Anticipate potential challenges

If you are aware of the things that could be difficult or that might go wrong, you are in a better position to prevent or manage these.

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Thinking about potential challenges early makes it more likely that you will find a solution or the right help.

Even if you can’t avoid all problems, it is easier to cope if they don’t come as unexpected surprises.

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Managing challenges provides you with new skills and insights. It also builds your confidence and demonstrates that you can survive difficult situations and solve problems.

Illustration of a person at the top of a staircase with stairs missing

If you become more aware of the things that could be difficult or that might go wrong, you are in a better position to prevent or manage these. Thinking about potential challenges early makes it more likely that you will find a solution or the right help.

Even if you can’t avoid all problems, it is easier to cope if they don’t come as unexpected surprises. Managing challenges provides you with new skills and insights. It also builds your confidence and demonstrates that you can survive difficult situations and solve problems.

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I have a realistic sense of the challenges I might face during my studies.

I have a realistic sense of the challenges I might face during my studies.

Managing challenges provides you with new skills and insights. It also builds your confidence and demonstrates that you can survive difficult situations and solve problems.

Click the icons below to reveal some challenging aspects of study alongside strategies for overcoming them.

Other challenges? Make a note of them in the box alongside, and give some thought to how you might overcome them.

I don’t know how to reference sources.

Next steps:

  • Consult my course handbook or tutors to check which referencing style I should be using
  • Attend a library workshop on referencing
  • Use a book such as Cite Them Right to ensure sources are referenced accurately in my assignment

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