Personal circumstances

Life goes on, even for students! This means that there will be ups and downs, and most students will experience personal problems of one kind or another. Some will have more problems than others, some will face tougher problems, but problems there will be. Examples are a lack of self-confidence, bereavement, loneliness, relationship difficulties, addiction, sombreness, or a general sense of dissatisfaction with yourself or your life. These problems can prevent you from functioning normally, and sometimes they will affect your studies, though not always.

There are also more study-related problems such as fear of failure, stress, study motivation problems, exam anxiety, etc. If you face problems like these you are advised to ask for help.

The student advisors can help you to find out what it is you need to study successfully. How can you stay focussed? How can you be convinced that your worries or fears are unfounded? How can you combine your present living arrangements with the demands of studying? Who can you talk to about your sense of confusion? Moreover, the student counsellors can explain any applicable rules and procedures to you, such as the Examination Board’s transition rules, expiry of validity of exam marks, etc.

If you are considering stopping for a while, they can help you to decide whether that is the best solution in your situation, or that other options might be available that you have not considered yet.

Of course, if you want to talk to one of the student psychologists directly then this can always be arranged.