When you’re an overseas student, the difficulties of adjusting to a new country and culture can add to the usual pressures that studying brings. Don’t let little stresses become overwhelming. Use the following advice to help manage your wellbeing:
Ask for help when you need it
- If you are having trouble understanding the material, ask your lecturer or tutor for help.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed let someone know, make an appointment with an advisor. They are there to help you succeed.
- Share your concerns with a caring friend or find a study buddy to get more support.
- If balancing study and work becomes difficult, talk to your manager about changing your hours or having time off, especially around exams.
- Follow a regular study routine so you don’t need to cram for exams or stay up all night completing assignments at the last minute.
- Avoid exam anxiety by being well prepared and double-checking important details such as the time and location.
Take care of yourself
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
- Take breaks, enjoy activities away from study and exercise.
- Cultivate healthy ways of thinking. Be positive and avoid negative thoughts. Tell yourself “I am smart, I am prepared, I am confident, I will succeed!”