Good Vibes Only Summer Term

What is Good Vibes Only?

Summer term - coming to the end of the academic year, looking forward to those summer vibes, holidays, spending time with our loved ones. Oh - and there's exams. Exams can be a stressful time for some, and we want to help you get through them as best as possible. We can all learn to manage our mood during exams by taking regular breaks and practicing self-care. In fact, this makes us more productive, so we will be happier and perform better!

LSESU runs a programme of activity over summer term to give you a range of opportunities to take a break from your studies, relax and re-energise. In other words, bringing you the Good Vibes*. We're also here to crush those revision myths, give you some tips, help you discover some new study spaces (thanks Martha!) and see you through these exams! :)

*and even if you don't feel good over this time, it's OK. This is your safe space.

Good Vibes Guide

"I don't have time to take breaks - I'll excel if I study non-stop."

Taking regular, short breaks actually helps you to pay attention, making you more productive overall. Try the Pomodoro technique - set a time for 25 minutes, and concentrate totally on the task in hand. Then take a 5 minute break, before another 25 minute burst of intense focus.

"Scrolling through social media helps me to relax between revision sessions."

The best way to rest and to retain information is to move around and have a healthy snack to refuel. If you know you're spending too much time on social media, consider deleting certain apps off your phone, or using an internet blocker like Freedom or Cold Turkey.

"If I can just stay up and work for a few more hours..."

Getting a good night's sleep is one of the best things you can do for your brain. And it's particularly important if you might already be feeling anxious or stressed. You're unlikely to be more productive after studying all day, so get some rest and come back rejuvenated tomorrow.

"Cramming information at the last minute never works"

Everyone has a different learning style, and you should experiment to see what suits you best. LSE Life in the Library (located on the ground floor) can offer some useful help and tips.

A blast from the past - here's some advice from previous LSE students

What was the most useful thing you did to prepare for exams?

What was the one thing you WISH you had done to prepare for exams?

What was the most USELESS thing you did or saw others doing?

 

Finding the perfect study space can be a big factor in the productivity of your revision session. Whether you prefer to revise in complete silence, or with a companionable background buzz, there's a space for you on campus. Here are some of your favourites:

The Library

You can reserve spaces online at lse.ac.uk/library. LSE Life provide silent study areas during Summer Term

32 Lincolns Inn Field

LSESU have reserved spaces in this building for you to study in, including the Postgraduate Common Room. Check out the additional room spaces available here.

New Academic Building

Check out the mezzanine in the NAB, or take in the amazing views from the 8th floor for some revision inspiration! LSESU has also secured additional room spaces in the NAB for you to use.

St Clements House

Great for computer rooms and group study spaces.

Saw Swee Hock

Check out the study spaces available throughout the building. The Weston Vegan Café (6th Floor) and Denning Learning Centre (1st Floor) are great for lunch and tea breaks - or talking through tricky concepts with a study buddy. There's also bean bags on the 3rd Floor for a bit of chill-time.

You'll find seating and computers around the building - mostly the 1st Floor and 3rd Floor, so have a peak around. For some sun and seating, visit the 6th Floor terrace.

 

If something goes wrong…

If an exam doesn’t go as you’d hoped, or your revision is interrupted by unforeseen circumstances, it can feel incredibly stressful. While we hope that this term runs smoothly for you, we also know that sometimes life gets in the way. If this is the case, it’s important to know what support is available to you.

Do you need to defer an assessment?

If you’ve received all the tuition for a course, you may be able to postpone the assessment. For most students, this will mean postponing to the next academic year, but please note that first year undergraduate students (2018/19) can defer to the in-year re-sit and deferral assessment period (IRDAP) in August. To request a deferral, you will need to complete a deferral form (which must be approved by the chair of the sub-board of examiners for your programme), and submit it, with evidence, to the Results and Graduation Team in the Student Services Centre. While the deadline is usually the day before the exam in question, if you would like to defer, please speak to the Student Services Centre as soon as possible.

Do you need Individual Exam Adjustments?

LSE is required to make reasonable adjustments for students who are disabled, have long term mental or physical health conditions, or specific learning difficulties. You can also apply for an individual exam adjustment for a short term condition, such as an unexpected medical condition during the exam period. You’ll need to complete an application form and provide evidence, via the Student Services Centre. It’s important to do this as soon as possible, so there is time to implement the agreed adjustments.

Are you 'fit to sit?'

LSE has a ‘fit to sit’ policy, which means that entering the exam room can be seen as a declaration that you’re well enough to do so. If you’re feeling ill, it’s advisable that you consider whether you’re fit to take your exam.

Have you been accused of exam misconduct?

If so, you can access independent, confidential advice from the LSESU Advice Service.

Do you need more support?

Feeling stressed and anxious during exam time is a common experience, but it’s important to recognise if and when these feelings become overwhelming. Remember you can always chat to your academic advisor, or talk to someone through the Counselling Service. For independent, free and confidential support, contact LSESU’s very own Advice Service on su.advice@lse.ac.uk or 020 7955 7158. You can make an appointment in advance, or just stop by the LSESU Reception on the 6th floor of the Saw Swee Hock. Drop-in sessions are held every weekday between 11am and 1pm. If we can’t help you, we’ll make sure you get to the people who can.

 

The 'you’ve-got-this' exam prep checklist

Sitting an exam gives you the chance to show your knowledge to the best of your ability. The last thing you want is to be distracted by being late, or lost, or because you’ve brought the wrong kind of water bottle. Make sure you’ve got the details covered with our exam checklist, so you can focus on the big picture:

In advance:

  • Read the exam procedures for candidates online
  • Check your personal exam timetable to familiarise yourself with the basic regulations
  • Double check your exam start time and room

What you need:

  • Pens, pencils, highlighters and relevant permitted materials (for example, calculator)
  • A printed copy of your exam timetable
  • Your LSE ID card
  • A water bottle with label removed

Remember to:

  • Allow for delays or travel disruptions – check your travel before you set off
  • Plan to arrive fifteen minutes early
  • Make sure your mobile phone is turned off at the start of the exam

And finally:

  • When you’re sitting down in the exam room, try to relax
  • Take ten deep breaths
  • Read the questions carefully and familiarise yourself with the whole paper before you begin

Where are the Good Vibes?

Keep checking back as we add more events every week!

Monday 3rd

Tuesday 4th

Tea and Talking

Wednesday 5th

Good Luck LSESU