Academic pressures

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Studying can be hard work and is an emotional process, but there are things you can do to manage your stress and avoid burnout.

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How can I help myself?

Studying is a process and not everything will be perfect. 

  • Remember that people are marking your work (an external action), not whether you are a good person.
  • Working harder in an attempt to reduce pressure can be counter-productive.
  • Avoid patterns of behaviour that perpetuate pressure.

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To break the cycle and avoid burnout, make use of our mindfulness exercises and the self-help apps listed below. Academic pressure can be related to other issues - consult our related content for further advice.

Self-help apps

Myths exposed

  • Getting a degree is not easy.
  • Despite what you might think, everyone else is not achieving without effort.
  • You are not alone in feeling under pressure.
  • You are not weak if you ask for help.

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Mindfulness can help you stay present in the moment.

View our Mindfulness videos:

Excercise 1: Mindfulness

Exercise 2: Counting the breath

Exercise 3: Mindfulness of sound

Or visit Mindfulness for Students

Workshops and groups

If you're struggling with academic pressure, you might find it helpful to attend one of the following workshops:

See our Workshops and groups page for other workshops that may help with your wellbeing and academic confidence.