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Uni - what a let down

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I spent so long worrying i wouldn't get into uni and now i'm already bored of it.

Started Psychology sept 07, first exam on Thursday, and I still can't be bothered to revise. It's all biology stuff, which i've always struggled with, and don't get at all. It's obvious i'm gonna fail this exam, but still even that isn't making me revise, i'm still sat here writing this. I don't know why I feel so 'unbothered' about it all, it's not like me. I just haven't got into Uni life at all.

If I drop out what happens about loans? If I fail this, then fail the resit (this is how much i struggle with physiology stuff) what happens?

I'm so unmotivated, just want this week to be over.

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  • C FunkC Funk ********* Posts: 163 Settling in
    Hi hcafc_laura,

    Sorry to hear you're not enjoying uni at the moment.

    I dropped out of university first time round because I wasn't enjoying my course. It was a difficult decision, but in the end it turned out to be the right one.

    Before making any decisions speak to your friends and family about why you're unhappy there. It might also be a good idea to talk it through with one of your lecturers or course leader. Give it a couple more months and if you’re still not enjoying it think about what you want to do next.

    As for your loan, after contacting the student loans company you will stop receiving money from them and you’ll have to pay back however much you have been given up to that point. I think when you quit uni you are only legible for a loan on your first two outings (a sort of three strikes and you’re out rule), so if you do decide to enrol on another course make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy or you won’t be able to get a loan on your third go. There’s more information on repaying loans here.

    Different universities have different policies for failing exams. If you fail an exam twice you’ll probably have a meeting with your course leader to discuss what happens next. Ask your university for their policy on failing exams.

    To find out more information check out our articles on failing your course, taking resits and exam result stress.

    Hope this helps :thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hiya,

    I felt the exact same way when I started uni, I just didn't get what all the excitement was about, etc, and I didn't settle anywhere near as well as my mates. In fact, it took me the best part of my first year to adjust properly. I didn't submit coursework, didn't go to tutorials or many lectures, and didn't socialise at all. I failed my whole first semester because of it.

    Although remember this, you only have to pass your first year, and a pass is just 40%. Generally speaking, it doesn't count towards your degree, though you should check just to be sure. Just try your best, and in my experience examiners tend to be quite lenient in first year, they want to see you pass, and continue your studies into 2nd year.

    However, should the worst happen, and you fail, you should have no problem repeating. Mine were around August time, and I only had to resit the module components that I failed, rather than the whole module. IF you do fail, and you are really having trouble with your course, it's really important you speak to your personal tutor, I left it quite a while before doing so, and I really wish I hadn't!

    They can advise you on what choices to make, and don't forget, you should be able to change your course in your second year, if you just stick this one out and pass your first year.

    I hope this helps in some way!

    capo2
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I spent so long worrying i wouldn't get into uni and now i'm already bored of it.

    I'm so unmotivated, just want this week to be over.

    Uni's built up so much that I think its always a bit of a let down. I didn't get into uni life most of the first year - sat in my room and watched lots of films instead. But I got through my exams, and second year was amazing, and third year is so far turning out to be even better, so if you stick with it, it'll probably improve.

    Go speak to your tutor or someone. Maybe find out what's in your course next year and see if you like the look of it. Maybe that will motivate you. Or like someone else said, if you pass your first year and still don't like the look of the course, you usually have the opportunity to change. Uni people are usually very nice & don't expect you to suffer through three years of a course you hate. I know loads of people who changed course in second year and they're now loving their new course.

    The motivation thing is really hard though I know. Every uni student I know is an expert procrastinator. (I'm actually supposed to be writing an essay right now - oh well) The best thing I found is by making myself really busy with other things somehow makes me more likely to do my work. (ok so at the moment it's not working, but I will get back to my essay soon) I've taken a new sport, which I'm loving and have met lots of new people through, and am doing some volunteer projects, again which is fun, plus it all looks good on your cv. In first year I did nothing but work, so found it really boring. Now if I'm going to taekwondo or a volunteer project later, I'm more motivated to do my work now.

    So I'm gonna go do my essay. Best of luck with your exams. And if you fail, you can always re-sit. Good luck :thumb:

    Oh and loans I don't know about, but you probably have to pay them back at the same rate as everyone else. If you're seriously considering dropping out, speak to the people you got your loan from (I can't remember what they're called) Unless you got stuff through the disability allowance - I got a laptop & some other stuff, which I'd have to give back if I drop out. I always hated having dyslexia when I was younger but then I got a free laptop out of it. Not all bad :D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Is the course related to the type of job you are after?
    I left my first uni course after 5 months, worked full time and realised that uni was something i wanted to do, so went back to a different uni and a different course and had the time of my life.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    capo2 wrote: »
    Hiya,

    I felt the exact same way when I started uni, I just didn't get what all the excitement was about, etc, and I didn't settle anywhere near as well as my mates. In fact, it took me the best part of my first year to adjust properly. I didn't submit coursework, didn't go to tutorials or many lectures, and didn't socialise at all. I failed my whole first semester because of it.

    Although remember this, you only have to pass your first year, and a pass is just 40%. Generally speaking, it doesn't count towards your degree, though you should check just to be sure. Just try your best, and in my experience examiners tend to be quite lenient in first year, they want to see you pass, and continue your studies into 2nd year.

    However, should the worst happen, and you fail, you should have no problem repeating. Mine were around August time, and I only had to resit the module components that I failed, rather than the whole module. IF you do fail, and you are really having trouble with your course, it's really important you speak to your personal tutor, I left it quite a while before doing so, and I really wish I hadn't!

    They can advise you on what choices to make, and don't forget, you should be able to change your course in your second year, if you just stick this one out and pass your first year.

    I hope this helps in some way!

    capo2

    That is correct!

    Bear in mind, you must hand 'all' coursework in to get the credits required for the second year. I think its 120! Add all your module points up to be sure!

    I also struggled in the first year of my course, I felt very de-motivated alot of the time. Couldn't get my head down and felt depressed with all this work, and life changing decisions lark. I was off my rocker most nights though. Missed alot of sessions and deadlines!

    Anyway, I think you'll find its not all as bad as it seems, and if you keep at it you'll realize it wasn't so hard after all.
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