Recognising when you should ask for help

Recognising when you should ask for help is not easy for many people with AS.  This is why seeing a Post-Graduate Mentor  or Study Adviser regularly can be a good idea.  They can help you to identify problems and, if they cannot help you solve it, contact someone who can. 

IF some of the list below is true for you, there is a problem and you should be asking for support.  This list is not exhaustive so your signs of stress or worry might not be included; however I hope it helps.

  • You miss lectures and seminars because you do not know where they are.
  • You are deliberately avoiding some or all lectures and seminars.
  • After two weeks you have no books or other information you need to do   your work.
  • You feel panicky most of the time.
  • You come out of lectures very stressed or feeling you have not understood anything.
  • You are not sure what to do for a piece of work so it is not getting done.
  • You keep putting off doing something.
  • You are using your chilling routine or distracting activity more than usual.
  • You think that everybody else is doing far better than you.
  • Your anxiety behaviours are increasing in intensity.
  • You keep getting emails from university staff telling you that your attendance is poor.
  • You get confused trying to work out how to use the university email and on-line help systems.
  • You cannot find the on-line resources you are supposed to use.
  • You do not know when the lecturers have their ‘office hours’.
  • You do not email people spontaneously and avoid answering emails from lecturers.
  • You think you are organised, but still other people complain to you about things you have not done on time.
  • Your notes are in a pile on the floor, or stuffed in your bag and never, or rarely, read.
  • You would like some help but do not have time for the meetings with Mentors or Study Advisers.
  • You are too busy to do anything else but your work and you do not feel you have time to relax.
  • You are feeling isolated and lonely and it is affecting your work.


If any of these things are true for you and your work is not getting done, this is the time to seek help.   Contact your Personal Tutor and/or the AAC staff to say you need to see someone for help.  Sending an email to these staff or asking in person are both good ways of making contact to ask for help.  IF you cannot do this, get a parent / carer or friend to do it for you.

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