How to stop getting overwhelmed

Studying a creative course allows you to dive in to your passion and get qualified in a subject you love. 

stress.jpgHowever, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be stressful. Students can often find studying for a diploma or degree overwhelming due to the time and effort a course may take. 

Nadia Menon, the Academic Support Officer at JMC’s Sydney campus provides her advice on how to stop getting overwhelmed. 

“My biggest tips to avoid feeling overwhelmed is to get organised and to prioritise.”

Get organised: At the start of each trimester, look through your unit outlines and make a note of when each assignment is due on a calendar or planner, to give yourself a “bird’s eye” view of the trimester. This will help prevent being unpleasantly surprised by occasions when you have multiple projects to complete in a single week. When you are allocating time to complete assignments, be realistic about how long you will need and give yourself a little bit of wriggle room in case something unexpected arises. JMC highly recommends starting assignments early, and working on them in stages over a number of weeks. This will not only make the assignment less stressful, but it will give you time to develop your ideas, and create more meaningful work.

 Prioritise: If you find that there are not enough hours in the day, it is time to start prioritising. Make a list of all the things you hope to get done in the week. Order that list from most essential, to the least essential. Schedule times for the most important tasks first, and forgive yourself if you don’t get to the less important items on your list. 

“If you feel you are getting overwhelmed, ask for help early.”

Your teacher or Department Head can assist if you are struggling to understand the course work, or finding assignments difficult – either talk to them during class, or email them and ask for a meeting. Your Academic Support Officer is trained to help you in all aspects of academic work including academic writing and research, but can also help you learn effective study skills and time management techniques. JMC has a counsellor on campus, who can teach you strategies to destress. 

Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness; it is a skill that will help make your journey through higher education smoother and more successful. 

Find out more about JMC Academy's Student and Academic support. 

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