Academic issues and exam stress

Stress advice from students

SHINE asked current University of Plymouth students what advice they would give to other students about managing their stress.

Learning development

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Lecture from The School of Life: Carol Dweck on perfectionism

Striving for self-perfection is considered a high virtue. Hear from Carol Dweck, one of the world's leading psychologists.
Watch Carol Dweck's lecture

Expanding Perceptions 2010: Dr Brené Brown at TEDxHouston

Dr Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston.
Watch Brené Brown's lecture

Understanding procrastination

Putting it off until tomorrow: procrastination can mean the avoidance of any task, but areas arise frequently within a university context.

Overcoming procrastination

Manage 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.
Read Mind Tool's advice

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.

Let us know your favourite apps, email us at or message us on Twitter or Facebook.

A short guide to managing your time

Learn about using a priority matrix, time box and chunking. This short film was created by the University of Oxford.
Watch the short guide

How to manage your time better

University life can become busy and hectic and you may find yourself getting stressed trying to balance your social life and studies.
Watch the WellCast video

Apps to support learning


CALL Scotland's iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia/Reading and Writing Difficulties

View the wheel of apps

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.

The service can be described as the ‘Citizens Advice Bureau for students’ with advice on student funding, academic, housing, benefits, legal and debt.

Visit UPSU Advice

Extenuating circumstances

Find 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).