Support and Advice

Exams can be daunting for everyone - no matter how many of them you've sat, each one brings its own challenges and circumstances which can make you feel under pressure. Fortunately, we have a wide range of resources available to help you to be better prepared for your exams, from helping you plan and revise better to just giving impartial advice.

Support for your revision

Throughout the year the My Learning Essentials program offers workshops and online courses on a variety of topics, with many being directly related to exams. Examples include:

  • What's the big idea: developing and organising your argument
  • Study strategies for success
  • Finding motivation
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking habits
  • General drop-in sessions

In the immediate run-up to the exam period, Exam Extra sessions are run in the Main Library and Alan Gilbert Learning Commons as a part of My Learning Essentials, which are designed to give extra support to all students, no matter where you’re up to with revision.

You can also attend wellbeing events scheduled by the Library which will help you to maintain a calm frame of mind during your revision sessions.

Support for you

Academic Adviser

Your Academic Adviser is there to help you in these situations, especially with advice relating to your course, so they should be one of the first people you speak to.

Peer Support

If your course has Peer Support Schemes, Peer Mentoring or PASS, then you have a great resource to ask questions. Whether you want to get tips about a specific exam or want to ask for advice on how to best manage yourself during the exam period from someone who’s recently been in your position, Mentors and PASS Leaders are ideal people to talk to.

Outside of your School

Outside of your School, the Student Support and Advice team is a good place to start for support with your wellbeing. Their website is a great source of tips and resources, including links to specialist support. If you just want to talk informally to somebody about your wellbeing, their desk is staffed by UoM graduates, so they’ve been where you are now, and understand how you’re feeling. They’re in the Atrium on the first floor of University Place. If you want to talk to someone outside of office hours, you can contact Nightline, a confidential phone and e-mail service whose number you can find on the back of your student card.