As year 13’s, we know what it’s like to be in the position you’re in right now, so having been there and done that, a few of us have thought of several critical tips that will make your year easier (note that we say easier, not easy!) All we’re asking is that you take a couple of minutes out of your busy schedule to read the below… It’s only there to help you!
A-levels are undoubtedly much harder than GCSEs; and whilst we hate to nag slightly, organisation and hard work really do pay off. Go into sixth form with an open mind, and don’t complain if you get more homework than you were previously used to.
The important thing is to not let any of this scare you. Thousands of candidates sit their A-levels every year; most are pleased with their grades, and the ones that aren’t, are often (though not always) the ones that didn’t work hard enough. If many students can do it, so can you!
Buy a planner, or even a small diary, and write down what your homework is for each day. How you do this is irrelevant as long as it works for you… And you need to find what works for you.
Use your free time wisely, do work in your frees – get as much done as possible! It’s a win-win situation, you get more free time at home and you keep your teachers happy by doing the work!
Remember that no one else is responsible for your education. The government isn’t responsible for your education, your friends aren’t responsible for your education and to a large extent your teachers aren’t responsible for your education. You’re on your own. Independence is key part of Sixth Form and you learn that even in the early stages of learning.
Lastly, enjoy it! Get involved in school activities that are on offer, you have nothing to lose! For the first time, all the subjects you study are of your choice. It’s a dream come true and these two years will be over before you know it, so don’t forget to appreciate and take advantage of your time at TG.
Author: Alice Green