How to study and keep your cool at exam time

Tuesday, April 11 is the start of exam season at Brock, and over the following two weeks some 14,160 students in more than 600 courses will write exams covering 64 subjects.

Around the University, numerous supports are being made available to help students prepare for exams as well as manage the stress of the season. 

A key resource is A-Z Learning Services, located in Thistle 139 (next door to Market Hall). Maggie Whitfield, a Curriculum Development Learning Skills Specialist, says A-Z offers a number of exam workshops to strengthen students’ studying skills. But students can also help themselves study, for instance by breaking their courses down into key topics, then creating a study schedule and sticking to it.

Equally important, she says, is for students to try and stay healthy.

“Sleep, eat, exercise regularly and get social by studying in groups,” said Whitfield.

Other supports at Brock include:

  • Extended library hours — From Sunday to Thursday, the main floor of the Learning Commons will remain open until 2:30 a.m.
  • Drive home shuttle service — Provided by the Brock University Students’ Union, this free shuttle gives students a transportation alternative after regular bus hours during exam season.
  • Students can also call Campus Security at ext 3200 and request someone to walk them to their residence or to their vehicle parked on campus.
  • Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre is offering a series of free Mindfulness Practice workshops to help people improve their concentration, deal with anxiety and generally feel better.

To learn more about mental health supports on campus, read this article in The Brock News.

For more information about examinations, visit

A-Z Learning Services

Maggie Whitfield, a Curriculum Development Learning Skills Specialist, helps facilitate several workshops at Brock’s A-Z Learning Services, a key resource for students during exams and throughout the school year.


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