Blues and Burnout: How to keep happy and energised this exam season

It’s that time of year again, and this exam season only seems to be made more stressful by the fluctuating weather and the covid restrictions that seem to be easing at an excruciating snail’s pace. Being shut indoors with a pile of revision on your desk and exams looming can be a real strain on our mental health- an overworked mind and deflated mood can quickly lead to exam blues, and even total burnout. But exam season doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Check out the tips below, and help keep yourself happy and energised in the weeks to come.

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Eat happy, sleep happy, study happy: how to maintain a healthy lifestyle this exam season

Exam season. It’s a two-word phrase that calls to mind so many negative thoughts. Cramming, all-nighters, caffeine overdoses and stress-eating are common habits of students in the lead-up to exams. However, these patterns of stress can put our bodies and minds under a lot of pressure, leading to burnouts, depressive states and even illness. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during exams seems impossible- and more than that, it feels like you’re breaking some kind of unwritten but binding student contract. Exams = stress = unhealthy habits, right? Not necessarily. Check out the tips below on keeping healthy during exam season, and discover just how much better you will feel this year for doing so.

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D/deaf Awareness Week 2021- Software to support your studies

This week is Deaf Awareness Week (3rd– 9th May), and to mark the week we are bringing together some of the freely available software and apps available to staff and students at Warwick which can support anyone who is D/deaf or hard of hearing. You can find out more about D/deaf awareness by reading the Disability Taskforces ‘Let’s talk about D/deaf awareness’ and the accompanying frequently asked questions.

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‘Am I Bothered?’: Lockdown Learning in Challenging Circumstances

While the UK may be beginning to ease out of lockdown restrictions, the current ‘work from home’ message can feel like the world is as shut down as ever. This experience is made even worse when your home isn’t particularly work-friendly. Read these three tips for making the best out of a distracting studying environment.

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‘Term Two, New You’? Ways to Set Goals That Will Actually Stick

The start of a new academic term is a great time to set yourself goals and look forward to things you want to achieve over the next ten weeks. The act of setting the goals, however, usually seems like the easiest part of the whole process, with actually reaching your goals often being the real challenge. How many times have you set yourself a resolution, only to lose your motivation a few weeks later? Here’s some ways you can set an effective goal, that will stick right through to week 10 and beyond.

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University’s New Study Skill: Online Group Work

In a world where isolation has now become the norm, we’re all spending most of our day working independently. Some of us are embracing the distraction-free study time to concentrate on our own work, whereas others are missing the social interaction of sitting on floor two with friends, discussing our weekends while working on a reading for a seminar. Whichever category you fit into, navigating a group project is daunting in corona-times for all of us. Fay Inverarity shares her tips on how to make a groupwork lemonade out of this sour online study lemon.

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How the Library gets its (reading list) books, and how to use them…

Your first weeks at the university can feel quite daunting. Welcome Week was a dizzying round of activities and social events, and now you are trying to get to grips with seminars and lectures… Hopefully, by now, you have familiarised yourself with the Library and are finding the books and journals you need for your studies. But how does the Library know what books to order and how many copies? This post will take you behind the scenes, to the Library’s ‘engine’, where you will find out how staff process your reading lists – ensuring that the Library has copies of all the things you will need to read – and more!…By Karen Jackson, James Fisher and Blanka Matkovic Continue reading “How the Library gets its (reading list) books, and how to use them…”

Don’t romanticize catching sunrises at the library!

Deadlines and exams are approaching as the second term will soon come to an end. With all your dissertations, essays and group projects, how do you manage to find time for everything? Most students cram everything up on a few hours before the deadline meaning they have to stay up all night (or several nights) to finish their assignments on time. As someone who used to do all-nighters, I can assure you there are ways in which you can avoid it!…By Miruna MIhaila

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Staying Organised – choosing how to take notes

Nowadays, there are almost too many ways to take notes. That can add yet another dimension of stress to your studying, in wondering just how to record your work. But, the notes that you do take during your hours of studying will be crucial to how you ultimately perform in your exams and assignments. So, it’s important to consider what options you have available… By Ciara Brodie Continue reading “Staying Organised – choosing how to take notes”

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