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    I'm studying English Lit at a top 5 uni. I have a long term illness and studying at uni has been my dream for years. However, now I'm here I'm finding the workload overwhelming.

    Obviously I expected a lot of reading with studying English Lit, but the amount they expect us to read on top of essays/seminar prep etc. is impossible. I'm already having to cut corners wherever I can and am still behind! I feel like I barely have any free time and am often up on Mondays and Tuesday's till 3 am and then up again at 8. I'm constantly exhausted and am already struggling with how relentless it feels.

    My flatmates tell me I'm overworking myself, but I don't see how I can do any less without falling seriously behind. Most people on my course are behind with the reading list - some don't worry about it, but I'm a natural worrier. Is there anything I can do to make the workload a bit more manageable for myself? I take lots of notes from the books I read, so I think that slows me down and I also spend around 20 hours on each essay.

    Is there anywhere else I could cut corners?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm studying English Lit at a top 5 uni. I have a long term illness and studying at uni has been my dream for years. However, now I'm here I'm finding the workload overwhelming.

    Obviously I expected a lot of reading with studying English Lit, but the amount they expect us to read on top of essays/seminar prep etc. is impossible. I'm already having to cut corners wherever I can and am still behind! I feel like I barely have any free time and am often up on Mondays and Tuesday's till 3 am and then up again at 8. I'm constantly exhausted and am already struggling with how relentless it feels.

    My flatmates tell me I'm overworking myself, but I don't see how I can do any less without falling seriously behind. Most people on my course are behind with the reading list - some don't worry about it, but I'm a natural worrier. Is there anything I can do to make the workload a bit more manageable for myself? I take lots of notes from the books I read, so I think that slows me down and I also spend around 20 hours on each essay.

    Is there anywhere else I could cut corners?
    I'm not Eng Lit expert but maybe you're just generally overworking yourself. I see this a lot even among my Dentistry year, people spending their whole lives studying non stop when you need not do that much. I think you're overthinking how hard it is to do well. I don't know.
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    You really dont need to read the whole reading list


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    Get some advise from student support services before you burn out. There is a way through this.
 
 
 
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