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Personal reference as a private candidate

So i’m 19 and currently studying my alevels to apply for university starting September 2024. I left sixth form in year 13 and i was a pretty bad student (never went to class or did homework and failed exams) and i’m worried that my personal reference will be AWFUL and limit me since i was not close to any of my teachers and i’m pretty sure they hated me lol
What should i do about my personal reference? I want to avoid asking it from my sixth form as much as possible but I am unemployed so I can’t ask an employer? Should i get a private tutor that could hopefully write my reference since they would be the only person who would understand my education the best?
You will normally be expected to provide an academic reference if you're only 19 and haven't been out of education for long.

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