Advice for new students – by KS5 students

Joining a new school is scary. Very scary. No matter what age you are, it is always challenging.  You have to make new friends, meet new teachers, find a routine that is comfortable for you, and on top of all that, actually do your A-Levels, which is scary and new for everyone. But it doesn’t have to be.

Leaving your old school

Students leave their schools for many different reasons. Sometimes they need a change in direction, sometimes they need more freedom, sometimes they need more structure. Some schools don’t offer 6th forms so you have no choice but to leave. Whatever the reason, it can be hard to surround yourself in a completely new environment when you have been used to the same thing for five years. However, despite the many negative depictions that we see about Social Media, if used in a safe way, it can be pretty incredible. We live in an age in technology where it is as simple as the press of a button to stay in touch with friends from all over. This means that despite you and your group of friends from secondary school moving on and discovering new stages of your life without each other, you don’t have to be alone.

Meeting new people

It’s hard meeting new people, but by throwing yourself into social situations that would normally scare you can be the best way to make new friends. There are many social events going on in 6th form, and by going along with them could introduce you to a great group of future friends. To find out more about the social events, read Olivia’s article about the social life of Sixth Form.

Managing the workload

A-Levels are a big step up from GCSEs which anyone would find difficult, without the added stress of moving to a completely new school. There are many great websites, such as WhatUni, that have helpful advice, like:

  • Make a (realistic) revision timetable
  • Don’t cram!
  • Balance work life and social life
  • Take care of yourself
  • Tick things off as you go
  • Don’t beat yourself up

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