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.

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. Our Start to Success team have also developed guidance on looking after your wellbeing, particularly in the face of coronavirus restrictions.

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.

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!

Social Distancing Activities

During the assessment period it's important to take time away from your studies to relax. Take a look at our handy guide with lots of activities that you can try out despite the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

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.

Digital Geo-Hunt

For a campus walk with a difference, use this resource to explore campus and solve the clues to the various locations. Paper copies are available for you to pick up around campus in the following locations:

  • The Sty Common Room
  • Barnes Laundrette
  • The Hexagon Common Room
  • Lindsay Laundrette
  • The Cross Common Room
  • Oaks A Block Informal Learning Space
  • Holly Cross and Oaks Laundrette
  • Horwood Laundrette
Mindful Walk

For a break from studying, take a look at Sport Keele’s guidance for taking a mindful walk:

1. Set aside 5-10 minutes of your day.

2. Head into the garden, or do as part of your daily exercise. You could also do this in the house but make sure you turn all electronic devices off.

3. Focus on the feeling of the ground under your feet. How does it feel? Which parts of your feet feel pressure as you walk? Do you put your toes or heels down first?

4. Pick three things that you can see and, in turn, take a moment to think about them. How big is it? How did it get there?

5. Do as above for three things you can hear and one you can smell. Also consider the temperature, can you feel the sun on your skin?

6. If you find yourself getting distracted, just come back to the movement of your feet, one foot in front of the other.

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

Just because the Library building is currently closed doesn't mean our Librarian staff aren’t still available to help, contact them with all your Library Services and Resource questions.

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

Julie Beard
Liaison Librarian: Computing and Maths, Geography, Geology & the Environment, Life Sciences

Scott Chesworth
Research Support Librarian and Liaison Librarian: Chemical & Physical Sciences, Psychology and Foundation Year

Steve Parton
Liaison Librarian: Medicine and Health Sciences

Jane Shaw
Liaison Librarian: Keele Business School, Law, Languages and Social, Political and Global Studies j.shaw2@keele.ac.uk

Claire Smith
Liaison Librarian: School of Humanities, Harper and Keele Veterinary School

Study Skills Resource Collection

There are lots of resources from the library to support you during the assessment period. While you may not be able to browse the physical shelfs at at the moment, 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.