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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

What is peer notetaking?

Have you heard about peer notetaking before? It’s a valuable service for students who are unable to take their own lecture notes. Find out more from a UC student who is a peer notetaker, and how it is beneficial for everyone involved! 

Peer Notetaking, run by the Equity and Disability Service, is a great way for UC students to support their peers. Note takers provide their lecture notes along with extra information from class discussions and announcements.

Applying for this service is open to all students from undergraduates to masters, with accepted applicants being paid $8 per lecture. After having completed a minimum of 12 hours you can apply for your notetaking to be recognised on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Your CCR reflects the work-readiness skills you have acquired by participating in activities outside of academic study, which peer notetaking applies to. It shows your future employers that you have made the most of the opportunities that are available to you while at UC. These work-readiness skills include:

  • Planning and Organisation
  • Self-Management
  • Communication

The notes provided allow your peers who are unable to take notes for disability-related reasons, whether that is temporary is ongoing, to succeed and continue to find their place at UC. 

Personally being a peer note taker has positively influenced my own study. Knowing that someone else is relying on my notes for their own study has motivated me to make sure my notes are as clear and informative as possible. It has also made me more engaged in class as all of the information discussed may be helpful for the person I am providing the notes for.

Peer Notetaking is a rewarding experience as you are helping someone you have never met to continue to succeed and find their place at UC, while also supporting your own study by enhancing your engagement and note taking skills.

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: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/

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 https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/sign-language/

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: http://www.learnnzsl.nz/
Deaf Aotearoa: https://www.deaf.org.nz/
NZSL dictionary: https://www.nzsl.nz/
Sign Ninja:  http://www.nzslsignninja.co.nz/ (learn NZSL as you play)