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‘Everything in moderation' may sound boring, but it's sensible advice
that could keep you on track and prevent your studies from suffering
Quitting may be great when it comes to cigarettes or other unhealthy
lifestyle habits. But quitting your TAFE studies is another matter –
definitely something that won't be good for you. Especially after just
You may be wondering why anyone would quit their studies after such a
short period of time. But our stats show that a large amount of TAFE
"drop outs" occur around this time of year.
After making the decision to enrol with TAFE, paying your fees,
starting your studies, making new friends and investing two months of
your life into your new TAFE venture, throwing it all away would be a
Don't be another statistic. Here are the top five reasons why people
quit their TAFE studies after two months. Knowing the common pitfalls
is the best way to avoid them.
The best way to avoid this is to research the course thoroughly in
advance before enrolling in the first place. But if you're two months
in and find your expectations aren't matching the reality, there are
still several options available that are better than dropping out
altogether. Speaking to your teacher is a good starting point. Perhaps
the stuff you were expecting the course to cover will be covered later
in the year. Or maybe the course will take you in a better, (although
different) direction altogether. And if all else fails, it's often
possible to switch courses and make up the lost time gradually
throughout the rest of the semester.
This can be a tough one, especially if you're living away from home
and are now responsible for things like rent and bills that Mum and
Dad always used to look after. Due to the flexible delivery model of
many TAFE NSW courses, many students make ends meet by working
part-time and juggling that with their studies. And there are many
practical ways of saving money on a day-to-day basis such as using
public transport during off-peak times (if your schedule allows),
cooking at home instead of ordering take away and tapping into the
many free study resources that the internet offers.
Whether you've come from another town or city, from interstate or
from overseas, missing your family and friends can sometimes feel
debilitating. But there are ways to reduce this. It's very easy these
days to stay in touch using technologies like social media, Skype and
FaceTime. And it's worth remembering that homesickness is often a
temporary ailment. As you make new friends and social groups and life
in your new location gathers momentum, you may find the homesickness
gradually just fades away.
This is a common one, and in some ways it's the opposite of the
homesickness issue. Now that you're in a new environment with
like-minded people and a whole array of new partying options
available, sometimes 24/7, the urge to kick your heels up and party
every other night can be strong indeed. Especially if everyone else is
doing it as well. Some partying is necessary for happiness, relaxation
and mental health, but listen to your internal Nanna (we all have one)
and don't go overboard. ‘Everything in moderation' may sound boring,
but it's sensible advice that could keep you on track and prevent your
studies from suffering.
We all know how this story goes. You met someone special during
Orientation Week, you both clicked, and you spent the rest of summer
giving each other doe-eyed looks across the table in the canteen and
walking around Campus holding hands. But something happened and it all
went pear-shaped. Now you find yourself nursing a broken heart and
facing the daily possibility of running into your ex at any time on
Campus or in social activities with mutual friends. This can be an
awkward situation, but it's still better to continue with your studies
than dropping out. In fact, use it as a reason to really throw
yourself into your studies more than ever before. And remember, as
with all broken hearts – ‘this too shall pass'.