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Tips for starting Secondary School
Its always hard starting a new school meeting new people, new teachers and starting to learn new subjects but at some point everyone has to take the next step in their education its hard for everyone with or without a visible difference .
Here are some tips that might make starting secondary school a little easier .Dont worry; stating secondary school is not that bad its a lot of fun once you get settled in.
1. Always think positively. Be relaxed; remember everybody in your class are starting too even if you have a visible difference you are not alone a lot of the people in your class are worried about starting a new school.
2. A key tip is to be Confident; never let others put you down about the way you look .An image is not everything it is just one part of a person.
3. A good and fun way to meet new people and make friends is to get involved in sports, join clubs and get involved in school activites . You must put yourself out there.
4. Its very importent to be yourself; smile, be very talkative and let people get to know you and let them see the person you are not just the way you look . There might be some questions asked about your visible difference but thats ok people will soon see passed your visible difference and accept you and not even notice your visible difference. Just see the fun happy person you are.
5. Make sure you are on good turms with your teachers be friendly to them they are there to help you if you need them.
6 . Start the year with aways doing your homework and do a small bit of study every night it helps when exam time comes. Leaving all your study until the last few days before the exams does not work . It has been tried and tested and it has a bad out come, you just end up tired from staying up late to study and all stressed while doing your exam.
7. One of the most important tips of all is if you are suffering an form of bullying tell a teacher or a parent. It is much better to talk about bullying to get it sorted out and stopped. So many young people tell no one and it does not get better do the wise thing and tell someone you can talk to .
Good luck starting your new school
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When I got older I asked for a noticed board in a prominent area of the school. I asked changing faces to send me some posters, leaflets etc... and put them on the board in order to educate fellow pupils and visitors to the school. It was very successful.