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Manage your stress for better success

“I’m soooooo stressed out right now!” Sound familiar?

It’s not unusual for students to experience anxiety and tension at the thought of sitting exams. Here’s some strategies for putting those nervous energies into study prep or just chilling out between exams.

Prioritise: What are you going to study today and how will you do it? Can some day-to-day tasks be put on hold until after exams?

Reassure yourself: take time out to tell your subconscious that you don’t have a life-threatening situation to deal with so your fear of upcoming exams is not needed. You’ve got a study plan so make yourself feel better by ticking off the tasks as you complete them.

Breathe: When you breathe in make sure the breath out is longer, as long and slow as you can manage. This can really put the brakes on run-away anxiety. Breathe lower down rather than in the upper chest. Put your hands lower than your diaphragm and watch them rise and fall with each breath. Focus, concentrate on breathing in through the nose and slowly exhale. This will lower your blood pressure and change your brainwave pattern from beta (mental activity) to alpha (relaxation).

Reconnect yourself: Make getting into nature a priority – walk amongst trees, have lunch in the sun. Do things that normally give you joy, preferably away from any kind of screen or device. Maybe a yoga session at the RecCentre would be the thing for you.

Find a balance between periods of study concentration, physical relaxation and also fun.

Your study tips 
We asked for your study tips – here’s what you told us…

“Nobody benefits from sitting around stressing out and putting unnecessary pressure on themselves. It’s better to get out and have some fun and come back to it [study] later.” – Ella, second year science student

“Stay positive, if you’re positive, positive results will happen. It’s the law of attraction!” – Isaac, second year law student

“The Zen room [at the UC RecCentre] is my favourite place at uni!” – Verity, second year engineering and arts student

Academic Skills Centre – enrol now for Term 2 workshops

Want to get on top of your assignments and organised for upcoming exams? Check out the workshops and seminars on offer at Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre (ASC) during Term 2. They’re free and you can enrol online. View the current programme here.

Got a quick query?                  
If you’ve got a writing or study question that can be answered in 10 minutes, advisors are available to help with your quick queries between 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday. Visit ASC in the Central Library, Level 3 Puaka-James Hight.

Consultations
If you’ve got a query that’s likely to take longer than 10 minutes to answer, you can book a consultation (up to 40 minutes) with a learning advisor. Learning advisors can help with your questions about writing, critical thinking or study. Take a look at some common questions students bring to consultations here.

Consultations are held at ASC in the Central Library, Level 3 Puaka-James Hight. To book an appointment phone 03 369 3900.

Support for ākonga Māori 
Te Tari o te Amokapua Māori | the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori offers supplementary academic workshops for a range of 100 level compulsory courses alongside one-to-one/group tutoring for other 100/200 level courses on a course by course basis.

If you would like to find out more please call 03 369 3868 or email maoridevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

 

 

How UC made Rachel’s Parisian dream come true

Rachel Liao is excited to be embarking on the experience of a lifetime as she prepares to study at Science Po Paris, thanks to the UC Student Exchange Programme.

“I’m stoked to be living in France. Learning French has been a passion of mine since high school and my high school trip to France in 2015 really motivated me to keep going with the language. I have been itching to go back!” Rachel told us.

Sciences Po is an international research university, ranking among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

And, as Rachel explains, “it’s also one of the top Political Science universities in the world.”

Which for a political science major like herself, is an incredible opportunity.

“From areas of study to ways of teaching, Science Po’s courses differ widely to what’s available at UC, and I’m particularly looking forward to a methodology workshop on Diplomacy and International Negotiations this semester.”

In addition to her studies, Rachel is eager to immerse herself in the French culture, spend time exploring another part of the world and taking her language skills to the next level.

Rachel sees her exchange as a great opportunity to both finish her undergrad degree, and get her OE experience. It also gives her the chance to diversify her degree by experiencing a global perspective on her studies.

And the free return airfares UC offers to eligible students didn’t hurt either.

“While I’ve always wanted to go to back to France, the UC Student Exchange programme made the decision much easier and the financial and institutional support I could receive as an exchange student was really appealing to me.”

Rachel will depart New Zealand in late August, ready to begin her two semester stint at Sciences Po in early September 2018. Keep an eye out for more on Rachel’s Parisian exchange experience during her student takeover of the ucnz Instagram account, later this year.

If you’ve been wanting to see more of the world then the UC Student Exchange programme, with over 60 partner universities worldwide, could be just what you’re looking for.

To find out how you can apply for Semester Two 2019, follow this link>