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Bombing Out Of Tafe

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  • 1. Bombing Out of TAFE
  • 2. Bombing Out
    • Bombing out TAFE, or getting worse than expected results, can be stressful, especially if you've previously averaged higher marks, or are depending on high results to get into a particular course or profession.
    • It might feel like everyone except you is doing well at TAFE and headed for uni, or that everyone else is passing.
    • Try to remember that everybody's  learning and working style is different and we all work through things at our own pace. 
  • 3. Why you Might be Bombing Out of TAFE
    • Sometimes the reason why you are bombing out or getting worse than expected results might be obvious, while at other times it might be for reasons you hadn't considered.
  • 4. Some reasons might be
    • Increase in workload
    • Poor study habits or organisation - not enough time spent studying, especially common if you moved from the highly structured environment of high school to more relaxed Tafe environment
    • Unrealistic expectations
    • Lacking the motivation to study
    • Illness - physical or emotional problems
    • Family or relationship problems
    • High stress levels related to study
    • Poor attendance at classes
    • The way material is being taught is not best suited to your learning style
  • 5. How Bombing out Might Affect you
    • Overwhelmed
    • Surprised or disappointed, particularly if you've worked hard and/or previously received higher marks
    • Stressed or anxious
    • Annoyed and frustrated at yourself or others
    • Down or depressed
    • Hopeless or as if you want to give up
    • A sense of regret, shame or failure
  • 6. Physical Effect
    • Feel physically sick, including headaches or migraines
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    • Find it hard to concentrate
    • Sleep too much or not enough
  • 7. Affect other parts of your life too
    • You might find you're not able to enjoy the things you normally would.
    • You might also feel more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol as a way to escape or numb overwhelming feelings.
  • 8. Tips for Managing the Situation
    • If you are failing or not performing as well as expected at TAFE, there are a range of things you can do.
  • 9. Talk to your Teacher/Lecturer/Tutor
    • Explain that you are having difficulty completing/handing in the work. If they are not given a reason to explain a poor performance on an exam or assessment, they have no choice but to give you a bad mark.
    • However, if you speak with them about what the problem may be, they will be more inclined to organise help/extra time/special consideration.
  • 10. Get Extra Help to Understand the Course Content
    • If you are finding the course tough, you may be able to get a tutor to help you understand the subject content.
    • This might be a subject tutor/teacher, a friend who is doing well or someone from the study skills centre at TAFE.
  • 11. Get Organised
    • If you are finding it hard to stay on top of your studying it may help to work out a study plan so you can balance your subject load and other commitments - it can make a significant difference in how productive you are.
    • Your teacher, tutor or school counsellor should be able to help you create a plan.
  • 12. Reassess your Subject Choices
    • It you are not enjoying the content of your subject it might be hard to stay focussed.
    • Sometimes your subject might be compulsory and you just have to stick it out but it may be possible for you to change to something that you find more interesting.
  • 13. Challenge and Reset your Expectations
    • Sometimes it can be helpful to re-think your own expectations.
    • This may help you decide if they are achievable for you.
    • A useful question to ask might be 'What would I suggest to a friend in this situation?
  • 14. Have a Range of Options for the Future
    • Sometimes expectations are only focused on one outcome and if you don't meet it you might feel disappointed or that you have failed.
    • Usually there are a number of ways to achieve a goal.
    • Other options that you may be better suited to could be short courses, or even doing one or two subjects at TAFE instead of a full time load.
    • Just because you aren't getting the grades you would like doesn't mean that education is not for you.
  • 15. Get to Know your Learning Style
    • Learning styles are characteristics that refer to how you approach learning tasks and process information.
    • Everybody has different learning styles and no one style is right or wrong.
    • It might be that the way subjects are being taught at TAFE are not best suited to your learning style.
    • Knowing your style might help you to take advantage of it when you study and help you to improve your TAFE results.
  • 16. Get Some Head Space/Chill Out
    • Sometimes getting some head space and a change of scenery can be helpful - it's important to give yourself permission to do this regularly.
    • This might include going for a walk or listening to your favourite music, reading a book, going to the movies - whatever works for you.
  • 17. Don't Give up Keep it in Perspective
    • Getting less marks than you hoped for does not mean you are a failure or a bad person, but rather that you might benefit from improved study habits or reassessing your choices.
    • It doesn't necessarily mean that you'd be better off giving up entirely.
  • 18. Look After Yourself
    • It's important to take time out by doing something that you usually enjoy.
    • Even though you might not feel like it or have time, exercising and eating well can help. Getting plenty of sleep can also help.
  • 19. Monitor Your Diet
    • Making sure your body has the right fuel could impact on your head space.
  • 20. Speak to Somebody
    • Get some support from somebody you respect and ask for some guidance about the direction you're heading and try to make a plan to get back on course
  • 21. Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
    • Try not to use alcohol or other drugs (including lots of caffeine or other energy boosting drinks) in the hope of feeling better or forgetting expectations and pressure.
    • The feeling is usually temporary and the after effects often make you feel even worse.
  • 22. Repeating or Taking a Year Off
    • You might decide to repeat a year. Alternatively, you might decide that TAFE is not the right place for you at the moment and taking a year off (or more) to work might be the most suitable option for you.
    • You might find it helpful to talk it through the pros and cons with family, friends and teachers.