While it is undoubtedly true that university-level study can be stressful, this need not be the case 99% of the time. Much of the panic and confusion can be avoided by simply being organised. This means being honest with yourself and realistic about how much time you are willing to dedicate to your studies, and what you can achieve; it might also mean that you adopt a systematic or strategic approach to studying.
As well as organisation, motivation is crucial to success, as you will want to sustain your interest in your degree programme for each year of study. Therefore, read the section on motivation before you look at organisation, and think about your reasons for studying and how much 'academic mileage' they have. Another important aspect of study is lifestyle. Adopting a lifestyle that is conducive to study will benefit your work enormously - and this does not have to signal the end to relaxation and late nights.
This material has been written by study skills specialists at the University. Try the tasks where available, as this may help to reinforce your learning.