If the thought “This is just too hard,” ever crosses your mind as, you’ll be tackling a challenge faced by many of our students. Studying as an adult can be very difficult and not always because of course content. The biggest frustration is often due to time. But the content being taught can also be challenging and difficult. But whether you are struggling because you just don’t have enough time in the day to do everything or because the course content is proving a challenge, discomfort is a sign that you are growing. But how do you stay focused on your goals when you just want to give up?
Humans are visual creatures and sometimes, staying focused on our goal might well require having it in front of us. It could be a picture, a person you want to emulate, a location you want to work at. It could just be a post-it note, stuck on the side of your laptop, reminding you of what you want to be.
The statement doesn’t have to be a grand – it just has to be honest, and the real reason you started a qualification in the first place. Alternatively, the goal or statement can also include where you are or were. Sometimes, we step out of and undertake a difficult journey because staying still had become intolerable. Certainly, your statement can both be about the future, the past and the present. Because while a short and snappy statement might be easy to digest when you are tired, something longer might be more of a reminder to hold on.
If you are being overwhelmed with your studies due to time, the best thing you can do is be organised. You have 24 hours in a day, and it is easy to fill those hours with things that don’t matter. Think of the day as a large box. Something has to go into the box, like time to eat, sleep and attend to basic living. After that, if you are not careful, you can easily fill it up with things that do not help you. They might help other people but won’t improve you. So think carefully about how you fill the box of time.
You can harness technology to help you get organised. Use Google calendar or Outlook to block out chunks of time, making sure to even plan out things like “sleep”, “shopping” and not just appointments.
However, what will help you the most is the word, “no”. Your training will only last a short period. During that time, it is okay to be selfish and say “no”. Your friends and family, the ones who love and support you, will understand and will step up to help you. As will Customised Training. We have a lot of more resources available to support students than most people know about.
If you are struggling with course content, the best thing you can do is ask for help. You are undertaking training to learn, so ask for help when you need to. Along with learning to say “no”, learning to ask the right questions will help you not only whilst you’re studying but in throughout your career beyond.
So, while not foolproof or the only things you can try, when you want to give up on your studies why not:
- Remember your goal by keeping it in front of you using visual aids
- Be organised, so you feel in control by spending your time wisely, and
- Learn to advocate for yourself by both setting boundaries and seeking out resources to help you succeed.
If you’re a current student with Customised Training, please call your Trainer or Student Support Officer for assistance on 1300 275 282 and they’ll be happy to help.