Select the boxes below for information on some other common difficulties experiences by students.
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Select the boxes for information on some other common difficulties experiences by students.
Students will need to learn to accept criticism of their work. They may have never encountered in-depth criticism of their work previously and may find it demoralising. You can reassure them that this is not an attack on them as a person, but will help them to get better at what they are doing.
A key skill for students is being able to ask for what they want, negotiate and make compromises with other people.
Tutors may not notice that a student is struggling if they haven't been told. Students in shared houses or flats will have to set their own rules and negotiate conflict.
This may be very different to how things were at home or school, where an adult in charge might have intervened. They may also need to learn to say no to people, especially if they are being asked to do things they don't like.
Disappointment and failure
It can be a shock to some students who did very well at school to find that they are not the best at university.
It can be difficult to find that they no longer get top marks or are even failing on their course. They may need to talk to their tutor about why they are failing.
Sometimes student realise they are on the wrong course and may need advice on how to change courses.
Students may not be used to having to wait. They may expect work to be marked and to receive feedback very quickly; tutors may not be instantly available; problems that need solving can take time and involve several visits.
This can be very frustrating for students who are used to, or expect, instant results. You can help them by explaining how long things may take and offer more reasonable timescales.
Being alone and new routines
Many students will be managing on their own for the first time. They will have to get used to organising their own time and routines.
This will include:
They may need some help to prioritise these various tasks.
Self-support is the ability to look after yourself emotionally as well as physically. There will not always be someone on hand when things go wrong at university in the way there was at home. Students have to learn to look after themselves emotionally and develop resilience to the stresses of university life.
This may be as basic as developing good eating, sleep and exercise routines and finding support networks for difficult times. They should also be reminded about the support services that are available within the university.
Self- regulation describes the ability to control your impulse to do things. Students are faced with a sudden freedom when they arrive at university. It is normal for some students to go wild and overindulge for a while, but they usually learn to moderate themselves in order to manage their work schedules. They will have to find a balance between being sociable and the demands of the course.
Some students may already use alcohol, food, drugs and exercise as a way of managing their emotions and this may be something they decide to address whilst at university.
If you think they are struggling with any of these, you can encourage them to see their GP or the counselling service.
It is very common for people to put off doing things and there are many reasons for this.
It is not usually that they are just being lazy. The task may seem too hard; students may fear failing; they may not have a clue where to start; they may have started but then got stuck; they may be perfectionists and feel that nothing is good enough. Some people put things off to the last moment because they work much better under pressure. If you or the student think that procrastination is becoming a problem, you could encourage them to talk to their tutor, the study skills support department or the counselling service. With help most students can overcome procrastination.
Comparing oneself to others
It is very easy to compare oneself to others in a negative way; we very rarely do it the other way round! Negative comparisons put people under pressure and can make them feel inadequate.
In reality some people are cleverer, faster, prettier etc. than others, but this doesn't make them a better person. You can encourage students to think about the things they are good at and to focus on their own strengths rather than those of others.