What to do in term 3 if you have no exams

For many of us at Warwick, Term 3 holds very few or no exams at all. If this sounds like you, then keep reading to find out about ideas for your free time and tips for non-exam assignments. Some students may only have labs and essays left, while others are fully free. The first set of ideas will be aimed at the lucky students with a fully free Term 3, if instead you have non-exam assignments such as labs and essays, scroll further down for a brief checklist.

By Anastasia Cagnoni.

Making job or masters applications

Even though we might like to think our time at university does not have a countdown, the day will come when you finish your degree. It is never too early to start thinking about what happens next, and most students will either pursue further education (such as a Masters or a PhD programme) or a job. With lots of free time you can easily research the different options available to you. Reach out to your department to schedule a career consultation or contact people who work in roles or study in institutions which you are considering. My tip would be to start on LinkedIn and reach out to Warwick alumni first, as they are often the most willing to answer. Internships are also a great way to gain insight into specific roles so it may be worth researching and applying to those. All this will help you make a better-informed decision, reducing the risk of unpleasant surprises down the road, and helping you build a portfolio of experiences that would help support you in your journey towards that job or degree.


Even if you have already decided what to do after university, there is always something new to learn, and with the internet at the tip of your fingers you can take it at your own pace. You could learn a new language, coding, or any other skill that you think could help you in the future. You may also want to satiate your curiosity by picking out some books from the Library, ask our Library Team for some suggestions!

An old medieval castle. There are two large towers and many windows. There is a small river and some trees in the foreground.
Warwick Castle is a great place to visit!


Now might be the time to plan and book that trip you have always postponed for a freer moment. You could take this as far as you like, from taking a plane to far-off exotic destinations, to trains to other UK cities, to buses to visit the town of Warwick if you have never been. The castle is quite impressive too!

Time for You

Take some time to yourself, whether it is reading books, learning new recipes, or spending time with friends and family. Did you know the Library has a leisure reading section that you can find in the Breathing Space?

A room with various green comfy chairs and some small tables. The room is partitioned off with some green glass, and there is a pull-up banner with the words 'breathing space' at the entrance.
The breathing space is great for taking a break. Image: Edward Stanbury.

And now a few brief tips for those with non-exam assignments:

  1. Don’t leave assignments until the last moment. What I usually do to avoid procrastination is to set an informal deadline with a friend, at which we exchange essays and give feedback on each other’s work. This means you allow yourself more time to work on it, which hopefully improves the quality of the assignment you submit.
  2. Make use of Advice & Feedback hours to contact lecturers on any doubts you may have about the assignment: marking criteria, questions, assignment structure…
  3. Take breaks from essays to come back to them with a fresh perspective, I try to set it aside for at least two days before writing the last draft.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, you have nearly completed the year, so give yourself credit for that!

Let us know how you will be spending Term 3 on Twitter @warwicklibrary, on Instagram @warwicklibrary, or by emailing us at libraryblogs@warwick.ac.uk

If you’d like to find out more tips on how to write an essay in a short period of time, take a look at our ‘Last Minute Essay Writing’ blog or why not have a look at our post on playing music whilst studying.

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