Have you ever walked around campus and thought that everyone around you looks as though they are coping, and completely have it together while you are freaking out on the inside?
That’s pretty normal and you are not alone says UC Academic Skills Centre Learning Advisor Jacqui Tither.
“People are a bit like swans. Above the water they look calm and serene, and below the water they are all paddling like crazy to keep afloat and moving.
If you are worried for any reason about your exam results, Semester Two is one of the best times to think about your next steps and take action, she says.
“Nothing is a mistake if we learn from it. Get a bit of help. You’ve had assignments and your exams. Now you know what happens you can made some changes in a prepared way and adjust what you do in future.”
She says often some guidance at the Academic Skills Centre and making small changes can get the results you need.
“You might need to tighten up your writing, or get some ideas for time management, or understand more about how your brain works with short and long term memory. Advisors at the Academic Skills Centre will help you pinpoint what needs to change, why, and how you can make the change.”
- Need to figure out what the problem is and what to do next? Read about 40 minute consultations here and to make an appointment phone (03) 369 3900.
- Need help with time management, essay writing, proof reading, presenting, note-taking, the English language, avoiding plagiarism and much more? Check out the awesome Academic Skills Centre programme here>
Read on for more awesome inspirational advice from Jaqcui.
Help seeking is the number 1 life skill.
“It’s ok to have a challenge as long as you hang in there and seek help. Help seeking is the number 1 skill in life. It’s not about being needy, it’s about needing help at times.
At the Academic Skills Centre our goal is to upskill you so you become independent.
People can be too scared to look at a problem. We just give them the courage to look and plan and move out of avoiding the problem.
I love helping people because I know what a difference it makes. I have a lot of empathy for people who feel like they’re struggling. You’re not born with skills. Some people can transition in to study really easily, but some people need to learn what an academic essay looks like. It’s just that people come from such varied backgrounds.”