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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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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK – FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING AND SUPPORT ON CAMPUS

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in Aotearoa New Zealand, which is all about focusing on our wellbeing and making sure we’re looking after ourselves.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.

CONNECT / ME WHAKAWHANAUNGA
Talk and listen, be there, feel connected

KEEP LEARNING / ME AKO TONU
Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

TAKE NOTICE / ME ARO TONU
Remember the simple things that give you joy

BE ACTIVE / ME KORI TONU
Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

GIVE / TUKUA
Your time, your words, your presence

Support on campus
If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone about life at UC, getting help with managing your work, a personal matter or you just need someone to talk to, there is a range of free support available on campus.

Support for students:

Support for staff and students:

Support for staff:

Wider support

0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for free, 24/7, confidential support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

UCSA Winter Wellness Expo 2019

Winter Wellness Expo 2019

The Winter Wellness Expo is a free, all ages, alcohol-free event for all UC students.  It is brought to you by UCSA Help (Advocacy & Welfare) team, and will be held on Thursday 25 July Thursday in Haere-roa, from 10am – 2pm.

There will be stalls offering free second-hand stuff, free brand new beanies, scarves, toothpastes, toothbrushes and dental floss (limited quantity), as well as free hot drinks and cakes.  Other stalls include Tenancy Protection Association, Christchurch Budget Service and Community Energy Action’s curtain bank!

The NZ Police will be there to label phones, laptops etc. with UV markers, and give students tips on how to prevent burglaries.  NZ Fire Service will also be there to give students information on fire safety.

There will also be a sewing/mending station.  So find those garments that need mending and bring them all down to Haere-roa during Winter Wellness Expo.

And there’s more!  There will be a barber at the Expo for haircuts, and bunnies and guinea pigs for you to pet!!

So please let your students know, and come join us this Thursday between 10am and 2pm at Haere-roa!

Note: Please let your students know to bring some bags to pack the goodies in.

Also note: Please let your students know that if they are wanting their garments mended, please don’t come too late in the day as some can take a little while to repair.