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).

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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.

Take a break

It’s that time of the year again when exam revision and coursework deadlines leap to the top of your to-do list. It’s also that time of year when Library Services launches our #TakeABreak campaign.

#TakeABreak is about highlighting how taking proper care of yourself can help you achieve better results. That might mean making sure you take regular rest breaks, go for a walk, have a snack, distract yourself for 10 minutes, or leave early to get a good night’s sleep. Pushing yourself to achieve outstanding results shouldn’t mean compromising your health and wellbeing.

Image of puzzles and sudokus
Pick up a puzzle

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be highlighting a few tips and ideas to help you cope with what can often be a busy and stressful time of year, from reminders about our extended opening times to how you can book a study space; and watch out for our popular sudokus, puzzles, plus some fabulous freebies we’ll be giving away too.

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We’re giving away free mugs during 24/7

And remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, there are lots of ways to get support here at City via the Student Union, Chaplaincy, Health Service and of course Library Staff.

(When you do take a break from your studies, share your results on Instagram & Twitter #CityLibraryExams / #TakeABreak and let us know how you’re getting on).

Good luck everyone!

 

Take a break

You’re busy revising for your exams. You’re spending a lot of time in the library.

And, now that we’re open 24/7 until Friday June 8th you’re able to spend even more time here if you want to.

You’re working hard. You’re committed. You’re going to succeed.

But it’s important to remember that your health and wellbeing are crucial to achieving exam success too: taking rest breaks, eating and sleeping are extremely important. If you walk into the exam room tired, hungry and stressed, your performance might suffer.

That’s why we’re running our Take a break campaign again, to help make sure you’re feeling at your best when it matters. Here are a few suggestions to help you get through the next few weeks feeling fantastic and ready to go:

Picutre of colouring book, pencils a sudoku and wordsearch
Take a break with our colouring books and puzzles

“Colour me calm” notebooks & pencils

Research has shown spending some time doing something creative is relaxing and encourages the brain to function better. Why not pick up one of our fab notebooks, a pack of pencils and spend a few minutes away from your screen scribbling?

Word search & Sudoku

If colouring is not your thing, pick up one of the word searches created by library staff: there are several to choose from, each with a different theme.

Or, if you’re overwhelmed with words, try our Sudokus: fiendish and fun, they’ll keep your mind off of revision for a good few minutes.

Fiction collection

We have a growing fiction collection in print and online which you can escape into whilst having a cup of tea or afternoon snack. Reading is calming and an excellent de-stresser.

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When you do take a break from your studies, don’t forget to share your results on Instagram & Twitter with us: and watch out for more suggestions being posted online #CityLibraryExams. Lastly, please remember, however you’re feeling, library staff are here and available if you need help, advice or a friendly chat.

Good luck everyone!