Stress advice from students
SHINE asked current University of Plymouth students what advice they would give to other students about managing their stress.
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Productivity tools by Francesco D'Alessio
Francesco is a productivity/lifestyle YouTuber covering tools and technology. He was a University of Plymouth student and now is the head of marketing at FlashSticks.
- Watch: Todoist v Wunderlist
- Blog: Productivity tools for Individuals
- Watch: YouTube playlist: Tools for students
For more content you can explore his website.
Lecture from The School of Life: Carol Dweck on perfectionism
Watch Carol Dweck's lectureStriving for self-perfection is considered a high virtue. Hear from Carol Dweck, one of the world's leading psychologists.
Expanding Perceptions 2010: Dr Brené Brown at TEDxHouston
Watch Brené Brown's lectureDr Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston.
Putting it off until tomorrow: procrastination can mean the avoidance of any task, but areas arise frequently within a university context.
Read Mind Tool's adviceManage your time, getting it all done: if you've found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree.
Time management: top three apps
- Evernote - gather all your thoughts and ideas in one place across as many devices as you like
- 30/30 - set up a list of tasks, and a length of time for each of them
- Productive - build good habits and organise your life.
A short guide to managing your time
Watch the short guideLearn about using a priority matrix, time box and chunking. This short film was created by the University of Oxford.
How to manage your time better
Watch the WellCast videoUniversity life can become busy and hectic and you may find yourself getting stressed trying to balance your social life and studies.
Apps to support learning
CALL Scotland's iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia/Reading and Writing Difficulties
Student Minds: Exam Stress
Watch: Live Magazine's explain exam stress with Buckaroo
Read: QS blog on how NOT to cope with exam stress
Read: The Guardian's article on exam advice
Visit: The Student Room resources for dealing with exam stress
Read: Personal blog about staying calm
Listen: Stress and relaxation: a quick fix breathing exercise
Blog: Managing low mood during exams
School of life: dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Do you feel like you're not good enough? Feel like you are an imposter?
This video may help you to recognise the signs
SU Advice Centre
Offers free, independent, confidential, impartial advice.
View our extenuating circumstances informationFind out more about the University's policy on extenuating circumstances.
- UPSU Advice can help with appeals, academic dishonesty, complaints, extenuating circumstances and much more.
- Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.
- Chinese Lantern is a helpline that offers support to the Chinese community. It is available for staff, students and their families. Call 0808
802 0012, visit their website or connect on WeChat (WeChat ID: BACWG89).
Additional self-help resources
We also have a range of leaflets, presentations and audio files created by staff at the University that may be helpful.
If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.
If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.
For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: