Ways to de-stress and prepare for exams

Ideas from the Templeman Library

student taking a break while studying

Even in a ‘normal year’, exam time can be stressful so you won’t be alone if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by revision from time to time. Covid-19 may have made things even harder but whatever you’re facing in the next few weeks and months, we want you to know that you aren’t alone and that we’re here to help you.

Here is a list of ideas and resources to help you de-stress, prepare for exams and get you through the next few weeks feeling calmer and more relaxed:

Get prepared with library and IT resources

Your digital library

Access the resources you need for your studies online – wherever you happen to be. You have access to a huge range of high-quality digital resources, such as e-books, e-journals, databases, newspapers, and multimedia though your digital library.

Subject guides

Subject guides, put together by your Liaison Librarians, are designed to save you time and energy by drawing together the main resources for your subject. They are a great starting point for your research and will help you access high quality information that’s needed for you to get those top marks.

Borrowing books

The Templeman Library and the Drill Hall Library remain open providing services in line with Government guidance. Socially distanced study spaces are available and you can borrow books which are essential for your studies. 

Software and apps

There are lots of free tools and apps that will help make your studies and revision easier. Use Software finder to filter by different categories such as Study Support and Revision, Time Management and Wellbeing to find key tools, services and websites to support you.

Take care of yourself 

Improve your wellbeing – read an e-book

Explore this e-book collection – there are resources to help you stay fit and healthy, as well as titles dealing with mental health, personal development, coping with change, mindfulness and lots more… 

Take a break

Make sure you are taking regular breaks and spending time doing things which make you feel good – whether that’s exercising, talking to friends or listening to music. 

Eat well

Here is a great list of the best food to eat when revising from Save the Student.

The Student Support and Wellbeing pages are full of helpful ideas about how to look after yourself during exam time.

Help and support

If you need support around your mental health and wellbeing. you can access free 24/7 online support through Togetherall – a Care Quality Commission registered service recognised nationally through awards by the NHS. It’s a safe environment overseen by qualified therapists. 

You can also speak to the Wellbeing Team who are always here to help you.

Chat with a Librarian

Need help with subject-specific resources? Do get in touch with your librarian if you would like help with:

  • researching a topic for assignments or your dissertation
  • using a specific library resource
  • referencing sources
  • finding alternatives if the resource is not available digitally

To book an appointment through your subject guide web page.

Library Coach

If you want to build your confidence using the range of services and technology available, Library Coach can help.

Contact the IT & Library Support Desk to book your first session.

IT & Library Support Desk

The IT & Library Support Desk are ready to take your queries on resources, software access and technical exam support by email, phone and online chat.

Email: libraryhelp@kent.ac.uk
Phone: 01227 824999

Use ‘Chat to us’ on our web pages

Good luck and remember – we’re here to help you every step of the way!

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