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Student parents

Support and Advice for student parents

As a parent at King's you, more than anyone, will learn the skill of juggling university work, family commitments and your own needs. University will be just one aspect of your busy life that must be moulded around the sometimes unpredictable rhythms of family life.

Don’t be surprised if at times you question whether it was worth making the decision to study at this time in your life. Student life is sometimes hard. The university appreciates your situation and we will do what we can to help you.

We have lised a number of our practical hints and tips below but you may also find the national website Student Parents really useful for planning your time at University

Practical tips

  • Find some like minded support. There may be other student parents on your course. Although not all student parents are mature students - and not all mature students have children. Some parents join KCLSU's Graduate and Mature Students Society.
  • Remember that it is normal to feel overwhelmed by all that you have to do! It is not a sign that you are failing, it is recognition that you have a lot on your plate.
  • Let your personal tutor know your situation. If you do have difficulties later in the academic session with commitments outside of university, they will be aware and can help you as best they can. Tutors may be able to arrange for missed lecture notes to be forwarded to you, they may arrange a time for you discuss work you have missed with appropriate staff and they may have information on who else can help you within the university.
  • Some parents prefer to keep their home life separate to their studies as a form of ‘escape’. That is entirely appropriate but do talk to someone in Student Support if you need assistance or just a listening ear. You can talk to the Counsellors and Student Advisers in confidence. The Chaplains are also available across the university for practical and spiritual support
  • If you are also a mature student (21 or over on the first day of your studies) they you should also look at the information for Mature Students.
  • If it is all getting too much then do come and talk to us before you make any radical decisions.
  • You may find that your children are not always accommodating of your needs – especially if you are spending yet another evening writing an essay. Why not offer to bring them to university to have a look around so that they can see your school? Many of the catering outlets are open at the weekend meaning that you could treat them to lunch and a look round followed by some time in central London. Please do remember however that you cannot leave children unsupervised in any King's buildings.

 

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