Overcoming setbacks


By a Psychology MSc NTU Alumni

When I first started my MSc in Psychology at NTU it was a bit of a shock to the system as the workload was quite intense. During my first semester I managed to keep on top of the workload, however in the second semester I struggled which meant I failed a few assignments and a couple of exams. I had been receiving help from the Student Support Services over the whole of my course as I struggle with mental health problems, which meant that I received one to one support and advice on time management skills, e.g. how many hours I should spend studying per week.

Despite this support I still struggled with my workload hence the reason for the failed assessments in the second semester. I revisited my workload schedule with my Student Support Advisor and we worked out a study timetable that was manageable for me. I worked really hard at going over the lecture notes again and writing answers to mock exam questions, although I struggled quite a bit with the statistics element of the course I didn’t let that stop me as I re-read all my lecture notes for that element of the course determined to feel more confidence with it. In the end the hard work paid off and I managed to pass my re-sits for the parts of the course I failed at. I was really excited and nervous before my final results came through. I couldn’t sleep and logged in to see if I’d passed. It was the early hours of the morning and when I got confirmation that I had indeed passed I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to share the news with my family. No matter how tough it gets never give up because your hard work will eventually pay off!

If I could give any advice for anyone in a similar situation to myself, it’s to not be afraid to come forward and say you are struggling to your tutors as I found my tutors helpful and approachable. I would also encourage students to make use of the career guidance and employment help at the University as I regret not spending more time thinking what I would do after University. There’s lots of support for career guidance at NTU as well as after you leave for up to 3 years after you graduate.

Since leaving NTU I have got involved in the Alumni Fellowship scheme and it has been a really positive experience and I have been able to pass on what I have learnt to other students. I really appreciate the help and opportunities that NTU has provided for me both during my course and afterwards, and would encourage every student to take every opportunity they can whilst at university.

For help and advice whilst studying at NTU, take a look at the following for sources of support.
Personal Pastoral Support at NTU (general worries and anxiety, homesickness, loneliness, a relationship breakup, or a bereavement)
Support from NTU
Silvercloud: SilverCloud is our online system designed to help with a range of mental health issues.
Depression advice
Wellness in Mind: Advice and support for anyone in Nottingham experiencing issues with their mental wellbeing
Struggling at Uni? Go to Student Minds
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