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 sections below for some suggestions, and make sure you follow Life at Keele on Facebook for daily information.

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

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.

Red January

To support you through January and the assessment period, the Sports Centre and Start to Success bring you a RED January challenge! RED January is a national campaign that was set up to help combat the January blues. Take a look at the calendar on the Sport Keele Facebook page, there's something for everyone no matter what your fitness levels. Keeping active is really important to help you to stay well in January and during the assessment period.

Be Active Boxes

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your bubble that will get you moving, staying active and having fun, check out our activity boxes.

Each box comes with; table tennis set, resistance bands, beans bags, a hula hoop and an activity box guide filled with everything you need to use the box to its full potential! There’s something for everyone!

Collect/return 14:00-16:00 every Monday and Thursday during the assessment period from the Student Services Centre, Tawney building. We have a Covid-secure process in place for all collected and returned items.

Book your collection via the online form here.

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 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.

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
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. 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.