5 Top Tips for starting College!

* for non-uk residents, college is for ages 16-19, it is just before University. 

So i was asked on my contact box, to do a tips post! As a current year 13 in college, I consider myself pretty organised compared to my first year! So i decided to do a blog post on how to prepare or what to do to be organised for college.

1. Multi-buy Stationary!

Whether you need it or not, buy a lot of stationary. And stationary does not have to be costly. As a fellow stationary hoarder, I am also a good bargainer [as people may know from my last shopping posts]

Need pens? Visit B&M, they sell pens in sets for only 99p, or just head to good old fashioned poundland. They sell basic pens for only £1 yet will still get a good use of them.

Need notebooks?
I personally, use B&M or Wilkinsons. Wilkinsons usually have great offers on refill pads, and some can be really really pretty!


2. Prepare for exams as soon as. 

You know with GCSEs, did you even think to revise more than 3/4 months before? No? GCSEs do not compare to A-Levels at all. They are not something you can revise for, even a month before. From personal experience, I revised atleast a month before, however felt so secure with my AS grades until I actually saw them. I am now resitting two exams. This does not put me down however. All I would say, is that you try from the minute you step through that door. Make mindmaps, after a lesson of the main detail of the notes you made. Ask the teacher for cut up paper to make flash cards{there is also a flash card app}, Buy a planner/ use your phone calender, and make sure you add homework deadlines, coursework deadlines, appointments, holidays and exam dates. {if you want to make it pretty, just go on ebay and type in “planner stickers” trust me, its worth it!}

3. Make sure you are choosing the right college for you.

In my area, there are alot of different colleges, some dedicated to just A-levels, some dedicated to BTECS, there are even ones that have a university programme attached to them. I chose a college that offered A-Levels, as I want to be a teacher, and yes I may have thought I made a mistake at the beginning or when I get my results, but in the end A-Levels are something I want. Also remember, if you do realise a college isnt for you, realise that it is hard to start somewhere else, so be prepared to enter a new environment. It is true when people smell fear, and if youre confident to leave one place, be confident to enter a new one!

4.  In classes, you arent there for a good social life, you are there to work.

Yes it is good to have atleast one friend in every class, but remember you are there to learn and get a certificate at the end of it. What you did last night is not what you are there for. That is for free time/out of college. It is good to be social, and work with others, there are always pros, but sometimes try to include the work. Such as, putting the homework into your phone calender, not always getting drunk of a Saturday, and finishing that 500 word essay thats due Monday, instead of rushing it on the Sunday. Once work is complete, then go out. Also remember, in class you are not the only person there, there is the teacher and pupils around you. Some may work individually, and always be respectful of others around you. As for teachers, they may say they love their job, but I’m sure like you, they would rather be somewhere else, especially in the summer time! So be respectful that theyre helping you, better yourself in life and try to encourage yourself not to fall asleep and enjoy your learning.

5. It is your responsibility to catch up.

If you are off ill, it is understandable that you dont do work that youve missed {to a certain extent of illness} but once you are back in, there are no excuses for not being in, when homework is set. Once you return to college, or feel better but are told to stay off, get in contact with your teachers (via email if it is available to you, as it is in my college) or phone the college, and asked if work can be passed along to you so you can catch up, once you return, maybe get help from your teachers. The worst thing, is after time off, being told by peers “you’ve missed so much oh my god!” I know from personal experience, you will get anxious, and don’t forget stress is linked to illness! So catch up on the work, even ask for extra work, so when the exams come along or even mocks, you wont feel as if youve missed something or can work towards!

So thats my five top tips for higher education? Got questions?
dont hesitate to ask, or to email me at amylouisedoherty@outlook.com !

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– Amylou


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