How to cope when you're the new student
Are you starting a new school and worrying about how you'll fit in? Never fear, we've listed all the questions you're afraid to ask, to put your mind at rest
What's the best way to sort out homework?
If you've got a homework diary, fill it in when you get homework and when it's due in. Be as organised as possible. Get it done on the first night you get it - it makes it easier for you in the long run.
How do you know when you've picked the right or wrong subjects?
You can probably tell quite quickly. If you're enjoying the subject and like the teacher, that's good. Ask someone older what they thought of it, maybe.
I always get nervous when I meet new people - are there any good ways to break the ice?
"Pretend you're not nervous, even if you are"
Probably the main thing to do is pretend you're not nervous, even if you are. Ask them something they have to elaborate on, maybe whether they like their subjects, which teachers they like, etc. Smile a lot and act as though you're really interested - and then maybe they can introduce you to some of their friends.
How can you stop bullying from occurring?
The main thing to do is tell someone - it doesn't matter if it's a teacher or someone in an older year. It's probably best to get someone else to keep an eye on it, even if you don't want them to say anything.
My big sister did really well at school and my parents are expecting me to do the same. I don't think I am as bright as her, but how do I explain that to them?
I had the same problem. Sit them down and try to show them you're doing the best you can. Try and explain that it's really good by your standards, and try and do really well at school for you so your teachers can show your parents how you're doing. But don't worry about not doing as well, because it's not up to you to match everything she does.
What's the best way to cope with extra pressure?
Prioritise what you really want to do well in, and don't try to do everything amazingly well. As long as you try your best it really doesn't matter. Also, a lot of the extra pressures you have your friends will have, so maybe talk to them. If you're really having problems, talk to a teacher who may be able to help you a bit more.
What do you think is the most important thing to consider when dealing with change?
Remember that you're not alone. Everyone is feeling the same as you are. Change can be a good thing - you'll make loads of new friends and have loads more opportunities, you'll have a great time. Think of it like that.
I'm gay and am getting abuse at my current school. How do I go about finding a "gay-friendly" college? Will people accept me?
Speak to people at colleges and find out how easy it is to be accepted. Don't change yourself for anyone. Don't go to a school just because you should - make sure it'll be perfect for you.
I keep getting lost in my new school - it's so big. How can I find my way around?
I had that problem when I first started. We all went to see a teacher and we were given a map. It's good to try and find ways of remembering things - like the colour of the walls in certain rooms. Don't worry about it though, I'm sure the teachers will understand and you'll get used to it soon enough.