I’m realy really sorry I really have no legit piece of advice to help you except that you should go on with what you feel best suits you and better check the university requirements for them. Good luck!
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A Level Advice
Hey there! I just finished my A Levels so I thought I’d make a list to share the wisdom I’ve gained in my old age about how to survive the struggles of sixth form. I’m no education expert, but I’ve been there and if this helps even one person then it’s worth it. Okay here we go
- Prepare for sixth form to be a totally different experience to high school: The biggest difference I noticed was how the teachers treat you, they start to actually speak to you like human beings which is marvellous. You can even start to have a bit of banter with them. But at the same time, they expect you to start acting more like an adult, which means coming to class prepared, having done all the readings etc you were supposed to do, and taking responsibility for your learning. Another thing is that you won’t necessarily be friends with all the same people/types of people you were with in school. I went to the sixth form of the school I had attended, and I saw how people started to mix with each other a lot more than they had in the past five years. It might have been because mine was quite a small sixth form, but I found it to be a lot less cliqu-ey than school.
- Make sure you are doing subjects that you enjoy: Just because you liked a certain subject at GCSE, it doesn’t mean you will feel the same way about it in A Levels. That doesn’t mean you should just give up if you find your subjects harder than they used to be, they are supposed to be more difficult, but if you start to feel that a subject really is not for you, go and speak to a teacher about it. Usually you can change your subjects in the first few weeks of sixth form.
- Use your study time wisely: You may look at your timetable at the start of the year and think “Wow, look at all these free periods I have!” don’t get too excited, there is always some extra studying to be done in a free period. Use it to complete the homework you were just set while it’s still fresh in your mind, or make some notes, or do some additional research. Do not waste your time playing cards or painting your nails (these things happened a lot in our common room) I was no saint either, there were the occasional times when I used a free period to have a quick nap (seriously), or chat with a friend, which I think is ok, OCCASIONALLY, as long as you make sure you catch up with the work later on. And obviously when you have coursework due in soon or when it gets close to exam time you SHOULD BE STUDYING
- If you’re not happy with your teacher, do something about it: This doesn’t mean flying off the handle because you got told off for not doing your homework, I mean if your teacher is completely useless and doesn’t teach anything, ever, don’t stand for it. I had a couple of teachers like this during sixth form and largely ended up having to teach myself, which worked out okay for me, but that’s not the point. Your teachers are there to teach you and if they’re not doing that, something needs to be done about it
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Relating to the above point, the teachers are there to help you. Whether you’re struggling with certain aspects of a subject, or you’re having personal difficulties, you shouldn’t be afraid to approach a teacher and talk to them about it, you’ll feel better once you do. And work with your friends/classmates too, they’ll understand what you’re going through and it’ll be easier to talk to them. Help each other out.
- Make a revision timetable: Yes it sounds lame but it’s a good idea, trust me. If you don’t want to go that far, at least make a to do list for every day, with really detailed and specific points about what you need to get done for that day. For example, don’t just write “revise biology”, be more specific, like “go over photosynthesis”, “make notes on respiration” etc. And don’t forget to schedule in breaks, if you don’t you will lose concentration and the whole thing will be pointless.
- Make a playlist for studying: I don’t know about yours, but our common room was pretty loud, so I needed something to block out the noise. Unfortunatley, listenind to Fall Out Boy usually means you start doing more singing along than studying, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to make a playlist of classical/instrumental music to keep you focused. Places like 8tracks have loads of them. I also found it useful to listen to a really energetic song before getting down to work to get pupmed up, then listening to the revision playlist, and listening to upbeat songs during my breaks.
- Don’t get carried awaw with all the hype about uni and ucas: At my school, it was kind of forced on us like “YOU HAVE TO GO TO UNIVERSITY!!! THERE ARE NO OTHER OPTIONS!!!” which, along with some other reasons, led to me applying for a degree I wasn’t truly dedicated to (but that’s all sorted now anyway) Don’t feel pressurised into doing anything you don’t want to do, there are plenty of other options, eg taking a gap year, doing an apprenticeship or going into work. If you are planning on going to uni, research your choices very carefully and go with your gut instincts, don’t just apply for a degree because you think it’ll help you get a good job, it’s not worth it.
- Work hard, but don’t forget to make time for yourself: Of course it’s important to keep up with your studying, but you can’t spend every moment of the day at your desk. Some of my friends took this approach and they ended up getting stressed out which eventually had a negative impact on their grades. You need to make time to go out with friends and family and enjoy yourself. You should also take good care of yourself, eat healthily (though a chocolate bar here and there can be a good reward for a hard day’s work) and excercise regularly, I know, it’s hard, but it will make you feel better and more able to concentrate in the long term. I also advise taking a few minutes out at the beginning and end of each day to meditate, which for me simply means sitting in a comfortable place, closing my eyes, and focussing on breathing deeply. It’s a great way to clear your head
I hope at least some of these pointers were helpful! If anyone wants to drop into my ask box for advice I will do the best I can to help you where possible. Good luck A Level students, just keep smiling and you’ll get there!
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