I started home-learning about three months ago and it’s the best decision I could have made, and did make, for myself and my health.
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What I did before home-learning
Before I started home-learning, I was in college. I started college in September 2017, because even though I didn’t feel completely better, I felt well enough to go. And I was – for a term. In January 2018, I had to reduce my hours down from full-time to 1 hour a day, and sometimes I couldn’t even manage that. That didn’t last very long. Within a few weeks, I had to stop going in completely. I had work that I could do at home, but when I was put on amitriptyline, my symptoms were exacerbated and I couldn’t think straight. The brain fog was back.
After about a month of not going into college, I was told I had to give up my place. They said that as I hadn’t been in for five weeks, I was no longer a student. Despite not feeling any better four months later, I was re-enrolled, but with two subjects instead of three. I didn’t want to do this, but my parents said it was the best thing for me.
In September, I didn’t go back to college. In fact, I never did. I wasn’t well enough. At the end of November, I gave up my place after deciding to do home-learning instead. I enrolled in the NEC (National Extension College) the next day and never looked back.
Why I love home-learning
Home-learning is by far the best way for me to do my A levels. I can study when and where I want (it’s always been in my room so far, though) and I don’t have the anxiety about going into college while feeling nauseated. As I don’t have a class schedule, I can work when I feel like I will remember what I’m studying and when I don’t have brain fog. Another thing I love about studying from home is that I don’t have to walk anywhere – except for downstairs to get food – which has helped me so much, because I can’t walk far and I would be exhausted just walking to my classes in college.
Studying from home has helped me manage my health so much better. I’m so glad I discovered this was a possibility.
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