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How to manage exam season stress

To help you beat the stress and get in the holiday spirit, here are some of our top tips for coping with exam and deadlines this exam season!


The Winter Break is almost here, but we know how overwhelming this time of year can be with deadlines and exams looming! To help you beat the stress and get in the holiday spirit, here are some of our top tips for coping with exam and deadlines this exam season.

Use all the study support available to you

There’s loads of resources and support available to all Leeds Beckett students. Whether you need some IT support, to loan a laptop for studying at home, help managing deadlines or just need someone to chat to, be sure to make the most of all the support out there!

You can find out more about the support available by chatting to Library staff or checking out their website here. Be sure to follow @LBUSupport on Instagram as well – they share loads of helpful tips throughout the year!

Start revision early and spread it out

We know, we know – it’s all too easy to leave your assignments and revision to the last minute! Who hasn’t pulled that dreaded all-nighter? But take it from us, starting on your work early will really help you reduce stress around the Winter Break and in the run up to your exams and deadlines.

You’ll be able to make good, steady progress without messing up your sleep schedule! Plus, if you need any additional resources or information on any assignments, you’ll have plenty of time to reach out for support.

Plan your transport to exams in advance

Making sure you know where you’re going and that you can get to your exams on time can add a lot of pressure if you need to sort it at the last minute! Whether you’re based in Leeds or need to carefully plan your commute, make sure you know how you’ll get to your exams in plenty of time. Double-check there are no transport strikes scheduled and make back-up plans if needed. It’ll make your exam day so much less stressful!

Talk to a friend or your Academic Librarian if you’re feeling overwhelmed

Feel like everything is a bit much? You don’t have to deal with it alone! Reach out to a friend to have a chat and grab a coffee or get in touch with your Academic Librarian to come up with a sustainable study plan. Chatting through stress or a problem with someone else can give you a new perspective and even help you come up with a better plan to sort it!

Find out how to get in touch with your Academic Librarian here.

Take lots of breaks and look after your wellbeing

Pulling a long shift in the library may help you get a lot of work done, but taking regular breaks is essential. It’s recommended that for every hour to hour and a half you take a 10 or 20-minute break. This allows you to rest, destress, maybe even grab a coffee or a snack and then get right back into your work without burning yourself out!

Don’t forget, The Hive serves Starbucks if you’re in need of a caffeine boost while studying on campus!