I am in my third, and penultimate, year of a BA (Hons) English degree and have learned along the way the best way to suit being a student who also has a full time job looking after their torture chamber (or as some people call it, their body), so I thought I’d share some tips on surviving studying whilst battling unpredictable health.
- Make sure your student support body, place of learning and tutors are aware of your conditions. I’m not saying you need to tell the world but making sure the important people are aware of your illness/illnesses and know how this may affect your learning, is super important! They’re there to help you and want to help make your studies easier and adapt things so you can still work to the best of your abilities, believe me.
- Plan ahead. Knowing in advance when you have assignments due in, assessments or exams will help you to figure out when pacing yourself and prioritising studying is going to be the most important. Also, there’s nothing wrong with getting ahead on things like this once you’ve made your plan, getting ahead may give you a little room to manoeuvre if your health deteriorates at any point.
- Pace yourself! Keeping up with the rate of some of your tutor group may work is not important, your health is. Pushing yourself too far at the beginning will only make things harder when the inevitable crash comes.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Nobody is judging you, asking for an extension on an assignment or adjustments for an exam is perfectly fine. They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again, they want you to succeed.
- Be kind to yourself. You are the most important, unless you look after your mental and physical health, your qualification is pointless. Take time out for yourself, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do as well as you’d hoped, you’re still incredible for not letting your conditions take away your goals.
Keep fighting, always.
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