Friday, 26 May 2017

The Library is here to support you as you prepare for exams

At this time of year, as exams get closer it is really natural to feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed. It is always worth remembering you are not alone in these feelings and to know the Library is here to actively support you as you prepare for exams, offering:

Extended opening hours
to give you plenty more time to study before and during exams. Highlights of our extended opening include:

  • From Monday 15 May Bundoora Library will remain open until 12 midnight Monday to Thursday. 
  • From Saturday 20 May Swanston Library will open until 8pm on weekends.
  • View Library opening hours 

Access to past exam papers through the Library. Most exam papers are online but a small number are in print.

Friendly and professional study advice and assistance
either online via Ask a Librarian and Learning Lab or in person at the Library or Study and Learning Centre drop in.

Productive study spaces, which include silent study areas, where you can access WiFi, computers and printers. If you want to study somewhere different you can find other great places to study on campus whether you want independent study space, group study space, or even a rocking chair! Book a computer or a study room today.

So take a deep breath and try to stay calm as we share four simple strategies for managing exam stress:

1. Exercise
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.

2. Plan ahead
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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

The most important thing to remember is that help is available from: 

  • Counselling Service - professional counselling to all students on each campus 
  • Student Support Advisors - practical help, advice and support 
  • Study and Learning Centre - build all your academic skills in a friendly environment with experienced teachers and students to guide you 
  • Chaplaincy - compassionate help and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths in a quiet space and with a warm welcome 
And finally, good luck with your exams!