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Coping As A Sixth Former
Lauren Beesting, Features Writer
Organisation is the biggest factor in being an A-level student
Starting sixth form is daunting the pressures of moving from GCSEs to A-levels may well be one of the biggest leaps in education, it's like running 100 metres and then being told at the finish line that it was just the warm up and now you have got to run a marathon.

There is no preparation.

Sixth form is very much an all or nothing situation. If you start off with no motivation, structure or discipline you will, no doubt, still be re-sitting when you're 19 and all your friends are in university enjoying their success.

Just starting my second year of sixth form I found that the choices I made during my first year have put me in the best situation for starting year 13; where I have already found within the first two weeks that it gets more stressful.

Organisation is the biggest factor in being an A-level student. If you haven't done a piece of homework, turned up with the right equipment for your classes or even turned up to class at all, and do this consistently you will inevitably fall way behind.

Put in the effort, organise yourself and do the work immediately whilst it's all fresh in your mind will help you stay on top of your classes and have less stress in worrying about finishing on time.

My mind-set is that if I use my free periods to do any necessary work it means I can go home after a long day and relax, unwind and get enough decent sleep for the day ahead.

Staying mentally healthy in sixth form is crucial if you're stressed out there's more chance that your work will not be the best it can be and your sixth form experience may be less of a positive experience than it could be.

It is more than common for the stress levels of teenagers to be considerably high during their education and so do not worry that you are overthinking or overdoing because I guarantee many people are going through the same thought processes.

It is important to regularly talk to your friends let it all out in the open and take that weight off your shoulders. Like the saying a problem shared is a problem halved.

Another tip: don't be too hard on yourself. You will be your own worst critic and they are the worst ones.

Work hard and do what is needed but give yourself some free time allow yourself on a weekend to unwind and spend time with people that make you happy to keep a healthy mental state.

Being stuck in your bedroom surrounded by books and work is going to make you hate school.

You may already hate school but it will make it intolerable and then you won't be motivated in classes resulting in lack of dedication and the potential of bad grades.

Lifestyle Choices

Not every day is going to be an eventful one I guarantee there will be days where your head isn't in it and you don't have productive lessons, but do not worry don't think that you're doomed because you cannot concentrate for more than five minutes it is just one of those days with a good night's sleep you will feel yourself again.

Make sure you are eating well to keep your energy levels stable. Your diet is very much overlooked in sixth form as you are bombarded with enticements from the vending machines and the freedom to buy from the shops outside school.

Don't just load up on sweets and unhealthy food the sugar crash will soon hit you like a truck and you will feel utterly horrific.

Make healthy choices, healthy body healthy mind.

Exercise

I know many despair at the thought. Exercising everyday has been proven to improve your mindset and keep you positive and productive beating all that bad energy out of your system and replenishing the positive 'aura'.

The Real Deal

There's no point me sugar-coating anything to do with sixth form.
It is hard, stressful and many people crack under the pressure simply because they don't put in their effort.

Always be looking forward looking at what you are going to gain from you're a-levels because that will spur you on and make you want it more.

Start off your academic year organised and ready for challenges because there will be an abundance of them.

Be prepared to work in your free periods and sometimes at home and if you are unsure or feel as though you're being left behind talk to the teachers because that is what they are there for.

Being in the younger years you may feel odd talking to your teachers maybe even embarrassed.

Being in sixth form you realise that you will talk to your teachers about your queries and concerns a lot because they can help you identify solutions as it's literally their job to help you succeed.

Depending on the subjects you choose they will range in difficulty but if you have chosen subjects that you are passionate about and that you enjoy it will make your year a lot easier.

You are capable of getting the A-levels you want, it's just a matter of putting in the effort, having a positive outlook and seeking the right support.

If you can say yes to these then you have as good a chance of success as anybody.

Two years may seem a long time but it passes you by in a heartbeat so enjoy it for all it's worth because it will change your life in some way or another.

Coping As A Sixth Former, 17th September 2017, 12:43 PM