Hey guys, so in the UK we have Primary (5-11) and Secondary school (11-16) and then most people go to college or sixth form after their last year at Secondary school when they’re 16 until normally when they’re 18. So, I’ve just finished my first year at Sixth Form (Year 12) and I survived just about, so I thought I’d share some tips on exams, revision, and social life, and how to survive it in general because I learnt the hard way and that wasn’t pleasant sooooo yeah lets get started.
Tip 1. Stay organized from the beginning. If you don’t, you will have a pile of work sat around and it will take you so much longer to sort out and actually use to learn from. Also, you can not work well in a messy environment.
Tip 2. Don’t think about the whole year ahead of you, that will only stress you out and you won’t be able to concentrate, focus on each day at a time.
Tip 3. Learn work once you are given it, if you leave it all to the end to learn, you won’t have enough time to properly understand it or to be able to go out, especially in subjects with a lot of content such as biology and chemistry.
Tip 4. If you don’t understand something, ask your teacher or friends to explain it to you, it will sit on your mind leading up to the exam and cause a lot more stress than is necessary.
Tip 5. Make time to go out and see friends and family, do something that will take sixth form off your mind completely, that part of your brain needs a rest, but don’t over do it.
Tip 6. Do not let yourself be affected by extremely negative or childish people, it will not help you when it comes to learning or your general happiness. People learn best when they’re happy, so if someone is affecting you, do something about it because only you can help yourself.
Tip 7. Download apps such as Tide or Focus Keeper, to help you stay concentrated but it also ensures you have regular short breaks, which is proven to keep your productivity level high.
Tip 8. Get enough sleep, especially around exam season. Sleep is when your brain organizes and processes information, so it is a lot more important than staying up all night just to read over 1 extra topic.
Tip 9. Make sure you eat and drink before exams, in my experience, it helps you concentrate so much more, because A. You won’t be distracted by the sound of your stomach rumbling, and B. You need energy.
Tip 10. Don’t compare yourself to other people, at the end of the day you can only be the best you can be, so if someone is there getting A’s and you’re getting D’s even though you’re trying your hardest, don’t worry about it, that’s okay.
Hopefully this is useful for anyone starting A-Level and I will possibly be making more survival guides like a GCSE version of this if there is enough requests, so feel free to contact me on my contact page or on my Instagram @mydreamsivebeenliving. Also, let me know if you have any more ideas for blog posts or anything like that. Byee