Q&As: Coping with Exam Stress

Sunday 29-04-2018 - 17:00
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The official exam period starts on Tuesday 8 May 2018, we hope that your preparations are going well.

If you need some help and advice the Students’ Union Advisers have answered some questions on where you can go for additional support if you are feeling stressed about your exams.

Q: I’m finding it difficult to plan my work and get down to revision. What can I do?
It may help on a practical level if you ensure you are well prepared and are using all the study support available to you. This could be via the Library staff and resources that are on offer to all students: see the Library website for more details. The Skills for Learning website has lots of resources too, for example, you can borrow a book on exam technique or have a look at the websites for revision and academic writing tips. The Libraries open 24/7 every day of the year, with silent study areas and many services are also available online via MyBeckett or the Library website mentioned above.  The Library has even created relaxing and motivational Spotify playlists!

Q: What else can I do to make sure I’m prepared for the exams?
Start revision early, so that you can spread it out more, and make sure that you have plenty of time to rest and relax with friends. Make sure you know in advance where and when your exams are and plan your journey/transport and parking (if applicable) in advance. You can find the exam timetable here along with extra information on what to expect. Once you know where your exams are taking place you can use the Metro Journey Planner to help you plan your journey. If you are intending to park at or around Headingley Campus, please be aware that there are parking restrictions in place outside of the campus and parking is very limited. Parking in and around Headingley Carnegie Stadium and Pavilion is also extremely restricted.

Q: I’m feeling very stressed and finding it difficult to concentrate. What can I do?
If you are struggling with exam stress, first and foremost you should talk to someone. Whether it’s family, a friend, a course mate, a trusted tutor or lecturer or your Students’ Union Advisers, talking about it with someone will help you to figure out why you’re feeling stressed, whether it’s workload or if there’s something else you need support with. There are various support services in the University who can help and advise students who are feeling stressed.

Q: Who can I contact in the University if I need some support?
A: If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed during exams:

  • Check the Student Wellbeing Team's self-help page. There are also a range of self-help guides, available including one on stress, which you can download as a leaflet or an audio file.
  • Your Students' Union Advice team is also on hand to offer independent and confidential advice and representation. Depending on your circumstances we can provide advice on the options available to you such as Extension and Mitigation requests if you don’t feel “fit to sit” your assessments, or answer any queries you may have in relation to concerns about your studies or progress. We can also provide information on hardship funds, or refer to other support services where appropriate. If in doubt about where to seek help, contact us at one of our daily Advice Drop Ins, or by phone or email us.
  • You can also speak to your Academic Adviser (previously know as Personal Tutor) if you have concerns about your studies and you feel that you are not coping. Their contact details can be found in your course handbook:  http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/course-handbooks/
  • If you find you need a listening ear outside of Uni opening times you may find it useful to speak to Nightline (20:00 - 08:00) - 0113 3801381 (listening) 0113 3801380 (information)

Q: What is the Student Unions’ Stress Less Week about?
A: This year Stress Less Week runs from 30 April – 4 May. During the exams period the Students’ Union Exec team will be handing out fruit, water and stress balls as well as coordinating a stress less campaign with events planned across campus. Visit the Students' Union website to find out more. The SU started running Stress Less Week simply because we know that the weeks leading up to exam period can be a really stressful time. We want to encourage students to take time out for themselves and to look after themselves during this period, and rather than putting out a leaflet or some form of publication with ways to de-stress, we thought the best way to do it is to bring the de-stressing activities to the students!


Q: I would like to seek some advice from the SU Advice Service, how do I contact you?
If you would like any further information or advice then please contact the Students’ Union Advice Service – It is what we’re here for!


Our general Advice Service contact times are advertised on our website here. You can call us on 0113 812 8400 or email us at suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.          


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