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Your RO Ambassador update, February 2019

Gursharan , RO Amabassador - Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Posted 23 days ago

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well, and settling back into sixth form/college. I trust that you will all be getting on with revision and work :-)  I’d like to thank all of you who got in touch with me introducing yourself and with questions! It’s great to hear from so many people, and I look forward to meeting you all at the National Student Conferences. 

Have you all signed up?

This month I will be focusing on how you can get the most of the RO programme, and how I am here to help with any queries you may have. Firstly, I’d like to mention the National Student Conference, which you all should have signed up for by now. This is an excellent opportunity for you to find out more about the programme, and meet other RO students who are in the same position as you are.

National Student Conferences:

Saturday 23 February at Queen Mary University of London

Saturday 2 March at the University of Liverpool

I will be attending both events, and look forward to seeing you all there. It will be a fun, jam-packed day where you will gain further insight into university life and the RO programme. What are you most looking forward to?

SMART goals

Some of you may have heard of SMART, but don’t panic if you haven’t! I know that when I was in year 12 I didn’t have any idea of what SMART goals were. However, looking back on my time during A-levels, using these goals would have been extremely helpful in planning.

A-levels can be stressful, as we all know by now. So, it is vital that you start planning and organising your work and time efficiently. One way you can do this is by using SMART, which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time limited.

For example, you could use SMART for the RO programme:

S: I want to achieve an RO alternative university offer

M: I will apply to at least one RO Partner university

A: I will access support from my RO Ambassador to help me with this

R: Accessing more support will help me with elements of the RO programme (EPQ/Academic Assignment, skills4uni, etc.)

T: I will have received this offer by March 2020

Another Specific goal could be to achieve a B in a subject, as opposed to generally saying you want to do better in a subject. Measurable: I will start achieving B’s on past papers over 4 weeks. Achievable: I will ask my teacher for more support, and follow my revision timetable. Relevant: Improving my grade will help me achieve my firm university offer. Time limited: I will achieve a B in this subject in my next exam.

Here are some links that I think will help you:

https://www.mindtools.com/page6.html

https://www.brightknowledge.org/independent-living/setting-goals

Do you think you can come up with your own SMART goal? I’d love to hear some of them, and if you have any questions you can email me.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Gursharan – your RO Ambassador