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The app will help to keep you motivated, productive and connected while studying remotely

  • 02 June 2020
  • 4 min read

Students now have free access to a mental fitness app to help them stay motivated, productive and connected while studying remotely during the coronavirus crisis.

In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Fika has created a series of programmes allowing students to learn from expert psychologists, other students, academics and professional athletes in five minute video, audio and text programmes.

These are specifically designed to help combat the challenges of remote study and the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Programmes and audio guides cover topics including:

  • managing distractions and uncertainty 
  • maintaining motivation and positivity
  • staying connected
  • self-care 
  • healthy habits

Access to Fika’s COVID-19 package is FREE for all University of Portsmouth students and staff.

How to download and log into the app

  1. Download Fika: Student Skills app from the Appstore / Google Play store or visit Fika’s website
  2. Open the app and tap ‘Get started for Free’
  3. Confirm you are over 16 and agree to the Terms of Use & Privacy Policy
  4. Search for University of Portsmouth in the institution list and select
  5. Enter your email address and a desired password
  6. Check your inbox for a verification email and click link within the email
  7. Complete registration and enjoy Fika

More wellbeing self-care and support

Students can also download the WhatsUp app for free. It’s a quick and anonymous way to chat via text with practitioners at the Student Wellbeing Service (during office hours). The app also provides a personal space to monitor your mood and express thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

For more advice about supporting yourself while studying remotely, check out the Student Wellbeing Service pages about meeting the challenge of the pandemic, which applies our Wellbeing for Learning model to the difficult circumstances we all find ourselves in.

Don’t forget that the Student Wellbeing Service is running a full virtual service - check our main page to register online for an appointment (you can choose whether you want your session by phone or over Zoom) or find out how to sign up to attend the Virtual Wellbeing Cafe which is on every Wednesday afternoon 3-4.30pm until the end of June.