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Exam support workshops

We know how tough the exams can be, so we've designed a whole suite of support activity led by My Learning Essentials. As well as the daily workshops that start on Monday, 14 May, we've got lots of one-off workshops that really hone in on certain aspects of revision.

Daily workshops: every weekday from 14 to 25 May 2018

‌‌Calm your brain and have a croissant

  • 10 - 10.30am and 10.30 - 11am
  • AGLC Training Room (-104)

Finding revision overwhelming? Struggling to focus or feeling anxious about exams or deadlines? Why not come along to our ever-popular 'Calm your brain and have a croissant' workshops in the morning.

These workshops will help you to start your day off calm, focused and a little less hungry. Join other students in a relaxing mindfulness session, run by a representative from the Counselling Service, and tuck into some free croissants! Please make sure to attend this session from the start, as entering the workshop halfway through would be disruptive.

1:1 Exam support drop-in

  • 12noon - 1pm
  • AGLC Training Room (-104)

Have you got a question about referencing, literature reviews, how to revise effectively or anything else? Come along to one of our 1:1 Exam support drop-ins and our advisors can help you. Simply pop by at any point during the hour and get your question answered!

Relax and recharge

  • 5 - 5.30pm
  • Main Library, Ground Floor Seminar Room

Did you know that putting aside 20 minutes to meditate for three consecutive days has been proven to reduce anxiety, improve mood and reduce your heart rate? If you’d like to explore the benefits of guided meditation then come along to one of our Relax with MUSE meditation drop-ins, led by the Library’s Student Team.

The drop-ins will take place every weekday from 5pm. During the drop-in you will get the chance to try out the MUSE headbands, which will introduce you to some meditation techniques and help you focus your mind. All are welcome, beginners and experienced meditators alike!

One-off workshops

We'll also have some one-off workshops that really hone in on certain aspects of revision, and these are available to book on the My Learning Essentials workshops calendar.

Reducing the stress of perfectionism

  • Monday, 14 May, 12noon-1pm 

Do you impose impossibly high standards on yourself? Standards that you can never quite reach no matter how hard you try? Are you prone to self-criticism and procrastination? If so, then do not worry because you are not alone! Come along to our workshop to learn more about the psychology of perfectionism, how it can affect you studies and the methods you can use to challenge it.

Academic writing for exams

Tuesday, 15 May, 1.30 - 3pm or Monday, 21 May, 2 - 3.30pm

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to prepare for and write in exam conditions. During this workshop you will identify the similarities and differences between writing for assignments and writing in exams in order to generate a strategy for approaching exam questions. You will work with others to break down exam questions using techniques that will enable you to plan and structure your answers with success. You will also discuss methods to help you to work within time constraints, which will boost your confidence when taking exams.

Challenging unhelpful thinking habits 

Thursday, 17 May and 24 May, 12noon - 1.30pm 

Sometimes it is easy to find yourself falling into patterns of thinking which are unhelpful and lead to actions that are not in your best interests or the interests of others. Taking a step back from these thoughts is hard, but if you do you will notice the impact they can have on your life. These thoughts are often responsible for feelings of anxiety, low mood and other negative emotions. If you suffer from any of these feelings then come along to this workshop, run by The University of Manchester Counselling Service, and learn about methods you can use to challenge these thoughts and emotions. At this workshop you will be encouraged to identify your negative thinking habits and to consider alternative and more helpful responses to them.

Drop everything and... REVISE 

Friday, 18 and 25, and Tuesday, 22 May, 1 - 3pm

Are you prone to procrastination? Got an assignment coming up and really need to get started? This session is designed to create a friendly and focused environment that motivates you to study without distractions (alongside other focused students). Just come prepared with work to do, you can bring a laptop or use one of ours.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

Thursday, 24 May, 2-3.30pm

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques needed to plan, structure and write an effective essay. During the workshop you will discover different techniques you can use to structure each of the key sections within an essay. You will participate in a number of activities that will help you to develop your academic writing skills and write more efficiently and effectively.

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