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Right so, I’m wondering if anyone else feels like this when it comes to unis and stuff.
So basically last year I applied for Oxford but got rejected but I didn’t think it was fair because I had an undiagnosed illness which meant I couldn’t have extra time in interviews and the entrance exams.
Now I do have a diagnosis, but I’m so burnt out. Like I want to get in but I don’t know how to overcome this burnt out stuff. Whenever I go to revise I have a week of good progress and then just suddenly stop. Then I feel guilty that I’m not revising or working towards where I want to be. Any advice on how to overcome it?
Is anyone else in a similar position?
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A temporary break from all that might do the job for you. You deserve to lose worries.
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A temporary break from all that might do the job for you. You deserve to lose worries.
Thank you, I’ve had a bit of a long break already though. I’m not sure how to get back on track :/
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Thank you, I’ve had a bit of a long break already though. I’m not sure how to get back on track :/
Do small but manageable steps.
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Hey there

I'm sorry to hear about your journey with burnout and during your a levels

Here are some more tips for overcoming burnout:

1. Make Time for Enjoyable Activities
2. Get Plenty of Physical Exercise
3. Get Outside
4. Make Time for Social Activities
5. Develop Good Relationships with Professors
6. Set Reasonable Goals
7. Avoid Procrastination - push yourself even when you don't feel like it!
8. Get Better at Time Management
9. Take a Step Back to revaluate your priorities and what you want
10. Work-Life Balance

Its really important to look after yourself and stay healthy, especially if you've just been diagnosed with an illness - your brain and body needs fuel to go off so that you can study. I definitely experienced a lot of burnout and lack of motivation over lockdown and going outside and making time to exercise made a huge difference for me.


I can imagine your disappointment of not getting into Oxford has also disheartened you which is really understandable. I think that really taking time to think about what you now want or what other universities you could go to, whether you still want to study the same thing might help give you something to get excited about and motivate you to study to get to your new end goal!

I wish you all the best - keep reaching out to others as well because you're definitely not alone in this!

Jubilee - UoP Rep
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Hey there

I'm sorry to hear about your journey with burnout and during your a levels

Here are some more tips for overcoming burnout:

1. Make Time for Enjoyable Activities
2. Get Plenty of Physical Exercise
3. Get Outside
4. Make Time for Social Activities
5. Develop Good Relationships with Professors
6. Set Reasonable Goals
7. Avoid Procrastination - push yourself even when you don't feel like it!
8. Get Better at Time Management
9. Take a Step Back to revaluate your priorities and what you want
10. Work-Life Balance

Its really important to look after yourself and stay healthy, especially if you've just been diagnosed with an illness - your brain and body needs fuel to go off so that you can study. I definitely experienced a lot of burnout and lack of motivation over lockdown and going outside and making time to exercise made a huge difference for me.


I can imagine your disappointment of not getting into Oxford has also disheartened you which is really understandable. I think that really taking time to think about what you now want or what other universities you could go to, whether you still want to study the same thing might help give you something to get excited about and motivate you to study to get to your new end goal!

I wish you all the best - keep reaching out to others as well because you're definitely not alone in this!

Jubilee - UoP Rep
Thank you for the tips!! They are so useful!!
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