How can further education life be managed?

Whether you are currently studying in further education or not, students tend to either remain on their course for the allotted time period, or drop out before they have really got started. So how can student life be managed properly? Dan Mason explains.

According to last year’s figures, approximately 86% of students were satisfied with their course, a 1% increase from 2012 and 2013. However, roughly 1 in 14 students quit higher education less than 12 months into their course two years previous, a contrast in satisfaction rates.

You may have already known these statistics, but did you know what the reasons are for this? I spoke to Imogen Goult, a current Post 16 student at Cromwell Sixth Form, on how to cope with certain aspects of student life: “You’ve got so much of it (work) to do that you can’t really cope properly.” Goult also stated the main challenge of managing student life: “Managing your time is quite difficult to be able to prioritise work.”

Prioritising your work is one thing, but managing your time efficiently is another, which could prove the difference between staying on and leaving your course. But if given too much work, according to the sixth form student, it can be a struggle. “It’s stressful. You get set a lot of homework but the teachers think it’s okay to set homework on top of coursework.” Although the workload may become a lot to handle, stress can make you feel panicked, which is never a good thing, so organise a schedule for when and how long to do a piece of work for on a regular basis.

Teaching standards may be affecting student capability with their course, but in 2014, 86% of students felt that teaching had improved when learning. In comparison, 2% of respondents were strongly dissatisfied with their course. In order to remain interested with your course, try to be engaged and focused in your lessons, as you may be able to cope better with independent study and with your lecturer.

Whenever you are having a tough day at the office, it may be a strain to ask for help from your peers or your lecturer. If this is the case, always ask for assistance, whether if you need advice on how to approach a task or to ask a general question about the work, hearing a second view is always relieving.

Using available learning resources is also important when studying your course, as they can be the difference between succeeding and failing, so use them wisely.

Further education can be a deep struggle to cope with sometimes, but using the resources around you and trying to succeed rather than fail can make student life much more easier to deal with.


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