Choosing between Maths and Maths Lit can be nerve wracking, but don’t worry, we’ve provided 3 guidelines to help you make the best decision for you.
Take your time
Decisions that affect your future are often overwhelming, but don’t put this one off until the last minute. The sooner you start preparing for this subject choice, the better. It’s good to take time to think about what you’d like to do in the future and whether you enjoy Maths as a subject. Although parents, teachers and siblings are great advisors, this decision concerns your future and it is for YOU to make.
Do the Math
On making your decision, looking at your current Maths marks is a good place to start. Generally, doing well at Math in Grade 8 and 9 means that Maths would be a good fit for you. An average grade of about 55 and above is a good indication that you would be able to cope with the demands of the pure Maths syllabus. If you’re averaging lower than 50%, you should consider choosing Maths Literacy as Maths may not be one of your strong points. In the long run, it’s better to have a stronger average for all your subjects, rather than to be dragged down by one subject. Also, if you’re struggling with Mathematics in high school, it’s not likely that you’ll cope with the subject at tertiary level.
Check your facts
So you’ve looked at your average and you’re sure you’ll be able to cope with Maths, the next thing you should do is check out all the career paths you find interesting. You can have a look online or visit tertiary institutions to get their prospectuses and see if Maths is a requirement for the courses you’re interested in. You’ll also get an idea of what other subjects are required for acceptance into certain qualifications. Reading up on these careers will give you a better understanding of their functions and demands, to determine whether you’d be a good fit. While there’s no need to rush into choosing a career, it does help to have an idea of fields that would best suit your personality and interests.
Choosing your subjects is one of the first major life choices you’ll have to make. Like most big decisions, it’s good to do thorough research and make use of all the resources available to you before you decide. While it’s good to take advantage of reading materials and the insight of guidance counsellors, parents and teachers, make sure that you aren’t swayed by their opinions in making choices that concern your future.