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Be In The Know about exam support

Do you know that we offer practical, physical and wellbeing support to help you succeed in your exams?

Exam support

We want to help you succeed in your studies and there's plenty of help and guidance on offer.

Getting to your exams

You can find your exam timetable here, along with extra information on what to expect. Exams take place on and off-campus and are often not in your normal course buildings, so it is important for you to plan your route in advance.

Campus maps can be found here. Once you know where your exams are taking place you can use the Metro Journey Planner to help you plan your journey.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you get to the location of your exam in good time for the start.

If you are intending to park at or around Headingley Campus, please be aware that there are parking restrictions in place outside of the campus and parking is very limited. Parking in and around Headingley Carnegie Stadium and Pavilion is also extremely restricted.

Come prepared

Your examiner will provide answer sheets and paper in the exam but it is your responsibility to bring your own personal stationery.

You can pick up any essentials you've forgotten from the Campus shops in the Portland Building, City Campus and Campus Central, Headingley.

Support for your study

Our Libraries open 24/7, with many services also available online via MyBeckett or the Library website. You can borrow a book on exam techniques or have a look at our Skills for Learning website for access to revision and academic writing tips.

Your Library is running ‘shut up and revise’ sessions which begin with a 20 minute presentation on revision techniques and exam skills.

You will then have the option of staying to ‘shut up and revise’ for two hours, in a quiet and supportive environment for you to focus on your own work. There will be time for the tutor to answer individual questions at the end of each session.

You should have a topic or area in mind to revise during the session and you need to bring either a laptop, or a pen and paper plus notes from previous lectures or research.

These workshops are taking place:

  • 9 May 13:00 – 16:00 in JG123

You can use the social learning spaces, halls and SU space to study in during this period and you might find it beneficial to revise in our silent study areas. Text us if you’re struggling to find a space and we can help you out. If people are talking in the silent study areas, we’ll send someone along to investigate.

Remember that you will need your Campus Card to access Sheila Silver Library at all times and Headingley Library 19:00-08:30. You'll also need your Campus Card for borrowing books and laptops, printing, as well as ID for your exams. It’s probably worth carrying it with you all the time, so that you have it when needed.

The Library has even created relaxing and motivational Spotify playlists and mindfulness colouring will be available at the Sheila Silver Library.

Look after your mental health

Exam time can be stressful. That's why our Student Experience Team (SET), will be getting out and about to support you and answer your queries. They will have a number of helpful resources available, as well as mindful colouring and jigsaws to help you de-stress. You can come along to chat with the Student Experience Team at the following dates and places:

Tuesday 7 May 18:30-20:30, The Library ground floor James Graham, Headingley Campus
Wednesday 8 May 18:30-20:30, The Library ground floor, Leslie Silver Building, City Campus
Thursday 9 May 18:30-20:30, The Library ground floor, Leslie Silver Building, City Campus

Plant potting can be an extremely therapeutic exercise, and the presence of indoor plants increases oxygenation and have many other proven benefits including: an improved mood, reduced stress levels, improved attention span and reduced fatigue. Why not come along and have a go at potting your own plant to take home with you? Student Services will provide all the materials you need to grow your own plant or flowers at home. The session will take place outside the Headingley Student Hub on Tuesday 14 May 11:00-14:00.

As a ‘pick me up’ during exam period, we will be giving away free strawberries and cream as a refreshing and well deserved treat for you. We know how hard students work during exam period and we hope this gesture will brighten up your day and give you a boost. You can find us on Thursday 16 May 11:00-14:00 along The Gateway corridor, Leslie Silver Building. 

If you do find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed during exams, check the Student Wellbeing Team's self-help page where there are a number of self-help guides and resources.

If you are worried that you'll have money on your mind over exams, do consider getting in touch with the Student Money team who provide confidential support and advice to students experiencing difficulties with their finances, or who require support in managing their money. The team can give you information on the Hardship and Summer Assistance Funds.

The Student Experience Team, along with other services across the University, is here to support you through exams and assessments; follow @BeckettSET on Twitter for tips from our recent graduates and the latest on events and activities that will be happening throughout the exam period.

Your Students' Union Advice team is also on hand to offer independent and confidential advice and representation.

During the exams period the Students’ Union Exec team will be coordinating a stress less campaign with events planned across campus. Visit the Students' Union website to find out more.

Kooth Student is a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform accessible through your phone or tablet.

Counsellors from Kooth can provide regular sessions, as well as drop-in chats to discuss any difficulties you may be experiencing. The Kooth platform is available 24/7, with counselling available to you:

  • Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 22:00
  • Weekends from 18:00 – 22:00

Click here to sign up to Kooth with your Leeds Beckett email address. You will be asked to provide a few details and create an anonymous profile, after which you will be able to sign in and access free, online support.

Stay active

Staying active will help keep your mind clear and focused. Visit our gyms and work out your troubles on the treadmill, try a fitness class, splash out in our swimming pool or go for a run in the great outdoors.

To help you relax, our Sports and Active Lifestyles teams will be offering free relaxation classes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 17:00 - 17:45 in the Living Rooms at the Students' Union building at Headingley Campus. The classes run until Thursday 9 May. Spaces are limited to 18 per class.

Free yoga classes will be held between 18:00 - 19:00 every Monday and Tuesday and from 17:00 - 18:00 every Friday in the Sports Centre. Pilates classes will also be held in the Sports Centre every Thursday from 18:00 - 19:00. Those attending are advised to wear clothing suitable for yoga or pilates exercise.

Students will also be able to access free group fitness sessions until the end of exams.

To attend classes, you'll need to book in advance and more information can be found here.

Good luck!

We wish you the best of luck with your exams. If you have any feedback or suggestions on the kind of support you would like to see around exams in future please email us at studentnews@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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