Making The Most Of The 1st Month Of College
Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing amazing.
September is the month of new starts, and I know lots of you reading will recently have started college - whether that’s year 12 or year 13, whether you’re staying on at your school sixth-form or have moved on elsewhere, it’s an exciting time for all.
So, how can you make the most of this new chapter? Specifically, the first month or so? Keep reading to find out my top tips!
Make new friends
If you’ve taken the plunge and moved off to a new sixth-form or a college where you don’t know anyone, make the effort to chat to new people. It’s all about putting yourself out there.
Perhaps try joining a society, club or a sports team to make new friends with similar interests to you. You won’t regret it, and it’ll make your experience a whole lot more enjoyable!
Obviously, meeting new people can be nerve wracking, so check out our blog post on confidence building tips to get you feeling ready to go!
Be prepared for the jump!
This entire blog is all about honesty and being real, so that’s what I’ll give you. It’s no secret that the jump from GCSE’s to A-Levels is tricky, so prepare yourself for a sudden grade drop when you first join - it’s totally normal with your first few assignments before you get the hang of it.
You may find your homework, essays and style of work is totally different, so make sure you’re ready for this by doing regular revision. Keeping on top of everything is key.
If you’re not sure about an academic route or going onto college after your school studies, why not consider an apprenticeship? Working, earning and learning is much better suited to some people, so if this takes your interest, contact us to see what opportunities lie ahead.
Adjust to your new lessons
Often when moving on to A-Levels or a vocational course, you’re studying something totally new to you (for example; Sociology A-Level at sixth-form or Hairdressing at college) which you may never have touched on before when at GCSE level.
Again - it’s completely okay to take time to adjust to these new subjects, so don’t be hard on yourself. You’re learning something from scratch, so don’t let yourself be disheartened if you aren’t super confident straight away. Stay enthusiastic and up for a new challenge and you’ll be an expert in no time.
Are you currently at college and want to further your favourite subject into an apprenticeship? Yep, it can happen! Get in contact with us to be matched to amazing careers for free.
Keeping motivated is super important when starting college! Even if you’re finding your new subjects difficult or you haven’t yet settled in to a new place, give it time - you can do this!
If you’re not particularly enjoying your current course or feel like you’ve made the wrong choice for you, there is absolutely no need to panic or think you’ve messed up. After all, everything is a learning curve, and you’re not alone. We’re here to get you back on track and guide you in a direction that is perfectly suited to you.
Now is maybe a good time to start thinking about your next big step. Yes, of course you’ve just started one, but time flies when you’re having fun and before you know it you’ll be finishing up!
Maybe you’re doing a college course that leads into an apprenticeship, or want to enrol on one after your A-Levels? Earning, learning and working is an ideal medium for some people who don’t want to go onto university but also aren’t sure about the world of work just yet.