – in which case there are numerous options for you to take advantage of. Apprenticeships offer a whole new world of practicality  and a wonderful environment in which to keep on learning.


We are blessed to live in a country where education is free for all. The foundations of what we become are in fact rooted in these early years – so make the most of it. Immerse yourself in the knowledge that is bestowed upon you and relish in your self-discovery! Have faith in your strengths and give it your all. Try to be the best you can be and keep learning…the world is your oyster.

Is Algebra Actually Useful?


You may moan about algebra, but is it useful to us in our every day lives?

Granted, we struggled to speak up on algebra’s behalf, when put on the spot. However, giving it more thought, it became apparent that algebra is important to our lives outside of a classroom.

1. Shopping 



Firstly, we can relate algebra to our daily routines in life. Let’s say that you have been given £100 of birthday money and wanted to buy a games console for £60 and as many £8 games to go with it. You could use algebra to see how many games you would be able to purchase.

 We may not use letters in our head but in fact this mathematical reasoning could be written in terms of x.

60 + 8x = 100

8x = 100 – 60

8x = 40

x = 5 = numbers of console games you can buy



2. Ability to break down personal and academic problems

More importantly, this shows us how algebra gives us the ability to break down problems, turn them on their head and find solutions to issues affecting our daily life. It may not just be solving maths problems but being able to overcome obstacles of all forms.


3. In future careers totally unrelated to maths!



Did you know, though, that if you wanted to become an animator for a hugely successful cartoon show, you would need to use algebra to show the way your drawings can be rotated, shifted and enlarged in order to transfer them to screen. If you ever considered working as a meteorologist (we have seen the disaster films – The Day after Tomorrow2012 – how cool would that job be?), did you know that they use algebra to model weather forecasts?





Our point is that whilst algebra may seem to lack meaning at the moment, hang in there because algebra gains a whole new dimension beyond the four walls of a classroom; doing your shopping in town, working at the met office, code breaking in MI5, becoming an astronomer, all jobs and tasks that we could not do without maths and algebra.





Still not convinced? Then check out the following link, you’ll be surprised how many fascinating jobs use maths, often algebra, on a daily basis.