Health and Wellness, School, Student Life

Making time for self-care during exams

Every year it’s the same: one minute you’re at the bookstore purchasing textbooks for the semester, and the next thing you know, it’s exam season! It can be difficult to manage stress during this academically-strenuous time of the year; fortunately, there are many resources on our campuses that can help remind students to find balance and practice mindfulness.

To help ensure that you make time for yourself during crunch time, we’ve put together the following list of campus events and resources available to U of T students.


Exam Jam
Friday, April 6
Sidney Smith Hall

All are welcome to this free event, which includes course review sessions, open study space, free snacks and coffee, and activities


CIE Double Jam! Tax help & exam de-stressing clock
Friday, April 6: 11 AM to 1 PM
Centre for International Experience

CIE’s first ever Double Jam offers ressources for taxes and exams. Get guidance and support with the income tax process, and take a study break with snacks, crafts, and games.


Yoga, Pilates & Mindfulness

The benefits to practicing mindfulness include feeling more calm, confident and centered. The U of T Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education offers several drop-in sessions with movement to increase relaxation, resiliency, and focus. Visit their website for more information offerings and how to register.


UTSC: Study Skills Drop-in & Appointments
Thursday, April 5: 1 to 3 PM

Study Skills Drop-in sessions take place Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester, with the final session of the year taking place on April 5, 2018.

To book a Peer Coaching Appointment for one-on-one study skills, visit the CLN.


Brain Break!
April 4 to 6: 2 to 5 PM
Robarts Library (Main Floor)

MoveU will be bringing physical activity to the main floor of Robarts Library, where they will be offering 10-minute break sessions all afternoon. There will be group fitness activities, yoga, and healthy snacks to help you recharge.


UTM Exam Jam
Thursday, April 5: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
IB Lobby

Experience a day full of academic review and fun at UTM Exam Jam, with opportunities to attend course-specific instructor-led sessions, general exam preparation workshops, and FSGs. Between review and study sessions, students can also participate in a variety of exciting wellness activities, such as playing with therapy dogs, crafts, music, healthy snacks and more.


Be sure to also check out my blog post on academic and health & wellness resources across all three U of T campuses, as well as a helpful list of healthy ways to cope with stress and a daily self-care log  that have been compiled by HealthyU.


Did we leave out any tips/resources? Comment below to share your best tips for exam season!