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Central Library open hours during exams

The Central Library has extended open hours during exams. Starting Friday 25 May we will be open 8.00am-11.00pm every day until Friday the 22 June, when we will return to our usual open hours.

In support of our students sitting exams the library staff would like to wish you all the best.  We will be providing free tea and coffee during the exam period to help you through, just remember to bring your own cup!

If you experience back pain from sitting for long hours, we have workshops starting this Friday 25 May in The Den at Central Library. The workshop starts at 12.00pm and runs for only 20 minutes, and best of all, it is free.

Exams – it’s not perfection, it’s progression

Pasifika student Ailine Kei shares on the feels and the reals when it comes to studying for exams.

Exams and tests period are getting closer. BREATHE. You can do it.

Lucky for me, I have no exams (sorry)! However, for many, you do, especially our first year students. Maybe my story can help you out.

My first year was definitely a struggle. It was all new and I met a lot of people. But many of the people I spent time with were not contributing to my studies – long-term.

I was not prepared for exams, so I decided that I needed to have time where I separated social time and study time. Leading up to an exam, the importance of prioritising can really pay off.

It is very easy to fall into a long term relationship with our friend, procrastination, but doing things bit by bit can make a huge difference.

For me, because I can get distracted easily, I devote a solid hour of studying and then a 20 minute break.

Plus, having your phone away from you helps.

Equally, if you are like me and cannot process information fast, give yourself the time to process the information and prepare in advance; have a separate time focusing on just exam preparation.

“Time will not be your best friend at times but I was reminded by a close family friend that this journey is not perfection but progression.”

If there are a few things that exam prep has taught me, they are:

  • Give yourself time to prepare, a spare half an hour every study session that focuses on the exam
  • Take care of yourself! Have a break AND Breathe!
  • Believe in yourself – love yourself and be intentional about allocated study times
  • Surround yourself with others who are on the same journey as you and that continues to uplift and affirm you in your studies – that contributes hugely to your wellbeing.


Tackle your exams head on with pre-planning

It’s never too early to start thinking about end of semester exams and tests and it’s important to keep in mind that Term Two is a short term. Karen Meadows-Taurua from Student Care has put together some practical tips to help you in the lead up to and during the exam period.

The UC Health Centre is running workshops on Stress Management over the next couple of weeks.

  • Thursday, 24 May 2018, from 12pm-12.50pm
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018, from 1pm-1.50pm

Find more information and sign up for a session here>  

Planning your time

A bit of forward planning can really help you stay on top of your study in the lead up to exams. Make a plan scheduling time for study, socialising, spending time with your family, eating and exercise. Use these tips to help you plan.

  • Look at the lead up to your exams. What will you study and when?
  • Make sure you have all the notes and information you need, and break it into chunks of time and subjects.
  • Keep your schedule front of mind. Stick it on the wall, refer back to it and check it off as you go.
  • Include breaks and the odd day off too.
  • If you are under pressure to be available to others, friends, family or work, have a chat to them and ask if they can give you some space while you get through study and exams.

Looking after yourself

During exams, it is just as important to look after yourself physically and nutritionally. Research suggests if you keep moving and eating well you will find it easier to concentrate and retain information. Try and include some of these tips in your schedule.

  • Eat as well as you can and regularly. Pick nourishing food and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
  • If you can commit to at least some exercise that’s great. Exercising in the morning can help energise you for the day, and even light activity makes a difference.
  • Try and get enough sleep.
  • Go easy on the substances. This includes caffeine, coffee, NoDoz, cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, dexamphetamine and other drugs.

Study tips – to help you focus

Are you easily distracted or have trouble focusing on the task at hand? Perhaps some of these handy tips could help:

  • write study notes by hand. Research shows this helps you learn information
  • stick notes up around your room or house
  • do you like studying by yourself or in a group? Do you like studying outside or in fresh air?
  • switch your phone off or to flight mode and try to use it during breaks only.

Don’t forget that the Student Care team is available Monday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm to offer advice and support around anything that might be affecting your studies and wellbeing. The service is available for all domestic and international students and you can either drop in or make an appointment with one of our advisors. Phone 03 369 3388, email studentcare@canterbury.ac.nz or visit our webpage to find out more>

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