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BBC 🔵 Slough sixth former describes life taking 28 A-Levels

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A sixth form student says she still has plenty of spare time despite studying for 28 A-levels.

Mahnoor Cheema, from Slough, has a full schedule managing her coursework and exam preparation alongside multiple extra-curricular activities.

The 17-year-old, whose 161 IQ is higher than the late Prof Stephen Hawking, is at college after taking 34 GCSEs.

But she said she was still able to have a social life as she manages her workload around classes.

« It doesn’t really tend to take up a lot of time, » she said.

Speaking to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, Mahnoor said it was her mother Tayyaba Cheema who instilled in her a « deep passion » for learning and books.

She is studying four A-levels at the sixth form at Henrietta Barnett School in London and then completes her extra studies at home.

Mahnoor Cheema and Tayyaba Cheema

Tayyaba Cheema

Among the extra A-levels Mahnoor is taking are two maths courses, three languages, three variations of history, economics, business, computer science and film studies.

She said: « My parents have always made sure I’m not so academically focussed that that I forget to have a social life and extra curriculars. So I play the piano, I do chess, I do swimming, I go out with my friends.

« I just didn’t want to narrow down my choices, and I think if I had done four A-levels I would have been very dissatisfied with the academic challenge provided to me, so I just decided to go that extra mile. »

Mahnoor, who moved back to the UK from Pakistan when she was nine, has already completed four A-levels since starting college in September.

She said: « My study co-partner is my mum and her policy has always been that we take one subject at a time and we tackle that in however long it takes, then we move on to the next one. »

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Mahnoor, who is a member of Mensa, will be focussed on gaining a place at Oxford University or Imperial College.

She is hoping to train as a doctor and focus her studies on the brain.

Mahnoor explained: « I was always fascinated by my own brain, by how the brain makes people tick, emotions, memory processing. So neuroscience and neurosurgery is an interest of mine.

« I think I just have a good memory, it’s my biggest tool, I tend to read and process things quite quickly and I’m good at scanning text.

« My mum invested in a lot of brain building activities when I was young, like arithmetic, chess, classical music. Mum really is a role model and inspiration for me. »

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