Going to college or doing an Apprenticeship is the first step into adult life that determines one’s future and waiting for it can sometimes become a nerve-racking experience, especially if you are in your last year and will soon have to prepare for your final exams.
Luckily for you, We here at FNTC have come up with some fantastic tips to help you prepare for further education and get yourself organised. As well as some quality of life tips to help you through the year and start preparing for your final exams.
1. Get to know your councillor
It is always a good idea to know your councillor at the start of the year, as this person will be supporting you through the year. They will help you out with any personal issues you have and also give you very helpful information when it comes to choosing your career path and what route to go down after you have finished your course. Set clear goals and a direct plan on how you are going to achieve these goals. These goals may change over time and having a councillor you can trust and talk too will help tremendously. Try not to stress too much about the path you want to go down, because at this stage your plans should be more flexible and you never know what opportunities may appear through the year.
2. Know your requirements
As you progress through education, keep in mind what your requirements will be once you finish your course. Whether you would like to go to university or full-time work, when it comes to your interviews you will be asked what topics you excel at and how you can prove this.
If an opportunity comes arrises to prove your skills in a specific area, take it. This may be a project in college or maybe even an activity outside of college its always a good idea to get involved and record your progression as this will be vital later on when progressing into higher education.
3. Develop your writing/speaking skills
While you are in further education you will be writing a lot. This is a perfect opportunity to hone your writing skills and perfect your grammar. Not only will this help you in the journey to University, whether that’s a certain assignments or portfolio, this will also help you in general day to day life. Applying to a job through e-mail or when it comes to writing up your CV, writing skills are essential.
Another important asset that will help you throughout life will be your speaking skills. How you present your self to employers or universities is vital. first impressions matter, if you are well-spoken and speak clearly with the confidence you will be able to excel in future interviews.
If you also need to improve your skills in Maths and English, you can always apply to do functional skills at either school, college or during your apprenticeship. You can find out more about the other courses we have to offer here.
4. Take part in activities
Employers value people who actively take part in extracurricular activities outside of a college or Traineeships as it shows a passion for the role. So when an opportunity arises to improve and prove your skills, take it. You can add this to your CV or cover letter.
5. Practice your note-taking
As the academic year has just started this is the perfect time to get a good head start in your note-taking. This will help for your future exams and the earlier you start taking notes the more helpful they will be later down the line. This will also give you plenty of time to practice your revision methods and find a way to learn what works for you. While taking notice use this time to practice your writing and presenting skills. A little tip is to try to create your note like you are going to present it to another person as it will make it clearer for you to read in the future.
6. Prepare for exams early
This final tip goes hand in hand with tip number 5. It is a good idea to start thinking about your exams now rather than later on as the knowledge you learn will be ingrained for longer and will become more natural as exam season hits. doing practice tests in your own time and before MOCKS is a good way to get a good head start as this will eventually reflect in your final exam. If you are someone who struggles in exams conditions try prating these test in a quiet environment away from any distractions as sometimes it is the exam environment that puts pressure on you and can affect your performance.
Now you have a better understanding of how to prepare for further education and how to get a head start once you have finished your course, we hope these tips will be a great use for you. We also hope that this article has inspired you to grow and develop your skills to achieve your dream goals.
If you have any questions or would like to know about more on how to prepare for college or any other options after college we have an amazing article with all the information you need to understand how you can progress. You can also check us out on our social media or check out our other fantastic articles for more information about options after you have finished college. Good luck!