How to Make the Most of Sixth Form

Two Parts:Excelling AcademicallySocializing and Gaining Other Life Experience

Starting Sixth Form is an exciting time and the start of a new chapter for many students. However, it can be quite daunting and it is important to make the most of this time, this is where you will discover more about yourself and start to write your future.

Part 1
Excelling Academically

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    Choose the right A levels for you. Look up courses and career you're interested in and see what A levels they require. Choose subject you enjoyed and did well at in your GCSEs.
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    Keep organised. Use lever-arch files and smaller folders to keep notes from your classes safe and in order. Make a note of any homework set and when it is due. Also, make sure you get a bag that has plenty of space to fit all those folders in.
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    Study hard! A levels are a big step up from GCSEs and require a lot more independent studying. Make sure all of your class work and homework is completed swiftly and to a high standard. You'll be using these notes to revise from later on, so make sure they are clear and understandable.
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    Catch up on any work missed. This is really important; you'll need those notes to revise from come exam season. Borrow the completed work from a friend in the class to copy up from, and ask the teacher to explain any work that you don't fully understand.
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    Use free periods wisely. Complete any homework or catch-up work you need to do. If you didn't quite understand something in class, use this opportunity to ask your friends for help or to use the school computers to look it up. If you have an upcoming test or exam, use this free time to revise and go over notes. It's okay to spend the odd free lesson socialising, just make sure you're not avoiding doing urgent work.
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    Don't be afraid to ask teachers for help. Most teachers will be happy to discuss any problems you have before or after school, or even during break times. Some will even let you study in the back of their classroom when they are teaching, so they can give you occasional guidance.

Part 2
Socializing and Gaining Other Life Experience

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    Make new friends. It is likely that many of the small groups that used to hang out together will now merge into bigger, mixed groups. You will have an opportunity to get to know people you hardly knew before. Plus, there will be probably be plenty of new students joining you, so be sure to make them feel welcome.
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    Behave well. Most universities and jobs will require a couple of references from your teachers, especially if you have no previous employment. They will be asked to vouch for your behaviour, attitude and key skills. Be sure to behave in class and ask plenty of questions to show that you're listening.
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    Balance your studying with your social life. Have fun, but don't let it affect your studies.
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    Learn to drive, if you want to. When you hit 17 years old you can start learning to drive a car. Lots of people opt to start learning in sixth form and book lesson for lunchtime or at the end of the school day.
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    Boost your CV. After sixth form you'll be heading into work or higher education, it's a lot easier to get access to these opportunities if your CV/personal statement stands out. You can ensure this by gaining extra skills, qualifications and experience. For example, you could get a part-time job, volunteer, go on courses or gain work experience in the field of work you wish to enter. Paid work is also a good way to fund your social life and start saving up for your future.
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    Start planning for life after sixth form. Decide if you want to go on to higher education, get a full-time job, an apprenticeship or something else. Make sure you do plenty of research before making a decision; take into account your career prospects and what qualifications are needed, costs/pay, your interests, and how you learn best.

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