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    So I’m currently in Sixth Form/year 13 in Northern Ireland, studying for my AS Levels. I’m doing Mathematics, Digital Technology (ICT), German and Art. Maths and German are completely fine, they’ve always been my best subjects and I’ve found them easy all the way through secondary school. DT is a new subject for me as I didn’t do it for GCSE, however a lot of the course is just learning definitions and exam technique and I know that when it comes down to it I’m able to knuckle down and do so. My main issue is Art as well as the workload and expected amount of work at my school.

    No matter who I talk to, their reaction when I tell them I do Art along with three other subjects is how large the workload must be. And it is. I have so much work to do and I’m really struggling to be able to fit it all in. I find myself staying up to midnight, and setting my alarm for 6am in an attempt to keep up to date, an attempt that doesn’t always work. We’ve started our AS2 section of the course and my teachers expect me (along with the rest of the class) to be handing in an A1 page of work a week, along with working on our final piece ideas. This is all fine and grand except I have work for all my other subjects too, as well as extra-curricular activities, a social life, sport, taking time to look after myself and just get some bleeding rest. My mum is always telling to take a break from work but if I do I know I’ll fall out of rythym and struggle to get back into it. I’m exhausted 24/7. I regret doing four subjects now, but I feel I’m too far into the year to drop one. If I were to, it would be Art, but I’d be scared that this would mean it would be a lot harder to apply for courses I’m interested in such as architecture.

    I guess what I’m trying to ask is, does anyone have any tips about managing my schoolworkload? Do you have any tips about managing stress and my time?

    Thank you in advance to any responses.
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