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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, 8 January, we've got lots of one-off workshops that really hone in on certain aspects of revision.

Daily workshops: every weekday from 8 to 19 January 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 with MUSE meditation

  • 4.30 - 5.15pm
  • 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 4.30pm. During the drop-in you will get the chance to relax on bean bags and 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.

Focused exam paper practice

  • Monday, 8 and 15 January, 1.30 - 3pm

We all know that practising past exam questions is an important part of revision, but it can be difficult to find an opportunity to concentrate without distractions. This session will encourage you to conduct focused exam practice and develop your exam technique alongside other students in a supportive environment. Bring a practice exam question or past paper to work on during the session.

This session will include an introduction to exam techniques, time for silent exam practice, an opportunity for individual reflection and a quick group discussion with a chance to learn from other students.

Managing academic pressure

Tuesday, 9 January, 1.30 - 3pm

Feeling stressed due to the amount of academic workload you bear? Do not worry, you are not alone. Although a certain amount of nervous tension will help you to perform to the best of your ability, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to focus, if your nerves become extreme they can have the opposite effect.

This workshop is designed to help you to manage your anxious feelings during the semester, as these feelings can block your thoughts, create a negative frame of mind and lead you to panic.

Academic writing for exams

Wednesday, 10 January, 1.30 - 3pm

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.

Get prepared: top tips for managing exam stress

Tuesday, 16 January, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Feeling nervous before your exams? Do not worry, you are not alone! Although a certain amount of nervous tension will help you to perform to the best of your ability in exams, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to focus, if your nerves become extreme they can have the opposite effect. This workshop is designed to help you to manage your anxious feelings during the revision period, as these feelings can block your thoughts, create a negative frame of mind and lead you to panic.

Academic writing: structuring for effective essays

Wednesday, 17 January, 1.30 - 3pm

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.

Challenging unhelpful thinking habits

Thursday, 18 January, 1.30 - 3pm

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.

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