During assessment periods we want to make sure that you receive the support you need what can be a very stressful time for students. Our Exam Plus support bring you tips and activities to help you to stay calm, keep healthy and achieve your potential. Take a look at the schedule and resources below to find out what's on offer.

During the assessment period, you will find your Resident Advisers based in the informal social spaces across campus to provide peer support if you need someone to talk to about exam stress, or just for revision company.  

Barnes: The Sty Common Room

Horwood: Chancellor’s Informal Learning Space

Lindsay: The Hexagon Common Room

Holly Cross and The Oaks: The Cross Common Room

Drop-in to speak to an RA between 6pm to 8pm Monday to Friday.

You will also be able to enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits in the common rooms during these times (while stocks last).

 

Look out for the Student Experience and Support Team handing out free 'Stress-less' goody bags in the Library during the Assessment Period.

Join the Student Experience and Support Team for a relaxing 'Crafternoon' in the Chancellors Social Space on Wednesday 11th January 2023 at 1pm - 3pm.

 

Grab your Free Fruit in the Library! 

 

Mental health and wellbeing

You can access a number of self-care mental health resources from the counselling and mental health service as well as bookable virtual appointments. 

Managing academic stress

It's normal to feel increased stress during the assessment period, but there are still steps you can take to help to reduce your concerns and help you to reach your potential. Watch this video for some helpful tips to help you manage stress.  You can also check out the following sites for further tips on dealing with exam stress:

Mindful breathing

Mindful breathing is a helpful practice that can be particularly beneficial to help to reduce stress. Take a look at this demonstration video and try to incorporate mindful breathing when you are experiencing academic stress.

Origami

Origami is always a popular activity to take some time out from your studies and try your hand at something creative. Here’s Niall from the Chapel giving you a step by step instruction for making your own origami crane. All you need is a piece of paper!

Healthy eating

It can be tempting to slip out of healthy eating habits during a busy assessment period and rely on takeaways and convenience food. But it's really important to eat a balanced range of healthy food to help you to stay energised. Take a look at some quick, easy and healthy meals.

Mindful walk

For a break from studying, take a look at Sport Keele’s guidance for taking a mindfulness walk (pdf: 133kb)

Exercise

NHS Fitness Studio: free online fitness videos, aerobics videos, strength and resistance videos, pilates and yoga videos and more.

General tips for Happier Living
Bullet journalling

A bullet journal can be a great way of helping you to get organised. The start of the assessment period is a great time to think about your academic targets, and record these in a creative way. Take a look at this video to get started.

Library support

Academic Librarians are here to help Monday - Friday 9am-5pm. You can chat to them via phone, email, video call ‚Äčor in person.

Study skills resource collection

There are lots of resources from the library to support you during the assessment period.  You can take a look at what's available here and reserve online.

Academic support

There is lots of additional academic support available from KIITE, with guides available on organising your studies, reading and research, planning and writing, and deliving presentations.

Write direction

If you’re struggling with your assessments at the moment, whether it’s not knowing how to structure an essay, or finishing off a lab report, don’t forget that the Student Learning team is still available for support.

You can arrange a virtual Write Direction appointment which will take place over email or audio or video chat. Head to their website to book in.

If you need to talk to someone, whether it’s about your studies or life outside of them, we have a Student Experience and Support team based within your Faculty to support you, including a member of the team dedicated to every School.

You can book a virtual appointment to speak to the advisers in your School or Faculty at the buttons below, or you can attend our drop in at Tawney Building on Monday 10am to 12pm, Tuesday 5-7pm, Wednesday 2-4pm, Thursday 5-7pm and Friday 10am to 12pm

If you’d prefer to contact them via another method, just get in touch with Student Services as usual.

On a Combined Honours degree? Don’t worry if you are part of two different Schools or Faculties – access support via either of your Schools/Faculties and we will ensure you get the most appropriate support.