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15 things people stress about when taking a course

Nerves are normal when you’re starting something new. This transition could take place at school, university, a new house or job.

Safeera Sarjoo
12th February 2016
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Taking a course is no different. You’re in a new environment with unfamiliar people and it’s easy to stress out about things that can very easily be remedied. We never want people who decide to further their learning to be overwhelmed, which is why we’ve come together to offer solutions to 15 things people stress about when taking a course. Read, reflect, and most importantly, relax!

  1. Money – Finance is a huge worry for people. Before starting your course, make sure you have the budget and means to fund your course. If you qualify for funding, then be sure that everything has been approved prior to your start date.

  2. Making friends – Getting to know new people can be daunting. It’s worth remembering they’re all the same boat as you and probably feel the same way.

  3. Whether you’ll know enough – No one is expecting you to be a professional in your hair and beauty course. This is why you’re taking it in the first place, remember? There’s no harm in doing some light reading in the run up to starting but the majority of the information you need is waiting for you in that classroom.

  4. What equipment you should take – This should be specified beforehand, however if you feel unsure about what will be provided and what won’t, then we’re sure a quick phone call or email to the course tutor will clear that up quickly.

  5. What will my tutor be like? – One thing is for sure, they will not be anything like Matilda’s Mrs Trunchbull. Tutors are there to help, guide and support you. The fact that you’re taking the time to further your education says a lot and tutors across all areas recognise and appreciate this.

  6. Will I make it to the end? – Starting and getting through that first lesson is the biggest hurdle. The more you doubt yourself, the more you hinder your progression. Just remember that a small part of you must have a glimmer of confidence in yourself if you opted to do this course in the first place.

  7. What if I don’t enjoy it? – This can plague a lot of people but it’s worth remembering why you’re doing this course in the first place. It may help with your career prospects or be a vital component to getting that all important job.

  8. Having necessary information beforehand – Again, refer to your course tutor if you feel that you haven’t got adequate information in the lead up to your start date.

  9. What will we be learning? – This information is usually listed on the provider’s website and should break down or at least give a basic insight into what you will be learning.

  10. Will this be useful in the working world?  - In addition to worrying about what courses will entail, some may worry about how useful this will be in the working world. Look for courses that offer a qualification that is recognised within the industry you’re working in. Do remember that employers don’t just look at previous experience. Additional skills and training will set you apart from the crowd.

  11. What if I don’t get the support I need from loved ones? – Explaining to your family and friends what it means to be taking a particular course and how it can help with your progression is the first step in garnering support. However if you don’t feel like you can share your concerns with them, then maybe this is the ideal opportunity to connect with people on your course and form a network whereby you offer encouragement and support to one another.

  12. What happens if I get ill? – The most important thing to remember is, it can happen to anyone. If you’re ill and unable to attend, then it’s better to let your tutor know ahead of your class and ask to be sent any material that you can look through. Most tutors will be happy to send you resources, especially if they see that even when ill, you’re still committed to learning and remaining engaged with your course.

  13. What if I can’t find the venue? – Plan ahead. The Google map app is your best friend in this instance. Map out exactly where the course venue is and check where the nearest station is. By doing this you can determine how long it will take to get to your course and what modes of transportation you will need.

  14. Can I still have a social life? – We’re going to be honest here – it’s completely dependent on you and the course you take. Some courses are quite intense and will take a lot of your time, especially if you’re gaining a recognised qualification. However an introductory course that lasts for shorter periods of time may not heavily affect your social life. Either way, an element of time management is needed to balance both studying and socialising.

  15. What happens at the end of the course? – Providing you have met the standards and criteria set out and have submitted work if necessary, you will be awarded your certification. This now equips you with additional skills and knowledge and will boost your employability prospects. If you have completed your course and are interested in booking another, then simply head on to Training and Courses and get searching. 

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