The university should do more to alleviate student stress around exams and coursework

Passed: May 2020 (12th)

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It is often the case that multiple coursework deadlines clash. From talking to fellow students and from personal experience I know of many cases where essays and/or reports have actually been set for the same week or even the same day and this happens both within schools and between schools. This not only induces a lot of unneeded stress for students but also leads to multiple all nighters and many caffeinated drinks being consumed. In extreme cases students have even been known to resort to taking drugs to give themselves enough energy and focus to get their assignments done. All of these are known to have a detrimental effect on mental and physical health. Deadline-bunching also means that many pieces of work are not being completed to that individual’s best ability. I think that the university could easily reduce the amount of deadline clashes and should encourage better communication between schools and within them to ensure that this unnecessary strain on students could be alleviated.

Students also go through a 2 week period exams (after revising all through Christmas) and then are expected to jump straight back into lectures, with some schools even sending reading to their students during the exam period for that week. Constantly having the pressure to revise and complete assignments is known to have a damaging effect on mental health. Thus, I believe that the university should take the initiative to introduce an inter-semester break after semester one exams so students can be allowed the time to relax and recover. The university could also offer information with regards to reducing stress and relaxation techniques.

Expires: May 2020 (12th)

Submitted By: Saskia Jones

Officer: Education / Welfare

Area of Work: Support


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