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Studying and surviving at LSE

Friday 15 October 2014

Wolfson Theatre, 3.30

Adam Sandelson

LSE Student Counselling Service

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Aims
  • Common challenges in starting at LSE
  • Practical tips for dealing with transition
  • Stress management skills
  • Sources of advice and help
part 1
Common challenges in starting at LSE

Academic

Social

Settling in tips

Part 1
settling in the academic side
Settling in: The Academic side

New level of study

Previous standards

Reading strategies

Use SQ3R:

Scan, Question, Read, Review, Recall

Presentations, essays and exams

Academic adviser relationship

academic challenges
Academic challenges
  • Overwhelmed with material
  • New style of learning
  • Independent critical voice
  • Anxiety can lead to procrastination
    • We may disguise avoidance by being busy
    • We may find things to do that are interesting, but don't contribute towards the main goal
settling in the social side
Settling in - the Social Side
  • Meeting new people
  • New contacts through shared activities
  • Keeping contact with people from home
  • Balance of work and leisure
the challenge of transition
The challenge of transition
  • Loss of familiar
    • home, friends, family, routine
  • Coping with loss, after initial excitement subsides
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cultural isolation
  • Relationships and Identity
  • Financial difficulties
feeling homesick
There is a natural grieving reaction

associated with change

extremely common

often in first weeks

can occur when leaving home, but also later (eg after Xmas break)

Feeling Homesick
homesickness is associated with
distance from home

high expectations/ sense of anticlimax

time to adapt to culture, language, lifestyle

work overload and low control over it

most people come through homesickness and go on to do well and enjoy their time

Homesickness is associated with
initial impressions
Why did you choose to study at LSE

What are your initial impressions

Academic

Social

Cultural

Initial impressions
settling in tips
Talk to someone - others feel the same

Call home but also get involved here

It’s not disloyal to to enjoy yourself!

Be realistic about what to expect

Balance work and leisure

Time to adjust

You don't have to get everything

right straight away

Food and sleep

Settling in Tips
part 2
The context for studying

What are you really

doing here?

Part 2
ambivalence
Ambivalence?

Independence

Relationships

Being a student

Studying at LSE

Your course

Career

underlying dynamics
Trying to please others

Being a perfectionist

Feeling under pressure to do everything right

Setting yourself impossible targets

Repeating anxiety, stress, fear of failure …

The family/ historic context for your success …

Underlying dynamics
under pressure
Under Pressure?

What pressures are you under as a student coming to LSE

From others

From yourself

Are these pressures realistic or excessive?

part 3
Practical ways of dealing

with study challenges

Part 3
practical approaches
Practical approaches
  • Revise study skills
    • see LSE Learning World on Moodle
  • Time management skills
  • Set realistic and achievable goals
  • Short term targets, longer term strategies
  • Recognise your achievements
  • Talk to others, ask for help and support
focussing on the task
Focussing on the task
  • Concentrate on the task, not the outcome
  • Break down huge activities into small manageable tasks
  • Remember past successes
  • Time for breaks
    • space to breathe and think
    • mind maps, scribble ideas
    • go for a walk, talk out loud
stress management skills
Stress Management Skills
  • Physical, behavioural, cognitive…
  • Regularly switch off
    • Schedule some kind of physical activity
  • Good self care
    • Sleep, diet, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
  • Time out without guilt
  • Acknowledge anxiety, rather than denying it.
  • Ask: ‘are my negative thoughts realistic?’
challenging negative thoughts
Challenging negative thoughts
  • Imagine them under test in a Court of Law
  • Identify the negative thought (I can’t do this course, I’m going to fail…)
    • Ascertain the evidence For and Against
    • Am I making a ‘thinking error’
    • Propose a more reasonable alternative thought
thinking errors
Thinking errors
  • All or nothing thinking
  • Discounting the positive
    • only seeing the negative side
  • Over-generalizing
    • ‘If it happened before it will happen again’
  • Believing a catastrophe will happen
  • Emotional Reasoning
    • ‘If I feel it then it must be true’
sources of advice and help
Sources of advice and help

Academic Adviser Departmental Staff

Disability and Wellbeing Service Student Services Centre

TLC study skills advisors Learning World

Student Union and Advice Centre Medical Centre

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisors Deans

Don't wait until problems have grown impossibly large

It’s OK to ask for help earlier

lse student counselling service ksw 507
LSE Student Counselling Service – KSW.507
  • Free and confidential
  • Mainly short term counselling
  • Book appointments in advance
  • See Website for
    • Stress management handouts
    • Self help resources
    • Relaxation MP3’s
future workshops
Future Workshops

Good Writing Psychology

Wednesday 22 October, 3:30pm – 4:30pm: TW1 G.01

Friday 7th November, 3:00pm - 4:00pm: CLM G.02 (repeat session)

Managing study related stress

Wednesday 29th October, 3:30pm - 5:00pm: TW1 G.01

Adapting to Life at LSE

Wednesday 5th November, 12:00pm - 1:45pm: CLM G.02

groups
Groups
  • Stress Management Group (3 weeks)
  • Self Esteem Group (3 weeks)
  • Bereavement Group (7 weeks)
  • PhD group
  • 24+ Group

Places on all groups need to be booked in advance.

Please see the website, Call Ext 3627, visit KSW.507 or email student.counselling@lse.ac.uk.