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Study Strategies

Healthy Routines

Establishing and maintaining healthy routines can be difficult. Late nights, irregular schedules, work commitments, tight budgets and food choices all take their toll on your health. Here are a few tips to help you form healthy routines and keep your mind and body functioning effectively.

Get a good night sleep

  • Keep a schedule of assignment due dates. Plan ahead and start assignments early, so you're not rushing last-minute. (Using an Assignment Planner will help.)

Balance your commitments 

  • Is your job affecting your studies? Talk to your supervisor about cutting back your shifts
  • Do you feel like you're sinking under the pressure of classes and assignments? Talk to your instructor about a lighter load. 
  • Are social commitments interfering with your assignments and studying. Go out, but give yourself a time limit.

Engage in physical activity

  • Move during class breaks. Between classes is the perfect time to get up to move around and stretch. 
  • Plan activities that get you moving. Join the local gym (or the one on campus),
  • Look for opportunities to increase your activity. If you normally take the bus to class, get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way. If you drive to classes, park farther away so you can get in a short walk before class begins.

Form healthy eating habits

  • Eat a good breakfast. Don't have time to sit down for breakfast, consider "breakfast to go". Easy to grab foods like fruit and granola. 
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand. Try fresh or dried fruit, pretzels, nuts, veggies or cheese and crackers will make it easier to keep away from those sugary treats. 
  • Prepare lunch ahead of time. Using leftovers is a great option or once a week make a large pot of your favorite meal and divide it out for the week. 
  • Limit your alcohol intake. Many people enjoy alcohol, however, enjoying it on a regular basis can negatively affect your ability to focus and study. 
  • Drink lots of water. Your body needs 6 - 8 glasses a day. Have a water bottle with you in class or studying virtually.
  • Enjoy your food. Take the time to enjoy and savor your food - your digestion will thank you.

NBCC Resources

Student Union

Your Student Union provides a variety of events, gatherings, and sometimes contests. Being involved in activities is a great way to enjoy some physical activity, build relationships and have fun.

Gym/Weight room

Each campus offers a fitness room for students and staff to utilize. We encourage you to check it out during your lunch break or after classes! Exercise is a great way to release some stress!  Fredericton campus shares their gym with UNB. 

Food Cupboard

The food cupboard is accessible through the Student Union Office. We want you to know you don't have to go without food. Our cupboard of goodies is available when you are in need.


This is an online gym with trained professionals to teach different fitness classes like kick boxing or yoga. There are also classes for nutrition, wellbeing and meditation! You can even choose your intensity level! It’s free for all of our students and NBCC staff.

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Counselling Services are available to help if personal issues overwhelm you and prevent you from focusing.