Completing your studies

As a young carer, you may feel that continuing your education just isn't possible. Even if you want to, there's just too much on your plate. Here is how other young carers manage to keep going with their studies.

1. Don't be afraid to talk to your teachers

It's okay to let them know a bit about what's going on at home. Find a moment when you can talk to them in private and just say, “Look, I'm not going to be able to do that assignment. And here's why…". It varies, but sometimes there's room to move with deadlines.’ - Kara

2. Chunk down big assignments

Set goals so every week you feel you've accomplished something. You could say, “This week I'll have 300 of the thousand words done”. It doesn't have to be a huge commitment. Just something to keep you moving.’ - Ali

3. Don't put yourself down

Understand that if you're off your game, it's not because you're a bad student. It's because you're exhausted mentally and socially and physically because of the extra responsibilities you have at home.’ - Lauren

4. Financial help is available

Getting the bursary payments has given me peace of mind. I know I have financial backup for things I might need while I finish uni and keep caring for Mum.’ - Sam, 22

5. Use the support that’s there for you

Talking to my carer support worker helped. They lined up a meeting with the school counsellor, who was great. They helped with talking to the teachers about what I need to finish year 12.’ – Li, 19