Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

Preparing for exams – time management

Feeling overwhelmed? 

Strengthening time management skills can help ease the stress.   

Here’s some tips to help you get started.

  • Identify your priorities – consider what’s urgent and what’s important, and what the potential consequences are if you don’t get something done. This will help you prioritise tasks.
  • Stay organised – you can create a visual representation of your assessments and exam dates by using a wall planner or a diary. Create a timeline that starts from the due date and works backward to outline what needs to be done and when. Setting realistic tasks and deadlines can help you stay motivated and on track.  
  • Allow time for breaks –taking breaks between specific tasks can help you refocus and improve your concentration. Disconnecting from distractions like cellphones and TVs, taking a walk outside, or making coffee can help refresh your brain. 

Managing your time effectively to decrease your stress levels and increase your confidence will help ensure you are in the right frame of mind when it comes to exam time.  Want to know more?

Wishing you all the best, 

UC Wellbeing 

Learn how to eat well for exams!

Thinking about improving your food habits to help get you through exams? We’ve compiled seven quick, healthy and easy recipes to keep you fuelled. 

Click on an image to view the full recipe:


Want to learn more about the benefits of eating well?

Come to E8 at 10am on June 6 to hear how your nutrition impacts your brain during stressful times like exams and get tips on the best foods to be eating.

A PhD student at the Mental Health and Nutrition Research lab Te Puna Toiora at the University of Canterbury will talk about a series of topics covering the effect of nutrition on mental health, and what students can do to enhance their mental wellbeing during exam period. These topics include the effect of specific foods on mental health, how nutrition affects the brain, and what foods to eat (and not to eat) during stressful times.

What’s on this exam period?

Check out the events that are being held during the upcoming exam period!

June 69am – 11.30am
Take a break – hot drinks, snacks, games
Undercroft 101
June 610am – 10.45am
Nutrition seminar – learn how nutrition impacts the brain in times of high stress and the best foods to support your brain
June 77am
Ti Kouka, Haere-roa
June 7-98:30am – 8:30pm
Study space
June 7, 9 & 129am – 6pm – Postgrad students
Shut Up and Write
Bentley’s, Haere-roa
June 712pm – 2pm
Connect Zone
C Block lawn
June 74pm – 6pm
Paint and Cheese
Library, makerspace
June 72pm – 4pm
Zen Zone
Community Engagement Hub
June 812.30pm – 3.30pm
Take a break – hot drinks, snacks, games
Undercroft 101

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