NEW for summer term – a drop-in session to help you manage exam stress
What for: A brief (5-10 minute), one-to-one conversation with a counsellor to discuss some helpful strategies to keep yourself calm around exam time
Where: University Counselling Service, Westwood House
When: Mondays 3.00pm to 3.45pm or Wednesdays 11.30am to 12.15pm - no appointment necessary
If this is your last year at University, you may want to think about using the University Counselling Service before you leave. Meeting with a counsellor for a counselling appointment may be useful to help you develop your insight, self agency and resilience so that you can consider making some changes which may lead to you improving your potential.
- Get booked on a workshop for some useful strategies about a range of issues
- Consider registering for counselling and booking your appointment for AFTER your exam period to discuss any issues you may have around transitions to your next stage in life - counsellors are available throughout the summer term and into vacation.
- Use the self-help resources available - there's a range of e-books and CDs too
- Check out the specific-issue e-sheets - 60 issues with information and links to follow
- If you don't want to commit to a particular date, time and place, try out email counselling - register and write in anytime and you'll get a reply each Thursday (you don't have to write in every week if that doesn't suit you)
- Register for face-to-face individual counselling then you can use the 'call to book' system to arrange an appointment to suit your schedule.
- See the short film so you can see what the counselling service looks like - don't let anxiety of the unknown put you off coming!
Common concerns experienced by finalists include:
Exam Anxiety - read the tips or listen to the podcast, or come to the drop in sessions in Westwood House - see above
- Stress or panic - ensure you unwind regularly - try a relaxation exercise or listen to a podcast
- Low mood - take a look at http://studentsagainstdepression.org/
- Perfectionist tendencies - check out the e-sheet
- Disturbed sleep - get some tips and try the free app
- Plan ahead - consider using the Careers Service
Get yourself sorted before you leave university - take charge of your issues before they take charge of you!
counselling has provided me with a foundation for tackling any future problems I may have"
I found the workshop extremely helpful...it changed the way I think about myself and others"
Counselling was one of the best experiences of my life. Without wishing to sound cheesy, it has changed my life and it has enabled me to understand myself and my problems with an aim to redefining myself and my future"