Exams, study and university life


Managing Exam Anxiety (online)

This two hour online workshop will help you develop a better understanding of how anxiety interferes with your efforts to complete exams of all types.

Preparing for Placement

This workshop focuses on ways to assist you to make the most of your fieldwork experiences, and to overcome the common challenges faced on practical placement.

Audio downloads

Our audio downloads provide guided meditations and a number of basic relaxation exercises.


Homesickness and adjusting to university

Overcoming homesickness and adjusting to university life [.pdf 51KB] contains tips for international students and other newcomers, including:

  • What is homesickness?
  • How can you tell if you are homesick or having difficulty adjusting?
  • How homesickness or adjustment difficulties can affect your life
  • Treatment options
  • Tips for self-help.


We have several inexpensive booklets aimed at helping students cope with a range of issues.

Study skills

Treading Water While the Sharks are Circling: Practical Study Skills for Secondary Students

By Dr Jim Elliott

This booklet offers a wide range of practical tips on how to tackle issues such as:

  • Time management
  • Getting the most out of class time
  • Memory techniques
  • Active study
  • Exam preparation.

The author is an experienced counsellor at both secondary and tertiary level, and the book is written in an attractive, friendly style that most students have found easy to understand.

Over 100,000 copies have been sold throughout Australia since 1989. It is in wide use in secondary schools across the nation. The updated 2001 edition, which includes a new ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section, is now available.

Treading Water is priced at $4.00 (GST included) per copy.

Managing exam anxiety

Avoiding the Black Hole of Despair: A guide to managing exam anxiety

By Dr Joyce Chong, Dr Jim Elliott and Dr Sean Murray

Many students study well, only to falter in the final weeks or during exams because of high levels of anxiety. This immensely useful resource by experienced psychologists will help students understand what causes anxiety, and learn a range of techniques to bring it under control.

The booklet includes a relaxation CD with 4 tracks to help students learn relaxation techniques.

We are confident this booklet will help many students perform their best in exams. The contents are based on resources that we have been using with very positive results over the past decade.

Avoiding the Black Hole of Despair is priced at $5.00 (GST included) per copy.

Overcoming procrastination

Fight That Sinking Feeling: Overcome Procrastination

By Ariane Cummins and Dr Joyce Chong

It is such a common problem—students have good intentions, but put off getting started.
This booklet looks at the various reasons students procrastinate. Not all procrastinators are the same!

The authors, both psychologists, also suggest a range of different strategies to suit different styles of procrastination. These well-tested techniques can help students address study demands in a timely manner.

Fight that Sinking Feeling is priced at $4.00 (GST included) per copy.

How to order

A note on booklet prices and distribution

These booklets have been priced so that schools can afford to provide a copy to each student. Our customers value this policy and have found our resources to be very helpful.

For further information please contact us to have a chat about your needs and whether our booklets will be useful to you.

Ordering copies

You can order the booklets in one of two ways. You can either order online with your credit card or by submitting the order form below via the following details:

Email: counselling@curtin.edu.au
Fax: +61 8 9266 3052

Mailing address:

Book Orders
Counselling Service
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987
Perth  WA 6845

Please remember to attach your purchase order when submitting your order form.