overwhelming workload

@dream_ozn (1758)
Singapore
September 18, 2011 9:35am CST
It's just only start of the 2nd week of my spring semester but I am already feeling the heavy load on my shoulders. I think it's getting a little unbearable for me. I have taken 15 credits this semester and this is the first time I have taken so many credits. For my past 3 semesters, I had a lot of waviers and therefore, take only about 3 modules. However, this semester, i was suddenly enrolled in 5 modules. To make matters worse/better, 3 of them are online lectures and we do no have to physically attend classes. (not sure whether it is a good thing or bad). Anyhow, I really feel like I can't breath right now. Have already stop going out so much with my friends as I want to get an A for all my modules. Have you encounter such overwhelming workload before? what are some suggestions you have for me? Greatly appreciated!
5 responses
@huilichan8 (1379)
• Singapore
18 Sep 11
Take a break whenever you feel overwhelmed; this will help you clear your mind. Try to manage your time well, if you are not already doing that.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
18 Sep 11
Yes. I know i should take regular breaks. However, everytime i take a break, i'll feel guilty. It's really terrible I know. But somehow, i always feel guilty and can't enjoy myself. I have been trying to manage my time properly, but it seems that time is never enough.
• Singapore
19 Sep 11
OIC...but it won't do your health any good to overstress yourself, especially you want to do well in your studies...if you don't take breaks when you need to, you will probably not be able to concentrate. If you can't concentrate on your studies, that might be counterproductive, isn't it? When you are in a relaxed mood, it's easier to concentrate and do well...anyway, good luck to you! Hv a great wk too.:)
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
22 Sep 11
That's right. It's not good to overstress myself. There is no point in studying when I do not have the concentration or i already cannot focus on studying. Counterproductive. That's the word that i have to keep in mind. To take a break at intervals so that I can be more productive. I'll try to make myself relax. However, especially a day or two before the exam, i'm unable to relax because i keep feeling that I cannot finish studying the materials. Thank you!
@akshay7 (415)
• India
19 Sep 11
The only tip would be "Don't give up" . Anyone could give up, and if you want to be ahead of others or you want to accomplish something that everyone doesn't easily get, you have to fight. Give it a good fight, don't think of giving up and it will be all over soon. Just think of the other side after you complete your semester with wonderful grades on your resume. And this is true for every precious thing in life. If it was easy, everyone would have it. It is not easy, that is why it is precious. Good luck
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
22 Sep 11
Thank you so much for your advise of "don't give up". Yes, persistance is the key. Fighting for it. No matter how tired I am, or how sick I am of studying, should i not give up, i will be able to accomplish what i want to do. Thinking of how my end results will be, will definitely be able to push and motivate me further. To think about it in long-term, will be my motivating factor to study for this coming exam, and for all future ones. The satisfaction and happiness that I will get when i see As on my transcript will be what I am aiming for. Yes. if it is easy, then there is no point in doing it. Thank you so much. Your "don't give up" has really made my day and definitely motivated me to study harder for the exam i have tomorrow.
@akshay7 (415)
• India
22 Sep 11
Always happy to help. Keep in mind that the only thing that can make you out stand others is if you do something that everyone can't . And obviously it can't be easy. ;)
@tkonlinevn (5784)
• Vietnam
20 Sep 11
I have had this experience when I was a student. We sometimes greedy and too confident in myself. You should try to pass this time and should be more careful when you decide to register new modules in the next. Wish you're successful!
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
22 Sep 11
Yes. I really need to make better plans as to decide what modules to take. Otherwise, it will just be too taxing on me. However, my school does not give out their syllabus until we are confirmed to be in that module. Therefore, sometimes its just really difficult to plan ahead and to see whether the modules are time consuming or not. I guess the only way would be to find some seniors and talk to them. Thank you!
@GemmaR (8526)
19 Sep 11
I think that there is a lot of work at college, and many people don't realise it until they get there. The best thing that you should remember is that managing your time is the best thing that you will ever learn how to do. If you can block out every single hour that you have, and assign a task to that hour, then you will find that you are able to get everything done that you need to and that will stop you from getting as stressed as you might have done in the past. You should also remember that the sooner things are done, the sooner you can relax, so doing things sooner rather than later is a much better idea for you.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
22 Sep 11
Yes. I really need to start learning how to manage my time. I admit that i am really very poor in that aspect. I do try to make a timetable, but then sometimes its just so difficult to follow them. We can suddenly have something on, or classes are extended. Therefore, sometimes, it really makes it so difficult to set a time table. I also need to set up a to-do list and like you say, i believe will help me relax. Writing down what to do who keep my mind free and i can fully concentrate on the materials that i have to study. Yes. TO complete things earlier so I won't feel so stress. Thank you.
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
18 Sep 11
when i was a student, i often asked when the deadlines would really end. they seemed to be unending. when one semester ended, i could only breath for a moment and then another semester began with deadlines. some were easy to meet, and some were really headaches to the gut. faced with numerous deadlines, i worked first those with the nearest deadlines, and those which were the easiest in my mind.
@dream_ozn (1758)
• Singapore
18 Sep 11
Yes. That's exactly how i feel too. It's really unending. Whenever i finish one, another one would be just a few days later. Definitely, i need to work with those that is nearest to the dateline and then slowly work down the list.