When and where?
You can check your exam timetables
Take some time out
Keep up your productivity and motivation by joining in the fun and creative events across the campus.
Get set for success
Be organised and create a timetable, plan for work, leisure and fitness. Do not neglect yourself.
The 5 things you need to know.... about exam preparation.
What is expected of you? See the University's exam regulations.
You will need proof of ID to sit your exam - so bring your student ID card with you.
Where to get help
If you need further support... we are here to help you.
You can access a range of resources from our detailed online support guides, plus you can make 1-2-1 appointments with members of the team for more individual support.
Mick the Vic is here for you if what you need is a confidential space, a listening ear, a slice of cake and a cuppa.
During assessments you may experience difficulties that affect your mental wellbeing. If you feel you need and support, this is available from the Counselling and Wellbeing team.
We all study in different ways, so with that in mind we have different study areas around our libraries, and across the campuses, for you to use depending on your needs. The worst possible way to work is sitting in the same location for hours at a time - so do not forget to take a break....and maybe move to a new location. A different room, or even a different desk, can change your perspective on your work.
Want to study and revise on campus at a time that suits you? Our libraries have extended opening times to help you do this.
If you have an enquiry in Stoke the Student Hub is the place to go. Students can connect, relax and engage. The Student Hub is also home to our Information, Support and Wellbeing services.
In Stafford or Shrewsbury you can visit the Information Points.
Students' top tips for exam revision
- Stick to a revision plan - Be active rather than passive when revising...so you're not just reading and copying notes.
- Get creative - Activities like colouring, jigsaws, Lego and board games, can clear your mind and boost your mood – even if you aren’t artistic. All of these... and more!... are available in the Library's Wellbeing Collection.
- Meditate - During one of your scheduled breaks, take a few mindful minutes to meditate in a calm and quiet setting. Focus on some breathing exercises, which can really revitalise and invigorate the mind so that it’s ready to absorb more information! Mindfulness training for students is enjoyable and creative as well as productive - helping you to stay calm, focused and better manage the pressures of student life.
- Stretch – You’re likely tense from the anxiety of studying plus, when you study, you sit in the same position for long periods of time. Taking some time to stretch your muscles out can help relax you more than you know! Resistance bands are available in the Library's Wellbeing Collection.
- Take a walk - No, we don’t mean around the library! Get outside and get some fresh air, no matter how short the walk may be. Getting your body moving helps blow flow, which is going to help re-energise you. Any form of exercise will be beneficial to your physical and mental wellbeing...during your study breaks or otherwise.
- Save social media for your breaks - Whether it’s your phone constantly buzzing or the endless stream of Facebook notifications, technology – and in particular social media – repeatedly proves to be the greatest of impediments to a productive stream of work. How can you get stuck in to anything if you know there are six messages awaiting your attention?
Put your phone on silent or flight mode in your bag, close Facebook, and get to work. That way, when you do take a break you’ll have something to look forward to, and can focus on replying to all your messages at the same time.
There are also some things you should avoid doing on your study breaks. The wrong types of study break activities can hinder your ability to stay attentive and concentrate – exactly the opposite of what you need during study time.
- Don't work for more than an hour at a time - Take a study break. A good study break consists of an activity that allows you to take your mind off studying. It will reinvigorate your brain so that you are ready to pick up where you left off with renewed energy and focus. When deciding what to do during your study breaks, always keep in mind that different methods work for different people. It’s a good idea to vary different break activities to find which is the most effective in refreshing you. If an activity makes it difficult to transition back into your studies, it’s likely not the right break activity for you.
- Don't snack on junk food – Junk food isn’t nutritious and, though it may be easier to order pizza or grab something sugary like an energy drink, it won’t provide the necessary benefits to help sustain you and keep you on track.
- Don't take a nap – Taking a nap can actually make you more tired, slow you down or stunt your productivity. If you must take a nap during your study break – a quick catnap (not longer than 20 minutes) is the best way to go.
- Don't watch TV, surf the Web, play video games – These activities don’t aid productivity, in fact, they can hinder it or actually make you feel more tired than you are. Go for an activity that gets you moving, breathing and relaxes your mind without putting it to sleep.
- Don't drink excessive caffeine – Though you may think it’s your best friend during exams, too much caffeine has adverse effects and can actually cause you to crash in the end. Positive study break activities help with longer-term focus – not just the spurts of energy that caffeine delivers.
- Don't eat huge meals – Though you may wait until you are really hungry, it’s not beneficial for you to eat a large meal if you’re looking to continue your studies. Too much food will make you feel tired and lethargic, so opt for lighter meals spread out throughout your revision sessions.