Library drop-in session: tips for exam revision

On Thursday 11th May 2017 our Library Peer Mentor is hosting a drop-in session to talk about revising for your exams. Come and visit us in Curzon Atrium, 11am-12pm.

We will be asking students for their own top tip when they are revising and we are going to be compiling them in a poster which will be displayed in the library as well as on the Library’s blog. The aim of this is to promote better revision/study practices among students in a collaborative way. As always, we will also be promoting many of the library’s services that aid revision and assignment writing such as LibAnswers, LibGuides and Inter-Library Loans.

Library Peer Mentor May Drop-In Session Poster

^Posted on behalf of Isaac Paul

SCONUL Access during exam period

Please note that access to the Libraries at Birmingham City University will be restricted during our revision and examination period from Monday 8th May until Friday 2nd June 2017 inclusive.
Due to increased pressure on the buildings with regard to study space, we will not be admitting any Band R SCONUL card holders and will not be registering any new SCONUL Band R applicants during this period. 
Band A, B or C SCONUL members will not be affected by the restriction to access.

Exams coming up?

This event is being jointly organised by the Students Union and Library and Learning Resources.

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We aim to start this event off by having a ‘raising awareness’ session on Monday 8 May in Curzon Atrium.  At this session we are inviting service providers from across the University (Centre for Academic Success, Student Affairs, Complaints team, MIND, SCRATCH radio, Graduate+, Students Union and of course Library and Learning Resources) to have a stand to promote how their service can help students through the stressful time of their exams.

The remaining sessions will run through May and June across campus libraries.  These sessions range from:

Adult colouring

Bubble wrap stations

Exam Tips + promotion of water fountains and free plastic cups

Chill Out zones

Yoga sessions

Table Top games

Anxiety and Mindfulness workshops

Book displays

The majority of these events will run at City Centre campus, but are open to all students.

Students Union will be producing posters to market the event and give further details about each individual session.  These posters will be displayed in prominent sites at each campus.


^ Jaspreet Singh, Sheryl Amesbury and Janet Fox

Exams – how the library can help you

It’s exam time at Birmingham City University and we’re here to help!

In case you missed it – we’re running Mindfulness and Coping With Anxiety sessions on 16th May.

How else can we help you?

1. Study space

Check out our #studyhappybcu campaign, where we explore all of the different spaces you can study on campus.

2. Study when it suits you

We’re open 24/7 at Curzon Library, and have extended opening hours at our other libraries too. Check out all of our opening hours here.

3. We’re online 24/7

With literally millions of electronic resources available to you 24/7, you can study whenever, wherever! Start your search in Summon, our easy-to-use search engine.

4. And also…

We’ve got an online Library Help service that’s available 24/7 too. Search for answers to frequently asked questions, email us, or chat to us live.

5. Check out our study skills resources

Looking for books on exam techniques? Look no further!



Take the stress out of studying

It’s exam time, but there’s no need to stress!

To help you unwind, we’re running a couple of workshops:

Coping with Anxiety

Thursday 19 May 2016  12pm – 1pm  Curzon 515


Thursday 19 May 2016  1pm – 2pm  Curzon 515

Email Janet Fox to book your place.

Please note there are only 10 places available for the Mindfulness workshop. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

You can also do some colouring at Curzon Library to help you relax.

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Our tips to help you study:

  • Take regular breaks – give your eyes and mind a rest for 10 minutes each hour.
  • Exercise – take a walk around campus, or even just around the library!
  • Keep hydrated – drinking water is available at some of our Libraries, with cafés or coffee pods not far from any of our locations.
  • Keep your brain active during revision periods by ensuring you get enough sleep, and avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol. If you have a tendency to spend your free time worrying about exams, make sure you use this time to remain active and social to keep your mind off it – stay as stress-free as possible!