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Under Pressure: Understanding assessment anxiety

Help your students cope with assessment-related anxiety with this new online resource by Dr Valerie Sotardi (College of Education, Health & Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora educational psychologist) and Associate Professor Erik Brogt (Learning Evaluation and Academic Development team).

First year students can be particularly vulnerable as they transition to university life, but help is at hand with new resources for students and teachers, funded by Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and available on their website.

Top tips for teachers:
• Being familiar with NCEA content and structure
• Teaching for transfer of knowledge
• Setting clear expectations
• Communicating the purpose of an assessment
• Building student confidence
• Identifying a clear contact person for the course
• Creating a sense of belonging
• The learning environment matters
• Knowing the referral process

Read the full guide here: Mitigating Assessment Anxiety in First-Year University Students: A resource guide for teaching staff

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What to do if a student needs help – support services available

As UC staff we are all responsible for looking after the pastoral care of our students, as well as supporting our colleagues.

Occasionally you may be approached by a student seeking support or help with a specific issue – it’s important to remember students are more likely to speak with someone they trust or are familiar with and to respect that trust.

If a student approaches you for advice or is in distress, there are a number of UC resources to help you ensure they get the support they need. For information on providing support visit the website>

UC takes very seriously the wellbeing and education of our students with the aim of creating a campus community where students feel safe and where they belong.

Helping new students settle in

UC is sending weekly emails to new students during term one to help them settle in to life at UC and ensure they have the information they need for a successful start.

The emails align with the new student handbooks and include information and advice on studying, wellbeing, support services and getting involved in UC life. They also address some of the issues we know new students face, such as feeling homesick and the fear of failure.

The messaging has been structured to provide information to students when they need it, and is based on findings from previous UCount surveys and student feedback.

Read the first three emails sent to new students 

Week one email

Week two email

Week three email  

Start of year information for new students

The first weekly email in the seven-week toolkit for new students was sent on Monday.

Topics include study tips, UCSA Clubs, mentoring, UC Rec & Sport, UniLife and the Health Centre. View the full email here.

Please feel free to reinforce these messages with students as appropriate.

The next weekly email will include information about safety on campus, library induction, academic skills centre, and dates for enrolment changes, withdrawals and refunds.

More information for new students, including the UC Wellbeing, UC Study and UC Student Life handbooks is available on the UC website.  

GradFest 2018

Spring Gradfest is designed to help postgraduate students navigate their thesis journey, as well as meet other postgraduates at UC. Please encourage your students to attend.

What’s Gradfest? A week of free seminars, workshops, and social events especially for postgrad students on such topics as

  • The research ethics approval process
  • How to give a research presentation
  • Managing stress
  • Preparing for the Oral exam
  • The publication process and more

When’s Gradfest? Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November 2018.

View the programme and register here>