Working hard to achieve academic and professional excellence can be tough at the best of times, but throw in a global pandemic too and, well, it’s safe to say most of us are feeling more challenged than ever before. That’s why we want to encourage you to #TakeABreak and think about the importance of self-care during the exams and assessment period. Continue reading Take a break
Cass Learning Resource Centre:
|Monday 25th March – Friday 3rd May|
Northampton Square Library:
|Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 31st May|
Bookable study spaces will be available at both sites to reserve a seat in advance. At Northampton Square our Occupancy Chart will be back on Level 2 so you’ll know which floors are currently busier than others, plus each library will have additional security staff working through the night.
We’ll also be running our #TakeABreak campaign throughout 24/7 offering tips, advice, puzzles, colour-me-calm sheets and a weekly prize draw, all to encourage you to pause, refresh and recharge in between.
Thanks to everyone in advance for showing consideration to local residents when entering and exiting university buildings through the night, this goes a long way to helping ensure we can stay open for longer at this busy time of year.
Detailed opening times can be found on the Library website.
Good luck everyone.
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).
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.
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).
Monday 7th and 14th
Tuesday 8th and 15th
Wednesday 9th and 16th
Thursday 10th and 17th
Yoga by candlelight
|Friday 11th and 18th||12:15-13:15||
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good luck everyone!
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:
“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.
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.
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!
From Monday 27th of March until Friday 5th of May the Cass Learning Resource Centre will be open 24/7 in anticipation of the round-the-clock revision and study you’re planning ahead of your exams and coursework deadlines.
Library staff will be on hand during normal working hours before handing over to our Security colleagues who will keep an eye on things until morning: but don’t worry, if you suddenly think of a question overnight we have a host of Library Guides plus our FAQs available via the website to help support you- and if you submit a new question, a member of our team will respond as soon as possible.
Don’t forget to take some time out from your all-nighter: going for a walk, having a little nap and pausing for snacks are really important ways to help boost performance and manage stress levels throughout this tough time of the year.
Adult colouring books have been some of the bestsellers in recent years… Is it anything to do with growing levels of exam stress?? At City University Library we wanted to join in the craze, and so have created our own colouring pages for you to escape into…
As Nick Scott points out in Director magazine, colouring is a major “anti-stress therapy for the beleaguered business leader”; allowing us to be a care-free child again, and also focusing our mind for new challenges. So it’s not just a bit of fun… Carole Tonkinson, publisher at Bluebird, Pan Macmillan’s wellness and lifestyle imprint, says: “Colouring is tactile and soothing. It’s creative, but not so challenging that it’s draining.”
So, go ahead… Have a break from the studies, and get colouring! Look out for our galleries to pin up your creations.
This is how one City Librarian got on:
The name is Librarian, University Librarian.
Yes, this month’s recommendation comes from Louise D. and highlights how the Northampton Square Library now offers all of our students and staff the chance to play out a fluffy-white-cat-spinning-chair fantasy…
But why does Louise love the purple chairs?
“I love these chairs, because… they were in use the moment they went out, and they offer a beautiful view of the square. Particularly in autumn with the trees changing colours. I’ve worked in a number of different areas of London throughout my career and I love the fact NSQ Library overlooks such a green and quiet (some of the time) space. Purple Peace amongst the chaos.”
Yes, it’s been great to see students enjoying the Library spaces and feeling comfortable and relaxed, which is particularly important during stressful periods like exam time.
(If you would like to share what you love about the Library, let us know!)