Coping with stress

Studying full-time can be stressful, particularly towards end of trimester when assignments are due and you have exams to study for. Tips on stress management include:

  • Manage your time effectively – see the time management page for tips;
  • Make sure you allocate enough time to prepare for class and do the homework/tasks assigned after class EVERY WEEK – this is one way to master the subject content and avoid ‘cramming’ at the end of trimester, which is stressful;
  • Make sure you understand the requirements of assignments and exams – check Moodle or ask the lecturer if you do not understand;
  • Try and relax! Make sure you have time each week to socialise with friends and for activities/hobbies you enjoy
  • Look after your health – eat a balanced diet, take some exercise and get enough sleep to ensure you do not become tired or run down.
  • Attend to your finances - plan for your tuition fees each trimester in advance
  • Ensure your studies take first priority - international students are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight during trimester (this includes the exam weeks). This is a substantial commitment, especially when you have to study 4 subjects each trimester at UBSS (in trimesters 1 and 2) that requires a minimum of 12 hours attendance per week at UBSS PLUS additional reading and preparation time. Remember, your studies are the reason you have a student visa and you are required to make academic progress and maintain a full-time study load as a condition of that visa and your enrolment at UBSS.
  • UBSS can provide additional academic support if you need help or tips with study - this is outlined in the
  • UBSS Academic Progression & Intervention Policy located in the policies section of your GCA account, or you can make an appointment with the Executive Dean who can discuss your needs in detail;
  • UBSS can provide professional external help if you are feeling overwhelmed, a bit down, depressed or homesick – you can approach Student Services in the first instance.
  • Advice and external professional help is available in the UBSS International Students Support Policy located in the Policies section of your MyGCA account.

Time Management

Undertaking higher education study is a serious commitment and requires dedication and time to succeed. You need to read and prepare for each class every week, plan for and meet all the assessment deadlines during the trimester, as well allocate some time for your external commitments to UBSS (such as family, social activities, sport and part-time work). Time management is therefore very important. Tips to manage your time include:

  • Review your subject outline for every subject – keep a diary/schedule of when all assessments are due during the trimester;
    make you read the material BEFORE class to ensure you are prepared for every class;
  • Make you sure you start work on your assessments well in advance of their due date – leaving it to the night before will cause you and others around you great stress.
  • Ensure your studies take first priority - international students are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight during trimester (this includes the exam weeks). This is a substantial commitment, especially when you have to study 4 subjects each trimester at UBSS (in trimesters 1 and 2) that requires a minimum of 12 hours attendance per week at UBSS PLUS additional reading and preparation time. Remember, your studies are the reason you have a student visa and you are required to make academic progress and maintain a full-time study load as a condition of your visa and your enrolment at UBSS.
  • Keep work commitments to a minimum – 40 hours per fortnight is plenty in addition to full-time study;
  • Ensure that you schedule any part-time work commitments around your UBSS timetable. Your study and availability at UBSS comes first as a full-time student!
  • Ensure you allow a least 6 hours per week outside of class to spend on reading and wiring for each subject at home.