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.

Exam Plus Timetable

 

See our daily planner of events for full details:

Exam Plus Day to Day Events Timetable (558 KB)

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.  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.

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 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

Julie Beard
Liaison Librarian: Computing and Maths, Geography, Geology & the Environment, Life Sciences
j.l.beard@keele.ac.uk

Scott Chesworth
Research Support Librarian and Liaison Librarian: Chemical & Physical Sciences, Psychology and Foundation Year
s.chesworth@keele.ac.uk

Steve Parton
Liaison Librarian: Medicine and Health Sciences
s.parton@keele.ac.uk

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
c.smith3@keele.ac.uk

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.