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News: Petru tells us about learn­ing in lockdown

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Last week we heard from A Level Physics lecturer, Steve Goodings, about how he and his colleagues are adapting during lockdown. Now we’re finding out about the experiences of one of his students.

Petru-Mihai Craci­un, 16, is study­ing A Lev­el Physics, along­side Maths and Com­put­er Sci­ence. He’s hop­ing to progress to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge, which he says is help­ing him stay focussed whilst at home.

Remote learn­ing has been chal­leng­ing at times, but my teach­ers have all been real­ly sup­port­ive, and they’re always avail­able if I have any ques­tions or need any help under­stand­ing something. 

I’m hop­ing to study Com­put­er Sci­ence at Cam­bridge, and to one day become a Pro­fes­sor or Researcher. I have to stay focussed each day to keep on track, but I don’t have a real­ly strict dai­ly rou­tine; some days I do ten hours straight, but oth­ers I’ll do maybe four. I’ve found that it’s impor­tant to be flex­i­ble and not be too hard on your­self if you have an off day. 

One thing I’ve been doing from home is some of the prac­tice entrance exams for Cam­bridge – one for engi­neer­ing and anoth­er for Maths and that’s been use­ful. My teach­ers are also doing live lec­tures, which have worked well. 

I’m look­ing for­ward to return­ing to Col­lege when we’re able to, but for now, I’m try­ing my best, and keep­ing positive. 

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  • 1st June 2020 (9:00 AM)
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