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Life after exams


Phew – that’s it, you’re all done, exams are over! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done, then go and celebrate or simply enjoy the sense of relief and freedom.

You now have the whole summer in front of you. Of course, after all that work, you deserve some serious rest and relaxation, but on the other hand it’s a long time not to be doing anything at all. So what can you do to build on all that hard work and prepare yourself ahead of another busy year?

Get some work experience or volunteer

Take advantage of any schemes that your school offers, like work experience or volunteering programmes. These can help you decide where your interests really lie, as well as giving you something to put on your university application form or CV in the future. Keep up with your hobbies – sport, music, drama and so on – as again these will give you the edge when applying to university or for a job.

Even if you can’t find work experience in a field that interests you, perhaps there’s a summer holiday job you could do. Even stacking shelves in a supermarket will show future employers you’re willing to work hard and stand on your own two feet.

Get ahead with some summer reading

If you’ve just done your GCSEs, you also need to spend some time thinking about what you want to do next. Continue to A levels or take vocational qualifications? Many of your chosen courses will require reading over the summer, so make sure you know what you need to do before the summer term ends. Once you get your grades, ask yourself if the subjects you’ve chosen are best for you; there’s still time to change your mind.

Prepare your personal statement

After AS, if you’re planning to go on to university, you need to be researching higher education institutions and the courses available. Preparing your personal statement now will allow you to focus on your studies next term – the deadline is early and you don’t want to ruin your chances with a rushed application. Or perhaps you’re planning a gap year, in which case think about options that will benefit you when you put in your university application – doing voluntary work abroad or teaching English as a foreign language will look a lot more impressive than lying on a beach.

Remember, your future doesn’t depend only exam grades, so take this opportunity to get some other types of experience and develop yourself as an individual.

And when it comes to the next academic year, if you need help with your study techniques, managing your time and improving your performance, check out the SmartivateTM course.

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