Whether you’ve just finished your first year of A-Levels, or you’re about to start your A-Levels completely, I thought I would compile a list of helpful tips on how to survive Sixth Form/College. I like to say that I’m lucky, but in reality I just worked super hard; after receiving my second year results yesterday, I can proudly say I was awarded with: BBBB. Even if this doesn’t seem like a lot, A-Levels are hard work and more than push you to your limit. After 2 years of studying my subjects hardcore, I figured it was time I shared my way of surviving A-Levels:

  • Be extremely organised
  • Always stay calm
  • Use all of the resources you are given, and visit the library weekly. The library is full of a never ending storage of wonders that will be a necessity to your course (and make your coursework look awesome)
  • Hot chocolate and tea will slowly become your life
  • Try to get lots of sleep…if not you will probably end up looking a bit like the first picture:
  • Take breaks to do stress free activities. I discovered colouring and exercising was a helpful way to relax
  • Flash cards and mind-maps are essential to revising
  • Do all of your homework the day its set
  • Praise yourself…you are the person doing all the hard work
  • Always have a never ending supply of stationary; black pens, highlighters and sticky notes will be your best friend for the entire 2 years
  • Be inspired to succeed. One of my favourite quotes to get me through is:

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

  • Read at any given moment (I’m probably bias because I enjoy reading, but your writing skills that you need for your written exams will benefit)
  • Try to eat healthily. I know this is a hard one as when you’re feeling so down you will want nothing but to binge eat chocolate from the vending machine…but trust me, you’ll feel 100 times better for eating an apple
  • Don’t compare yourself to others, you are your own person and have your own goals
  • Listen to your teachers. I know you might not agree with them all the time, but trust me, they are nearly always right
  • Have a goal, even if you don’t want to go to University. A plan at the end of your A-Levels will make it easier for you to persevere by having something to work towards
  • Make friends for life (who else are you going to moan to in the common room?)
  • Take part in extra curricular activities that could possibly (or even ones just for fun) benefit your course. 2 of my A-Levels were Drama and Theatre Studies and Performance Studies, so I took part in a lot of shows and helped with making sets. This not only benefitted my courses, but my future in the industry
  • Trips to Mcdonalds to keep you sane (even if this does contrast my earlier point about being healthy…sometimes you just need it)
  • Help charity, even if its organising a bake sale or a charity football match, this will be favoured on your CV or UCAS statement
  • Celebrate birthdays and the holidays (the school year will go quicker this way and you will always have something to look forward to)
  • Make the most out of your course. Always, always, always go on every trip they offer you
  • Have a fabulous yet chill wardrobe (nobody likes a Sixth Form fashion pushover)
  • If you have anywhere near as many folders as I do, reusable bags are an essential (from the Disney Store..of course)
  • And finally…have fun

I wish everyone good luck who is starting in September. Remember its not the end of the world if you don’t get the grades you want, you can still do and be whoever you want to be without A*’s.

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