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Exam time in the Library

Library opening hours 

We’ve extended Puaka-James Hight Library opening hours from Tuesday 8 June right through to Sunday 20 June:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 11pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 11pm

Make the most of past exam papers online

With exams starting this week, you’ll be thinking about revision strategies that can help you with your exam prep.

The library has a large collection of past exam papers available online. You can search for past exam papers by using your course code. For example, if you are studying Marine Biology and Ecology you would search the course code BIOL212.

Past exam papers are a great way to test what you know and your exam technique.

Please note we do not have past exam paper answers to go with the questions.

So find a cosy study nook and keep any eye on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to find a golden ticket and win yourself one of our study survival prizes.

What’s on at the UCSA to help you through exams

Exams are coming up, so to help you unwind, your Students’ Association has a handy line-up of events, little giveaways and services.

Borrow Something

Need a calculator or a charger? Head into UCSA’s Reception to borrow one from us.

More info:

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Free Exam Breakfasts

It’s a staple of the uni calendar. If you’ve got an exam on and you haven’t had time for brekkie, check out our free breakfasts starting from 14 June in Haere-roa. Just turn up from 8am and choose one of the following: 

🥓🍳 Bacon, Egg, Hash Brown Breakfast roll
🥑🥑 Hash Brown, Avocado and Relish Breakfast roll

(Available while stocks last; limit 1 per person, per day).

$7 Exam Dinners at The Foundry

Can’t be bothered cooking? Keeping yourself well fed is key when you need to focus on your studies, so let The Foundry take care of dinner.

8–11 June (weekdays only):

Tuesday – Bangers and mash with onion gravy
Wednesday – Vegetable lasagne with salad
Thursday – Lamb curry on rice
Friday – Roast vegetable pasta bake

14–24 June (weekdays only):

Monday – Bangers and mash with onion gravy
Tuesday – Cottage pie with veggies
Wednesday – Vegetable lasagne with salad
Thursday – Lamb curry on rice
Friday – Roast vegetable pasta bake

Available 5pm to 9pm. Each meal costs $7 dine-in and $8 for takeaway.


Sometimes you just need a break. Check out The Foundry bar’s rituals during term time – Quiz Night at 7pm on Tuesday, BINGO at 7pm on Wednesday, and Tunes in The Arvo from 4pm on Friday are gold.

Advocacy and Welfare Support

If you need to talk, our Student Advocate is here to give you advice about your situation, explain what your options are, and also help you navigate the university system. They can help with issues like Special Consideration applications.

Our welfare services are also here. You can find more information on our website.

How to make the most of your study break

When I was a student here (not too long ago), study break was always so mysterious. When should I be studying? What should I study for? Where should I study? Should I spend the week skiing? (not advised). So, I’m going to put together a few of my top tips to help you help yourself this study break.

Prioritise – study break is all about time management. The unstructured nature of the week means that you are left to your own devices and that might seem groovy, but things can get away from you quite easily if you aren’t prepared. Think about how your exams are spread out and how this might impact the timing of your study break. Some exams might require more prep than others, and that is ok! Let that inform your study break plan. Things don’t need to be planned down to the minute, but a rough guideline can be helpful! Try not to freak out if things don’t go to plan or run to schedule, this is normal too!

Location, location, location – we all know that some study areas in UC are hot real estate when it comes to study week. You know those booths in Puaka-James Hight and Eng Core? Those are UC’s equivalent to Merivale mansions. Not getting into one of those booths isn’t necessarily a bad thing as there are many other cool study spaces on campus. Working out what kind of space suits you best is key, some people enjoy the hustle and bustle of a café or the main floor of the library and others work best in a quiet, controlled space such as the silent floors. Spoiler alert – UC Wellbeing has partnered with HealthSoc to provide a quiet study space next week in the Community Hub in Rehua. Food and drink will be provided alongside some de-stress activities to help you break up the day.

Relaxing is allowed, remember! Don’t forget to balance out all of the hard mahi with some activities that bring you joy and recharge your batteries. These activities are different for everyone. An idea for how you could do this on-campus might be spending some time in Waiutuutu Community Garden.

Reach out for help if you need it – there are many different services on campus that are here to help you and could offer some support to you around this time. If you’re stressed or anxious about exams and want to talk, you can book an appointment with one of our Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care advisors. They can help you to find ways to manage your feelings and turn things around.

If you’re concerned about yourself, please talk to your GP. Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre also offers emergency counselling support in person or you can call 03 369 4444 to be transferred to a registered nurse answering service. You will be triaged by a registered nurse who will give advice or refer you to an appropriate service (s).

Wishing you the very best with your study break and exams,

George Haswell (he/him)
Kaihāpai Oranga | Health and Wellbeing Promoter