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    I am halfway through the second week of year 12, and already I'm stressed and feeling depressed about A Levels. Teachers say we're meant to revise 20 hours a week out of school but I'm only doing around 6 - 7, yet I already feel so overloaded with work. I also have to do "enrichment activities" every week as well as find mandatory work experience before October starts. I know this sounds like typical year 12 things that every Sixth Former must do, but this is so much for me and I know it helps myself look better for employers but I can't even handle the actual A Levels nevermind the extra activities. I'm also in a new school with my best friend but she's made her own group of friends already and I'm just on my own knowing no one except people I met at NCS who don't really talk to me. Everything is so demanding and awful. I feel like moving back to my old school might help me with a lot of the problems I'm having but I still feel like the actual A Levels will be still a lot of work which I know they are but I don't know what to do I don't know what to revise or how to find the time to revise after school when we have to do 20 hours a week but also have breaks but also do extra activities and also socialise and spend time with family and also walk my dog and also eat regularly (which I've stopped doing as much) and work jobs (even though I've been rejected from every job and I've applied to over 30). I just don't know what to do.
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    20 hours are recommended hours and you don't need to burn yourself. I would say it may seem hard at first but you will get used to it. Rejection is okay because it takes time before you get your first job at that age, you have little experience. The best job would be look up for sales assistant. Go to retail website and start applying to temporary Christmas jobs e.g primark ( easy to get), next etc. However I would say don't worry too much about job at this stage unless you really really y need money. In colledge it is normal that people will not socialise as much so don't get depressed over it too much. Just focus on your lessons, teachers are your only best friends there. Also, I know you feel there is a lot of work at a level, it is true but when you know how to handle it, it gets easier and more fun. The best way to approach is, look up specification and revise topic and when you have finished just tick it off from specification. When you have finished the topics( good time is january /february), start doing past papers and you will be sorted. What A LEVEL are you doing anyways?
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    20 hours are recommended hours and you don't need to burn yourself. I would say it may seem hard at first but you will get used to it. Rejection is okay because it takes time before you get your first job at that age, you have little experience. The best job would be look up for sales assistant. Go to retail website and start applying to temporary Christmas jobs e.g primark ( easy to get), next etc. However I would say don't worry too much about job at this stage unless you really really y need money. In colledge it is normal that people will not socialise as much so don't get depressed over it too much. Just focus on your lessons, teachers are your only best friends there. Also, I know you feel there is a lot of work at a level, it is true but when you know how to handle it, it gets easier and more fun. The best way to approach is, look up specification and revise topic and when you have finished just tick it off from specification. When you have finished the topics( good time is january /february), start doing past papers and you will be sorted. What A LEVEL are you doing anyways?
    You're right I guess thank you. I really need a job so that I can afford a maths tutor because my mum won't pay for one for me. I'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Philosophy so it's a lot. I'll use the specification thank you.
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    Okay so I'm going to be completely honest and your teachers would probably hate me for saying this but:

    - No one actually does 20hrs a week, at least not in year 12. It's an unrealistic amount. As long as you're keeping on top of your homework and sticking to some sort of revision/note-taking system then you'll be fine.
    - The first few weeks of year 12 are overwhelming for sure, but you'll soon get into the rhythm of it
    - Extra-curricular activities are not nearly as important as your school tells you they are. I just finished writing my personal statement and I did not mention any extra-curriculars at all, simply because I had more important things to write about and they weren't really relevant to what I'm applying for. After all, how is me playing in an orchestra going to help any subject other than music?

    As for friends and changing sixth forms, I would personally say stay where you are for a little while longer and let yourself try and settle in before you make any big decisions. I stayed in my school's sixth form but the dynamic was so different to how lower school was, and my friendship group has totally changed so it might not make much difference even if you were to move back. The change could disrupt things even further. But, of course if it gets too much then you've got to do whatever you think is going to be better for your wellbeing. And please try and stay healthy!
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    What ella said was pretty good advice.

    You are adjusting to a new school and feel let down by your so called friend. Up to you whether you run off or not, but your exams are more important.

    Stop stressing and just stay on top, do all your homework and adjust slowly. Two hours a day plus frees should be enough, then see what happens.
    getting a job for money is smart and then you can afford some revision books.
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    No one does 20 hours in year 12! The recommended is 5 hours a week per subject on top of given homework. Ensure you have easy to read notes (typed is quicker) and do practice questions for each subject (ensure you have the answers or a teacher available to mark them). You will burn yourself out doing too many hours per week - quality over quantity!

    A part time job is good for the experience, as well as funding your tutoring! Do you have any experience? Trying to find a job paying over minimum wage will help minimise the hours you need to do, but will be difficult if you have no experience. Try not to do more than 8 hours if you're aiming for top grades (£32ish a week on minimum wage). If possible, save for university too!

    Extra curriculars really aren't that important but you need to show you're an all round person. Maybe join a club at college that only takes an hour or so a week, maybe a sport or charity club, not necessary if you have a PT job as you can mention this in your statement.

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    What subjects are you doing?
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    (Original post by ellasansom30)
    Okay so I'm going to be completely honest and your teachers would probably hate me for saying this but:

    - No one actually does 20hrs a week, at least not in year 12. It's an unrealistic amount. As long as you're keeping on top of your homework and sticking to some sort of revision/note-taking system then you'll be fine.
    - The first few weeks of year 12 are overwhelming for sure, but you'll soon get into the rhythm of it
    - Extra-curricular activities are not nearly as important as your school tells you they are. I just finished writing my personal statement and I did not mention any extra-curriculars at all, simply because I had more important things to write about and they weren't really relevant to what I'm applying for. After all, how is me playing in an orchestra going to help any subject other than music?

    As for friends and changing sixth forms, I would personally say stay where you are for a little while longer and let yourself try and settle in before you make any big decisions. I stayed in my school's sixth form but the dynamic was so different to how lower school was, and my friendship group has totally changed so it might not make much difference even if you were to move back. The change could disrupt things even further. But, of course if it gets too much then you've got to do whatever you think is going to be better for your wellbeing. And please try and stay healthy!
    Thank you for your advice it helped me a lot I'll stay at my school till October and see if I feel the same.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    What ella said was pretty good advice.

    You are adjusting to a new school and feel let down by your so called friend. Up to you whether you run off or not, but your exams are more important.

    Stop stressing and just stay on top, do all your homework and adjust slowly. Two hours a day plus frees should be enough, then see what happens.
    getting a job for money is smart and then you can afford some revision books.
    I don't really feel let down by my friend, she's allowed to have other friends haha but I'll try to stay on top of everything thank you
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    (Original post by fxlloutboyy)
    No one does 20 hours in year 12! The recommended is 5 hours a week per subject on top of given homework. Ensure you have easy to read notes (typed is quicker) and do practice questions for each subject (ensure you have the answers or a teacher available to mark them). You will burn yourself out doing too many hours per week - quality over quantity!

    A part time job is good for the experience, as well as funding your tutoring! Do you have any experience? Trying to find a job paying over minimum wage will help minimise the hours you need to do, but will be difficult if you have no experience. Try not to do more than 8 hours if you're aiming for top grades (£32ish a week on minimum wage). If possible, save for university too!

    Extra curriculars really aren't that important but you need to show you're an all round person. Maybe join a club at college that only takes an hour or so a week, maybe a sport or charity club, not necessary if you have a PT job as you can mention this in your statement.

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    What subjects are you doing?
    Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Philosophy
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    I didn't even do 20 hours a week in year 12 and I did IB (AND art as my group 6)

    You will find a balance, eventually, but there is literally no point in "studying for the sake of studying". If you're just doing it to try and rack up study hours for the purpose of having studied for a given number of hours, you're doing it wrong. You study when you don't understand something, and then some to continue refreshing your knowledge of older topics and ensuring you don't get rusty (this is especially true for maths).

    For your essay subjects as long as you keep up with readings, they're more of a "stop and go" - you'll have crunch times when you have a major essay to write, but you usually won't be full on in those subjects. Maths will require continual work, but it's ok to prioritise this over the essay subjects provided, as above, you do the readings and don't have an imminent essay deadline for them.

    20 hours is probably more realistically an average, accounting for the fact you're more likely to be putting in more time in year 13, and you'll be putting in a LOT of time at certain points in the year when you have multiple assessments coming up, or while revising for exams. There isn't even any point to attempting to revise for 20 hours a week in the first two weeks - you probably haven't even covered 20 hours of content yet!
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    The trick with A levels is this:

    A small amount of work over a long period of work will yield better results than a lot of work over a short period of time.

    Take each day one by one and set a goal to achieve.

    Have a month by month gameplan. i.e say to yourself by October, I will have this achieved, by January this and by March this. People have so much time they really don't realise it. If you don't keep an eye on it however, the weeks and months will fly by. You will then see that you needed that extra month in October, or September, trust me I am speaking from experience here!

    Do a bit of work each day, no more than 2 hours at home, unless more needs to be done to catch up or stay on top.

    Don't leave things to the last minute, do them the day you get them.

    That's all. I have gone through what you are going through. Unfortunately my first set of results were dissapointing. I changed my strategy, outlook, gameplan and technique (as well as school) and took BCD to A*AB (I kept the B, I didn't retake it).
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    I'm currently lying in bed when I should be on the bus to college because I can't stop crying and stressing I wanna go university and do criminology maybe but I can't handle the a levels my attends is already bad after being at college for like a month and I have no one to talk to anymore and I have a job and can't find the time to do the homework set everyday as well as write up the notes from the lesson we never have time to finish aswell as make flash cards and revise them and spend time with my boyfriend.
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    In terms of getting a job, because so many cvs are scanned initially by computer they will be looking for key words. It may be that you do not have the correct key words they are looking for - e.g. Flexible, communicate, etc - I'm not in HR ( human resources) but someone mentioned this to me and said that they screen in CVs with those types of words as a way of doing a first cut. Have another look at the CV you are sending out to see what trigger words you have in there - you can use this to,describe your skills even if you have not worked before. Maybe someone in HR on this forum can advise.
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    (Original post by charlottewhitex)
    I'm currently lying in bed when I should be on the bus to college because I can't stop crying and stressing I wanna go university and do criminology maybe but I can't handle the a levels my attends is already bad after being at college for like a month and I have no one to talk to anymore and I have a job and can't find the time to do the homework set everyday as well as write up the notes from the lesson we never have time to finish aswell as make flash cards and revise them and spend time with my boyfriend.
    I know exactly how you feel, I'm sorry that you're feeling like this too. I'm just hoping it'll get easier to deal with as time goes on because I can't take this right now. Good luck x
 
 
 
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