The assessment and exam season is upon us, and this can be a difficult time. As well as making sure you are studying and preparing for your exams and assessments, it is also really important to look after yourself. This is why we ask you to take time out for yourself, #UWESaysRelax campaign.
Here are a few ideas of what you could do:
- Read a book
- Have a bath
- Bake a cake
- Netflix and pizza - don't forget the vouchers
- Go to a coffee shop - Boston Tea Party do really nice white hot chocolate
- Go to the cinema - some cinemas offer student dicsount with an NUS card
- Listen to music - Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (it's a cracker!)
- Play some sport - you can join our Off The Wall Programme
- Explore the city
Don't forget to share with us what you're up to using the hashtag #UWESaysRelax
If you are struggling or need help with anything, our Advice Centre are here.
You can apply for Extenuating Circumstances if you have personal difficulties which impact your ability to complete an assessment.
The all important exam tips
- Remember to bring your Student ID card. This is your form of identification and you may not be allowed to sit an exam without it
- Have a good night sleep before the exam so that you are fresh and ready
- Get a good breakfast in as this will give you energy throughout your exam
- Make sure to turn up 15 minutes before an exam to allow plenty of time to get settled and prepared
- Take a clear bottle of water or juice into the exam room with you to keep you hydrated throughout
- Exam rooms are notorious for being hot and cold so think about layering up
- When in the exam, make sure to read the question thoroughly and then re-read
What if things aren’t going quite right?
There are options available to you if things are not going right with an assessment. Each option has a different process to follow so it’s important to ensure that you choose the option that is right for you, and that you follow the right process.
For further information, click here.
If you need someone to listen to you you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. Their phone line is always open.
Top 9 Tips to combat stress
1. A varied and healthy diet
Eating fresh ingredients and lots of fruit is really important. Juices filled with vitamin C, such as orange or grapefruit juice, are said to be good for your immune system so can help with stress. When you're busy and tired it can be tempting just to grab another pizza or ready meal, but cooking from scratch saves more money and can also be another stress relief.
2. Do some exercise
Doing sport at least once a week is the best way to reduce stress. It helps your body produce endorphins, which make you feel good. Joining a sports club could also help with stress as the regular contact with other people should help improve your mood or simply go for a walk outside and get some fresh air.
It might sound simple, but sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can really help with stress levels. If you've never tried meditation before, it's worth a go. Good breathing techniques can put you in a more relaxed state as they send oxygen surging through your bloodstream, helping to calm you down and beat the stress.
4. Take breaks regularly
Short breaks are great but don’t overdo yourself! Take a day off and schedule them into your planning!
5. Sleep (and sign off Facebook)
Sleep is always the best medicine and some people find that small 20-minute naps can help increase productivity. Failing to switch off from work because of your electronic gadgets will only make you even more stressed.
6. Quit smoking
Some people say they smoke to relax, but researchers on the European Board for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco suggest that nicotine suppresses the hormone serotonin, which fights stress. Another good reason to quit.
7. Try to see the positive side
Remember this is only situational and exam periods will pass. Plan, revise and get through this to the other side!
8. Listen to music
Listening to music can help calm you down and put you in a better frame of mind. If you're feeling stressed, putting on some calming music while you work could really help.
They say that laughter is the best medicine, and it's really true. Watch a funny film or go out with friends for a well-deserved catch up and laugh.