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UC Student Blogger | Tips for coping with stress during exams

It is this time of year again where exams are around the corner and you have all your essays due at once. Stress is something we all feel during this time. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress is vital for your success!

Some tips to help during this exam period:

  • You are not alone. Many people, including staff, are stressed during this period; talk to a friend or use the UC support services – we are here to help!
  • Plan your study sessions out, make a timetable of what you are studying and how long it will take. Planning things out will help you to see a clear picture of where you are at and where you need to go.
  • Don’t overload yourself; take sufficient breaks during and in between studies – this will help you to focus better. You could go for a walk, go to the gym, catch up with friend over coffee… This will definitely help your concentration and wellbeing
  • If unforeseen circumstances are affecting your study and you need more time to finish an essay or assignment, you can speak to your course coordinator to see if it’s possible to have an extension

What if I don’t pass my exams?

The anxiety of failing your exams can be tough to overcome, especially if it has happened before. However, remember that you have come a long way – university is not meant to be easy. Having doubts about failure will only create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, be kind to yourself. and try talking things through with a friend.  If you have failed before, examine what happened and what you can do next time. The Academic Skills Centre is here to help; you can find free resources and workshop that will help you deal with stress and help you succeed in your studies.

Other resources:

The UC Health Centre offers  counselling for students, and can provide medical certificates if you’re applying for extensions or special considerations. You can book an appointment over the phone and this service is free for students who have a Community Services Card. 

Student Care can give advice on a variety of issues from family problems to uni work. 

For more wellbeing information, visit the Wellbeing Hub or browse through all of the support provided by UC and the UCSA.

Find out more about how to manage exams, how to deal with fear of failure,  and how to cope with anxiety and stress

UC Student Blogger | How the Equity & Disability Service can support you

New Zealand Sign Language Week is coming up soon! One of our Student Bloggers takes a look at NZSL, and the disability-related study support available for students at UC:  

Celebrate this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week from 21 to 27 September. The NZSL week celebrates and brings awareness to the deaf community here in NZ. It is signed by over 20,000 people and is one of NZ’s official languages.

Here at UC, the Equity and Disability Service (EDS) is here to help with any condition which may affect your study such as hearing impairment, mental health condition, learning difficulty, or any other condition or injury. EDS provides a wide range of services which includes but not limited to:

  • Practical support (e.g. sign language interpreters, peer note-takers)
  • Assistive technology (e.g. digital voice recorders, CCTV, screen reading
    and voice recognition software)
  • Information in alternative formats (e.g. electronic, enlarged, tactile
    diagrams, Braille)
  • Special arrangements for exams (e.g. extra time, separate room, writer).

In order to use the service, you need to register with EDS and need to provide evidence of your impairment such as a medical certificate or a psychological report. For more information, you can visit:

Alternatively, you can visit the EDS centre located on the ground floor of the Forestry building. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm.

EDS also offer sign language classes. It is open for all UC students and staff and you can find more information at

The EDS is also looking for Peer-note takers who can take notes for students who are unable to themselves. It is paid and you can apply it to your Co-curricular Record.

If you want to learn more about NZSL cheek out these links:

Learn NZSL:
Deaf Aotearoa:
NZSL dictionary:
Sign Ninja: (learn NZSL as you play)

UC Student Blogger | Check out UCGO for everything you need at UC

Have you discovered UCGO yet? This is the ultimate app with all the tools you need to succeed at UC. You can access LEARN, your emails and your timetable on the go, as well as support services like the Wellbeing Hub and Campus Safety. One of our UC Student Bloggers takes a look at some of the features and how it has helped out with life at UC: 

Well, what is UCGO?

UCGO is an app which contains a collection of tools that you use daily. You can download it on your phone or bookmark it on your browser. It’s simple to use, and you can access LEARN, your timetables and other goodies with just some simple taps or clicks.

I’ve been using UCGO on my phone since the app was first launched last year. I found it so useful for accessing LEARN and my timetable; before, I had to go onto my timetable on my browser which is inconvenient as the system has a short timeout period, especially if I need to check if I’m in the right place right before class starts. I’ve also found the quick access to LEARN very handy for finding what reading I need to do if I have a physical book in front of me, as it saves me the hassle of logging in. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to be more successful and more organised.

What else can you use UCGO for? 

  • Zoom video conferencing
  • Check out the Library open hours, search catalogues, reserve items and top up your account 
  • Campus Safety – Call UC Security, and find information about assault and consent, and what to do in an emergency
  • Find out what’s happening on campus with Insider’s Guide | Tūpono notices 
  • Take a look at RecCentre opening hours and group fitness timetables
  • Use Maps to find out how to get where you need to go on campus.
  • Keep up-to-date with UC Social 
  • Use V-Plate to get your UCSA cafe loyalty rewards.
  • Access Key UC dates
  • Emergency push notifications – Keep your notifications turned on to get notices about campus-wide emergencies.
  • Find out how to get to and from campus with Getting Around 
  • Locked out of your UC account? Use Password Reset to get yourself sorted 
  • Use Assyst to log a request with IT 
  • Access the CareerHub for info on jobs, internships and scholarship opportunities 

Find more information here>