We're here to support you through your exams...

Despite the impact that Covid-19 has had on our ability to offer physical events to support you during Revision Week this April, we have done our best to take this support online! We know that this will be a challenging and stressful time for many of you, whether you have online exams, alternative forms of assessment or are simply continuing with further classes. 

Keep your eyes peeled from the 20th April - 11th May on our social media accounts, where we'll be sharing lot's of useful information and resources that may be a support to you at this time. You can follow the main University Instagram account where there will be a takeover happening throughout the week commencing Monday 20th April, and similarly there is ongoing support available via the StudentLife social media accounts, linked below. You can also explore these webpages for more resources to support at this time, from tips and tricks for exercising at home to key study skills resources such as SLS and Toolkit.

Please keep in touch and look after yoursef at this time!

Healthy Ways to Improve Your Learning

Sleep

It may seem obvious, but sleep is hugely important when you’re studying. Getting a good night’s sleep (of between 7-9 hours) will help you to learn at your best, improve your state of mind and hopefully feel happier!

Here are some simple tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:

  1. A tidy room can make a big difference to your concentration so try and keep your living space tidy and clean.
  2. Routine is your friend. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day will help you establish a good sleeping pattern.
  3. Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can keep you awake. Try and avoid these for at least 4 hours before bed.
  4. Exercise will tire you out and clear your mind, but try not to do it too close to bedtime. Try to leave at least 3 hours.
  5. Good hygiene will help you have good sleeps. Make sure you wash and brush your teeth every day.
  6. Try to keep your bedroom only for sleep, watching TV or studying in bed can be a distraction from sleep, and only go to bed when you feel sleepy.
  7. Going to bed too full or hungry can make you feel uncomfortable. Have a good healthy meal to fill you up around 4 hours before bed.
  8. Your eyes need to be open to look at screens. Try not to look at screens when you’re going to sleep. (TV, computer, phone or tablet).
  9. If you’re struggling to sleep, try relaxation exercises to help you sleep (warm bath, relaxation podcast etc).
  10. If you cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes, try getting back out of bed and do something relaxing.

In Summer: Fix blackout/blinds curtains and turn your bedroom into a sleep-inducing environment.

In Winter: If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), try using a SAD lamp after seeing your GP. This may help you feel more awake during the day.

For more information about ways to improve your sleep please visit National Sleep Foundation or visit the BeWell pages for tips on improving your wellbeing..

The Positivity Podcast is currently free podcast. It comes from famed hypnotist Paul McKenna and aims to inspire you to live your best life, there’s also a dedicated episode on how to get a deep sleep. 

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