Aber Exam Destress

Exam and assessment periods can often be a hectic period for many students with examinations and assessment deadlines a recipe for potential overload.

This year the University and Students’ Union are working in partnership with events and activities to support you during exam and assessment periods.

We also want to make sure you get the support you need during the period, so don’t be afraid to check out the information at the end of this page to useful support services and tips.

The table below highlights a range of events and activities.

While we’ve confirmed as many activities and events as possible, we’re still finalising a couple of details so be sure to check back regularly for updates.

Good luck from everyone at AberSU!

Exam De-Stress January 2019





Students’ Union


Canine Calming

As part of our exam de-stress activities, our Canine Calming Day is back in collaboration with Ceredigion Guide Dogs! Come along for some canine cuddles and give yourself a break from revision and exams.

All donations received will go towards Guide Dogs Cymru which is one of our RAG charities for 18/19.

Wellbeing Room

Feel free to use the Wellbeing Room, a small, quiet space with sofas where you can take some time to yourself for revision or self-care! Located in the SU bottom corridor. 

Board Games

Remember there are a load of board games available to borrow from reception for free! Simply pop by and drop off your aber card to loan one out, for use anywhere in the building. 

Friday 11/01/19

11am - 3pm

Students' Union Picture House/Main Room



Wellbeing Room available during building opening hours 

Board Games available during Reception Opening Hours 


Seven Panopto presentations (developed by Wellbeing Services) on a variety of topics including managing academic workload, sleep, avoidance and procrastination and lifestyle.


Information modules available on Blackboard 

Student Support Services

Preparing for exams workshops

Students need to book onto the workshops via the website:


Wednesday 09/01/19


0.31, IBERS Building

Wednesday 27/03/19 


 C48 Hugh Owen

Wednesday 01/05/19


C1654, Hugh Owen


  • Anti-stress display
  • Books to help with study and manage stress
  • Colouring in sheets
  • Sudoku’s

Library during exam period

Arts Centre


Welsh Music Night


Check listings online

Sports Centre



  • Monday           Intro to Yoga 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday               Abtastic Core 1.10 – 1.55pm
  • Wednesday      Dumbbell Workout 5.30pm
  • Thursday             Aerobics 5.30 – 6.30pm
  • Friday              Zumba 6.30 – 7.30pm
  • Saturday             Pilates 10.45 – 11.45am
  • Sunday                 Zumba – 11 – 12pm


Free Swim Sessions

  • Monday           7.00 - 8.00pm
  • Tuesday               7.15 - 8.15am
  • Wednesday        8.00 - 9.00pm
  • Thursday             12.00 - 1.00pm
  • Friday                   7.15 – 8.15am
  • Saturday              10.00 - 11.00am
  • Sunday               11.00 – 12.00pm

7th-22nd January 2019


Support services

As well as listing various events and activities during this period we want to remind you of some of the support services available should you need them during what is often a hectic period.


AberSU Advice Service

Telephone: 01970 621700

Email: union.advice@aber.ac.uk

Student Support

Telephone: 01970 621761 / 622087

Email: student-support@aber.ac.uk


Telephone: 01970 622378

Email: careers@aber.ac.uk


Don’t forget there are also a range of roles across campus that can offer a useful word of advice or support you during exam and assessment periods including student mentors, personal tutors and staff in your department.

Exam and Revision Tips

We asked our officer team if they had any useful tips for students during the exam period - here's what they said!

Aaron, Disabled Students’ Officer:

  • Talk to someone and take your mind off of it.
  • Make sure you schedule in regular breaks.
  • Try to still have a social life. Stress gets even worse when you’re not seeing your friends.

Asif, Postgraduate Students’ Officer:

  • Contact the Students' Union when have any issue
  • Focus on studies but also socialise yourself with different people
  • Explore the beauty of Wales

James, Environment and Sustainability Officer:

  • Grab your coat and ideally a friend (though it is optional)
  • Go to Coffee One, Hot chocolate. (You may thank me later)

Jamie, Mature Students’ Officer:

  • Choose modules that don’t have paper exams.
  • If exam stress is weighing you down explore avenues of practical learning best demonstrate your unique skills and abilities.

Karolina, International Students’ Officer:

  • Study in a group, it makes it more fun and relaxed.
  • Go for walks, to the beach, forest.
  • Talk about your anxieties to people, officers, advisors, friends, just let it out, you’re not alone!

Natasha, Senedd Chair:

  • Make a study schedule incorporating several styles of revision e.g. textbooks and revision videos.
  • In addition, self-care is equally important e.g. having proper sleep and nutrition.
  • Finally, take time to relax e.g. do some yoga or watch a movie.

Sam, Independent Students’ Officer:

  • It’s okay to have a sneaky cry every now and then.
  • Get an exam buddy, they keep you motivated and make it all a bit less dull.

Sophie, Women’s Officer:

  • Always plan ahead and try to stick to the plan- it makes revision seem much less daunting!
  • Allow yourself to take time away from revision- brain breaks can do wonders.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it :)

Steve, LGBTQ+ Students’ Officer:

  • Be Prepared. Write a revision schedule. Make notes in lectures and keep them safe for later use.
  • Stay Calm. Worrying doesn’t solve anything and takes time away from solving the problem.
  • Work with your classmates. You’ll probably all have difficulties with different parts of it and will be able to help each other figure things out.

Dhan, Faculty Rep:

  • Look after yourself (Eat and Rest well)
  • Plan out your revision (Stay on top of the work)
  • Make sure to take breaks so that you can see friends and unwind

Joao, Faculty Rep:

  • Stop saying you need to revise and go and do something completely unrelated to allow the info to consolidate!!!!
  • Don’t keep thinking about exams! It's first year!
  • Talk to your friends! They're also worried!

Roisin, Faculty Rep:

  • Always Remember All you can do is your BEST.
  • Put a sweet in random pages that way when you get to that page you get a treat for studying hard.
  • Print out past exam papers and answer the question as if you are in an exam, read through your answers after and see if you got the information needed by reading the topic.

Troy, Faculty Rep:

  • Take breaks
  • Don’t do an all nighter
  • Exercise