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I just need someone to talk to, i'm really stressed out and overwhelmed even though I shouldn't be?

I am self studying A Level Maths, Further Maths and Physics but I have methods to do so and have good skills in both subjects. I am also not enjoying studying them or my normal hobbies and keep getting easily confused and just accepting things as they are. Such as if my mum asks me to do something I just do it straight away but not out of respect or anything. I feel like a zombie just existing and not enjoying and living life the way I used to.

For reference, I used to study BTEC Level 3 in IT but wanted to study engineering but my college wouldn't let me study it or change to it before I started Level 3.

Is anyone else self studying that I can talk to? I feel so unhappy and I have no one to talk to and feel dizzy and sick from the stress

Am I overwhelmed? Burned out?
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Are you doing the full A-levels in one year, or two years? It is normal to feel burnt out when you're studying non-stop. I self-taught A-level maths like you then ended up pretty much self teaching my degrees due to the nature of the subject. If you have motivation then it will see you through.
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You've literally chosen 3 of the hardest A-Levels you could possibly do and you are self-teaching it? No wonder you are burnt out, I would be too. Good luck is all I can say, I wish I had your determination. There is a light at the end of this seemingly endless tunnel. Make sure you don't neglect exercise and socialising with friends/family as it can take a toll on your mental health and will affect your grades for the worse.
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One year but I haven't been studying non stop. I haven't been sleeping well too, I should of added.
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(Original post by asdfgasdfg1)
You've literally chosen 3 of the hardest A-Levels you could possibly do and you are self-teaching it? No wonder you are burnt out, I would be too. Good luck is all I can say, I wish I had your determination. There is a light at the end of this seemingly endless tunnel. Make sure you don't neglect exercise and socialising with friends/family as it can take a toll on your mental health and will affect your grades for the worse.
Thank you, I've made sure I spend adequete time studying and relaxing and exercise as I want to look after myself and all I can say is that if I can't pull this off successfully then university probably isn't for me but I will keep pushing
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Thank you, I've made sure I spend adequate time studying and relaxing and exercise as I want to look after myself and all I can say is that if I can't pull this off successfully then university probably isn't for me but I will keep pushing
It depends on what you want to do at university. One thing to note is that these A-Levels are far harder than what the average a-level student will pick up so even if your grades aren't immaculate it probably doesn't mean a whole lot as when you go into uni you might find you zoom past the course with ease while your peers with all these A/A* will be struggling. I've noticed a lot of high end universities also give you slightly lower grade entry requirements if you study further maths as well, these are typically for uni maths based courses. I wouldn't be discouraged unless you get straight U's across the board. There is always the option to resit and span your A-Levels over 3 years rather than the 2.
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if I can't pull this off successfully then university probably isn't for me but I will keep pushing

Nah, you're not correct about that. Most (probably all) University courses aren't as difficult as self-studying three challenging A-Levels in a year, especially if you've gone from BTEC ICT to these A-Levels.
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Nah, you're not correct about that. Most (probably all) University courses aren't as difficult as self-studying three challenging A-Levels in a year, especially if you've gone from BTEC ICT to these A-Levels.
I haven't been studying further maths at all since I feel like I should get a better grounding in maths first and I have barely touched on Physics. I have enjoyed maths and I am making some progress.
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Nah, you're not correct about that. Most (probably all) University courses aren't as difficult as self-studying three challenging A-Levels in a year, especially if you've gone from BTEC ICT to these A-Levels.
Really? I see now that it is imperative that I find a suitable study plan as soon as possible so that I can find enough time to relax
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I just need someone to talk to, i'm really stressed out and overwhelmed even though I shouldn't be?

I am self studying A Level Maths, Further Maths and Physics but I have methods to do so and have good skills in both subjects. I am also not enjoying studying them or my normal hobbies and keep getting easily confused and just accepting things as they are. Such as if my mum asks me to do something I just do it straight away but not out of respect or anything. I feel like a zombie just existing and not enjoying and living life the way I used to.

For reference, I used to study BTEC Level 3 in IT but wanted to study engineering but my college wouldn't let me study it or change to it before I started Level 3.

Is anyone else self studying that I can talk to? I feel so unhappy and I have no one to talk to and feel dizzy and sick from the stress

Am I overwhelmed? Burned out?
Feel free to DM me if you want to talk!
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Hi. I took those subjects as well, although I did them at college. I'm in a bit of a rush right now so will just write down some advice.

Because maths and further maths (and physics to some degree as well) are so connected, at some point it will all come together and the different subjects will begin helping each other out.

The subjects are pretty hard but if you generally enjoy doing maths it will be very doable.

Take a step back and think about what you are doing. I know how stressful studying can be (and I imagine self studying is worse), but in the greater scheme of things not understanding things here and there isn't the end of the world. When you don't get something, don't panic or stress, just laugh, try reading it again, look for other sources to explain it, try some questions or just say you'll have a look at it again later.

Get a lot of fresh air. Walk, jog, cycle. You don't wanna be inside all day.
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Hi. I took those subjects as well, although I did them at college. I'm in a bit of a rush right now so will just write down some advice.

Because maths and further maths (and physics to some degree as well) are so connected, at some point it will all come together and the different subjects will begin helping each other out.

The subjects are pretty hard but if you generally enjoy doing maths it will be very doable.

Take a step back and think about what you are doing. I know how stressful studying can be (and I imagine self studying is worse), but in the greater scheme of things not understanding things here and there isn't the end of the world. When you don't get something, don't panic or stress, just laugh, try reading it again, look for other sources to explain it, try some questions or just say you'll have a look at it again later.

Get a lot of fresh air. Walk, jog, cycle. You don't wanna be inside all day.
Thank you so much for your advice
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