This year, my mocks are after Christmas. Great.
Instead of being able to relax during the lengthy Christmas break and indulge in copious amounts of chocolates and multiple viewings of Love Actually and Nativity, I shall be locked away in the dining room with my head down trying to memorise 209439480394 court cases for the Supreme Court unit of my Politics A Level. Whilst I can’t offer any method to get away with no revision this holiday season, I can give you a couple of tips that will hopefully lighten your load of work.
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In my first year at sixth form, I couldn’t believe how much free time I had. I spent most of my free periods in the common room socialising with friends and getting to know new people. Don’t get me wrong, making connections with people is super important at college, however, as we got towards mocks and the mid-way point of the year, I suddenly realised I had a lot of work that needed to be done pretty quickly. Over my first year, I developed systems that have worked well for me and have allowed me to be ultra-productive. Here are my top tips for using your free time at college effectively.
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Organising school work can be tedious – especially if you don’t have a good system that works for you. Hundreds of hole-punched A4 pieces of paper can easily get lost. Today, I’m going to tell you how I organise my folders and work so that I’m as organised and efficient as possible.
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Staying organised as a student is absolutely essential. Whether it’s knowing what homework you have to complete or just remembering what lessons you have that day, in many ways, organisation is the key to success.
In this post, I’m going to tell you how I organise my life every single week so that I know where I need to be and what I need to do in order to stay on top of life.
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I’m somewhat of a phone addict. My phone comes everywhere with me, including to college. Granted, it can sometimes lead me astray and prevent me from being as productive as I could be, however, it doesn’t always have to be a source of procrastination. It can be a really useful tool for your studies – there are hundreds of revision based apps out there and so I’m going to be talking about the apps that I have on my phone that I use on a daily basis to help me out at college.
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Learning to drive can be terrifying. You’re in control of a big scary vehicle and all the power is in your hands… that’s a big deal! After many months, I passed my driving test 2 weeks ago and I am loving life. The stress and tears that went into learning to drive were completely worth it for the independence I now have (driving to college when it’s chucking it down with rain outside is the best).
However, before you can even apply for the practical driving test, you have to get past the theory test. It’s a short test taken at your local centre (you can find all that info out on the DVLA website) that you need to revise for. It’s comprised of a series of multiple-choice questions and a “hazard perception” section, but I’m sure you already knew all of this!
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The next academic year is going to be the most expensive of my life. Between saving for uni, my last ever holiday with my family and trips to go on with my friends next summer before we part ways, my bank account won’t be happy with me.
However, I think I’m a pretty frugal person – I’m organised and love to save and then splurge on big things (like holidays) rather than throw my money away on clothes and takeaway food. Don’t get me wrong, I think treating yourself if really important, however, if you’d like to start spending less and start saving more, here are some of my top tips.
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I’m going into Year 13 which means right now, all my attention is on writing a killer personal statement. I’m not going to pretend I know how to write an amazing piece myself, however, I’ve done a lot of research and collated lots of tips from professionals on how to make your personal statement great. Read on to discover some really helpful tips…
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Finding revision techniques that work for you can be a real challenge. I know that it took me a while to really figure out what worked for me. Teachers forcing me to create mindmaps in lessons was not effective, but that doesn’t mean mindmaps won’t be useful for you – it depends on what kind of learner you are. It’s all about trial and error. Some of these methods may be perfect for you, some of them may not work at all – the only way to find out what’s right is to give it a go.
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