Never be afraid to ask for help

Whether you are struggling with your maths GCSE coursework at school or with the major personal changes that come from leaving home and moving to university, one thing is always true – help is available, and you should never be afraid to ask for it when you need it. We all struggle at times and whilst you may be able to work through many of these problems yourself, there is no shame in sharing the burden and getting help.

Need Someone to Talk to?

If you are struggling with personal issues and need someone to talk to then the first port of call will likely be friends and family, but there are occasions when you need someone outside your normal support group and there are charities and other groups there to help.

The Samaritans are a charity that provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, and they are available to talk over the phone, via email, via letter, and face-to-face in many cities up and down the UK.

The Mix offer support geared directly to young people aged between 13 and 25 on a range of issues from mental health issues to money worries to sexuality and more. The UK-registered charity offers its services via phone, email, peer to peer, and counselling services.

Need Tutoring Support?

Some people are great at English and others at maths or languages, but few people find every subject easy at school and many find they need a bit of help to guide them towards getting top grades.

Some schools offer after-hours support and tutoring services to make sure their pupils are getting the most out of their classes, but many do not and that means young people (and their parents) turn to private tutoring services like Superprof to find a local tutor to help them.

As class sizes continue to grow in Britain’s schools, the chance to have 1-1 tuition from someone can make a huge impact on students even if it is just one or two classes to explain a particularly tough concept. However, some young people will get more out of regular weekly or monthly sessions to make sure they stay on top of their workload and don’t fall behind.

Want to Learn New Skills?

Whilst many young people will turn to tutors to help them with their school subjects, fewer people would think to use a tutor for sports or arts. There is no reason however, that such services could not help you learn non-academic subjects that piques your interest.

A-levels means cutting down the number of subjects that young people study to just three or four, but that does not mean they don’t have much wider interests – and keeping the fascination with learning alive could well feed back into other classes. Most people might only think about learning a musical instrument with a private tutor, but there is nothing to say that this path couldn’t satisfy a curiosity about psychology, economics, or anything else!

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