Academic support

Navigating & succeeding in your studies

It is very common for students to feel stressed and anxious about their studies at some point during their time at UVic, and sometimes these difficult feelings can get in the way of doing your best. Academic stress can take a toll on your mental and emotional health. Getting a better handle on your studies can go a long way to helping you feel more balanced and happy. If you’re concerned that academic pressures are negatively affecting your mental health, consider the resources below for support. 

Advice and Guidance

  • Building relationships with your instructors or supervisors can help you succeed academically. Instructors often hold office hours, which is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and discuss any academic concerns. 
  • Academic advisors can help you manage your academic expectations and ensure that you maintain an appropriate course load. Sometimes students find that by reducing their course load, they can focus their time more completely on succeeding in their remaining classes. 
  • Connect with a peronal librarian. The Personal librarian program is intended for 1st year students and will introduce the many resources, tools and services available through the Libraries. Get help finding information for research assignments, learning about new Library resources and programs and getting referrals to other campus resources and services.

Learning Strategies

  • Managing personal expectations is an important part of finding balance at university and maintaining mental wellbeing. Workshops and support groups that address stress and anxiety are available that can help increase clarity, attention, and self-acceptance. This practice can help shift habits of avoidance and procrastination and help you manage perfectionism.
  • The Learning Commons offers learning skills courses and workshops that focus on time management, self-control, research help, and study skills. You can also make an appointment with a learning consultant in the Study Solutions office to help you achieve your academic goals.

Assistance with Academic Material

  • The Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) provides a wide range of resources and services to help you excel in your studies. At the LTC, you can get support for writing and editing your work, reading and thinking critically, speaking and making presentations, and math and stats. They also provide information on academic integrity, expectations, and course experience surveys.
  • The Centre for Academic Communication (CAC), provides tutoring, workshops, and self-help services to all students who need assistance with reading, writing, speaking, and academic expectations.
  • The Math and Stats Assistance Centre provides a friendly space where you can spend a couple of hours working on your Math homework. There is a TA on site who can help when you get stuck on a concept or problem.
  • For students with disabilities, the Centre for Accessible Learning  offers great services for academic assistance for students, including learning assistance and strategist programs, tutor programs and full-service note taking. Some of these programs are also open to all UVic students. 

Addressing Concerns

  • Most professors and instructors hold regular office hours and are available to talk to students about their academic concerns. 
  • Academic concessions may be appropriate for students whose academic performance is affected by injury, personal/family affliction or illness and who are unable to complete a course. Options depend on timing, circumstances and whether the coursework can be completed.
  • Students who are seeking information or guidance on their rights, responsibilities or information related to appeals about academic concessions or other appeals may be referred to the Ombudsperson office. The ombudsperson is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students and other members of the UVic community.