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25June

How to Learn Part 3: Managing your Exams

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Education and Learning

How to Learn Part 3: Managing your Exams

Currently the British education system is made up of exams and coursework. Coursework allows you to work on something over a period of time, making changes in consultation with your teacher. You have time to plan, write, review and execute an argument which can help you get a good overall mark. You might think this is useless and pointless and doing coursework makes no difference to your life, you can’t be bothered, why should you care?

20June

How to Learn Part 2: Making a Plan of Action

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Education and Learning

How to Learn Part 2: Making a Plan of Action

Making a plan of action while you are learning can really help you to stay focused and on target. Revising everything you have done all year may seem like an impossible task, but if you divide your revision into topic headings, and then subtopics within those, then you will find everything else much easier. You can then place file dividers to separate your revision into manageable chunks, and you know which topic is lacking notes and therefore requires more reading/work.

14June

How to Learn Part 1: Identifying your Learning Style

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Education and Learning

How to Learn Part 1: Identifying your Learning Style

Many people don’t like school and find studying difficult. This may be because you don’t enjoy your lessons, or it could be that you don’t think you are very good at what you are studying.

People learn in different ways, and traditional teaching methods have often helped some people to learn while leaving those who learn differently to struggle with their work.

03June

Do you know enough about Cannabis?

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction

Cannabis is a class B drug that comes in different forms, including hash, weed and skunk. Often people will mix it with tobacco and smoke it with friends at parties, in the home or on the streets.

A recent study has found that half of young people have used cannabis, however this does not mean that they are regular cannabis users.

22May

Young and in trouble

Written by Paula Charalambous Posted in Youth offending

Young and in trouble

If you have been in trouble with the law then you are not alone as many young people find themselves falling into trouble in their early teens. It is important that you understand the law and where you fit in, so that you can take responsibility for your actions and change your behaviour.

A lot of young people think that as they are under 18 it is their parents/carers who will be punished for something they’ve done wrong. This is not always the case.

17May

Apprenticeships.... Your questions answered

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Apprenticeships, Careers

Apprenticeships.... Your questions answered

I am often discussing the benefits of apprenticeships with young people I work with and clearing up the things heard about them that aren’t true, so I hope this information helps.  Most recent figures show there are 22,000 apprentices under 19 years of age in the UK. That’s a lot of apprentices. Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Sir Alex Ferguson and Elvis Presley started out as apprentices!

13May

Being a Young Carer

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, Homelessness and Social Care, Disability

Being a Young Carer

If you have to look after a relative or family member, then as a young carer you may have feelings of guilt, loneliness, anger, anxiety, stress or depression from time to time.

Feeling like this is natural as you are having to take on so much responsibility and as a result are being denied some of the opportunities and pleasures enjoyed by your peers.

03May

Am I ready for this?

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Sex and Relationships

Am I ready for this?

Your boyfriend/girlfriend might seem like the most important person in the world and you might think that you are ready and know each other well enough to devote your entire life to them or bringing up a family. The reality is that these life decisions need to be considered rationally, not just emotionally.

26April

Looking on the Bright Side of Life

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in General Advice

During a recent trip to Morocco I encountered a number of small kids surviving on nothing, begging on street corners in Marrakesh or selling hand-made wooden camels on the side of the road, even in very remote places.

This has reminded me of how lucky we are to live in a country where we have access to health care when we get sick, can get help if we end up on the streets or can’t pay the bills, and where we have the opportunity of a free education, something which many of us take for granted.

11April

The rise of the Millennial: Why you shouldn't panic

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Internet

The rise of the Millennial: Why you shouldn't panic

With the world in financial meltdown, it is easy to think that getting a job in the future will be extremely difficult. But our generation has just as much reason to be optimistic about the future as anyone else. We are millennials, a term used to describe young people who were born between 1980 and 2000 and brought up in the Digital Age.

28March

Smoking: The Facts

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Health

Smoking: The Facts

In the UK it is forbidden to buy or be sold cigarettes until you have reached the age of 18; however figures show that more than 80 per cent of smokers started before the age of 19. Sometimes the pressures of being a teen can be too much, and smoking becomes routine, a necessity as a result of pressure from friends.

28March

Being NEET in Cambridge: Day Three

Written by Kyle Posted in General Advice, Being NEET, Learners' Stories

Hello, and thanks for coming back to check out my third entry. In my last entry I left you all on a cliff hanger. Paula and I had finished our first meeting together and I was feeling much better about going to meet her.

I'll be continuing this story from where I left off. I hope my experiences will help you through your journey of being NEET.

20March

Looking for Work: Matt's Top Tips

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Work, Careers

Looking for Work: Matt's Top Tips

If you have decided to start looking for work you may be busy giving out your CV and attending interviews. We all get frustrated when we hear nothing back after hours of walking around giving out CVs. You need to stay positive and keep motivated, don’t lose focus or give up.

14March

Don't be a Twitter twit: Social media etiquette

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Internet, Careers

Don't be a Twitter twit: Social media etiquette

Social media is a great way to keep up with distant friends, share photos and articles with people and interact with others. It has been influential in revolutions in the Middle East, has brought a new dimension to media and keeping up to date with current events, and is increasingly being used to find jobs. However, people still make the mistake of forgetting that the internet is a public space and have landed themselves in hot water as a result.

04March

Being NEET in Cambridge: Day Two

Written by Kyle Posted in General Advice, Being NEET, Learners' Stories

Hello, thank you for taking the time to come back and check out my second entry about being N.E.E.T in Cambridge. I left you all on a cliff-hanger when I had just received a call from a woman named Paula. So without further ado – let’s dive back in!

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