Stress and anxiety affects all of us, especially during exam time. It might be a bit of surprise to hear that a small amount of stress can sometimes be beneficial and make you more productive. However, a high amount of stress and anxiety can lead to the loss of productivity and long-term health effects. So, how do you manage these feelings and turn them around?
Tips to cope with stress during exams
- Talk to a friend about how you’re feeling. You’ll find out you’re not along, and it might help you work through things from a different perspective
- Eat healthily and drink plenty of water. People often overlook how proper nutrition affects stress levels. For example, rushing to eat food can cause mild indigestion. While you might not notice initially, it can make your body hyperaware and lead to you feeling stressed.
- Practice mindfulness. This doesn’t necessarily mean meditation or yoga, but is about being aware of your mind and body. Ask yourself: why am I stressed or anxious and it is really justified to feel this way?
- Plan ahead. Use a schedule or a planner This can help you to stay organised by knowing what to do and when to do it.
- This is only for now. It may seem like the world is falling apart. It may feel like you’ve failed in some way if you don’t get the marks you want. But just remember if something doesn’t work out the way you expect, you can learn from the experience and change the way you approach it next time.
If you’re stressed or anxious about exams and want to talk, you can book an appointment with one of our Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care advisors. They can help you to find ways to manage your feelings and turn things around.
If you’re concerned about yourself, please talk to your GP. Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre also offers emergency counselling support in person or you can call 03 369 4444 to be transferred to a registered nurse answering service. You will be triaged by a registered nurse who will give advice or refer you to an appropriate service (s).
Other support networks
Coming to university for the first time can feel scary especially if you are from out of town and don’t know anybody. Here at UC, we can make this experience a little bit easier with our targeted mentor programme for those who have just started. When you apply for a mentor you will be paired with an older student studying a similar subject or has similar interests to you. They can help you to access the services on campus and can be someone you can talk to about your experiences and studies.
Types of mentorship at UC
UC Mentoring Programme
This is the standard mentor programme which is open to all first years. The mentors come from a range of backgrounds from first in the family to study at uni, to PhD, domestic and international.
Click here to Register
Māori Leadership Programme
This is a mentor programme specifically made for first-year Māori students. You’ll be paired with one of our Māori Tuākana/Mentors, who are trained by our Māori leadership team. You don’t need to be able to speak Te Reo Māori or be studying Māori to take up this opportunity.
Register to get a Tuākana
Pacific Mentoring Programme
This mentor programme is designed for enrolled Pasifika students at UC. Your mentor will introduce you to support services, and events for Pasifika students as well as help you to become familiar with UC more generally.
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College based and club mentoring
These are mentoring programmes created by academic clubs alongside their respected colleges and is perfect for those who want help with their studies. These include:
- EngMe: Mentoring and academic support for first-year engineering students bought you by ENSOC.
- LawMe: Mentoring and academic support for first-year law students bought you by LAWSOC.
- Non-academic Arts Mentors: Mentoring for first-year College of Arts students bought you by UC Arts Society (work in progress).
Contact the relevant clubs for more information
For more information on mentorship or how to become on yourself visit: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/get-support/new/mentoring-programmes/