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Top 10 tips for sixth form success

Whether you go to a school sixth form or sixth form college, these tips will help you make the most out of your experience.

1: Go to college open days

These are great opportunities to go see what a college is like, find out information, meet tutors and other students, have a look around and ask lots of questions.

Check local newspapers, speak to your school about the open days for local colleges in your area or contact the colleges directly.

2: Spend your time wisely!

Once at sixth form you’ll find you have a lot more free time than you did at school and the challenge is to make sure you use it wisely. Make sure you add personal study time to your timetable and try to get into the habit of sticking to it.

3: Study with friends

No need to handle all your coursework alone. Get together with a group of friends to work on some of your assignments. You’ll find the support incredibly useful and it’s a lot more fun than working solo.

4: Find a space that stimulates your mind

A corner of the library, a spot in a café or a space in the park. Sometimes a change of scenery is just the thing you need to get your brain working. If sitting at a desk isn’t working for you, find a space that does.

5: Speak to your tutors

You will be encouraged to be more independent in planning your study time however, tutors are still there to help so if you are having difficulty with an assignment. Book time to speak to them for advice.

6: Get to the library early

If you’ve been given a reading list for one of your courses it’s a good idea to get to the library as soon as possible to reserve the books you need.

7: Some extra costs

You might have to pay a bit more for travel or clothes if you are leaving behind a school where you had to wear uniform. The good news is that students are eligible for a number of discounts such cheaper rail cards.

8: Work part-time

In some cases your timetable may be flexible enough to allow you to work part-time. This could be a great opportunity for you to earn some extra cash and gain valuable work experience but only if it doesn’t affect your study time too much.

9:Join in

Most colleges offer a number of fun activities for you to join – sports, activity breaks, events, clubs and societies, and more. It’s a great way to meet new people and get settled in to life at sixth form.

10: Enjoy it!

For the first time you get to study the subject of your choice. It’s a dream come true so don’t forget to enjoy it.

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