As you prepare for exam season, we’re here to help! Check out these events, resources and supports to help you finish the semester strong.

Recharge during your study breaks

Taking breaks when you study can help you manage stress and protect your mental well-being. When you’re ready for a break, check out the activities below. They can help you recharge and reconnect with your fellow Gryphons. See the full list of stress-buster events on!

  • Stress-Free Drop-In Space

    The Library and Student Wellness will host a stress-free space for activities like colouring, making bracelets, playing with slime, popping bubble wrap, and meditating.  Snacks will also be available.
    Tuesday, April 11, 1 pm to 3 pm
    Friday, April 14, 1 pm to 3 pm
    Thursday, April 18, 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Pansy Planting

    Students are invited to drop in and help the Student Wellness team plant pansies at the new Wellness Tree Circle on Johnston Green. (Across from the Reynolds building.)
    Thursday, April 13,  12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Library Stress Busters

    McLaughlin Library invites you to take a break and unwind with fun activities. Check out all of the Library’s Stress Buster events online.
  • Glowga Yoga Class

    Reduce your exam stress with this free glowga yoga class in the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre. Bring your own glow-in-the-dark gear and we will provide the glow sticks and mats.
    Thursday, April 13 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Register here
  • Fitness Classes

    Make time for a fitness class to stay energized. Check out the Fitness and Recreation calendar for in-person classes, or try a free class online.

  • Cards of Kindness

    Take a break and  pick up a Cards of Kindness Message at the art show by the preschoolers at the Child Care and Learning Centre. UC Level 1 Student Lounge.  
  • Project Serve

    Take a break from exams and celebrate National Volunteer Week and Earth Week with The Experiential Learning Hub Student Volunteer Connections and U of G Sustainability! Spend a half-day of volunteering through this Project Serve Day at the Green Legacy Program. This event is free and a pizza lunch will be provided
    Wednesday, April 19, 10 am to 2 pm
    Register here

Gryphon Gifts

An initiative supported by the University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA), Gryphon Gifts supports students in the spring exam period with mental health resources, gifts and on-campus and online engagement.

An Instagram giveaway contest takes place from April 13 to 17 on the AA&D Instagram page, with entrants randomly selected to win 1 of 50 $10 Tim Hortons cards on April 17.

An in-person event on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Branion Plaza will offer mental health resources at the U of G Alumni tent, where students can spin a wheel to win prizes, including 100 $10 Hospitality cards, sunglasses and other Alumni swag. 

Academic resources

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.

Neurodivergent Study Space

The Sexual and Gender Diversity team and Student Wellness will be offering a quiet study space for all neurodivergent students. This will be an environment to unmask and relax while working on take-home assignments or utilize to study for upcoming exams, featuring natural lighting, low volume, a stressbuster corner, and snacks.
Wednesday, April 12, 12 pm to 4:30 pm – UC 441
Thursday, April 20, 12 pm to 4:30 pm – UC 442 

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 Services

    Individual and group counselling for students Urgent drop-in sessions by phone
    Monday to Friday – 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    Call 519-824-4120, Ext. 53244, to set up a session.
  • Student Wellness Navigators

    Service for students who are accessing Counselling Services for the first time or who have concerns about their mental health and don’t know where to go next
    Online or phone sessions available
    Monday to Friday – 8:30 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm
    Call 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131, to book an appointment.
  • Student Support Network

    Confidential peer-to-peer support
    Virtual drop-in sessions Monday to Friday – noon to 10 pm
    Book a session 
  • Here 24/7

    Local mental health and crisis phone line
    Available 24/7 1-844-437-3247
  • Crisis Text Line

    Text-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!