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Hi! Is it okay to stop my schooling?

Hi everyone! This is me again. I am now enrolled in a university in Manila. But I am enrolled in a course that I am not expecting to apply. Now these pandemic, I tried to study in online class but I am really struggling because first, I am using my phone, next is I only to load my prepaid sim and I think this will not work. Any advice? Thank you. #studying #struggle


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Richard’s Answer

I would try to stay with the program. Online learning is difficult-especially when using your phone. Here are a few suggestions:
1) Set up a time to study daily--cut off all social media. You can start for thirty minutes and continually add more times.
2) Take notes during the online class, and when the class is over, review and revise your notes.
3) Try to complete all assignments--especially reading--before the class. Take notes while you read and review them before the class.
4) Take advantage of the professor's online office hours. Also, if the online class permits you to ask questions, ask them.
5) Try not to be so hard on yourself, and remember the pandemic will end soon.
6) Make sure you live a balanced life--mix studying with time to relax. Also, maintain friendships and love your family.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Jen! Right now I think a lot of people are struggling with schools being online especially with WIFI and remote learning so your situation is definitely understandable. This is a pretty big question however, that I think myself or anyone else can possibly provide advice but you must be the ultimate decision maker. I will provide some advice to help in your education and maybe that could make it easier for you. Sometimes in college we have to take general education classes and even though we may not use them for our future careers they are still required in order to graduate, that being said the course you are taking is it required for graduation credits? If so then I think you should try to just do your best even though you may not use it in the future for your career, if you get an A then it could help your grades overall as a student. I think being home and having extra time can distract you than being in class; so to avoid distractions maybe put away your phone, either in another room or in your bag, and also maybe deactivate social media if you do use it. I think that will help in making you more focused, in addition set up a time to study , let's say you get up and have class that day, have something to eat and then devote yourself to being online in that educational setting and not think about anything else. This will make the environment feel more class-like than home and being online; so set a schedule for yourself and devote that time to study and complete work. I would also take breaks as well, let's say you study for two hours , then maybe take a short break and have something to eat or drink and walk around the house; you can even then check your phone, and if you don't want to deactivate social media then you can set up reminders to go on it for a bit and make sure you don't get too distracted by it.

Lastly, maybe speak with your adviser if you can and speak about your concerns. I know times are tough now but if you can work out the financial aspect of your education then I would still try to continue it. Of course the final decision is yours and what is best for you! Also for the SIM card, is that for the internet? Are you having trouble with the internet? I am not too sure what you can do to make it better unfortunately but maybe you can try to reach out to your professors and let them know you are having connection difficulties with WIFI. The university's technology group can also maybe help out too so try to call them and let them know!


I hope this helps and I wish you the best!

Thank you so much for helping me by this. I will really take note of your advices and yes, I will still pursue this because I have my family who will support me no matter what. Things right now are really tough but we can do it! Thank you so much and have a great day! Jen C.

Thank you so much for helping me by this. I will really take note of your advices and yes, I will still pursue this because I have my family who will support me no matter what. Things right now are really tough but we can do it! Thank you so much and have a great day! – Jen C. Jen C.

You're very welcome Jen! I wish you the best! I hope everything works out in your favor! Stay safe! Yasemin G.

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Paul’s Answer

Hi Jen
I agree, with Yasemin...a tough decision and some great suggestions. I would add; is there anyway to inquire if you can pause the course? Is it possible to give yourself a break to "re-charge" and reassess your situation given the advice above? (Speaking with a counselor, seeking WIFI options etc) This may allow you to be in a better position mentally to decide if its school you are questioning in general or is it just the course? The final decision has to be yours but seeking advice from family members, academic advisors etc is a good way to help you make an informed decision

Good luck

Hi! I will consider your suggestions. Thank you so much! Jen C.

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