• Question: Can you still do science even if your not too good at school?

    Asked by days1vat to Sophie M, Georgia L, Alexander DB on 15 Mar 2024.
    • Photo: Georgia Lambert

      Georgia Lambert answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      I actually didn’t do as well at school as you might expect. Even though I put a lot of effort in and was one of the hardest workers, my grades often didn’t reflect that which meant I found school quite frustrating and discouraging. BUT I managed to just about get into university where I found things were very different because, whilst exams were still important, other things like practical skills, enthusiasm for the subject, and being able to design a good experiment (things I am good at) became way more important! So if exams aren’t your strong point but you enjoy science, I know how that feels and try not to be too discouraged.

      There are also lots of different routes into science so if you think something like university might not be for you because it is in some ways quite similar to school, consider a science related apprenticeship where you can learn on the job.

    • Photo: Alexander De Bruin

      Alexander De Bruin answered on 18 Mar 2024:

      absolutely – there are lots of careers in science that won’t need good grades to get started. Technical apprenticeships can be a good option, as can technician and production roles. You can also do “foundation years” if you want to go to university and don’t have the grades that course requires – sometimes the change of learning style can really help you be successful if school learning didn’t fit you.

    • Photo: Sophie Morse

      Sophie Morse answered on 25 Mar 2024: