19-09-2016 10:04 PM
So what have we learned today?
There are so many ways of studying, and different methods work for different people. Alone or in a group, using incentives and timing yourself, breaking your work down into smaller chunks, they all can be useful methods to help you get school, uni or TAFE work done. Of course, it’s also important to take breaks regularly
Not everyone takes to studying like it’s the easiest thing in the world, though. Studying a subject which you find boring can be one of the hardest things ever, since your motivation is practically down the drain. Or, you might not be the studying type to begin with – maybe you work better in a hands-on capacity, or you might just not enjoy reading and writing notes much.
Sometimes, though, studying is unavoidable. So how do you stay focused and motivated? Again, this differs from person to person. Maybe you need plenty of breaks and a quiet, distraction-free place to study. Or maybe you like to focus on the big picture – that qualification or certificate, that dream job. You might be the kind of person who needs to break things down into more manageable pieces. Either way, there are so many different approaches you can take to make study easier.
Struggling to get your work done is nothing new, and says nothing about you as a person. It just means that things are getting a little overwhelming! There are different ways to cope with the workload, outside of good study techniques. It’s perfectly okay to ask for help or extensions, and remember to do as much as you can, in the time you have. Your mental health and wellbeing comes first!
How do you keep that in mind when you study? It’s pretty straightforward, just don’t let study overwhelm your own needs! Eat and sleep regularly, take breaks when you need to, and ask for help when things get overwhelming. Plus, it’s perfectly okay (and healthy!) to relax a little between study sessions, maybe with some meditation, a walk or even a quick YouTube video.
Different educational institutions can differ in the types of support they can provide. Schools can have counsellors and curriculum programs to help struggling students, while universities and TAFEs might have disability support services. However, not all of them are up to the same standards or provide the same services. Some places might not have anything at all! If you’re struggling to get through to a support service, maybe think about talking to a teacher or a friend about what you’re going through. Plus, we have a section on exam and study stress if you ever need it.
Thanks so much to @Ben-RO for co-facilitating, and to everyone to came to the session!! Hope you all have a great night
19-09-2016 10:05 PM
@Ben-RO Thanks. I know some of their words and actions are really crossing a line, but unfortunately in my field, the hierachy and power some of these people hold make my pretty powerless to do much and even my health professionals have struggled to make much headway with them. For me to take any action would likely make things worse and potentially risk my entire career. So yeah, it's complicated and tough. Mental health stigma, misunderstanding and mistreatment unfortunately still exist.
19-09-2016 10:07 PM
I am sorry to hear that @Randomness still, we're here to talk, maybe we can find some options you haven't explore yet, or a way to join a group of people (like, you know a community) to push back together, so that they can't target you as easily.
19-09-2016 10:08 PM
And here ends the "live" part of our chat, feel free to keep talking though, responses will just slow down a little now
Thanks again to everyone who popped on tonight great chat!
I'm off to have a snooze, cya
19-09-2016 10:14 PM
I know it's difficult when people continue to hold stigma about mental health, but you do have rights to not be discriminated against due to mental health.