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Further education...

Posted 8th September 2010 at 01:35 PM by chris661

Well, this is a first. A blog.

Second day of college (6th form, etc), and all seems to be going well. The teacher seem reasonable enough, even though they do seem to like going back to basics. I expect that will change when the course is properly underway.

I'm taking AS level (A-level comes next year) Physics, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry, with the intent to go into either a medical career, or to become an engineer of some kind (maybe work for B&W, Celestion or KEF........). Anyway.

What was I up to? Oh yes, changes that will undoubtedly take place. I really, sincerely hope that the teachers will stop telling everyone how much of a step up AS level is from GCSE, and actually do some teaching!! We were warned at the open evenings, in the introductory speech by the principal, by our secondary school teachers, even our parents, friends etc that have been through the experience.

Right. That's got that out of the way. Now for some good news. I've made 2 friends in 2 days. This is pretty good for someone as socially awkward as myself. I can talk to people that are as interested in audio as I am, I can talk to other guitarists, but when it comes to girls, I struggle. So, you can imagine my surprise when I made 2 friends, both of which are of the female variety. If I extrapolate this, I'll have over 200 female friends by the end of the school year. That doesn't seem very likely. Still, one can live in hope.

I suspect I could get into this "blogging". I was going to fix yet another guitar amp (this one has a dodgy effects loop, causing it to be very very quiet. It also hums.), but I've spent time telling you, dear reader, of my first days of college.

At some point, I think I'll have a rant, just to fit in with everyone else.

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    Play guitar, get good at it, the girls will be automatically taken care of (assuming you don't start talking about audio).
    Posted 8th September 2010 at 04:03 PM by SY SY is offline
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    That right there sounds like a plan.

    The humming guitar amp has some interesting design flaws. The feedback resistors for the TDA2050 op-amp aren't on the same board as the chip, so there's a couple of ribbon wires, where some of the cables carry a gain of several hundred thousand. Waving at it changed the hum levels.

    I'm not bad at guitar (can play the likes of Sweet Child O Mine , sans the solo), but still, plenty of practice to be done.
    Posted 8th September 2010 at 09:08 PM by chris661 chris661 is offline
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    Not sure how the school system works where you are... in Aus we have primary school (grades 3 through 6) then High School years 7 through 12, then university.... year 12 used to be called 6th form, so I'm not sure if college for you is the senior years of high school or University

    We were told that the HSC (final two years of high school) would be the hardest years of education in our lives, in reality they were a walk in the park compared to uni I originally started studying Geology at uni but gave up in week 8 of second semester due to severe difficulties caused by colour blindness... the 1st semester covered the entire curricula for Physics, Chemistry, and 3 unit mathematics (that takes 2 years in senior high school). There were mature age students who hadn't done senior high who were doing it... so basically that first uni semester whilst relatively easy for someone who had done the subjects in high school, was extremely full on for someone who hadn't. (ie they had to learn in 12 weeks what the high school students had 2 years to learn). So if it is Senior High, take any comments about how hard it is with a grain of salt. It doesn't mean that you don't need to work hard, but it likely won't be the hardest thing you ever have to do

    I found computer science much more challenging than Senior highschool, though that was made harder through living in a new place all alone and having to look after myself as well as study

    Posted 8th September 2010 at 09:24 PM by wintermute wintermute is offline
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    Right, a brief outline of the UK's education system is in order.

    (First is "Nursery, but this is optional, ages 2-4)

    Primary School: age 4-11;
    Seconday School: age 11-16, O-levels/GCSEs here;
    6th form/college (some secondary schools have a 6th form): 16-18. AS and A levels happen here;
    University: whenever you like, and you get a degree.
    Posted 9th September 2010 at 07:24 AM by chris661 chris661 is offline
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