Sunday, 18 September 2016

Six Tips for Surviving College

Right now I'm starting my second year at college and I know for some it will be their first year! The jump from school can be quite daunting - a lot more of it is down to you and the freedom can be just as good as it is overwhelming. I thought I'd share what I've learnt from my first year of college, and what others have learnt. It might be nicer to hear it from people who understand just how you're feeling!

1. Put the effort in!

You may have heard that A-Levels are significantly harder than GCSE's. I hate to break it to you, but it's true. I've heard so many people say they barely revised for they're GCSE's and still passed, but with A Levels it's not so easy. Depending on what course you take, A-Levels require more knowledge about theories and deeper understanding, and there is more work for fewer subjects compare to over 10 subjects at GCSE. Start revising and keep on top of your work as soon as you can to avoid falling behind!

2. Build a capsule college wardrobe.

If you're not going to sixth form you'll probably have the freedom of not wearing uniform. Therefore, it would be wise to build a capsule wardrobe of things that are easy to mix and match. Stock up on basic items and throw in a few things that are suited to your style. Wear things that you feel comfortable in and it'll be easy to dress for college.

3. Be organised

This is one of the most important points I could make. You know the drill - give yourself enough time to get ready, have the right rescourses with you for each day, prepare things the night before to make mornings run more smoothly. These may not seem like much, but falling into bad habits just leads to unnecessary stress.

4. Be yourself

Being sorrounded by so many new people can be intimidating, especially if you're more shy and socially awkward. By all means be open to meeting new people, but don't fall into the trap of trying to act a certain way to impress them. Be yourself and you will attract the people who are right for you. People will really get to know YOU and may even become your closest friends. Go at your own pace and don't compare other people's progress to your own.

5. Learn to adjust to change.

When people get separated by going to different colleges, there are several ways in which your life will change. The work gets harder, you may lose or gain new friends and you have a lot more control of what you do. But if you're aware of the changes that are going on, accept and try to move with them.

6. Manage your free time wisely!

If your college is like mine, you will have more free time in your timetable. They're officially called 'study periods', but students tend to use the term 'frees'! But jokes aside, it is so much more beneficial if you get work done when you need to, and when the time is given to you. Then you will have more free time after school & at the weekend without falling behind. However, if you have no work or honestly just need a break and/or want to socialise, it's up to you what you do with your time.

I hope you found this post useful, or know someone who might benefit from reading this. Leave you own advice for starting college in the comments!


1 comment

  1. I have just come across this website and the six tips about college has been useful. I understand what it is like first time at college, infact even now starting a new course I get nervous. But reading your Blog...it has been very interesting and I hope you get on well at college. In the post you said to comment for own advice aswell. which is good because I helped alot of people at my college when they first started....I have many things but the main advice i give is to "Do the best you can in whatever choice you make in life, because either way, comes something good". Your post was very lovely.....thank you.



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