After receiving your GCSE results further education may be the last thing on your mind, however, taking conscious steps to plan and prepare where you want to be will help you find the right path to get you there. Whether you succeeded in cementing the grades you were hoping for or not, there are so many opportunities out there to help you progress. Instead of feeling stressed that you’re starting further education, see it as a new beginning that will help you get the career or lifestyle that you have dreamed about.
Whether you’ve chosen to attend sixth form or college to study your A-levels, started an apprenticeship/internship for a company, or have enrolled in a course that is the equivalent to A-level or similar, preparation and planning is crucial for your success.
Further education is a lot more independent through studying and experience which can be quite a refreshing transition from secondary school learning. The teachers or coaches are still there to guide you and to help keep you on track but your grades are dependent on how much you push yourself and how willing you are to give your best efforts.
We’ve compiled a few ways to help stay on top of your work load, it may seem like you’ve been thrown in at the deep end but it’s never as scary as it seems. As long as you plan and prepare, there won’t be any nasty surprises and stomach churning moment of ‘UH OH That piece of work I completely forgot about is in today and I don’t have a dog to blame it on…‘.
When setting out a schedule for your education workload you need to remember to avoid setting unrealistic goals. Give yourself enough time to plan, prep and then write your coursework. Giving yourself an afternoon to do 5 days worth of work is setting yourself up to fall behind (with only yourself to blame). Instead, over compensating the amount of time a project may take will work in your favour.
Students have different learning styles that can be accommodated in the modern classroom, this needs to be implemented in the home too. If you don’t know what learning style suits you best, the first step is to explore alternate learning styles and see which one works best for you. Once you’ve discovered the traits of your learning style you can begin to create a study plan that works around this, whether it be co-dependent work, linguistic studying and reading aloud, or watching videos and listening to podcasts, your studying routine will become even more effective.
Get A Life
Don’t lock yourself in your room and destroy your social life. It’s great to be school orientated but you will need to give yourself time to relax with your friends and family to help yourself feel normal. Isolating yourself can make you feel stressed, which can eventually lead to work based anxiety and even depression. If you’re feeling low, turn to a family member, friend or a teacher for advice.
Give yourself a positive refresh by making some healthy lifestyle changes. Regular exercise can help increase the endorphins in your brain that make you feel motivated and stay positive. Small changes to your diet such as less sugar, more natural nutrients will provide brain food, helping you with your studies throughout the school year. Meditation, yoga, or any other form of exercise that requires a zen mental state doesn’t have to be time consuming or overly difficult to participate in, but it can help you feel refreshed and ready for whatever life throws at you, you’ve got this!