We asked you for your hints and tips to help survive exams. Thanks to everyone who responded.
There were a few that we’re probably not allowed to repeat (!) but we thought we’d share some of them with you, alongside more information that you might find helpful:
“Ask your teachers for support” – but remember there is lots of help from staff right across the University if you are struggling, such as the Student Wellbeing Team who offer appointments and self-help guides.
“Plan” – sounds obvious but isn’t always easy; you might find mindmapping a useful technique: MindView software is available on all the Library PCs. And remember to make sure you know where and when your exam is!
“Be kind to yourself” / “believe in yourself” – take a look at our Wellbeing Pinterest Board for ideas or pop along to one of the SU #stressless events.
“Prep” / “Remember to read da question” – lots of information and advice is available on the Skills for Learning exam prep pages.
“Reward yourself after a few steps” – Colleagues in the Food Courts have special offers on to help you get through exams – £1 cakes after 2pm!
“Rehydrate (with wine)” – can’t offer the alcohol but there are water fountains in each Library.
“Take a break every ten minutes” – we have mindfulness colouring to stop you looking at your screens for a few minutes, but if you do take longer breaks remember to take your belongings with you.
“Early nights zzzzz” – we’re open 24/7 but that doesn’t mean you should be revising 24 hours, make sure you get lots of sleep whether you’re a night owl or an early bird. But remember to set your alarm so you don’t miss your exam!
And don’t forget to Contact Us if you need us.
We know how busy it gets in the Libraries at the end of the academic year when everyone is working on final assignments and revising for exams so we’re doing all we can to help you find the study space you need:
- Access to Sheila Silver Library is limited to Leeds Beckett students, staff and guest users to give you priority in finding study space. Remember to bring your Campus Card with you and also take it with you if you leave the Library for a break as you’ll need it to come back in!
- We’ve worked with the University to make extra rooms available so if it is too busy in the Libraries you can head over there. You can also use the study tables in City Students’ Union and the Living Rooms on both campuses.
- We’ve added information to our website to tell you about the most popular times and spaces are in Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries to help you choose your study space.
- Timetables outside the IT Labs tell you when there isn’t any teaching taking place and if they are available for you to use. You can check PC Availability on the plasmas as you come into the Library or on the Leeds Beckett App to find out where there are free PCs.
- We’ll also check the bookings for Student Meeting Rooms to let you know if there are any free via Twitter #findyourspace.
- You can contact us if other students aren’t respecting the study environment – if you’re at Sheila Silver Library please quote the number of the study space so we know where to find you.
But please help your fellow students too:
- Don’t chat if you’re in the silent study areas and remember to turn your phones to silent.
- Don’t “occupy” spaces with your belongings and disappear for hours on end (we know most of you only take short breaks – and that’s a good thing – but if you do need to leave for more than 20 minutes please take your things with you).
- Don’t use PCs or laptops just for social networking when others need to use them for work.
- Remember to cancel your Student Meeting Room booking if you don’t need it.
As always please ask staff if you need any help.
There’s lots of help from the Library and University to help you survive your exams:
- we’re open 24/7 so you can revise whenever suits you best. Remember you need your Campus Card 24/7 at Sheila Silver Library and from 19:00-08:30 at Headingley if you’re studying overnight. And don’t forget to take it with you if you leave the Library for a break so that you can get back in!
- we have silent study areas to help you concentrate and there are extra spaces booked across the University for you to use if the Libraries are busy
- you can use the IT Labs if there isn’t a class on or borrow a self-service laptop to access your notes
- there are some past exam papers available on MyBeckett. Click on the Modules tab and select “Exam papers online”
- we’ve lots of books on exam techniques – take a look at our displays in both Libraries – or you can have a look at our Pinterest Guide to Study Skills and our Key Resources Page
- you can request a tutorial or attend a workshop to help you prepare and there are also resources on exam preparation and revision and time management on the Skills for Learning website.
- find out where your exam is (and at what time!) before the day so that you know where you’re going – timetables are on the Student Hub pages plus advice on what to do if you are ill and what you need with you for the exam
- make sure you take regular breaks – water coolers in each Library can help you keep hydrated
- look after your wellbeing – see our Pinterest Board for ideas, or listen to our relaxing music playlist. There’s also a motivational list for you to listen to, depending on your mood!
- remember that everyone needs to share our study spaces fairly so please don’t chat when others are working in silence; use the PCs just for social networking or “save” study spaces by leaving your belongings on them.
Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help.
Welcome back to the Library – we hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.
We know lots of you have exams in January but we’re here to help as much as we can – here’s a reminder of everything that is available – from silent study space to motivational playlists.
If you feel you’ve done enough revising and want to focus on a new resolution or find new things to do have a look at our Resolutions Pinterest Board.
And if you were lucky enough to receive a shiny new laptop or mobile don’t forget to connect it to Eduroam as soon as you’re back on campus and download Office 365.
As always, Contact us if you need any help.
Exams start this week (boo!) but there is still lots of help available from the Library:
- because we’re open 24/7 you can revise at whatever time of day suits you best
- if you need silence to revise in we can help with that too – there are silent study areas in each Library
- if you need a PC to access your notes remember you can use the IT Labs if there isn’t a class in progress or borrow one of the self-service laptops
- there are some past exam papers are available on MyBeckett. Click on the Modules tab and select “Exam papers online”
- we have lots of books on exam techniques or you can have a look at our Pinterest Guide to Study Skills
- you can request a tutorial to help you revise and prepare for exams and there are also resources on exam preparation and revision and time management on the Skills for Learning website
- find out where your exam takes place (and what time!) before the day so that you know where you are going – there is information on the Student Hub pages plus advice on what to do if you are ill and what you need with you for the exam
- make sure you take regular breaks – water coolers in each Library can help you keep hydrated.
- look after your wellbeing – see our Pinterest Board for ideas or listen to our relaxing music playlist plus a motivational list too for you to listen to depending on your mood!
- don’t chat when others are working in silence
- don’t use the PCs for social networking when others need to work
- and don’t “save” study spaces by leaving your belongings on them
Good luck! And remember to Contact Us if you need any help