Category Archives: Study Skills

Balancing work and study with CFS/M.E.

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When I began my Master’s degree in September 2014, I never imagined how much my life would change between then and now. I managed, more or less, to complete half of the programme’s taught credits in the first year, but then stumbled through two abortive attempts at beginning my second year, and am only just returning to study now.

In late September 2016 I was diagnosed with CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). After what seemed an endless barrage of blood tests and other various proddings/pokings, I was formally diagnosed and I began to learn about how to live with the condition.  Continue reading

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On Academic Reading and Good Habits

I’ve never been a particularly ‘good’ reader, and require full concentration for even the guiltiest of fiction-pleasures. I always make the best effort at reading when I’m on holiday, but since this is a distance learning MA and I have to continue working full time (and am not filthy rich), I really need to figure out a Plan B to get the best out of the programme.  Continue reading