(Original post by BinaryJava)
Currently studying maths at the university of nottingham and I know i'm going to fail these January exams, I've already done one and could only answer 1 question out of 4. I barely managed to get through year 2, I got a 43% grade after resits. I don't learn anything from the lectures which gets me down to the point where I don't bother attempting the exercise sheets because I don't have a clue. I also have anxiety so I've only gone to see lecturers twice about questions I have and I only know one other person on my course so its hard for me to make progress. I also have sleep problems so find it hard to wake up for morning lectures or just turn up exhausted. University has completely destroyed my confidence and ruined my passion for a subject I got 2A*s in at a level.
I want to give up but I've been told to stick it out since I only have one more term to go. Is a degree with a pass even worth anything? So i'm thinking about reading lecture notes myself for next term and powering through my anxiety to ask lecturers any questions I have. I'm convinced that the work is just too confusing for me to ever understand.
I've been looking at IT apprenticeships since this is a field I enjoy a lot but i'm not sure what level to apply for. Would a degree apprenticeship have the same workload as my current degree and would another university have a lighter workload than nottingham?
Also any other recommendations as to what I should do would be great? Should I quit uni now and what should I do instead?
A pass degree in this day and age is almost worthless. For those unacquainted, a pass degree is one where you failed to meet the requirements to obtain an honours degree, such as failing to achieve 40%+ in each exam. Note: it is possible to obtain an honours degree with failed modules. You need at least a third class honours degree, so I would recommend fulfilling that, or resitting the year if you can.
You could attempt to submit a mitigating circumstances form to your department, which would enable you to get a first-attempt resit next year, at all the exams that you fail to achieve 40% in the third year. A first-attempt resit means you won't be capped at 40% when you resit the exam. You can try submitting it for the first semester exams, but its possible it may be too late. That would mean its possible for you to obtain a 2.1/2.2 if you do really good in your first semester and second semester exams
Regarding your difficulties, the first thing I would recommend would be to speak to your lecturer, and if possible, send him emails every few days with lots of questions that you're confused about. You really need to get a book out, and nail down the topics. I find that lecture notes are the most confusing part, and best explained by recommended books/YouTube videos regarding that topic.
However, as a person working in the IT industry, there is some good news: your next action depends on what field you want to work in the IT industry. E.g. do you want to work as a data analyst, web developer, database developer, etc. The difficulty is, with having a third class will make it difficult to employ you for IT related industries, as that requires a 2.2 bare-minimum for most
Here's what I would do: submit a mitigating circumstances form for the first semester, then, if you feel that you cannot take your second semester exams as well, then you should suspend your studies, and study those modules during your suspension, then come back the following year. Then, if your mitigating circumstance claim is accepted, you will have first-attempt resit at both semester exams, allowing you to potentially gain a 2.1/2.2 instead of a pass degree that you're aiming for now.
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