Struggling with A Levels?? Want to Drop Out? Read This First…Posted: 30th of January 2015 by
Have you decided that A levels aren’t for you? Perhaps you are finding the step up from GCSE hard to manage and are struggling to keep pace in class, or maybe you just feel that the whole thing is not for you, and you’d rather do something else? These feelings can be hard to manage, especially if you always believed that you would go straight from school to Sixth Form college. Your friends may all be studying their A levels too, or perhaps you feel that your parents would be upset if you dropped out. However, you just don’t feel happy – so what should you do?
If you just started your A levels last year, you will have had just over one term to get to grips with A levels, so you may want to consider giving yourself more time to settle. Alternatively, you may decide that you want to change your studies to another subject. Perhaps you felt pressured to take a subject that you are now struggling with, and would rather study something else?
Whatever your exact reasons are, you should start by speaking with your tutor or head of Sixth Form. Arrange a time when you can sit down with them and discuss your issues and feelings about how your A levels are going. Between you both, you may be able to come up with a solution, such as changing to a different subject. Alternatively your tutor may simply offer you the reassurance you that you are actually doing just fine.
In fact, there is every chance that your tutor will look to persuade you to stick with things, so make sure you state your case clearly. As mentioned, you may end up agreeing that your worries are just because of some confusion about how the course works and that, actually, you will be just fine. If so, then great, you can return to your studies safe in the knowledge that you will be OK.
On the other hand, you may decide that it is right for you to switch course, although this will mean you will have some catching up to do. Changing to a new course may be possible early on, but later in your course, you might need to consider starting a year again.
However, there are instances where people find that A levels are simply not for them at all. This can seem worrying, especially if you always felt you would follow a route that included them. It might even be the first time that you have ever ‘failed’ at something. You may never have struggled in school before, and this can be a very disconcerting feeling.
In reality, you should not see it as a failing. A levels are not for everybody, and there are plenty of other routes to success. You might be better suited to a more vocational path – learning on the job and starting your career that way.
However, before you drop out, make sure to speak things through with your tutor and your parents. You might also want to discuss things with a close friend on your course to make sure it is not just you who is finding the course tough?
Even if you need to change your course or leave altogether, remember it is not the end of the world, merely a chance at a new experience that might just suit you better.
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