If you're struggling whilst at university, remember that support is available. Read on to find out how to ask for it...
If you're struggling with your workload, it can be hard to find the time to take a step back and deal with the problem, but doing so will pay off in the long term.
Not only can this person advise you on what to do next, they'll also be able to support you if you need to talk to other members of staff about your situation. For example, if you need an extension on a piece of work, your adviser will be able to help you to make the request.
You shouldn't take any drastic action, such as trying to drop modules or change courses, without talking to your adviser.
If for any reason you aren't comfortable talking to your adviser, there are other people you can turn to. Contact student services, talk to a trusted lecturer or search for 'pastoral care' on your university's website to find out more.
For example, if your problem is with the content of the course, you might want to ask your lecturers for extra help, change your private study, reconsider the modules you are taking or even move to a different course. On the other hand, if unrelated worries are affecting your studies, then making changes to your course are unlikely to help, although you may still benefit from extensions to work deadlines while you deal with the problem.
Talking to your adviser, and to other people you trust, should help you to work out what the problem is.