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Student Life at Oxford

Get the most out of life as a student in Oxford. A series of short talks and presentations aimed at students of the University.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Your Digital Life During Lockdown A podcast to help students consider how best to use digital devices during the COVID-19 lockdown. A blog on digital distractions can be found on the welfare coronavirus advice page https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/counselling/coronavirus Maureen Freed, Oxford University Counselling Service 28 May 2020
2 Journaling Advice on how journaling can help you to improve your mental health & wellbeing, by Femke Stokes. Oxford University Counselling Service 27 May 2020
3 Managing the cost Undergraduate students Helena, Joe and Dan, have teamed up with our Undergraduate Admissions team to discuss the financial support available to students and how they manage the cost of studying at Oxford. Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach 24 Apr 2020
4 Advice and support for 2020 finalists during coronavirus A short audio podcast offering advice and support for Oxford finalists Oxford University Counselling Service 24 Apr 2020
5 Why people who need counselling don’t come for counselling (Is this you?) This podcast addresses some of the worries and pre-conceptions that can get in the way of accessing student counselling services. Oxford University Counselling Service 14 May 2018
6 Facing finals - some psychological tips This podcast episode offers a selection of the messages and tips our counsellors offer to finalists. Oxford University Counselling Service 14 May 2018
7 The Pressure to be Perfect: Ways of Responding Some ideas to help students respond differently to their anxiety about needing to be perfect. Oxford University Counselling Service 07 Jan 2016
8 The Relentless Drive for Perfection A conversation between Oxford University Counsellors about ways in which perfectionism impacts on the student experience. Oxford University Counselling Service 07 Jan 2016
9 International Students This podcast explores some of the emotional challenges faced by international students. Oxford University Counselling Service 07 Jan 2016
10 Exam Preparation and Revision Part 3: The exam itself, before during and after This podcast focuses on the exam itself, just prior to it, and what might help you to feel prepared. Oxford University Counselling Service 03 Nov 2015
11 Exam Preparation and Revision Part 2: Planning and Revision In this section there are some useful reminders of how to start planning for revision by taking stock of knowledge to date , choices of topic and starting to plan and timetable your revision. Oxford University Counselling Service 03 Nov 2015
12 Exam Preparation and Revision Part 1: Getting into the right mind set This is for any student who is preparing for taking exams at any point in their course. The podcast aims to start to identify ways of achieving a balanced approach to thinking about exams. Oxford University Counselling Service 03 Nov 2015
13 Self Compassion Part 2 This second podcast invites you to engage in two brief, meditative and compassionate exercises to further develop your inner resource of self-compassion. Oxford University Counselling Service 03 Nov 2015
14 Self Compassion Part 1 This introductory podcast explores the concept of developing your inner resource of self-compassion and the skills required for this. Oxford University Counselling Service 03 Nov 2015
15 The Price of Success. Common experiences of high achieving students: development, difficulties and change. This podcast considers how personal difficulties arise and manifest amongst otherwise successful students. Oxford University Counselling Service 03 Nov 2015
16 Daydreaming about ‘rustication’? Thoughts for students considering suspending their studies, but unable to decide. This podcast offers food for thought to students who are feeling torn between suspending their studies in response to a setback - for example a period of mental or physical illness - or carrying on with their studies. By Maureen Freed. Oxford University Counselling Service 03 Nov 2015
17 Helping yourself to sleep If you are having difficulty sleeping this podcast has some straightforward suggestions for improving your sleep. Created by the Oxford University Counselling Service. Oxford University Counselling Service 19 Oct 2015
18 Mindful breathing space This is a short meditation, a breathing space, to help you to feel calm and focused in the midst of a busy day, or to use when feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Created by the Oxford University Counselling Service. Oxford University Counselling Service 08 Oct 2015
19 Can't stop work Exploring overwork at Oxford, this podcast is for students who struggle to balance their work with other life activities, and find the balance tipping heavily towards their work. Created by the Oxford University Counselling Service. Oxford University Counselling Service 08 Oct 2015
20 Mature students Designed for any student who might be significantly older than their peers at the University and who might be dealing with particular issues as a result of this. Created by the Oxford University Counselling Service. Oxford University Counselling Service 08 Oct 2015
21 Can't Work Part Two The second 'Can't work' podcast contains strategies that will help you to start working again. Created by the Oxford University Counselling Service. Oxford University Counselling Service 08 Oct 2015
22 Can't Work Part One For students who are finding it difficult to work. You might be lacking motivation, or finding it difficult to get beyond imagining criticism and judgements. Created by the Oxford University Counselling Service. Oxford University Counselling Service 08 Oct 2015
23 A Guide for Freshers The Oxford University Counselling Service provides practical advice on Freshers’ Week and beyond to help new undergraduates take the challenges in their stride. Text by Maureen Freed, read by Kevin Halon. Kevin Halon, Maureen Freed 14 Sep 2015