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'Will the workload die down after first term?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’m really struggling with the practical side of the course. I get that we have to learn the theory behind the practice but do we really need to write 2,000 word essays on sociology?! You probably get emails about this a lot!

“I’m in my first term so we’ve not yet gone out on placement but at the moment I’m really hating the course.

 “Is it going to be like this for all three years? I’m hoping when I get out on placement everything will start to make more sense and (fingers crossed) the work will die down a bit. Am I deluding myself?”

- Anna, London


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Readers' comments (3)

  • I'm a first year too, and we've got two essays to write 2000 and 3000 words). I can't say what the future will be like, but I would suggest you take up the support on offer to you.

    Have a chat with your personal tutor (or whoever else is there for pastoral and academic support) and tell them how you are feeling. I'm sure they will be sympathetic and point you in the right direction for support.

    I've made use of the Academic Support team at my uni for good tips on prioritising my workload, writing essays, and improving my time management, as well as reducing anxiety.

    I think the workload may be unlikely to lessen, but hopefully you will start to enjoy it more.

    Remember the uni, and your tutors all want you to succeed, so let them know what's going on for you and start the conversation to make it work better for you.

    Don't give up on nursing without having given it a good chance. Go for it!

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  • Im almost half way through my second year and I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the workload doesn't lessen, quite the opposite unfortunately. I was really overwhelmed by the workload in my first year but I've learnt now what works for me with regards to time planning and organising essays.

    If you get allocated individual tutorials with your essay marker I'd definitely recommend using it, knowing that you're on the right track or being pointed in the right direction makes doing the work so much easier.

    It's tough trying to juggle everything and I had my fair share of "is this essay necessary?!" moments but you'll know for sure how you feel about the course once you're on your placement. If you love the practical side of things the essays will seem much easier :)

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  • I have just began my first placement of second year and already the workload is fairly and noticably greater than first year. However, despite having a great deal of work too do, the topics within second year is so much more interesting as you can now relate diseases to patients, medications to disease etc. So in a way, the work doesn't seen like such as chore!

    As others have posted, timetabling your work in around placement, social life and university life is essential as you can easily forget and then panic. Don't let your motivation slip! It will be worth it!

    Another good point to add is that the actual assignments are starting to link in with each placement more so doing assignment studying at placement means that you can focus on other work at home!

    I hope this was some help to you and good luck! I promise its alright!

    Sam :-)

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