Advice for the new Y12 students of 2020
Updated: Sep 14
It's been a crazy year and after 5/6 months of little to no learning, you are being thrown into what could be the hardest 2 years of your educational life. It's scary. I can imagine.
But you've got this.
Every other Y12 student across the country is in the same position as you, everyone's feeling nervous, unprepared and/or over-whelmed but trust me when I say your teachers are prepared for this. The government....well they're trying to put things in place to make life a bit easier for you. There may be other student blogs out there like mine, designed to give you advice and support in entering this new academic year.
Here are a few tips to help you in your first few weeks:
Be prepared to not understand everything at first. Cut yourself some slack, going back to education after all this time may require your brain to get used to processing complex information other than what you're watching on your tv screen.
Ask questions constantly. It's better to build a foundation of knowledge now than realise later on in the year you really don't understand something. be proactive with your learning, you will thank yourself later.
Build a work schedule gradually. You may not be able to go into full work mode suddenly after such a long time of doing very little. Keep on top of your homework as a bare minimum and set one hour a day outside of your free/study periods to go over/consolidate your notes on a particular topic you covered that day. If thats easy for you to do then increase it gradually. You don't want to overwhelm yourself with a heavy workload right at the start and risk feeling like you can't do anything and so you do nothing.
Keep as organised as possible. It will make it easier for you to follow what you are learning in class, rather than spending 10 mins at the start of the lesson trying to find your text book or your notes from the last lesson and missing and any key information or piece of learning your teacher may be teaching you. You will also find yourself more motivated to do work outside of lesson if you can find it easily.
Speak to someone if you feel overwhelmed at first. Either a teacher or your school counsellor will understand why you are feeling the way you are and will try to advise or put things in place to help lessen the drastic jump from GCSE's to A-Levels for you.
Starting something new is going to be scary, I'm starting university soon and it's going to be a challenge so I know how you feel. Feel free to contact me using the contact form at any time! I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. If you have any fears, worries or questions let me know.
Hi, I'm Aba and I started The Student Scope to give other students advice on their academic journey. Have a look around and enjoy!