I am a mother of two, going through a hard time with my spouse. I failed one subject and on top of that I have a sanction from my placement about my progress. Please help.
It can be very challenging managing the needs of children, relationships, work and finances with the demands of tertiary study, not to mention during a global pandemic! It sounds like this is a difficult time for you. Many students struggle along for a while trying to deal with study as well as personal matters, and often it’s not until they fail a subject that they realise they may need some more support. Things often seem overwhelming and hopeless at this point, but with help it is possible to move forward.
I wonder if as a consequence of the failure of a subject and a school “sanction”, you have received a letter about unsatisfactory progress. If you have, don’t panic. This is a process designed to work out what the best options are for you to continue your study, such as extra help or a reduced study load. Information about this process can be found here.
When you are having a hard time with your studies it’s important to address in what ways they are being impacted. For example, are you having trouble concentrating due to worries about your relationship? Is it hard to find the time to devote to your placement or to figure out the best way to approach your assignments? Are your motivation levels low due to fatigue or difficult emotions? Once identified, make sure you are taking advantage of whatever help and support is available to you.
Do you have friends or family in your life who are supportive? Do you have access to relationship counselling to address issues with your spouse? Academic Skills can provide help with study skills, and if you’d like to speak to someone one-on-one about these issues, counselling at Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is free of charge, completely confidential and counsellors are experienced in helping students manage similar situations to that which you describe. You also have access to workshops/webinars on a range of both study related and wellbeing topics.