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Hi there :D

As I said in my introductory thread, I'm currently in sixth form (second year) and I've applied to do graphic design at Uni and I'm doing an art foundation year at my local college later this year.

What kind of things can I do now to gradually get better at design? Be it tutorials, books etc?

You need to do stuff- give your self mini projects, do your research to get your inspiration for each of them and build up your personal portfolio. Over a period of time you'll notice it's getting better until you go back to the first stuff you did and think OMG.
Being socially aware is the best prep you can do.

Read book magazine be aware of developments within the world. Take note of trends and fashions in all design fields and learn a bit of art and design history this will help you lots.

Sign up to websites and online things like taxi, join twitter and follow interesting design people this is bite sized and will keep you up to date with all the developments in design.

Buy magazines and look at how they are put together think about why they are using the fonts, colours etc and look at advertising and trends etc.

Basically you dont need to sit there reading lendless books you just need to look at the everyday from a design perspective.

Go to the super market wander around and look at why one tea packet might apeal so one customer and one to another etc.

Good Luck :)
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This is not helpfull to the original question at all sorry!