Your first point of contact is your study coach or tutor. They guide you in your personal development and you also attend a few hours of their classes every week. In other words, you have regular contact with each other. You can always go to your coach with questions about study planning, your results, but also if you have problems with something. Sometimes it is necessary for a student coach to refer you to a student counsellor.
The student counsellors have a position of trust and can help you with special questions or problems. These are often issues which involve regulations and legal provisions, just think of questions you may have in the area of legal status and regulations or about combining studying with top-class sport or studying with a disability.
Sometimes there is more going on. If this is the case, the student counsellor will refer you to the student psychologist. This psychologist works for BUas and obviously also has an independent position of trust. If you are experiencing any psychological problems of a social or emotional nature which are hindering your academic progress, the student counsellor can arrange an appointment for you with the student psychologist.
BEST stands for Better Studying. By ‘better’ we do not necessarily mean ‘raising the bar’. On the contrary, we want to contribute to your well-being in an accessible way. We do this by offering all kinds of training courses that can help you to deal with your studies in a pleasant way, making you stronger and more confident.
BESTtraining offers skills and behaviour training. Just think of study skills, studying with dyslexia, or training courses in how to deal with fear of failure. But they also offer mindfulness sessions, for example. Taking part is super easy. Just attend a guest lecture or a workshop, for instance. In this way, you do not necessarily have to do a complete training programme, but it does enable you to find out if it may be something that can help you. Your study coach can tell you more about it!