#GCTopTips 8: 5 ways to make the most out of your final term at school or college
If you're going into your last term of school or college after the Easter break - whether you're in Year 11, Year 13, or in your final few months of your college course - it can be a stressful time filled with exams, coursework and making choices about what you want to do in the future. No matter what point you're at in your education, there are a number of things everyone can do to make their final few months as easy and stress-free as possible.
Top Tip 1: Stay organised
One of the best ways to reduce stress when revising for exams or completing your coursework is by creating a planner. Not only will this make sure you get everything done that you need to to do your best, but can also ensure that you schedule in some time to relax and have fun as well as revise! Over-working your brain can make revision harder, and without giving your brain time to relax you could end up taking in less information overall and find it difficult to concentrate. Make a plan for what you are going to work on and when (whether that's hourly, by day, or by week - whatever motivates you best) and stick to it!
Top Tip 2: Take advantage of the support available at school or college
When preparing for exams, there will be plenty of opportunities offered at your school or college for you to make sure you have all the information you need and to help you make sure you understand all the subject content before revising it. Many schools have drop-in sessions, revision days or after school programmes where you can spend extra time with teachers or tutors -ask your teacher what's available at your school or college.
As a student at GC, you will be able to take advantage of support systems such as our libraries, which are open until 7.00pm most nights during the week where you can speak to our team about what books are available and best to research from. You can also schedule in time with your Learning Mentor to help you with revision planning and anything you don't understand - your lecturers can also help you!
Why not set up a study group with some of your friends on the same course as you? Studying with others can make revision more fun, and mean that you can all share your knowledge and test each other for a better understanding.
Top Tip 3: Join a school club or organisation
It's never too late to try something new, and if you're in your last term of college, joining a club and making some new friends can be a great stress relief around your revision and coursework. There are many opportunities available that aren't only fun, but can also be great things to add to your CV for the future. Why not try joining a debate team, or a craft club, or even a sports club? - Sports are a great way to stay active and relieve stress.
Top Tip 4: Polish up your CV
Whether you're planning on going into work straight after college, want to do work experience over the summer, or want to apply for an apprenticeship instead of studying in a classroom, it's never too early to make sure that your CV is up to date and well-written. Writing a cover letter can also help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for opportunities, and is a great way to explain why you are perfect for a role in more detail than cluttering your CV.
There are many resources that can help you write your CV and cover letter, both online and in school or college. Try speaking to your Learning Mentor, or check out top tips for CV writing from Prospects here. Not sure what steps you want to take? - Our Career Columns can help.
Top Tip 5: Enjoy yourself
One of the most important things in your final few months at school or college is that you enjoy yourself. Make sure you make time to spend time with your friends, family and doing your hobbies, as well as your workload and revision. School and college is not there to make you feel stressed, and there are a variety of support systems in place to make sure you are staying healthy (both physically and mentally) in exam time - take advantage of them, and ask your school adviser or lecturer if you're unsure what's available!
Not sure on your next steps? Don't stress yourself out - come and see us at one of our May Open Evenings where you will be able to speak to our teams about late applications, apprenticeship opportunities, changing your courses, and higher education qualifications you can still apply for until September! Book your place at one of our campuses here.