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After completing the Skills Audit on Future 11 you may find you need some help to improve some necessary skills to help survive Sixth Form. Below you can find an array of helpful advice and activities that we would recommend:

 

Goal Setting

In Sixth Form, goal setting is just as important as any other skill! So watch this video for a gentle introduction into goal-setting, why it is an important technique and you should start thinking about what goals are important to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cCiqbSJ9fg

Online Goal Setting

This is a really useful website to try and track your goals online. It is one of the most simple methods available on the web, but a quick google search will show you hundreds of trackers – find the best one for you – some even sync with smartphone apps to maximise efficiency!

http://www.joesgoals.com/

Goal Setting Table

If apps and websites aren’t your cup of tea, we’ve found an amazing printable tracker that will help you to not only plan your goals, but to monitor them – there’s even a section for getting back on track!

Goal Setting Tool PDF

Getting Back on Track

From time to time we often find it difficult to stick to our goals, we might find them too difficult, or struggle to see our end target getting any closer, well here are some tips to help you get back on track.

http://www.goal-setting-guide.com/top-ten-ways-to-get-back-on-track-and-achieve-the-success-you-desire/


A Little Inspiration

Now you’ve discovered how to goal set and you have your personal goals in mind, here’s some inspiration to help you go and achieve your aims.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o

Making the Most of 6th Form

Play to Your Strengths

There are lots of options open to you after you leave college or sixth form, take this quick quiz to see what your strengths are, celebrities that are like you, ways to reduce stress, your leadership style and careers that suit you!

http://icould.com/buzz/

Making Conversation

It might sound silly, but brushing up on some basic conversation starters will make you very popular – particularly if you’ve moved to a new sixth form/college. Even if you’re still in familiar surroundings, it will be very likely that there are some new people – so do your good deed for the day and make a conversation with one of them!

  • Open questions

Asking people questions about themselves that they can’t respond with a simple yes or no is a great way to begin a conversation.

  • Familiarity

When speaking to someone for the first time, use your common ground to come up with topics. Weather, location and situation are all common factors you can use. Brushing up on current events is also a good idea, but don’t find out who got eliminated on X Factor if you don’t really care!

  • Keep it going

Once in conversation, actively listen (which includes asking questions to clarify/expand) and take cues from your partner. If they return your questions and seem genuinely interested in the conversation then hopefully it will feel a lot more comfortable and natural.

Looking After You

You will have heard several times that A-Levels are a big step from GCSE and can be quite stressful. It is important that no matter the situation, you make yourself your number 1 priority – there is no point in burning yourself out as you will not reach your full potential.

Make the most of the support services offered at your college/sixth form, as they will be the best starting point for support. If you feel your stress is starting to seriously affect your life then your school will be able to point you in the right direction for more help – but whatever happens it is important to keep them in the loop!

Make sure you physically look after yourself – eating healthily and regular exercise are key to maintaining a healthy, fully functioning mind.

Getting Involved

There are so many opportunities when you go into sixth form, and even more when you get to university. Check out our Students’ Union induction video. If you have a Students’ Union it is unlikely to be as big as ours, but every person you see in that video has taken advantage of an opportunity that has been offered to them – whether that’s joining the Dance Society, joining a local litter-picking group or representing classmates to lecturers – anything you do in sixth form will a) make you look better on a university application and b) develop you as an individual.

Outside the Classroom

As well as grasping opportunities within the classroom/school environment, being in sixth form gives you free periods which you should really make the most of!

Check out websites like https://vinspired.com/ and https://do-it.org/ for volunteering opportunities in your area – you never know what might come from it! 

Time and Self-Management

This short video will show you how to analyse your time management, but more importantly ways to improve your time management and become more in control of your studies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUk6LXRZMMk

Are You a Good Time Manager?

This quiz will help you figure out how much time you need to spend on this section. If you scored in the lower categories, it may be worth spending a lot of time on these sections as this will help you in the long run. However, if you find out you are already a good time manager, have a look through the activities in this section and see if you can pick up another

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_88.htm

On The Go

Check out this website for the top time management apps for students! Although this is aimed at university students, getting on top of your time management now will help you leaps and bounds whether you decide to get a job after sixth form or go onto university.

 http://www.topuniversities.com/blog/top-time-management-apps-students-2015


Top Tips

Previous activities in this section have focused on time management, however this section is about yourself as a whole. Being a teenager can be a difficult time anyway, never mind studying A-Levels/BTECs and deciding what to do after sixth form or college – don’t worry if you’re finding it all a bit too much!

We’ve collated 10 top tips that you can refer to throughout the next couple of years

Self Management PDF

 

Communication

What are Communication Skills?

Communication skills are really important skills to have.  To find out why communications skills are so important, follow the link below to read an article on understanding communication skills.

http://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/CommunicationIntro.htm

Are You Communicating Well?

To succeed in everyday life and the workplace, good communication skills are essential.  Take the quiz at the link below to find out how good your communications skills are:

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCS_99.htm

The 7 C’s

If you need help understanding what clear communication looks like have a read of this online article.  The 7 Cs checklist is a really useful tool to help you ensure that you are communicating clearly and effectively.

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCS_85.htm

Present like Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was known as one of the best presenters in the world and it’s because he kept them simple, but engaging. Follow these useful tips when doing your next presentation.

 

  • Set the theme or headline; this is the main topic that should be consistent throughout the presentation.
  • Provide an outline; summarise what you are going to address as a guidepost for the audience.
  • Clear transitions; don’t just jump from one topic to another, try and create seamless transitions.
  • Passion; avoid being monotone and avoid standing in the same spot reading from a piece of paper. Be engaging by using passionate language to show what you’re talking about is interesting and people need to pay attention.
  • Make it meaningful; listing facts and figures aren’t effective if your audience can’t relate to them – so make them relevant by comparing them to modern day to day life.
  • Make it visual and simple; you need to use visual aids to capture attention, but at the same time you don’t want too much going on as the audience won’t take in what you’re saying.
  • Build up to something memorable; take the most interesting section of what you’re presenting and place that towards the end so you can build up to it
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse; it’s obvious when someone hasn’t practiced because they trip over certain words, they don’t look away from their notes and they don’t look comfortable – and that makes the audience feel awkward.

Watch some examples about how he did his presentations on this clip;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ntLGOyHw4


Communicating with Others

There are times we all get annoyed when people don’t understand something that you consider quite simple. This is very apparent when it comes to group work, and this is something you need to get used to at sixth form and university. But most of the time, it actually comes down to how clear you are actually being when explaining something.

As an activity; find something you can use to construct something, with a variety of shapes and colours. A handful of Lego would do the trick. Construct a unique object, nothing fancy, and take a photograph of it on a phone or camera.

Now, dismantle your structure and place the same pieces in front of a friend. But, you need to blindfold them. Now try and guide them verbally of how to reconstruct that object until it resembles exactly what your photograph shows.

Afterwards ask yourselves these questions;

  • What does your friend think you could have done to help them more?
  • What do you think your friend could have done to help you more?
  • What could you do better if you were to do it again?

 

Repeat this exercise and see if you have improved on your time

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