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.

Reflection and Chill Out Space

Daily during opening hours

Lunchtime hangout with optional crafts

Wednesday 26 April, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May 1pm-2pm

Walk the Labyrinth

Daily during opening hours

Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18 April to 25 May


Time Management and Exam Prep​

Wednesday 26 April and 3 May 10.30-11.30am

Supporting Students' Assessment Literacy with Talis Elevate​

Wednesday 26 April 12.30-1.30pm

HOW2 Edit and Proofread Workshop

Wednesday 26 April 1-2pm

Write Direction Drop-in​

Wednesdays 26 April, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May 1-2pm

HOW2 Dissertation Workshop

Wednesday 3 May 1-2pm

Revision and Note Taking

Tuesday 16 May 10.30-11.30am

Library 1-1 Sessions

Tuesday 9 May - Friday 26 May 2-3pm

Edible Gardening

Fridays 28 April and 5 May 1pm-2pm

Bullet Journalling

Tuesday 2 May and Thursday 4 May 2pm-3pm

Hand Massages and Posture Checks

Tuesday 9 May 11.30am-2pm

Rock Painting

Wednesday 10 May  and Tuesday 16 May 11am-12pm

Mandala Drawing

Thursday 11 May 1pm-2pm

Tote Bag Painting

Monday 15 May and Thursday 25 May 11am-12pm


Tuesday 17 May 11.30am-12.30pm


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 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)


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 ​or 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.