#Shelfhelp Study Tips

To help you with your exams and assignments we have been posting daily study tips throughout the assessment weeks. In case you have missed out on them so far, here are the ones from the first week.

#ShelfHelp Study Tip 1

Our first tip focused on getting started by creating a study plan. A study plan is a great starting point and help the daunting feeling of exams and essays piling up with time management skills.


#shelfhelp Study Tip 2

Study tip 2 was to make use of the most suitable study area.


  • The library is split into two halves. The silent sections on each floor have both computer and laptop space.
  •  Quiet sections cover the other half of the library and also have laptop and computer spaces.
  • School resources is perfect for group work, owing to the large amount of table space available.
  • Study pods are located on the top and bottom floor with both independent and group pods available. They’re also incredibly cosy!
  • We also have 11 study rooms dotted around the library which can be booked via PC booking. These are not soundproof but they do provide an area almost separate from the library for private/group study

#Shelhelp study tip 3

This tip was to make use of previous study papers that can be found on the shelves in the library. For more recent ones, speak to the Library Staff on desk and they’d be happy to help you out!


#shelfhelp Study Tip 4

Asking for help is study tip no 4. There are lots of people in the university that you can ask for help whether it’s your lecturers, subject librarian, academic skills or your course mates. You can also ask us at the Library Desk if you’re in need to find a particular book or use one of the library’s many resources.


#shelfhelp Study Tip 5

The fifth tip is to make sure that you look after your wellbeing. Make sure you’re taking enough breaks, eating enough or just spending time with friends at the student union! If you’re struggling, head over to the lovely team at student services and they will be happy to help out and advise.



#Shelfhelp Study Tip 6

As mentioned above, take plenty of breaks. Read a book for pleasure, have a picnic at one of the university’s many scenic spots or catch up on that Netflix series! Anything to ensure you’re not overworking yourself.


#shelfhelp tip 7

For tip 7, it was advised that you change up your study methods. This can benefit your health if you give your eyes a break from a laptop or computer screen to read a book and bring out new inspiration. At the enquiries desk, you are able to get loads of stationary items like notepads, study cards and A3 paper to gather ideas.



#shelfhelp tip 8

Tip 8 was probably the last thing that people wanted to hear already in the midst of essay deadlines, presentations and exams, but it was an important one for those continuing on with studying. With current second years in mind, and speaking from experience, starting to plan and doing work over the summer will help to tackle the horror that is your final project/dissertation. This could be quite a small task over the holidays (30 minutes/1 hour per day?) but will help so much when it comes to September if you already have some research and a plan under your belt. We gave some options of the different ways that you can find resources over the summer, such as:

  • The library will stay open 24/7 over the summer and books will be able to be borrowed over the holidays.
  • We have loads of online resources to use, which can be found via the library catalogue or full text finder.
  • Or you can apply for SCONUL access! This means that, as a current student of this university, you can apply and use other university libraries and their resources, if you live near to another university. This generally means that you can only use the books and resources on the campus and at the library but always check the rules of that library before you apply and go.


#shelfhelp tip 9

Our next tip was very simple but very effective – keep everything organised! When you’re dealing with multiple deadlines and other events, it can be difficult to keep on top of everything. But keeping everything together or by topic/subject will make it easy to find, read, revise etc.



#shelfhelp tip 10

Our final tip is still one of the most important and it is to keep positive! Self-explanatory but you will get negative results if you spend your time feeling negative about an exam or essay. If you feel like you’ve done the best you can do, that’s what matters (a bit cheesy, but true).




So the assessment weeks are almost over for another year… We just want to thank everyone who has kept up with #shelfhelp these past couple of weeks; we hope they have helped with your exams and essays now and that you will be able to use them for future studying! Good luck to anyone with any assessments left, for those waiting on results and current third years – we’re sure all the hard work has paid off!