Term one was a reality check.  I didn’t realise how time-consuming studying is, even more so with the added stress of having to write essays.  Poor study habits led me to have an absolute meltdown over the Christmas holidays and brought me to the point of wanting to quit academia altogether — I’d barely begun.  Luckily for me, my wife gave me a kick up the backside and encouraged me to do what I should have done in the first place — ask for help.

The staff at CLL were accommodating and understanding.  My course tutor put me at ease and explained that I wasn’t the only one going through these emotions.  I realised that I had been comparing myself to nineteen-year-old students who were straight out of sixth form education (or equivalent).  I had forgotten that I hadn’t studied for almost twenty-five years, so I decided not to be so hard on myself.

Moving forward, I aim to ask for help at every stage of my essays, not for answers to the question but on grammar and structure.  NOTE: If you are struggling with essay writing, I suggest that you give the academic writing day a try.  Its six hours long at it teaches you all the required skills for essays.  Try it.

PS. I intend to write one blog a week…fingers crossed.