We asked our very own Green Ambassador Program (GAP) Community how they cope during assessment time. Check out their best tips for environmentally friendly study!

  1. Use scrap paper for quick notes and typing everything out on OneNote before condensing.
  2. Keeping active on your commute helps encourage brain activity, especially if it's through nature! If you have a big exam coming up, try taking a stroll across the green bridge instead of bussing it in with all the other stressed students.
  3. Make Ecosia your new search engine and plant trees with your searches.
  4. Stay organised and make sure you have plenty of healthy, tasty and sustainable meals and study snacks. Instead of cracking open that packet of chips, make some delicious kale chips instead. We have some easy vegan snack recipes here. You can also use the cooking/baking time as a study break!
  5. Dispose of left over stationery in the Reuse and Recycle Station in Building 21C near the Red Room. You can also use the Banish Recycling And Disposal Program which offers an end-to-end solution for some of those hard-to-recycle household items.
  6. Donate stationery and books that are in good condition to charities.
  7. Use the UQ Textbook Exchange Program or the Second-hand Bookshop to donate and buy used textbooks.
  8. Take a break from your screen by breaking up tasks with a small walk.
  9. Download the Flora App to stay calm and focused and grow trees. Flora is a new way to stay off your phone, clear to-do lists, and build positive, life-changing habits. Whenever you want to make progress toward your goals, grow trees in Flora.

If you have any ideas, send them through to us via our Facebook or Instagram!

About Having a Sustainable SWOTVAC

Maintaining your physical and mental health during busy and stressful periods of life is really important. This SWOTVAC, UQ Sustainability has worked alongside UQ Life, UQ Wellness, and Bicycle Queensland to bring you a range of events targeted towards promoting a sustainable study and exam period. With World Environment Day around the corner (June 5th), this SWOTVAC program features the emerging themes of…

  • Sustainability and environmental consciousness
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Stress management techniques
  • Mindfulness

We believe that whilst caring for the planet, we simultaneously nurture ourselves, supporting the synergetic relationship between the overall health of people and the environment.

Take a short break from your studies, stretch your legs, and join us online and in-person for a range of events! From a gentle walk around campus to learn about the different facilities, initiatives, sites, and other cool things dedicated to sustainability at UQ, to a mindfulness session, to a Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, to a Webinar, to online resources, we have you covered! Check out our schedule below!

View the full SWOTVAC program here.

Wellness Resources

On top of the exciting events throughout the week, we have also put together a range of resources that may be useful.

UQ Student Services have a range of self-help resources where you can learn strategies to help improve your mental health, personal relationships and physical health. Included in the many resources, is a page dedicated specifically to exam-anxiety.

There are a range of Aps that you can download that assist with managing stress and anxiety, such as ReachOut Breathe, Smiling Mind, and Headspace. Recharge - Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well is a personalised six-week program that helps improve your general health and wellbeing by focusing on four key areas:

  1. A regular wake and sleep time each day, achieved gradually over six weeks;
  2. An alarm clock that triggers fun activities designed to get you up and out of bed;
  3. Increasing your exposure to daylight early in the day, to help reset your body clock; and
  4. Encouraging you to increase physical activity, especially within two hours of waking up.

Our Green Ambassador Program Community also shared their ideas as to how we can show ourselves, and the planet, some love naturally. Read their DIY: Beautiful sustainable self-care’ article to learn more.

For more information and resources, visit UQ Student Services’ website.