How Do You Make Decisions?

The grade 11 Psychology students offer some heartfelt advice with a dash of psychological theory about making decisions. Very relevant for grade 10 students deciding on their subjects but there is something in it for everyone with a choice to make. This is part one in a series of articles by the grade 11 psychology students

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Confirmation Bias

Hey! As 11th graders, we have faced a big decision about what subjects we will choose. This choice can affect us in a sense of university application, personal interest in the class, and grades. This decision is involved with confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is when your decision is justified and reassured due to other pieces of information that support your decision. An example of confirmation bias would be the struggle of choosing what Higher level (HL) or standard level (SL) subject to take. For example, in math, you may not enjoy the subject which would lead you to immediately take the SL course without considering what the HL course has to offer.

Considering that when choosing a subject we get different recommendations from different people, our thoughts can be based on what we have experienced in some of the subjects and have seen what we are stronger in. In order for you to make a valid, balanced choice in your subjects, make sure you hear the positive and negative sides of each subject. Try to get the most opinions and experience from other people, this could help you decide more rationally.

In addition, make sure to base your decision on yourself in a sense of the subjects you have an interest in and take into consideration what you possibly would like to do in future. We hope you make the most out of this recommendation.

We wish you the best of luck in grade 11!

by Alex K., Lia F., Grade 11