Published: 19 May 2014

Exams and deadlines: Keep your cool

Students taking exams

Exams and looming deadlines can be stressful so Liverpool Guild of Students (LGoS) and the University have been considering ways to ease the pressure at a difficult time in the academic calendar.

LGoS said: “We understand that this time of year can be particularly tough so, from 19 – 30 May, we will be on hand in the Sydney Jones and Harold Cohen libraries, handing out fruit for your all-important study breaks.

“When we feel stressed and anxious it can be easy to lose perspective. However, it is important to remember that exams won’t last forever and that all the hard work will be worth it in the long run. People have different ways of coping with exam stress and so find out what works for you – whether it’s regular exercise or simply calling a friend for a quick chat.”

There are a number of services available to make access to services easier during peak periods:

  • PC Finder tool – this service helps students to see where free PC seats are available. There are a number of PC centres outside the two main libraries, so this tool uses GPS location service on the mobile or tablet to locate where you are before displaying the PC availability in centres close to you: http://pcseats.liv.ac.uk/
  • Laptop loan scheme – The number of laptops in the laptop loan scheme in each library has recently been doubled to widen the provision. More information is available here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/using/laptop-loans.html
  • Extended opening hours in Central Teaching Laboratory PC Teaching Centre – the opening hours of the PC Teaching Centre on the first floor of the Central Teaching Laboratory have been extended to 8pm for the summer revision and exam period.
  • Print Anywhere – this service enables students to easily print from their own computer, tablet or mobile device. As well as providing more flexible access to printing, the service helps to reduce demand on campus computers which might otherwise have been tied up to complete simple printing jobs: http://www.liv.ac.uk/csd/printing/print-anywhere/

LGoS added: “If you feel that your exams have been impacted by mitigating circumstances, such as ill health, then you should submit a mitigating circumstances claim to your departmental office as soon as possible. The Guild’s Academic Advisers can provide advice on this procedure (see below for contact details) and you can also find more information on the LGoS website.

“We wish you the best luck with your essays and exams. Remember to take regular breaks, get some sleep, eat properly and plan how you’re going to celebrate when you’re done!”

Extra support is available, particularly if you feel you’re suffering from more than a bout of exam nerves. The following are some useful contact details for University support services which are all free and confidential to access:

University Counselling Service

0151 794 3304

counserv@liv.ac.uk

www.liv.ac.uk/counserv

Mental Health Advisory Service

0151 794 2320

mentalhealthadviser@liv.ac.uk

www.liv.ac.uk/mhealth

Disability Support Team

0151 794 4174

disteam@liv.ac.uk

www.liv.ac.uk/studentsupport/disability

General exam enquires

0151 794 6750

examsenq@liv.ac.uk

LGoS Academic Advice Service

0151 794 6868

guildadv@liv.ac.uk

www.lgos.org/advice

 

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