Sixth form is a big adjustment - read on to get the lowdown on what you need to know

The time has finally come, you’ve entered sixth form and the end of your school life is in sight.
But is it turning out exactly how you thought? Take it from someone who spent a lot of time trying to navigate the system; it isn’t all roses.

Here’s what you can expect from sixth form.

 

 1. It passes VERY quickly

The two years speed by faster than you’d expect. If you like things to move fast, this won’t be a problem, but if you would prefer to feel like you’re actually making the most of sixth form, try to create as many memories as possible within the two years. Just don’t let your studies suffer.

 

2. Sleep will be your new best friend

In sixth form, sleep is what keeps you going, even if you get no work done. Of course, this isn’t ideal, so try your hardest to limit the time you spend out and about, to make sure you have time to revise and get work done.

 

3. It will probably be the craziest two years of your life

Not only do you have to make sure you’ve picked the right subjects (which is tricky enough), you have to ensure that these subjects will lead you down the right path. Then you have personal statements, UCAS applications, and maybe even a job. So many things happen at the same time and they all have to be done and dusted in the space of two years.

 

4. Your first E will make or break you

At A-level specifically, an E grade is a pass. This demonstrates just how hard it will be. If we’re being honest here, at some point during the two years there will be a test that you take, probably after a night of socialising, and you may just get that E. So, you have two options: you could use this grade as a reason to give up, or you could use it as motivation to work harder.

 

5. Past papers really are the best way to prepare for exams

Every sixth form or college student should get into the habit of answering practice questions, from textbooks and from websites online. However, you should leave past papers until the last week or two before the exam, at which point you should do one every day until the day of the actual exam. This will help you see where you are still going wrong in certain topics before it’s too late.