If you find yourself falling behind in your studies through the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs, or with any other courses for that matter, the first and most important thing to do is avoid panicking! Almost every Student who has ever attempted a course of study has fallen behind at some point, so it is quite normal. If you need that little something extra to catch up with your studies, here are some tips that can help:
- It is important not to mope or feel sorry for yourself. This is a time for affirmative action, and only you can take it. However, if you feel that there is a problem and you are willing to share this burden, you can ask for advice. This advice may be from family, friends or even staff members from ILSPA who are happy to lend an ear
- If you feel that your problem can be sourced back to one particular aspect of the course – for example, a topic that you are uncomfortable with or find particularly difficult – a simple chat with staff from ILSPA may be enough to ease your burden. The ILSPA team wants to see their Students succeed and would be more than willing to clarify any issues or provide further explanation if required. When you may have fallen behind in your studies, it is important to seek advice as soon as you possibly can.
- When family and personal problems arise, never feel that you will be left out in the cold to deal with such issues on your own. Any organisation that offers courses will fully understand when circumstances occur that are beyond your control, and there will always be contingencies in place to help you overcome the problem.
- Many people may fall behind simply because they are new to the subject area of law. There can be a lot of reading involved, and this can sometimes be daunting. If you have a lot of material to work your way through, it is important to tackle this at a pace you are comfortable with. Do not attempt to read through the literature at a hurried pace or when you feel very tired; this will prove to be a complete waste of your time, because you are highly unlikely to absorb the pertinent information. When confronted with a part of the course that intimidates you, tackle it at your own pace and do not be afraid to take a short break part of the way through if you need it.
- If you have fallen behind with your studies to the extent that you are looking to drop out of the course altogether, remind yourself why you enrolled on the course and what you hoped to gain from it. Perhaps this is a good time to chat with family and friends and ask them if they can remember why you were interested in studying for the course in the first place. You might have forgotten exactly why you undertook the study, but they should be able to remind you. This might sound basic, but it really can help to eliminate periods of disillusionment with a course. If things do become that bad for you, it is always a good idea to turn to the ILSPA team for some guidance. You will not be the first Student who has felt like this.
Hopefully, your course with the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs will go like an absolute dream and you will never need to rely upon the advice given in this article. However, there is nothing wrong with having a contingency plan just in case you do fall behind with your studies and need some help getting back on track.