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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I'm doing a grad degree as well, a 4 yr down to 2 FT. The workload is insane. But I have kids at school. I also graduated from my last degree in 2000, so it's been a long time for me too.

    My advice? don't give up yet. The first 2 months were hell trying to get my head around a new trade. Our lecturers told us they expect much more from us given it's grad. Hang in there, and try to finish the semester at least, then reassess. I told my DH about 10 times I was quitting. Yet here I am, enrolled in another semester.
    thats reassuring to hear. i graduated from my first degree in 2000 as well and so much has changed since then. thanks

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    It is difficult getting back into it again.

    I also second...third etc going part-time. I am glad that you are having a meeting with someone to sort that out. Full time straight off is a big load. Also the uni counselling people are usually really helpful, I have spoken to mine over the phone (I study externally) and they were great.

    Maybe doing two subjects for the first semester or even one subject might help you ease back into it with a lot less pressure.

    Good luck!

    ETA I stress out for the first few weeks each semester trying to work out how to fit everything in and all the due dates. By census I in a much better frame of mind as to whether or not to keep the subjects I have enrolled in or drop one.

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    Default Just thought I would mention this.

    I had only about a week or 2 to finish 40% of a graphics design (with about 4 or 5 unfinished projects to go with it), I managed to pass. Surprise, surprise.

    What got me through was the fact that I wasn't going to accept failing again. My hubby told me, maybe I should just give up (I know OMG). I was DETERMINED to prove him wrong. I pushed myself really hard, buckled down, became fully absorbed in the work - and passed!

    Later on he told me that he suggested that I just give up to make me want to work harder. It worked.

    So if there's something that you can keep with you to remind you about WHY you're studying - keep it with you and remind yourself every day, every morning and night when you are studying, why you are doing it.

    For me, it's all selfish and eventually later on it will pay for bills, and holidays.

    Cheers,
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    Another thing, (sorry for the rambles...), try not to focus on how much work, instead try making solutions to every problem. I am starting to make audio notes to myself to listen to while I am cleaning this semester.

    Everyone's subjects are different, just work out the best way that you learn - and go for it. If the subject hasn't started yet, just pick a topic out of the list, and research lightly on it, read anywhere - in the car, at home with the kids, tell everyone in your life that it's important and that you will be super busy, and maybe a supermum.

    Work out ways to "cut corners" with parenting, like a cleaning roster, or menu planning online. Taste now has menu planning.

    If the kids are bored and bugging you while you are studying, come up with an emergency "kit" where you have toys, crafts, outdoor crafts like painting outside, an emergency kids movie, anything that they really enjoy doing on the fly.

    Try anything that might work, and work out what doesn;t work.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipperRita View Post
    Thank you so much to everyone that took the time to respond and offer some reassurance and advice. It's much appreciated. I'm feeling much better today. I have spoken with nursing administration who have said Iam able to study part time even though it's grad entry. I have made an appointment with the course coordinator tomorrow to discuss degree structure. I have also made an appointment with the Uni counselling service for next week to work out some ways to cope with studying again.
    So glad you are feeling better about it all and are working at putting support strategies in place. I used to work as a student counsellor at a university and generally the students who freaked out, but actually did something about those feelings ended up doing really well, as they utilised all the support available to them!

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    What a difference a week has made. I've changed to part time this morning, picked up my prac uniforms, been to the library and done the recommended readings and printed out the lecture notes all ready for next week. I still feel quite anxious and in over my head (but I have an appointment with a student counsellor next week to learn some coping techniques) and at least I feel prepared for next week.. Thanks to the nurses and ex students that offered to help. I have no doubt I will need it at some stage

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    Can you take a half an hour break at some point? Just to completely relax, and gain focus? I have to do that from time to time otherwise I just can't think straight. The mornings are pretty busy, but as have realised that if I am as prepared as I can be, and I just stay relaxed everything goes according to plan... Most of the time. I got sick once and couldn't take the kids to school, that was not a nice day. Anyway, I am glad to hear that you are going well. We all need a break every now and again to relax. You could just take a 10mintue hot bath, I used to do that every time the kids and everything would get to me more than I had hoped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marianaluky View Post
    Can you take a half an hour break at some point? Just to completely relax, and gain focus? I have to do that from time to time otherwise I just can't think straight. The mornings are pretty busy, but as have realised that if I am as prepared as I can be, and I just stay relaxed everything goes according to plan... Most of the time. I got sick once and couldn't take the kids to school, that was not a nice day. Anyway, I am glad to hear that you are going well. We all need a break every now and again to relax. You could just take a 10mintue hot bath, I used to do that every time the kids and everything would get to me more than I had hoped.

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    Great idea. I just took a long hot bath before reading this actually. It gets hard to remember though especially when I'm in a panicked state. I'm going to try a bit of mindfulness this semester which will hopefully keep my anxiety under control.

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    It's great isn't it? I should go and have one, but I'll get to studying tonight. I have heard that mindfulness is good to increase focus and I tried it cleaning, it wasn't too bad. Meditation cds are great for locking out all the rushing thoughts in the mind.

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    Bath and meditation = a win win scenario

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