SU Wellness Centre: Strategies for Exam Anxiety

Who is this group for? Students who experience anxiety and fear that is impacting their test performance.

Why group? Many students report finding it very helpful to connect with others who are experiencing similar concerns. Groups provide a safe and supportive environment where students are free to learn and participate at their own pace and comfort. Furthermore, students can benefit by helping others and build a sense of community. All groups are based on evidence-based guidelines, and research shows that group is often as effective, or more effective than individual counselling for certain concerns.

What happens in this group? The Strategies for Exam Anxiety Group looks at your thinking, emotions and test performance to understand how they are connected. You will be introduced to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) ideas to help reduce your anxiety and improve your test performance. Included in the sessions will be strategies for improving your test performance, inviting relaxation and ways to increase confidence in test writing situations.


  • Module 1, Introduction: Understand anxiety and its impact on test performance. Understand the connection between your thoughts about tests, your emotions and test performance. Understand anxiety reduction strategies.
  • Module 2, Strategies: Understand and apply anxiety reduction strategies to improve your test writing performance. Begin practice with these strategies to help improve your performance and experience with test writing.
  • Module 3, Refining Practice: Discuss and refine exam anxiety reduction strategies. Understand and practice with additional strategies. Plan for future success.

 Winter 2018 Dates/Times:

  • Fridays, 2:30pm-4:00pm: February 2, February 9, February 16
  • Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3:30pm: March 28, April 4, April 11

Location: Wellness Centre Classroom

Please check in with reception when you arrive.

Group sessions run weekly. We recommend that participants complete all 3 sessions.

Register Online:

The Body Project, new sessions!

The Body Project is a program aimed at helping young women feel better about their bodies. All female-identified students are invited to take part in these peer-led sessions that will help you challenge and resist societal pressures to conform to an unrealistic standard of beauty.

Sessions will run in January and February of 2018.

To register, visit:

Students with Diverse Abilities Transitioning into the Workplace: Accessibility and Accommodations

When: Feb 1, 2018 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Escalus – MacEwan Student Centre

Registration Deadline: Feb 1, 2018 04:00 PM – limited registration so sign up early!


On February 1, 2018, Student Accessibility Services and Career Services are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities and medical conditions to connect with employers who are passionate about recruiting, empowering, and retaining employees with diverse abilities. Career support agencies will be available to talk about how they can help you find employment!

Discussion topics will include: recruitment strategies around people with diverse abilities; duty to accommodate and how organizations support the diverse needs of their employees; disclosure and how much information an employee should share with their employers. Workplace support agencies for persons with accessibility needs will also be sharing their information and will be available for discussion.

This highly interactive session will be in roundtable format, where 4-5 students will have the opportunity to connect with 2 employers per table and meet at least 4-6 employers during the session. Open networking with employers and support agencies will follow. Handouts can be emailed and will be available at the event with employer and support agency contact information.

Please contact Mary Cole at Student Accessibility Services no later than Friday, January 26th if you require accommodations for this event – email or call 403.210.9457.

Wellness Centre Mental Health Resources – Winter 2018

The SU Wellness Centre is offering a multitude of mental health resources and programs this semester, including:

General Wellness Programming

1. Wellness In Residence: Social programming currently offered to students in residence twice a month on Monday evenings. This is a great resource for supporting general self-care and enhancing social connection. (see attached schedule)

2. Thursday Hang @ the Hub: Every Thursday, the Campus Community Hub Peer Support Team hosts Thursday Hang @ the Hub events. These events are drop-in and are open to all UCalgary students. They provide students with the opportunity to take part in activities to de-stress, and meet new other students to help reduce loneliness and build connection. (see the attached schedule). Students can access information about upcoming events on the Hub website:

3. Procrasti-Nation: a study group for students that require accountability and provides a motivating environment for students so they can get work done. This is a study group environment where the focus is on individualize work. Each study session is an hour long, 45 minutes of studying and a 15 minute break. Before the start of the session Peer Supporters will lead the group making individual SMART goals (Strategic, measureable, achievable, realistic, and timely). Students are to leave the room for their break, however breaks are not mandatory. Groups run weekly Tuesday, from 4:00pm-7:00pm and start on the hour.

4. Laid Back Lunch: Every Wednesday students are invited to bring their Lunch to the Campus Community Hub and engage in self-care activities such as colouring, board-games, slime and stress ball making. Each week we will have a different Featured colouring activity ranging from Superheroes, Disney Characters to Memes. Our space has a microwave, sink, and kettle for students to use. We will also have coffee, tea, hot chocolate and light snacks such a granola bars and popcorn! All events are drop-In between the hours of 12:00pm-3:00pm in the Campus Community Hub.

Topic Specific Programming

1. Wellness Workshops: These are 50-minute sessions offered throughout the semester and are available for self-registration on the Wellness Centre website: Topics include: 1) healthy thinking, 2) stress management, 3) sleep strategies, 4) motivation/procrastination, 5)  managing anxiety, 6) changing unhealthy habits.

2. Wellness Online: Wellness Online is a self-guided, D2L-based program containing short narrated, interactive modules. Each module contains mental health information and strategies, designed to help students make positive changes to their wellbeing. Topics include: 1) stress management, 2) motivation & procrastination, 3) overcoming thinking traps, 4) reducing anxiety, 5) sleep strategies, and 6) exam anxiety. Students can self-register through the Self-Registration link in the Tools menu of D2L.

3. Group Support: We have numerous group support options that address specific mental health concerns and enhance coping skills for navigating the challenges of life. Please let your students know that groups have been found to be as effective or more effective than individual counselling. As groups are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year, students are also able to access the support they are seeking more quickly (i.e., when they need it) than waiting for individual counselling. Finally, groups provide an important context for meeting other people who are struggling with similar issues and decrease a student’s felt sense of isolation and loneliness.

**Except where noted, all of these groups are available for student self-registration through the Wellness Centre Website:

  1. Anxiety Management
  2. Strategies for Exam Anxiety
  3. Accept & Reconnect
  4. Happiness Basics
  5. Roots of Resiliency
  6. Mindfulness
  7. Relationship Seminars
  8. Self-Compassion
  9. Making Connections: Overcoming Social Anxiety
  10. Equipping Yourself for Success (Grad Students)
  11. Mastering Your Mood (By Referral through Wellness Centre ONLY)

CanLearn Society: More Than Just Making Lists

CanLearn Society presents More Than Just Making Lists, a 10-week intervention program for working professionals and mature students with ADHD.

This intensive ‘Social Cognitive Behavioural Intervention’ program focuses on helping you to develop practical skills to improve and deal with:
• disorganization
• procrastination
• impulsivity
• forgetfulness
• emotional functioning
• distractability
• mindfulness
• self awareness

The Winter 2018 group starts on February 21, 2018. Consult the website for more information.

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