Exam Calm

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Exam Calm

Prepare, connect, be calm

Exam season can be difficult and this year students all over the world are facing new challenges as they prepare for exams. At Kent we have a lot of resources, information and activities to help you stay calm and connected, and feel prepared and empowered to tackle your exams.

Take a look below to see how you can make the most of a range of support from different university departments who are working together to help all students throughout the summer term, including events and videos on managing stress and anxiety.

Exam calm podcast - advice from staff and students!

In this 30 minute podcast on KentPlayer, staff from around the university chat to students on their top revision tips, taking calming study breaks, and how to get support.

Revision and Exam Strategies and Techniques

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) offers academic advice, including revision and exam strategies and techniques, to all students of all levels and abilities. 

SLAS staff can help you plan and develop your revision techniques and strategies; develop strategies for tackling exam questions including multiple choice questions and essay writing; or understand elements of maths, financial maths or statistics in preparation for exams.

You can book one to one appointments to work on your individual needs, or look at the online resources of many Online Bitesize Skills workshops. 

IT and Library Services

We're here to help you prepare for your exams, de-stress and get through the next few weeks feeling calmer and more relaxed. We can help you find and access essential study resources, tools and apps to help make your studies and revision easier.

You can explore the library's online self-help and wellbeing reading list for a wide selection of e-books, articles and websites to help with your exam preparation, personal development, mindfulness and lots more. Borrow from the collections in the Templeman Library or access online.

For help with subject-specific resources get in touch with your subject librarian. See our advice to stay exam-calm in your revision with details of more help from the Templeman Library during exam season. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Student Support and Wellbeing

Our team of experienced professionals work throughout the summer term and vacation to support students - whether or not you've already had support throughout the academic year, you are welcome to contact us now.

You can approach Student Support and Wellbeing for help with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as Dyslexia; to discuss academic adjustments for temporary or permanent disabilities or chronic conditions; or advice and support with mental health concerns.

Events and Workshops

You may not feel you need one to one support from a professional, but feel a bit stuck, lonely, and in need of a break. Perhaps you could use some ideas on dealing with issues such as stress, worry or low self esteem as you prepare for exams. Check out the Student Support and Wellbeing Events Calendar for what workshops and groups are coming up that might help you face the rest of the term with positivity.

Emergency Support

If you feel you need urgent mental health support during office hours (Monday to Friday 9-5pm) please email KentSSW@kent.ac.uk or MedwaySSW@kent.ac.uk and ask for an on the day appointment.   

If you need support outside office hours, there are many organisations you can contact via email, text, telephone and online apps that we can recommend.

Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

Have you tried Mindfulness before? Whether you are a seasoned meditator or a total novice, the Mindfulness drop-in sessions are a safe space to join either online at 1pm or in person at 5pm with other students and have a chat. Each session includes a guided meditation from Lorraine Millard, a mindfulness teacher at Kent. Some weeks will have a ‘theme’ such as ‘How to Use Mindfulness To Cope with Stress’.

You can also join a guided compassion meditation with the focus on health, happiness and wellbeing. This is a safe and open space for students to join and feel welcome; stay for the hour long session and for refreshments afterwards.

Details of weekly sessions are in the Student Support and Wellbeing calendar

Kent Community Oasis Garden

Did you know there is a community garden in Parkwood on the Canterbury campus? It's a place where students can learn new skills, meet new people and take part in an outdoor activity with great physical and mental health benefits. The Kent Community Oasis Garden (KentCOG) is a partnership project run by the University of Kent and Mind in Bexley and East Kent.

Join the KentCOG for 'Gardening for Everyone' sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays 10am - 2pm. Head to the KentCOG website for more details and other wellbeing and seasonal sessions.

Kent Sport

Kent Sport is here to help you during the exam period with a range of fantastic activities which will help you stay Exam Calm.  

Join our ALL Active programme for a range of weekly fun and social activities for all students and staff on the Canterbury campus. All equipment is provided, so all you need to do is book and turn up ready to play!  

Try something new with our termly timetable of Give It A Go sessions. Axe throwing, laser clay shooting, Tie-Dye, we have something for everyone, and each session is free for students.  

College and Community Life

Whether on or off campus, the College and Community Life team are here to help you keep calm during the exam period.

Join us at the Kent Community Oasis Garden for the Plant a Seed Project to plant a seed to grow on your window sill, or follow along digitally using our videos on eco-friendly inexpensive seedling pots. 

Head to the College and Community Life webpage and social media platforms to join in on the College Competitions for staff and students.

Advice Service

The Advice Service from both Kent Union and The Hub at Medway offers free, impartial and confidential advice and guidance on a range of issues you may confront while at university.

Their aim is to empower and provide you with quality advice so that you can make an informed decision. They are independent of the University and are your Students' Union presence on the Canterbury and Medway Campuses.

Canterbury Nightline

If you are feeling anxious about your exams, Nightline is a non-judgmental listening service for students, run by trained student volunteers.  

You can talk about anything and all calls are confidential and anonymous; so you don’t have to tell us anything about yourself, not even your name, and the content of the call never leaves Nightline. 

Any problem, no matter how serious or small, Nightline is there for you.

Phone on 01227 824848 (8pm - 8am, Friday and Saturday) 

Or email listening.response@canterbury.nightline.ac.uk 
(They will reply within 48 hours)  



Managing Exam Stress video (1 minute, 39 seconds)

Staff from Student Support and wellbeing give brief advice to managing difficult feelings during exam season.


Managing Anxiety in general video (5 minutes, 28 seconds)

Dr Jo Rodda, consultant psychiatrist for KMPT and Senior Lecturer at KMMS, discusses anxiety and ways to cope with therapy dog Olive.