My beloved has recently started studying towards an MSc, having left full-time education over 15 years ago. The course subject is tough and the prerequisite level of knowledge wasn’t made clear. Understandably, my beloved is concerned about keeping up (indeed, catching up) and passing.
Hoping to help, I’ve shared my view that their attention is aimed squarely at the deficit in knowledge. This almost guarantees frustration and despondency. I’ve encouraged them to focus on their ability to learn and, just as importantly, that the subject matter is precisely what they hoped to become expert in. Instead of looking at how far short one might fall, one can look instead at how much ground one is gaining. The former is enervating; the latter is energising.
The course result is not the only outcome – the learned knowledge and experience will be of value.