Exam times can be very stressful for a lot of students. Issues in life seem to be amplified, and what you would normally be able to cope with can suddenly feel overwhelming.

We offer study workshops and our professional counsellors can help you overcome anxiety.

Lunchtime skills workshops are available throughout the year.

Exam & study tips workshops

Lunchtime skills workshops run each semester during Weeks 2 to 12. We cover exam success tips in Weeks 11 and 12.

The workshops are open to all students.

When: 1-1:45pm most days

Where: Library at City Flinders, Footscray Park and St Albans campuses.

Check our 5 simple techniques to combat exam stress.


Coping with anxiety leading up to exams

VU's counselling services can help you work on strategies and skills for the exam period to help you cope with exam anxiety.

Drop-in counselling sessions are available in the month leading up to and during the exam period. Counsellors are also available at the exam venue for drop-in sessions.

Special consideration

You can apply for special consideration if you experience unexpected circumstances that have an adverse impact on:

  • performance in the assessable tasks
  • submission of assessment tasks
  • attending examinations (previously special exam application).

Special consideration applications can be used for any form of assessment, such as:

  • assignments
  • examinations
  • laboratory experiments
  • literature reports
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • tests.

Apply for special consideration.

Contact a VU Counsellor

You can meet with a VU counsellor to discuss the matters that have disrupted your studies.

As well as assisting you to manage the situation, the counsellor may also support your application for special consideration, if appropriate.

Please complete as much of the special consideration form as you can and bring it to your scheduled appointment or meeting with a Counsellor.

Make an appointment to see a VU Counsellor.