Change From Yr11 To Sixth Form Watch

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My real worry is my grades, I've been hearing all these stories of people going from a GCSE A and plummeting down to a D in A levels, this worries me... Are they really that difficult?
Those people don't work.
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(Original post by TWhalley93)
My real worry is my grades, I've been hearing all these stories of people going from a GCSE A and plummeting down to a D in A levels, this worries me... Are they really that difficult?
If you were to not work then yes that is totally possible. I think one thing which needs to be understood here is that AS/A levels are not a skive. You have to work if you want to do well. Its not like GCSEs where you can cram the night before and still get an A. Like electriic_ink said those people obviously didn't work well enough, if at all.

(Original post by mammamia:0)
Hey just wondering any one got any tips for us new intakes- well not quite but the ones that will be starting 6th form soon, my induction week is 29th June and cant wait And great thread- really put my mind at rest. Bought a hole punch today
Woo, good start with the hole punch.
Tips? I'm not good at this sort of thing but I'll give it a shot as general pointers for everyone:

- Think long and hard about the subjects you are choosing. Its obvious but do it. Dont' do a subject because your friends are doing it and you will feel left out, try avoiding subjects you know you are bad at and struggle with (you will only struggle more)/go for your best subjects but probably more importantly, pick subjects related to what you want to do at Uni (assuming those will be the subjects you like)! Think ahead even though uni seems miles away. You can change subjects usually a couple of weeks into yr12 but you want to avoid doing that if you can as much as possible because...

- Catching up is hell so avoid it at all costs.

- You have to work. Even the alledged 'geniuses' who don't seem to work right now at GCSEs will have to work to some extent at AS level. It is harder and there is a step up from GCSE. Some people will cope really well with this, some people will struggle greatly so its impossible to predict how well you do. If you get a string of A*s however at GCSE, I think it would be safe to say you'll cope well with the transition.

-Organisation is important. Keep your notes organised and up to date for you will kick yourself if you do not when it comes to revising.

-Review. If you can find just 2 minutes to go over what you learnt in the lesson (while sorting out your notes! ) then it will make the world of difference in the long run. If you don't understand something then ask your friend or teacher. I found doing this really helped me improve. ( As an example, I went from an A at GCSE chemistry to a C at the beginning of sixth form and now I'm back up at an A.)

- Use your free periods wisely. No one is saying you have to work in all of them or even most of them but if you have homework in for the next day and you have a free next, it makes sense to do it then.

-Talk to the teachers! Sounds so random and weird but if you don't already then start it. Unless they're a horrible idiot don't blank them cuz they are human too! Being 'friends' would be pushing it as would talking to teachers who haven't ever taught you. I'm not asking you to stand outside the staff room waiting to pounce or be a teachers pet, but if you can have a normal conversation with them and don't feel awkward when they are the only other person in the room (in small classes it happens!) its safe to assume you will enjoy the lessons more.

Thats all the stuff I've got. :o:
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What is some advice anyone has for college? like wearing your own clothes, stationary, paper, travelling?

And my parents want me to be a doctor but I want to do psychology. I HATE Chemistry. Should I just not do it? My parents would make my life miserable if I didn't do medicine.
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What is some advice anyone has for college? like wearing your own clothes, stationary, paper, travelling?

And my parents want me to be a doctor but I want to do psychology. I HATE Chemistry. Should I just not do it? My parents would make my life miserable if I didn't do medicine.
There is quite a few tips in this thread, search back and you'll find loads =D.

Do not do chemistry if you hate it, you'll end up hating it more and more, as it requires work... and, do what YOU want, its your future, not your parents.
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(Original post by paniking_and_not_revising)
What is some advice anyone has for college? like wearing your own clothes, stationary, paper, travelling?

And my parents want me to be a doctor but I want to do psychology. I HATE Chemistry. Should I just not do it? My parents would make my life miserable if I didn't do medicine.
With regards to clothes, it really is not an issue at all. Wear what you feel comfortable with!
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I'm going to college in September - I can't wait! Although I've been unable to do what I first wanted, I'm still happy and eep!

The grade thing someone mentioned - they usually say to take two grades down from your GCSE results, as an absolute minimum - you shouldnt be achieving less than that, and they expect you to achieve that at least.
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with sixth form, people get nervous before going, making sure they are prepared, and getting revision books...and then after a week they will see that their friends are relaxing , playing sh**head cards in free time and generally not bothering about the work.
This is where people go wrong. Spend your free times productively; have a few where you have fun and socialise and get researching and do work for the other free times; you can still socialise and have fun working together with friends.

-buy a diary as this keeps you organised and you can write down your homework for lessons.
-as my sixth form head said 'get organised!'
-have a social life outside of sixthform as you will meet new friends and this will make you more confident
-practice past papers when you can
-start your coursework early and do not leave untill the last day as you will struggle to et higher than a C grade!
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I think sixth form boosts your social life...the most important thing is to get involved in all the things around you...campaigning with different organisations...raising money...and thts how you get to know others aorund you...believe me when i say this is the point u realise who your true friends are and realise your true identity....even the wars between bully and victim disappears...bullies find a new way to 'EXPRESS' themselves lol ! and victims become much more kind appreciative and humble....ITS SO TRUE...im in my last year of sixth form and everyone is in bliss...its the same for other sixth forms....those frends help u thru sixth form and stay with you for life.......
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BTW quick tip!.....DONT USE PAPERS AND FILES FOR SIXTH FORM...use exercise books...it's much more organised...insted of fussing about with paper and running out and TRYING to file them and failing....and stuffing them into files when they wont fit any longer...and files just dropping to the floor and PAPERS everywhere!!!!. ....GGRRRRR....trus me ont his...USE EXERCISE BOOKS!
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(Original post by Lucious2)
BTW quick tip!.....DONT USE PAPERS AND FILES FOR SIXTH FORM...use exercise books...it's much more organised...insted of fussing about with paper and running out and TRYING to file them and failing....and stuffing them into files when they wont fit any longer...and files just dropping to the floor and PAPERS everywhere!!!!. ....GGRRRRR....trus me ont his...USE EXERCISE BOOKS!
Oh, i tend to find folders the best. Because I use a lot of mind maps and A3 sheets (it's how I revise). But I thought you take loads of notes every day so wouldn't you be going through something like 20 notebooks every day?
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I'm starting college in September
Are teachers in college helpful? lots of people have been telling me that in a large college, teachers are less caring and much less helpful
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I think sixth form boosts your social life...etc etc etc
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Well I'm glad at least someone thinks that. It makes up for how I don't. :rolleyes: Unfortunately that doesn't apply to all sixth forms.
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I'm starting college in September
Are teachers in college helpful? lots of people have been telling me that in a large college, teachers are less caring and much less helpful
Really depends on the college doesnt it. In some they might not be and some they might. Your only way to find out if the teachers at the college your going to are helpful is to speak to people already there.
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wait if you go to a sixth form attached to a school- is it bad because they spoon feed you? I dont understand!!!
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wait if you go to a sixth form attached to a school- is it bad because they spoon feed you? I dont understand!!!
No I wouldn't say so. I go to a sixth form and whilst the teachers are helpful its not the same as being 'spoon fed'.
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wait if you go to a sixth form attached to a school- is it bad because they spoon feed you? I dont understand!!!
I go to a school 6th form and most of my teachers dont spoon feed us at all.
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Oh, i tend to find folders the best. Because I use a lot of mind maps and A3 sheets (it's how I revise). But I thought you take loads of notes every day so wouldn't you be going through something like 20 notebooks every day?
Yeh I concur, paper/plastic pockets/folders is so much more organised. Really helpful when you want to sort out your notes into different folders for revision and so much more flexible. Take one big folder every day and then at the end of topics put notes into seperate folders! It's taken me the whole of my AS year to work out my system, I'm naturally incredibly disorganised, wish I had known how to do it at the start.
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tip 1) Work, work, work, work and work. Spend every free in the library, consolidate your notes every day after school. I was told the same and ignored it because i thought year 12 would be as easy as year 11. It's not. It's the hardest and most important year because offers are made on your AS results. Once you've gotten over the first few months, it'll get easier.

tip 2) Use a lever arch file.

have fun!!!
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I'm really scared for starting college, i'm scared it'll be too hard! I'm stressing out over my exams now, so how will I cope in college in AS Levels?! Help! :woo:

Any tips will be greatly appreciated!

If anyones reading this and have been through their AS Levels, any tips?!

Thank you! :o:

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I've just finished year 13. The transition from yr 11 to yr 12. Seems like it was years ago now. But from what I remember the yr 13's were all really nice to us, and helped us out if we needed anything.

Yeah yr 12 is easy. Loads of frees. I did Eng Lit, History and Geology. (and GCSE Maths retake - cuz i didn't get it :banana:
Had about 40 hours of lessons with the maths added in.

My school does 5 lessons a day except Tues and Thurs when we have 1/2 hour tutor period in the afternoon. So around 50 hours of school a week. We also run a 2 week timetable.

This year - year 13 i had 30 hours of lessons at the start of the year spread to 15 hours across 2 weeks. Still did Eng Lit and History. Dropped Geology and took up AS Eng Lang. Still did maths (- cuz i be fick )

By the end of the year having completed my Eng Lang exam and with no intention of returning for yr 14 and with one of my teachers not having to teach us (she did c/w) I ended up with 34 frees over 2 weeks to my 16 lessons.

Just knuckle down and try your best. If i had known about this place earlier i'd have been squeezing everyone for knowledge!!
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