Bombing Out Of T A F E


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Bombing Out Of T A F E

  1. 1. Bombing Out of TAFE
  2. 2. Bombing Out <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>It might feel like everyone except you is doing well at TAFE and headed for uni, or that everyone else is passing. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to remember that everybody's  learning and working style is different and we all work through things at our own pace.  </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why you Might be Bombing Out of TAFE <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some reasons might be <ul><li>Increase in workload </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Unrealistic expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Lacking the motivation to study </li></ul><ul><li>Illness - physical or emotional problems </li></ul><ul><li>Family or relationship problems </li></ul><ul><li>High stress levels related to study </li></ul><ul><li>Poor attendance at classes </li></ul><ul><li>The way material is being taught is not best suited to your learning style </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Bombing out Might Affect you <ul><li>Overwhelmed </li></ul><ul><li>Surprised or disappointed, particularly if you've worked hard and/or previously received higher marks </li></ul><ul><li>Stressed or anxious </li></ul><ul><li>Annoyed and frustrated at yourself or others </li></ul><ul><li>Down or depressed </li></ul><ul><li>Hopeless or as if you want to give up </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of regret, shame or failure </li></ul>
  6. 6. Physical Effect <ul><li>Feel physically sick, including headaches or migraines </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Find it hard to concentrate </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep too much or not enough </li></ul>
  7. 7. Affect other parts of your life too <ul><li>You might find you're not able to enjoy the things you normally would. </li></ul><ul><li>You might also feel more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol as a way to escape or numb overwhelming feelings. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tips for Managing the Situation <ul><li>If you are failing or not performing as well as expected at TAFE, there are a range of things you can do. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Talk to your Teacher/Lecturer/Tutor <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>However, if you speak with them about what the problem may be, they will be more inclined to organise help/extra time/special consideration. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Get Extra Help to Understand the Course Content <ul><li>If you are finding the course tough, you may be able to get a tutor to help you understand the subject content. </li></ul><ul><li>This might be a subject tutor/teacher, a friend who is doing well or someone from the study skills centre at TAFE. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Get Organised <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Your teacher, tutor or school counsellor should be able to help you create a plan. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Reassess your Subject Choices <ul><li>It you are not enjoying the content of your subject it might be hard to stay focussed. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Challenge and Reset your Expectations <ul><li>Sometimes it can be helpful to re-think your own expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>This may help you decide if they are achievable for you. </li></ul><ul><li>A useful question to ask might be 'What would I suggest to a friend in this situation? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Have a Range of Options for the Future <ul><li>Sometimes expectations are only focused on one outcome and if you don't meet it you might feel disappointed or that you have failed. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually there are a number of ways to achieve a goal. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Just because you aren't getting the grades you would like doesn't mean that education is not for you. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Get to Know your Learning Style <ul><li>Learning styles are characteristics that refer to how you approach learning tasks and process information. </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody has different learning styles and no one style is right or wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>It might be that the way subjects are being taught at TAFE are not best suited to your learning style. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing your style might help you to take advantage of it when you study and help you to improve your TAFE results. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Get Some Head Space/Chill Out <ul><li>Sometimes getting some head space and a change of scenery can be helpful - it's important to give yourself permission to do this regularly. </li></ul><ul><li>This might include going for a walk or listening to your favourite music, reading a book, going to the movies - whatever works for you. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Don't Give up Keep it in Perspective <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn't necessarily mean that you'd be better off giving up entirely. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Look After Yourself <ul><li>It's important to take time out by doing something that you usually enjoy. </li></ul><ul><li>Even though you might not feel like it or have time, exercising and eating well can help. Getting plenty of sleep can also help. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Monitor Your Diet <ul><li>Making sure your body has the right fuel could impact on your head space. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Speak to Somebody <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  21. 21. Avoid Drugs and Alcohol <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The feeling is usually temporary and the after effects often make you feel even worse. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Repeating or Taking a Year Off <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>You might find it helpful to talk it through the pros and cons with family, friends and teachers. </li></ul>