At this time of year, as exams get closer it’s natural to feel a bit stressed. There are many ways we can assist as you prepare for exams. Library hours will be extended to give you more time to study before and during exams, our Ask a Librarian service is ready and waiting to help plus we provide you with access to past exam papers.
Our Library sites provide productive study spaces, which include silent study areas, where you can access WiFi, computers and printers.
Highlights of our extended opening hours include:
* Bundoora Library open till midnight Monday-Thursday
* Carlton Library open from 10am on weekends
* Swanston Library open until 8pm on weekends
* Brunswick Library open from 10am on Saturdays
You can find past exam papers through the Library. Most papers are online but a small number are in print.
As you prepare for exams our librarians are here to help. We provide friendly and professional assistance either in person or online via Ask a Librarian chat or email.
If you want to mix it up a bit and study somewhere different you can find great places to study on campus whether you want independent study space, group study space or a lounge. Wherever you're studying on campus be kind to your fellow students. Please don't reserve desks with your stuff when you go for a break.
So take a deep breath and try to stay calm as we go over some simple strategies for managing exam stress:
Take a break
Your brain can’t handle study all the time so be sure to give it some rest. To increase productivity, try working for just 20 minutes at a time, then take a short five-minute break and start again. Your brain still processes information even when you are not actively thinking about it. Just be careful that a short break doesn’t turn into a long one.
Get enough sleep
Healthy sleep can help you manage stress, better your mood, improve your concentration and other health issues. Most people need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night to function at their best.
Switch off your devices
Sometimes our electronic devices can contribute to stressful feelings, when they dominate much of our time. Consider giving yourself a break from your screen each day. Take time out and have a walk outside, sit quietly for a moment, stretch, or read a book.
Exercise helps manage stress and makes you feel better. Even moderate levels of exercise as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day can vastly improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Through meditation and simple breathing exercises, mindfulness is an effective way of combating stress and anxiety. It can help you to remain calm, sustain your attention, and focus more effectively on study and everyday tasks.
Before your exams, write a to-do-list, organise your diary, draw up an action plan and clean up the clutter on your desk. Organising is a powerful antidote to feeling overwhelmed and provides a calming effect.
The most important thing to remember is that you can get help if you need it from:
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