Exam Season? You’ve Got This! Stress Busters and Success Tips

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U of G’s exam period starts April 15, and we have lots of resources to help you through the home stretch! Take control of your stress and rock your exams this spring.

Stress busters for study success

Make sure you take some time away from the books during exam season. Check out these online and off-line activities:Exam Stress Busters

  • Find study strategies, well-being tips and ways to unwind in U of G’s Exam Stress Busters Activity Book. Download a copy for exam prep advice, relaxation tips, puzzles and colouring pages.
  • Take A Paws with the McLaughlin Library on Instagram! On April 13 and 14, check out pictures of students’ pets and share snaps of your own furry friends.
  • Embrace your competitive side on April 16 with an Among Us game coordinated by the Department of Athletics through Microsoft Teams.
  • Work out from home with Gryphon Athletics through on-demand fitness classes.
  • Student Wellness offers easy meal ideas to keep you fuelled when you study along with breathing techniques to help send your stress away. Check out @wellness_uofg on Instagram.
  • Get moving with Mood Moves – a noon-hour exercise moment every Wednesday. Join the Microsoft Teams call and then take part in a physical activity that makes you happy.
  • Find more tips and programs on GryphLife.ca or search social media with the hashtag #UofGExamStressBusters.

U of G alumni want to help you out! Win a gift card

Your alumni family is wishing you the best! Win one of 200 e-gift cards to Starbucks or Tim Hortons courtesy of Gryphon eGifts. Treat yourself wherever you are!

Keep an eye on the @uofgalumni Instagram account on April 15, 20 and 22 to see how you can win. This initiative is funded by the U of G Alumni Association.

Academic resources to help you prep

Get quick access to academic resources to help you finish the semester strong. The Undergraduate Academic Information Centre has a list of online resources to help students with their academic success, including tutoring and supported learning groups. Or speak to someone through live chat for help finding information and resources.

No matter what type of exam you’re prepping for, the library has strategies to help! Choose from tips for:

They also have great advice on how to study effectively and more tips on getting ready for exams.

Get familiar with the technology

Before your exams start, if your instructors are using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor, make sure you’re familiar with the system and its requirements. Take a sample test so you can try out the technology.

Missed a final exam or assignment?

If you miss a final exam (or other final assessment, such as a final paper), review the Academic Consideration policy and contact your Program Counsellor to request a deferred privilege through the Academic Consideration Policy.  During this interaction with the program counselllor, you can determine what/if any supporting documentation is required.

Need to talk?

When things get stressful or overwhelming, it helps having someone to talk to. Check out these free mental health resources for students.

  • Counselling ServicesIndividual and group counselling for students
    Urgent drop-in sessions by phone Monday to Friday – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Call 519-824-4120, Ext. 53244, to set up a session.
  • Student Wellness NavigatorsService for students who are accessing Counselling Services for the first time, or have concerns about their mental health and don’t know where to go next
    Online or phone sessions available Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
    Call 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131, to book an appointment.
  • Student Support NetworkConfidential peer-to-peer support
    Virtual drop-in sessions Monday to Friday – noon to 10 p.m.
    https://wellness.uoguelph.ca/ssn
  • Here 24/7Local mental health and crisis phone line
    Available 24/7
    1-844-437-3247
  • Crisis Text LineText-based mental health support
    Available 24/7
    Text “UofG” to 686868 to start a conversation.

U of G’s Student Experience advisers are also available to support you:

Take care of yourself this exam season and check in with your friends, too. Good luck!