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.

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 our self-help and wellbeing reading list for a wide selection of e-books to help with your exam preparation, personal development, mindfulness and lots more.

For help with subject-specific resources get in touch with your subject librarian. LibraryCoach can help you gain confidence using the full range of services and technology we offer. 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 wellbeing@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 online 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’. 

Details of weekly sessions are in the Exam Calm 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.

The garden will re-open soon but for now there are digital workshops that support good mental health through ecotherapy and important skill sharing in managing low mood and anxiety. Check out the Exam Calm calendar for what's on as more events will be added throughout the summer.

Kent Sport

Kent Sport is here to help you Stamp Out Stress during the exam period with range of fantastic activities, both virtual and in person, which will help you stay Exam Calm. 

Check out our Stay Well @ Home virtual workouts and classes, or join the Let’s Play team as they take you on social walks and runs across campus as part of their weekly timetable of activities. 

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.

You will soon be invited to the Kent Community Oasis Garden 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 alike across the summer term.

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.

Available 7 nights a week from 8pm – Midnight

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Student Guidance for Online Exams 2021

This year exams will be online and most courses will have a 24-hour time window for completion. If you're looking for information on which courses have timed exams, detail on other aspects of preparing, including technical guidance, mitigation of extenuating circumstances, and opting to delay taking your exams, please look at the University Exam Guidance webpage.