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Study Problems

Study Problems

Page written and resources collated by Laura Mella, Inclusive Support Manager

Studying at University can be challenging and may be different to how you studied at school or college. You will need to do more independent work, be organised and manage your time, and may need to focus on lots of different assignments at the same time. You may feel like you are falling behind with your assignments, struggling to balance work and social activities, or may be feeling overwhelmed or lacking in motivation. This can be daunting, but help is available. 

We have compiled some links that may be useful to help you with study problems. 

Key Support Services within Hallam

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Skills Centre

The Skills Centre have lots of resources to help with specific aspects of studying, including guidance on assignment planning, structure, referencing and proofreading. You can look at self-help guides, attend groups sessions or meet with advisers to get one-to-one support.

See the Skills Centre Support options
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Learning Contracts

If you have anxiety/depression, dyslexia or a range of mental health or medical conditions you are eligible for a range of helpful support with your study. Don't be put off by the term 'disability support' 1 in 7 students can access this.

Browse Disabled Student Support

Wellbeing Group Sessions

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Motivation and Me

Exploring motivation and looking at some practical steps to improve it.

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Work, Study and Me

Support for workplace situations.

Book a place

Togetherall - Online courses

Togetherall is an online mental health community with a wealth of resources - available free to all staff and students.   To access resources from Togetherall you need to register for an account here . You will only need to do this once. This will allow you to access many of the tools on our site.

Togetherall - online courses

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Stop Procrastinating

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Problem solving

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Focus To Do

Helps you to manage tasks and perform them efficiently

Download the app
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Create and manage lists to plan your work and your life

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An app to help you put down your phone and focus. You plant a tree depending on the amount of time you want to focus on your task and you can see your tree grow as you work. Free on iOS and Android.

Download the app


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Goal setting

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What to do when you have no motivation

A guide written by the SHU Inclusive Support team to help you to manage your studies. This includes specific advice about studying remotely.

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Downloadable resources

Assignment calculator

A web tool to help you calculate how long you will need to complete your assignments.

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Managing your studies and time

A guide from student wellbeing about how to study effectively.

Download the guide (PDF, 3.4MB)
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Disability evidence form for learning contract

Download disability evidence form


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Managing Stress

If you are feeling more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Managing Stress course.

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The Inclusive Support team within Student Wellbeing also offer practical support for students who identify as having a mental health difficulty, AD(H)D or as being on the autism spectrum. Speak to a Wellbeing Practitioner or your Student Support Adviser if you would like to be referred to this service.

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