Managing multiple deadlines and undertaking evaluations and examinations at University can be stressful at times. Having a balance between work and play, and giving yourself a break is absolutely essential for effective and enriching studying. Enhancing your study techniques, attitudes and self-efficacy can help to ease assessment periods and optimise your learning. How is your studying style working for you? What is your work-life balance like? 

To balance studying with socialising, sport, recreation and sleep, we offer advice and support on how to optimise your studying. To have a balanced student life, enhancing your study approach (practically and attitudenly) can be deeply transformative in getting the most out of your studies.  

The Skills Lab provides free coaching in writing and studying, and organises events on the subject of writing and studying. Moreover, we offer you an overview of what extracurricular courses, workshops, electronic tools, etc. are available within this University. 

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Study Advisor
Every degree programme has its own Study Advisor who is fully informed about the programme’s curriculum. The Study Advisor can answer your questions about the study programme and provide support or recommendations for your studies.

You should also consult the Study Advisor if you are having problems that are affecting your ability to study effectively, such as personal problems, illness or problems with study skills or if you are falling behind.  More information is available on the pages of your degree programme (on 'Advice and counselling').

Do you need help with making choices within your degree programme? Are you falling behind in your studies or are you looking for new challenges? Your tutor is the first point of contact. Your tutor is a teacher from your degree programme and teaches first-year classes.

Mentors are higher-year students who can answer questions you may have about your degree, the university and Utrecht. Not every programme has mentors, so you should ask your tutor if they are available for your programme.

More information is available on the general page 'Advice and counselling'.

There are many courses in the field of (academic) skills and courses to help you in your academic career. Below you will find a list of all providers:

Unable to find what you are looking for? Contact us or visit us at the second floor of the University Library Utrecht Science Park.

Contact information Skills Lab

Skills Lab
Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht
University Library Utrecht Science Park, 2nd floor 

Phone: 030-253 6300