Changing or leaving your course

Don't worry! It's not uncommon to feel that you want to change or leave your course. There are a number of reasons why you might feel like this and it's worth going over your thoughts to be sure that you make the right decision.

Some of the reasons you may be considering changing or leaving your course might include the following:

  • Dissatisfaction – Mainly with your subject. Maybe you don't find it interesting to you or perhaps you are struggling to keep up with the work load.
  • Organisation of Teaching – There may be too many lectures for you, or not enough seminars.
  • Homesickness - Maybe you are feeling lonely or even homesick and this is stopping you from studying effectively.
  • Financial - Your finances might be causing you concern and you might be finding it hard to make ends meet or are worried about getting into debt.
  • Location - Portsmouth as an institution and a city might not be right for you. You might prefer a bigger or smaller place to live and study.

Whatever your reasons, talking them through with someone else can be very helpful. One option would be to speak to a careers adviser who will help you talk through your reasons and explain the key factors that you will need to consider before making a decision.

If at all possible, try and resist the temptation to stop attending lectures and handing coursework in. At some stage you will require a reference from your personal tutor and maintaining your workload demonstrates your motivation towards continuing in Higher Education.

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