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How to select the right study
stream & subjects for A/L ?
Compiled By
Aurora Computer Studies
(auoracs.lk)
1
Overview
• Why important ?
• How?
Aurora Computer Studies
(www.auroracs.lk)
2
Why is right selection
important?
Aurora Computer Studies
(www.auroracs.lk)
3
Primary education
• In primary education up to GCE O/L,
every one learn common subjects
with little options / specializati...
What have you got (up to O/L)?
• Basic life skills
• Communication skills
• Analytical & numerical skills
• General knowle...
A/L require specialization
• In Advanced Level, you need to
specialized in one area, though there
are certain amount of ov...
Why important?
• It is mostly a lifetime decision on your
long term professional career.
• If you make a mistake, it can b...
The strategy for selection
Aurora Computer Studies
(www.auroracs.lk)
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How to do? (Strategy)
• Follow your passion
• Think long term
• Be realistic in your capacity
• Be open for ideas
• Do not...
Follow your passion
• You must pick a career that you have
the passion
• Your selection of study stream suit for
your care...
Think long term
• Your study for A/L is short term, but
your career is long term
• What you enjoy studying may not be
the ...
Take your own decisions
• Give due consideration to aspirations
of your loved ones
o But remember that, Its your life and ...
Do not make options too narrow
• Example:
o If you select biology stream, only targeting your
become a doctor, do you have...
Be realistic
• Have a realistic assessment on
o Your capabilities
o Opportunities available
o Competition
• Its not how bi...
Plan it
• Have a master plan for your study
and career
• Make sure that A/L is part of the
master plan
• Have alternative ...
Steps in taking the decision
Aurora Computer Studies
(www.auroracs.lk)
16
How to do? (overview)
• Do a SWOT analysis on yourself
• Think about what is your passion for
life & serving the society
A...
SWOT analysis
Strengths Weaknesses
Opportunities Threats
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Negative (-)Positive (+)
SelfEnvironme...
SWOT analysis (cont.)
• Write a list for each of the following
category
o Strengths
o Weaknesses
o Opportunities
o Threats...
Strengths
• Positive things you have like;
o Good logical thinking
o Good at literature
o Leadership
o Creativity
o Have a...
Weaknesses
• Negative things you have like;
o Weak in mathematics
o Not good at literature
o Not a very social person
o La...
Opportunities
• Positive things in the environment /
society that effect you;
o High salary job opportunities for a partic...
Threats
• Negative things in the environment /
society that effect you;
o Lack of jobs
o Economic instability of the count...
How to use SWOT analysis?
• Pick a stream that favor your strengths
and opportunities and least effect
weaknesses and thre...
Pick the correct subject
combination
• Your choice of subjects must reflects
your long term career aspirations
• Again try...
If you feel like made a wrong
choice?
• Be brave to accept & rectify
o Check the feasibility for each option
o Plan it bef...
Common pitfalls
• Act without think
• Go by the surge in the society
• Blindly accept what others suggest
• Committing to ...
Further resources
• How to do your Advanced Level (A/L)
studies successfully
o https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-t...
Thank You !
Presented by
Aurora Computer Studies
(auoracs.lk)
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(www.auroracs.lk)
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"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act,
but a habit."
~ Aristotle.
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(www.au...
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Aurora Computer Studies,
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  1. 1. How to select the right study stream & subjects for A/L ? Compiled By Aurora Computer Studies (auoracs.lk) 1
  2. 2. Overview • Why important ? • How? Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 2
  3. 3. Why is right selection important? Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 3
  4. 4. Primary education • In primary education up to GCE O/L, every one learn common subjects with little options / specialization Aurora Computer Studies 4
  5. 5. What have you got (up to O/L)? • Basic life skills • Communication skills • Analytical & numerical skills • General knowledge • Social and interpersonal skills • Awareness of ethics and social well-being • Aesthetics aspects • Some basic technical knowledge/skills Aurora Computer Studies 5
  6. 6. A/L require specialization • In Advanced Level, you need to specialized in one area, though there are certain amount of overlapping Aurora Computer Studies 6
  7. 7. Why important? • It is mostly a lifetime decision on your long term professional career. • If you make a mistake, it can be costly! Aurora Computer Studies 7
  8. 8. The strategy for selection Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 8
  9. 9. How to do? (Strategy) • Follow your passion • Think long term • Be realistic in your capacity • Be open for ideas • Do not make options too narrow • Never get fooled by mere popular trends • Take your decisions & accept responsibilities Aurora Computer Studies 9
  10. 10. Follow your passion • You must pick a career that you have the passion • Your selection of study stream suit for your career Aurora Computer Studies 10
  11. 11. Think long term • Your study for A/L is short term, but your career is long term • What you enjoy studying may not be the same as what you enjoy practicing • So think long term! Aurora Computer Studies 11
  12. 12. Take your own decisions • Give due consideration to aspirations of your loved ones o But remember that, Its your life and career at stake • You must make the decision and take the responsibilities Aurora Computer Studies 12
  13. 13. Do not make options too narrow • Example: o If you select biology stream, only targeting your become a doctor, do you have any other plan if you can not achieve expected results? o The reality is only a small percentage of students get a chance to follow medicine • Same apply for some other fields Aurora Computer Studies 13
  14. 14. Be realistic • Have a realistic assessment on o Your capabilities o Opportunities available o Competition • Its not how big your dream that matters, but what you can achieve ! Aurora Computer Studies 14
  15. 15. Plan it • Have a master plan for your study and career • Make sure that A/L is part of the master plan • Have alternative plans (Plan B & plan C) in case of not achieving objectives in master plan Aurora Computer Studies 15
  16. 16. Steps in taking the decision Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 16
  17. 17. How to do? (overview) • Do a SWOT analysis on yourself • Think about what is your passion for life & serving the society Aurora Computer Studies 17
  18. 18. SWOT analysis Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats Aurora Computer Studies 18 Negative (-)Positive (+) SelfEnvironment
  19. 19. SWOT analysis (cont.) • Write a list for each of the following category o Strengths o Weaknesses o Opportunities o Threats • Just be honest to yourself • Write only the major points ((about major 5-8 points for each category) Aurora Computer Studies 19
  20. 20. Strengths • Positive things you have like; o Good logical thinking o Good at literature o Leadership o Creativity o Have a good memory o Parents are wealthy and can afford for high expense for my private education o Etc.. Aurora Computer Studies 20
  21. 21. Weaknesses • Negative things you have like; o Weak in mathematics o Not good at literature o Not a very social person o Lack artistic talents o Parents have some financial hardships o Have a bad memory o I am lazy o Etc.. Aurora Computer Studies 21
  22. 22. Opportunities • Positive things in the environment / society that effect you; o High salary job opportunities for a particular field(s) o Highly satisfiable service opportunities o Growth in some field(s) o Industry/economic growth o Availability of opportunities in higher education or academic areas o Etc.. Aurora Computer Studies 22
  23. 23. Threats • Negative things in the environment / society that effect you; o Lack of jobs o Economic instability of the country o Unemployment issues in certain sectors o Lack of opportunities (openness) in higher education & career growth o Etc.. Aurora Computer Studies 23
  24. 24. How to use SWOT analysis? • Pick a stream that favor your strengths and opportunities and least effect weaknesses and threats • But always remember that you may have room for o Rectify your weaknesses (If you have a plan and willpower) o There are possibilities in the change in the environment (Opportunities & threats) Aurora Computer Studies 24
  25. 25. Pick the correct subject combination • Your choice of subjects must reflects your long term career aspirations • Again try to keep options open • The trend is to provide more options for students rather than forcing them to select narrow set of subjects Aurora Computer Studies 25
  26. 26. If you feel like made a wrong choice? • Be brave to accept & rectify o Check the feasibility for each option o Plan it before executing the change • But, better to detect it early since more you are committed, harder to amend it Aurora Computer Studies 26
  27. 27. Common pitfalls • Act without think • Go by the surge in the society • Blindly accept what others suggest • Committing to wrong decisions • Do what you like to study (short term), rather than what you like to do in your career Aurora Computer Studies 27
  28. 28. Further resources • How to do your Advanced Level (A/L) studies successfully o https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to-do-your- advanced-leve-al-studies-successfully • How to face the A/L exam effectively o https://www.slideshare.net/auroracslk/how-to-face- the-al-exam-effectively Aurora Computer Studies (auroracs.lk) 28
  29. 29. Thank You ! Presented by Aurora Computer Studies (auoracs.lk) Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 29
  30. 30. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle. Aurora Computer Studies (www.auroracs.lk) 30
  31. 31. Contact Information Premier Study Center Aurora Computer Studies, Summerset College, # 135, 3rd Floor, DFCC Building, High Level Road, Maharagama. 0115 690 290 City Study Center Aurora Computer Studies, Summerset College, # 88/2, 2nd Floor, BOC Building, High Level Road, Kirulapone, Colombo 06 0703 001 010 For further details and enquiries : Call - 0719 842030 E-mail – info@auroracs.lk Web - www.auroracs.lk Aurora Computer Studies www.auroracs.lk 31

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