Food, fitness, fiction and fun: four top tips for surviving the exam period

We’re always impressed with the dedication displayed by City students, especially during the exam period when our libraries are full of focused individuals from morning until midnight. But we’re also keen to make sure you’re all taking of yourself, and of each other, during what can be a stressful time for many: having regular study breaks, getting some rest, even distracting yourself entirely for a few minutes can help to ensure you avoid burn-out.

Here are 4 things we think might help you survive the exam period in tip-top shape:

1: Borrow a book for fun

Research has shown that reading can help to reduce stress levels and we have a rapidly growing fiction collection just waiting to be explored. Books aren’t just a gateway to knowledge and exam success, they’re also a great way to escape into other worlds, leave your cares behind, daydream and wonder. Even if just for a few minutes on the Tube ride home. Ask at one of our Help Desks for more information (and maybe the odd recommendation too).

Image of CityWolf looking at books on Wolf-themed topics, e.g. Wolf Hall
CityWolf loves borrowing books from the Northampton Square Library

2: Stay classy

CitySport have an expanded range of classes on offer on everything from intense fitness to yoga. The old cliché ‘a healthy body equals a healthy mind’ is a cliché for a reason.

Screenshot of the CitySport website
CitySport website

CitySport are offering five free spaces in each of the following classes between 7th-18th January. This is part of Study Well. Sign up via the CitySport website (please note, you will need to register in order to login).

 

Days

Time

Activity

Monday 7th and 14th

12:30-13:30 Yoga

Tuesday  8th and 15th

17:45-18:45

Afrobeats

Wednesday 9th and 16th

12:45-13:45

Yoga

Thursday 10th and 17th

18:00-19:00

Yoga by candlelight

Friday 11th and 18th 12:15-13:15

Pilates

 

3: Chow down

As well as free breakfasts available at the Student’s Union Hub, the EATC1TY food outlets across campus will be extending their opening hours to make sure everyone can grab a snack. Re-fueling is important and skipping meals is actually bad for you in the long run.

4: Chillax

CityBar’s longer opening hours provide a great opportunity to spend a few minutes relaxing at the end of a long hard day. Even if it’s just a few minutes catching up with classmates, having an opportunity to unwind can be just the reward for all that achieving.

Getting to Know CityLibrary: competition winners announced!

Back in September we launched our Getting to Know CityLibrary competition with some fantastic prizes up for grabs: and, excitingly, we can now reveal who our lucky winners are!

Photograph of CityWolf and some prizes (study skills books)
CityWolf with some of the prizes

 

So congratulations to:

Brigi Fijo: winner of the top prize, a free day pass to CitySport!

Taking home Library Study Packs full of fantastic books and goodies:

  • Lara Physant Murdoch
  • Tom Jenkins
  • Helena Hicks
  • Savvas Soteriou
  • Zin Tun
  • Marwa Sharif
  • Hirva Hingu
  • Najam-Us-Samad Anjum
  • Tom Peri
Photograph of competition entry cards and prizes.
Competition entry cards and prizes

And finally, claiming £10 Print Credit:

  • Nystha Baishya
  • Clarence Tang
  • Jasmine Turner
  • Yulia Sharkova
  • Nithesh Vairavan

Thanks to everyone who took part, we had hundreds of entries- watch out for more competitions and quizzes in the new year!