• Question: were you always good at science or at any point did you think that you were going to fail it ?

    Asked by emmaandizzy to Gioia, Iain, Jo, Leo, Mariam on 21 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by mollieandkatey, larryandharry.
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      Joanna Watson answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      I got a D in one of my A-level chemistry modules, but I never thought that I was going to fail the whole thing.

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      Mariam Orme answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      I was pretty good at all the sciences up to GCSE, but I really struggled with A level physics – I had to work VERY hard at it! And at university, I originally wanted to be a chemist but soon realised that I just wasn’t good enough at it, so I concentrated on biology instead.

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      Iain Moal answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      At uni, I’d assume that I would fail all my exams. That assumption spurred me to work hard, and I ended up doing pretty well.

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      Leo Garcia answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      I thought I might fail my undergraduate degree – but I ended up getting a first! Then I thought I was going to fail my masters, and now I am currently worrying about failing my PhD.

      I would say that, so long as you are working as best as you can, nerves about failing are completely natural, and could be beneficial – to spur you on to success!

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      Gioia Cherubini answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      The first proper biology exam was incredibly tough (2 huge books!) I thought I wasn’t going to make it and that’s the only time when I thought that maybe it wasn’t for me and that I may have to quit. Surprisingly (and showing that I didn’t have a big understanding of my capacities!), I got almost top marks and an incredible boost in confidence.