Excel As a Student in England

Tired of getting bad reports from school? Do you live in England where the education system is totally different from Americans? Are you going into Year 7 or higher? Then this article is for you!


  1. Get good stationery. To 'excel' as a student you need to act like a student. As a student you have to be organized. A basic way to get organized is to buy stationery. You need to buy the obvious: Pens; Black, blue and red. It is also suggested you purchase Pencils; it's suggested to get the normal pencils (more reliable than mechanical pencils). Rubbers or erasers are cheap and so are pencil Sharpeners, Highlighters, Punched Pockets, Folders, Dividers.
  2. 'Have the right attitude'. Year 7 and 8 may not seem important, but after Year 8 you really should try harder and so try a bit in year 7 and 8 because it is all laying the foundation for later. In year 9; you may do early entry GCSE's - and then it's GCSE years... so the attitude must be focused and motivated. The biggest incentive is success. If you work your hardest in these years you will have success, so be optimistic.
  3. Do your best work. To excel is not just to do well, it is to do even better, to do your best. Your work must be your best. So the basics are to make sure that all work is well presented and on time.
  4. Do homework as soon as you get home, or after a very short break. Don't do it in the living room, do it in your room on a desk, try to take short breaks every now and then, it'll help your concentration.
  5. Don't spend too much time on the internet, as in, playing on online games, going on Facebook, watching YouTube videos, or even looking at funny cat pictures. You can spend some time doing these things but not until you have got everything else done.
  6. Do some extra research and work out of lessons. If you get given your own textbook then make good use of your textbook and study that until you know all the material, this way it is much easier when you have an assessment. If you don't have a textbook then just either buy your own revision guides, they are usually around £5 and can come in handy for assessments or just your own work, or you can see if an older sibling/friend has anything that could be helpful to you.
  7. Work with a friend. You and a friend could get together when you know you have a test and revise together, that way if either of you are unsure then you can help each other out, just make sure you don't end up gossiping the whole time though!
  8. Print out your work as soon as you can after you complete it. Teachers hate it when you say 'I couldn't print it' or 'it's at home' so even if you don't have a printer at home or it is broken, put your work onto a memory stick or just E-mail it to your school account and print it off in the school library.


  • Ensure you keep a level head at all times - stressing is the worst thing you can do. Composure will be your best friend, especially under exam conditions.
  • Don't overwork yourself make sure you are getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and eating healthily.
  • Don't ever try to do more than you can handle or you can end up burning out.
  • Remember to balance work and friends.
  • Never give in to peer pressure
  • Focus on all of your strong points.
  • If you are lucky enough to have an iPad or iPhone then on the iBooks app you can buy textbooks that can be handy.


  • Your teachers might be baffled by your change.
  • Don't be shy to ask teachers for their help because that is how you succeed.

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