Academic worries

Coming to university is a time of great change and might bring you challenges. Try these self-help resources to help manage your studies.

Exam stress

Extenuating circumstances

Sometimes personal difficulties affect your attendance or ability to complete assessments. You can ask the exam board to take them into consideration by submitting extenuating circumstances.

Talk to the Students' Union's advice and support service or your personal or senior tutor for help and advice on how to do this.

How to manage your studies

  • GoConqr 
    A range of apps to help you cope with everyday tasks. Many are free.
  • Peer mentoring
    Connect with a current Bristol student who is there when you need to talk about your course in general or university life. Open to first-year undergraduates
  • Study from home
    Helpful tips on balancing work and realistic schedules for independent working. Find out more about how the University's Study Skills team can help with your studies.
  • Study Skills
    Resources, tutorials and workshops to improve your study skills so you're better prepared for study. Free and open to all students.
  • Procrastination 
    Strategies and techniques to help you deal with procrastination.

I don't know what to do after university

If you are anxious about life after you have left university, our careers team offers 30-minute one-to-one appointments for final-year students. The Careers Service also offers support for up to three years after you have graduated. Contact our careers team.


  • Perfectionism
    Workbooks and information sheets looking at what perfectionism is and how you can overcome it.
  • How to Fail with Elizabeth Day
    A podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right and how we can learn from them.

Support for research students

Wellbeing workshops

Managing exam stress workshop

Run by the Student Wellbeing Service. This 45 minute workshop will examine typical responses to exam stress and identify and explore coping techniques to help manage challenging feelings and practice self-care.


  • Dates for November 2021/22 will be announced shortly

Managing perfectionism

Join the Student Wellbeing Service for this one hour workshop designed to help you develop techniques to help manage perfectionism. The workshop will cover:

  • What is Perfectionism?
  • How and when it becomes a problem
  • Healthy Striving as an alternative
  • Understanding and challenging our thought processes
  • Sharing ideas and strategies to achieve a balanced outcome

Upon completion of the workshop, the information, learning tools and further self-help resources will be emailed to all attendees.


Becoming your most productive self workshop

This 2 week course is designed to support you with finding ways to improve your productivity, to motivate yourself, instil focus and get started in the steps towards achieving your goals. It is run by the Student Wellbeing Service.

We will:

  • Advise and guide you in finding ways to manage and contain your procrastination and stay on track with your productivity
  • Provide an interactive course to help you learn the art of getting started and staying on track with your goals
  • Explore a collections of topics, resources and techniques to try out over the 2 weeks.

This course is designed for you to complete within a 2 week period but at your own individual pace.

We recommend that you commit to a minimum of 30 minutes of engagement per week to get the most out of this course.


  •  Tuesday 12th October - FULLY BOOKED, more sessions to be announced shortly for November 2021/22

How to thrive at university

We often find ourselves facing difficulties in so many areas of our lives, especially at times like these. With this in mind, the Student Wellbeing Service has designed this session to help you improve a variety of areas, including:

  • Basic anxiety management (breathing exercise and when to use it)
  • Basic managing procrastination
  • Time management
  • Finding balance with work/life
  • Breathing exercise to help improve general wellbeing


How to Improve Self-Esteem

This workshop will help you to understand how self-esteem is formed and how it can impact on behaviour. We will help you to develop techniques to help youimprove and maintain self-esteem



In this 1 hour workshop you will learn various techniques to help you improve your resilience, and excel at university.


  • Thursday 21st October - Unfortunately this date has been cancelled, please check back again soon for rescheduled date


This workshop will teach you the importance of Relaxation, and provide you with techniques to aid your studies and help manage anxiety.


  • The workshop will run as an online independant study course. Details of how to access resources will be provided shortly.

Bristol Mind in partnership with the University wellbeing workshops

Bristol Mind, in partnership with the University, are running a series of free wellbeing workshops this term.

  • Wellbeing Essentials for Students
  • Tools and Techniques for Mental Health

 Further details, dates and book your place on Eventbrite

These resources have been recommended by our team of health and wellbeing specialists.

We hope you find them useful. However, please be aware that the University is not responsible for the content of any external sites listed.

Being Well, Living Well toolkit

This toolkit has practical tips and tools to help you feel settled, support friends and get help if you need it.

Follow the self-enrol link to join. If you don’t see the self-enrol link, you’re already enrolled.

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